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Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Media captionDonald Trump says the US will ‘handle’ North Korea US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “brutal regime” after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months. North Korea returned Otto Warmbier, 22, to the US last week, saying he had been in a […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

European Court blasts Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law

European Court blasts Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gay rights activists marched against the law in St Petersburg in 2013 Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The Strasbourg judges said Russia had discriminated against three gay rights activists who opposed the law. It was adopted in 2013, […]

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case relates to the billion of pounds the bank raised from Qatari investors enabling it to avoid a government bailout. Former chief executive John Varley is one of the […]

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian army plane A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the US has confirmed. The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped […]

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat […]

Portugal forest fires kill 57 near Coimbra

Portugal forest fires kill 57 near Coimbra

Media captionHundreds of firefighters worked through the night to tackle the blaze A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 57 lives, officials say. Many died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several firefighters are among the […]

Iraqi forces attack Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces attack Mosul’s Old City

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The campaign to retake Mosul is now in its ninth month Iraqi forces say they have launched an assault on Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces are advancing on the district from the west and federal police are on the southern front, […]

USS Fitzgerald crash: Seven navy crew missing off Japan

USS Fitzgerald crash: Seven navy crew missing off Japan

Media captionUSS Fitzgerald damaged by the crash Seven US Navy crew members are missing after their ship collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. Among the injured is the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The destroyer collided with the container ship about 56 nautical miles (104km) […]

Cuba denounces Trump’s policy rollback

Cuba denounces Trump’s policy rollback

Media captionHas Trump really ‘cancelled’ Cuba deal? Cuba’s government has denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back on policy changes towards the island nation. However, it says it will still co-operate with its larger neighbour. Speaking earlier in Miami, Florida, Mr Trump said he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions eased by […]