Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe

Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ulyukayev is the first Russian minister to be arrested during Vladimir Putin’s presidency Russia’s Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been accused of taking a bribe to endorse a state takeover. Russia’s main anti-corruption body, the Investigative Committee (SK), said he received a payment of $2m (£1.6m). Mr Ulyukayev […]

Barack Obama seeks to calm US allies over Trump concerns

Media captionTrump election: ‘Nobody said democracy’s supposed to be easy” President Barack Obama has sought to assure US allies that President-elect Donald Trump will honour the country’s international alliances when he takes office in January. Mr Obama told reporters that Mr Trump had “expressed a great interest” in maintaining the US commitment to Nato. During […]

Egypt: Mohammed Morsi death sentence overturned

Egypt: Mohammed Morsi death sentence overturned

Image copyright AFP Image caption Morsi is currently serving a life sentence for terrorism Egypt’s highest court has overturned a death sentence against ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi had been condemned to death for his part in a mass prison break during the 2011 revolution. He was elected president in 2012, but removed by […]

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers disqualified from office

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers disqualified from office

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yau Wai-ching held the ruling for the cameras outside the High Court on Tuesday Hong Kong’s high court has disqualified two pro-independence lawmakers from taking their seats in the Legislative Council. Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching refused to pledge allegiance to China when being sworn in last month. Beijing pre-empted […]

Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

Image copyright AFP Image caption Reince Priebus is seen as a bridge-builder with the rest of the party US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a right-wing media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of […]

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Image copyright AP Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. He said the West faced its greatest security challenge in a generation. During his election campaign, Mr Trump described Western military alliance Nato as obsolete. He suggested […]

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A plaque commemorating the viticms of the Paris attacks outside “A La Bonne Biere” cafe France’s state of emergency imposed after last year’s terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC. He said the measures were needed to “protect our democracy”. […]

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ancient friezes were smashed by IS Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago. In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to […]

US to take Australia asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

US to take Australia asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia has been repeatedly criticised for its tough policy on asylum seekers Australia and the US have reached a resettlement deal for asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Under the agreement, the migrants there will be assessed and the most vulnerable will […]

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first peace deal met resistance as many claimed it allowed Farc rebels to get away with murder The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote. The two sides, which have […]

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