Venezuela crisis: Opposition condemns Maduro move

Venezuela crisis: Opposition condemns Maduro move

Media captionVenezuela protesters block city streets of Caracas Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have set up roadblocks and staged demonstrations demanding elections as the country’s political and economic crisis deepens. They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people. Mr Maduro said his move […]

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Thaad system only has “initial intercept capability” at present The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea. The system can intercept North Korean missiles although full operational capability is still some months away. Tensions have been rising around the Korean […]

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

Media captionEmmanuel Macron pledges EU reform if elected The front-runner in the French presidential election has told the BBC that the EU must reform or face the prospect of “Frexit”. Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen entered the last week of campaigning. French voters go […]

Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Izumo, seen here in a file picture, is Japan’s biggest warship Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military. The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters. The US […]

Eminem sues New Zealand governing party over Lose Yourself

Eminem sues New Zealand governing party over Lose Yourself

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Eminem’s song Lose Yourself appeared in his 2002 film, 8 Mile Eminem has taken New Zealand’s governing party to court over a music track it used for a campaign ad. The US rapper says the song, used in the 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version […]

US budget: Funding deal reached to avert shutdown

US budget: Funding deal reached to avert shutdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2013, the government did shut down in a row over healthcare Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a spending bill to keep the US government running until 30 September. The bipartisan deal boosts military spending but does not include funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on […]

Ueli Steck: Everest preparation claims ‘Swiss Machine’ climber

Ueli Steck: Everest preparation claims ‘Swiss Machine’ climber

Media captionFellow climber remembers “Swiss Machine” Ueli Steck The Swiss climber Ueli Steck has been killed preparing to climb Mount Everest, Nepal’s tourist office says. Steck, who was known as the “Swiss Machine”, died in an accident while acclimatising for an attempt on the mountain without oxygen by a new route. The 40-year-old had won […]

Trump praises China’s Xi over handling of North Korea

Trump praises China’s Xi over handling of North Korea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The president spoke to Reuters from inside his office at the White House Donald Trump has praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loves his country. The US president told Reuters he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically […]

Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia issue rare child marriage fatwa

Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia issue rare child marriage fatwa

Image copyright BBC Indonesia Image caption The congress has brought together female Islamic leaders from several countries Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage. The fatwa, which is not legally binding but will be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of female clerics in the country. The clerics […]

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Media captionA brawl broke out when protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje. Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker. A brawl broke out injuring at least 10 people, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left with blood pouring down his face. The protesters, supporters […]

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