Skripal attack: Russia faces US sanctions over Novichok use

Skripal attack: Russia faces US sanctions over Novichok use

Image copyright AFP Image caption Parts of the city of Salisbury were sealed off after the nerve agent attack The US has said it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining it used nerve agent against a former Russian double agent living in the UK. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left seriously […]

Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel

Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel

Image copyright AFP Image caption A fireball exploding during an Israeli air strike Three Palestinians are reported to have been killed in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, after militants there fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. Gaza health ministry officials said a pregnant woman and her daughter, aged one, […]

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has hit out at the United States over its reinstatement of economic sanctions. He described the measures, which came into effect overnight, as “psychological warfare” which aimed to “sow division among Iranians”. The sanctions take aim at various sectors, with further punitive action planned […]

Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Media captionFootage showed dozens of soldiers running away before the transmission was cut off Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – […]

Melania Trump backs NBA star LeBron James after Trump insults

Melania Trump backs NBA star LeBron James after Trump insults

Image copyright AFP/Getty US First Lady Melania Trump has backed basketball player LeBron James, hours after her husband made insulting remarks about him on Twitter. James had said in an interview that Mr Trump was divisive and had emboldened racists. In response, Mr Trump questioned James’ intelligence, saying it was not easy to make the […]

North Korea continuing nuclear programme – UN report

North Korea continuing nuclear programme – UN report

Image copyright KCNA Image caption North Korea carried out a series of long-range missile tests in 2017 North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes, violating UN sanctions, a report commissioned by the UN Security Council says. It also says Pyongyang has resorted to a “massive increase” of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil […]

Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort’s ‘income doctored’

Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort’s ‘income doctored’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cindy Laporta was testifying in court on the fourth day of the trial An accountant for Donald Trump’s former election campaign chief Paul Manafort says she helped disguise his foreign income so he could pay less in tax. Cindy Laporta told the court in Alexandria, Virginia, she had been […]

Denmark veil ban: First woman charged for wearing niqab

Denmark veil ban: First woman charged for wearing niqab

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of people protested against the ban on Wednesday A woman has become the first person in Denmark to be charged with wearing a face veil in public, after a ban came into effect on Wednesday. Local media report a 28-year-old woman was fined after getting into a scuffle with […]

Russian helicopter crashes, deaths feared

Russian helicopter crashes, deaths feared

A Russian helicopter has crash-landed in Krasnoyarsk Territory, with reports saying at least 18 people have died. Russia’s emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT), about 180km (112 miles) from the town of Igarka. The ministry provided no further details. Russian media quoted sources as saying that three crew […]

Harvey Weinstein seeks to dismiss case based on accuser’s emails

Harvey Weinstein seeks to dismiss case based on accuser’s emails

Image copyright APF/ Getty Images Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is seeking to get the criminal case against him thrown out of court. On Friday, his lawyers filed a defence motion citing dozens of “warm” emails they say Mr Weinstein received from one of his accusers after an alleged rape. His team argue prosecutors should have […]