Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, fourth man in a week

Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, fourth man in a week

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kenneth Williams’ lawyers said he was intellectually disabled Arkansas has put to death its fourth inmate within a week after a dozen years without a single execution. Kenneth Williams, 38, killed two people after escaping from a maximum-security prison where he was serving life for murdering a cheerleader. His […]

German parliament moves to partially ban the burka

German parliament moves to partially ban the burka

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Germany has not pursued a total ban on full-face veils as it is acknowledged this would violate its constitution Members of the lower house of parliament in Germany have approved a law that partially bans the full-face Islamic veil known as the burka. The bill will now go to the […]

China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese state media released a picture of the launch showing the carrier bedecked in giant colourful streamers China has launched a new aircraft carrier, boosting its military presence amid rising tensions in the region. It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made […]

France votes for new president amid high security

France votes for new president amid high security

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed […]

US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal

US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vice-President Mike Pence (l) with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull The United States has confirmed it will be going through with a migrant resettlement plan made with Australia. US President Donald Trump once called the deal, which was agreed under his predecessor, “dumb“. The agreement allows for up to 1,250 […]

United Airlines to tie executive pay to customer satisfaction

United Airlines to tie executive pay to customer satisfaction

Image copyright AFP Image caption United Airlines faced a publish relations disaster Two weeks after a passenger was violently dragged from one its planes, United Airlines says it is to link pay more closely to customer satisfaction. The US company has also revealed its chief executive, Oscar Munoz, will now not become chairman, as anticipated. […]

Cassini probe sets up Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini probe sets up Saturn ‘grand finale’

Media captionEarl Maize: “We can’t leave Cassini in an uncontrolled orbit near Saturn” Cassini is about to use a slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby will sweep the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere. This gap-run gives […]

Paris shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe

Paris shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe

Media captionSee how events in Paris unfolded The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name. Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city’s suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical. […]

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

Image copyright ATSB Image caption This image shows both the genuine and replica flaperons used for the drift analysis Fresh evidence suggests that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is most likely located to the north of a main search zone, Australian scientists say. MH370 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rex Tillerson raised concerns about Iran as a “state sponsor of terrorism” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path […]

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