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Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959 Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old’s death was announced. Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future. […]

Syria government forces ‘retake largest Aleppo rebel district’

Syria government forces ‘retake largest Aleppo rebel district’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian forces have resumed an offensive to capture rebel-held areas of Aleppo Syrian government forces have retaken the largest rebel-controlled district in eastern Aleppo, state media report. The capture of Masaken Hanano, in north-east Aleppo, could give Syria’s army line-of-fire control over other opposition-held areas, activists say. The government resumed […]

Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq

Media captionMobile phone footage shows the aftermath of the attack, near the village of Shomali Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) […]

Trump picks Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos as first women for cabinet

Trump picks Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos as first women for cabinet

Image copyright AP Image caption Nikki Haley, left, and Betsy DeVos will need Senate approval US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed the first two women to his incoming administration. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as US envoy to the UN and Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Both are former critics of Mr Trump, […]

Mosul battle: Iraq militias ‘cut off IS access to city’

Mosul battle: Iraq militias ‘cut off IS access to city’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation force is making gains to the west of Mosul An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has seized a key road west of Mosul, effectively encircling the city controlled by so-called Islamic State. The Popular Mobilisation (Hashd al-Shaabi) declared it had taken control of the road between […]

Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine

Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine

Image copyright AFP Image caption The intriguing Bronze Age figure was found by archaeologists in Israel A small figurine, almost 4,000 years old and sitting in a pensive pose, has been unveiled in Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said that the thoughtful, hat-wearing figure was discovered in recent excavations in Yehud, east of Tel […]

Sarkozy concedes in centre-right primary

Sarkozy concedes in centre-right primary

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy admits defeat in conservative presidential primary and endorses centrist Fillon This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC […]

Trump meets Romney: President-elect and critic in talks

Media captionDonald Trump says Mitt Romney meeting ‘went great’ US President-elect Donald Trump has met one of his fiercest critics, Mitt Romney, with reports suggesting he may be considered for secretary of state. Neither man gave details of their 80-minute meeting on Saturday. Mr Romney said the talks had been “far-reaching”. During the campaign, Mr […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospitals ‘knocked out by bombardment’

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospitals ‘knocked out by bombardment’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The assault on eastern Aleppo has been relentless this week Some of the heaviest bombardment so far on Aleppo has left rebel-held parts of the Syrian city virtually without medical facilities, observers say. The World Health Organization says all makeshift hospitals there are out of service, after five days of […]

Syria conflict: Children’s hospital hit in deadly Aleppo strikes

Media captionSyria conflict: Fear in Aleppo as air strikes resume A hospital, blood bank and ambulances are reported to have been hit as Syrian government aircraft and artillery bombarded rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The director of the Bayan Children’s Hospital said he was sheltering in the facility’s basement, unable to leave. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for […]