Trump speech to Congress promises ‘renewal of American spirit’

Media captionDonald Trump called for unity, but Democrats were less than impressed President Donald Trump has said the US is witnessing a “renewal of the American spirit”, as he delivered his first speech to Congress. Adopting a measured, upbeat tone, the Republican president spoke of a “new chapter of American greatness”. Mr Trump condemned recent […]

Trump blames Obama for town hall protests and security leaks

Media captionUS “at boiling point”: Town halls target Trump’s agenda US President Donald Trump has said he believes Barack Obama is behind the protests against Republican lawmakers, and national security leaks. He told Fox News: “I think President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it”, but added: “I also think it’s just […]

Boris Nemtsov killing: Supporters march in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov killing: Supporters march in Moscow

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Nemtsov was a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin Thousands of people are marching in Moscow to remember Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015. Nemtsov, a reformer, democrat and a deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin, was a fierce […]

Kim Jong-nam: VX dose was ‘high and lethal’

Media captionCCTV footage appears to show the moment Kim Jong-nam is attacked Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was given a very high amount of the toxic nerve agent VX and he died in pain within 15-20 minutes, Malaysia’s health minister says. No antidote would have worked, said Subramaniam Sathasivam. Mr Kim died […]

Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees

Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees

Image copyright AP Image caption Taliban fighters are encouraged to take part in the tree-planting drive The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has urged Afghans to plant more trees. In a statement, he called on civilians and fighters to “plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth […]

Swedish asylum shelter in Vanersborg hit by blaze

Swedish asylum shelter in Vanersborg hit by blaze

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents were evacuated to a local gym Up to 20 people have been hurt in a fire at a shelter for asylum seekers in Sweden, officials say. Two residents were badly injured jumping from windows of the building in Vanersborg, about 80km (50 miles) north of Gothenburg. The cause […]

Oscars: Moonlight warms up with Independent Spirit Awards win

Oscars: Moonlight warms up with Independent Spirit Awards win

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Moonlight cast and crew turned out for the California ceremony The cast and creators of Moonlight have warmed up for Sunday’s Oscars by winning the top prize at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards. The touching and beautifully-shot drama about growing up gay and black in Miami is seen as […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: ‘VX nerve agent’ found on his face

Media captionRupert Wingfield-Hayes: Three reasons why the use of VX is so extraordinary Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian toxicology reports indicate […]

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish-backed rebels retook the centre of al-Bab on Thursday A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say. The explosion destroyed a rebel security post in Sousian, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city

Media captionQuentin Sommerville is inside Mosul Airport Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city after losing […]

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