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North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

Media captionTroops and military hardware were paraded in Pyongyang North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. Soldiers, tanks and […]

Arkansas judge blocks lethal injection drug ahead of executions

Arkansas judge blocks lethal injection drug ahead of executions

Media captionActor Johnny Depp protested against the executions due to begin next week A judge has blocked Arkansas from using one of three lethal injection drugs the US state planned to use in a series of executions next week. The Supreme Court of Arkansas has also granted an emergency stay of execution for one of […]

Borussia Dortmund bombs: Letters at scene ‘not from Islamists’

Borussia Dortmund bombs: Letters at scene ‘not from Islamists’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police guarded the hotel the Borussia Dortmund team were staying in after the attack Investigators in Germany say there is “significant doubt” that Tuesday’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus was the work of radical Islamists. They say letters found at the scene may be an attempt to […]

US military drops ‘mother of all bombs on IS’ in Afghanistan

US military drops ‘mother of all bombs on IS’ in Afghanistan

Media captionWatch 2003 footage of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) being tested The US military says it has dropped a 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb on a tunnel complex used by Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as “the mother of all bombs”, is the largest […]

Syria war: Evacuation begins in besieged towns

Syria war: Evacuation begins in besieged towns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption People evacuated from Foah and Kefraya have been taken to Rashideen The Syrian government and rebel forces have begun an operation to move people away from besieged towns, activists say. People from Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns in the north-west, have arrived in Rashideen, west of Aleppo, AFP news […]

Syria war: Russian officers ‘could face sanctions’

Syria war: Russian officers ‘could face sanctions’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun last week left 89 people dead and many hurt G7 foreign ministers are to attempt to agree a common position on the Syrian conflict, before the US secretary of state flies to Russia to try to persuade it to abandon its Syrian ally. […]

Syria war: US ‘disappointed’ at Russia’s Syria stance

Syria war: US ‘disappointed’ at Russia’s Syria stance

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Images released by the Pentagon showed damage caused by the strikes on Shayrat air base The US is “disappointed but not surprised” at Russia’s response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons. At least six people are reported to have been killed in the […]

Syria war: US launches missile strikes in response to chemical ‘attack’

Syria war: US launches missile strikes in response to chemical ‘attack’

Media captionThe Pentagon has released video of missiles being launched from US Navy ships, targeted at a Syrian airfield. The US has carried out a missile attack against an air base in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired at […]

Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after ‘gas attack’

Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after ‘gas attack’

Media captionRescue workers said many children were among those killed or injured in the attack The UN Security Council is to hold emergency talks after a suspected chemical attack in Syria left dozens of civilians dead and wounded. The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming […]

St Petersburg metro explosion suspect ‘from Central Asia’

St Petersburg metro explosion suspect ‘from Central Asia’

Media captionFootage shows passengers leaping from the wreckage in the minutes after the blast The man suspected of killing 11 people in a St Petersburg train is in his early 20s and from Central Asia, Russian media report. At least 45 people were injured in the explosion between two underground stations on Monday afternoon. The […]