Jerusalem: Metal detectors at holy site ‘could be removed’

Jerusalem: Metal detectors at holy site ‘could be removed’

Media captionJerusalem holy site security row explained Israel is willing to consider alternatives to controversial metal detectors it installed at a holy site in Jerusalem, a senior official says. Major General Yoav Mordechai called on the Muslim world to put forward other suggestions. Israel installed the detectors after two Israeli policemen were killed near there […]

Donald Trump insists he has ‘complete power’ to pardon

Donald Trump insists he has ‘complete power’ to pardon

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Trump referred to his “complete power to pardon” in a tweet US President Donald Trump has insisted he has the “complete power” to pardon people, amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself. A Democratic Party spokesman has called the reports “extremely disturbing”. […]

Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga hurt in protest

Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga hurt in protest

Media captionViolinist plays amid anti-government protests in Caracas A Venezuelan violinist who has become a renowned presence at the front of the country’s anti-government protests has been taken to hospital during the latest violent clashes in Caracas. Wuilly Arteaga is often seen playing his instrument among demonstrators. “Neither pellets nor marbles will stop us,” he […]

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police conduct a vehicle search in Kandahar after the reported kidnapping At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says. He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week. About 30 have been […]

Ben Affleck denies Batman exit rumours

Ben Affleck denies Batman exit rumours

Image copyright Getty Images Ben Affleck has scotched rumours he is quitting as the caped crusader after his upcoming role in Justice League. He’d been due to star in and direct another standalone film – The Batman – but pulled out of directing duties in January. After Affleck’s script was also ditched by incoming director […]

Republicans’ Obamacare repeal plan ‘axes insurance for 32m’

Republicans’ Obamacare repeal plan ‘axes insurance for 32m’

Media captionTrump to senators: Cancel your vacation Thirty-two million Americans would lose health coverage under a Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has forecast. The non-partisan office’s analysis found the cost of a medical insurance policy would increase 25% next year and double by 2026. The repeal bill would also cut […]

Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon, Amnesty says

Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon, Amnesty says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cameroon has been fighting the Boko Haram militants Suspected Boko Haram fighters have been “brutally tortured” by security forces in Cameroon, a rights group says. Amnesty International said in a report that the suspects, including women and children, were beaten, water-boarded and forced into stress positions. The cases allegedly happened […]

John McCain has brain cancer, his office says

John McCain has brain cancer, his office says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr McCain is “reviewing treatment options”, a statement says Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, according to his office. The options may include chemotherapy and radiation, his doctors said. The 80-year-old politician is in “good spirits” recovering at home. […]

Brazil’s former President Lula has assets frozen

Brazil’s former President Lula has assets frozen

Image copyright EPA Image caption Lula was once Brazil’s most popular president A Brazilian judge has ordered assets belonging to the country’s former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to be frozen following his conviction for corruption. Judge Sergio Moro said nearly $200,000 found in Lula’s bank accounts would be blocked. Flats, land and cars […]

Saudi police release miniskirt video woman without charge

Saudi police release miniskirt video woman without charge

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video of “Khulood” walking around Ushayqir was shared initially on Snapchat Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in “indecent” clothing sparked a heated […]

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