Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces say they have found evidence of a mass grave in the village of Badoush More evidence has been discovered of a reported massacre in 2014 of up to 600 inmates at Badoush prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi forces said human remains had […]

Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate claims twin bombing in Damascus

Media captionThe BBC’s Richard Conway reports from the site of the attack in Damascus A Syrian jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a twin bombing on Friday in the capital Damascus that killed at least 40. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham said the attack was “a message to Iran” over the country’s support for […]

Turkey’s Erdogan warns Dutch will pay price for dispute

Turkey’s Erdogan warns Dutch will pay price for dispute

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Erdogan: “We will teach them international diplomacy” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the Netherlands it will “pay the price” for harming ties after two of his ministers were barred. The two ministers were blocked from addressing Turkish expatriates in Rotterdam on Saturday, with one of them escorted […]

Spy agency warns MPs over Russian hacking

Spy agency warns MPs over Russian hacking

Image copyright Thinkstock Attacks by Russian hackers could threaten British democracy, GCHQ has warned politicians. The spy agency’s computer security chief has written to political parties offering advice on preventing hacks, according to The Sunday Times. US intelligence officials have accused the Kremlin of using cyber-attacks to influence the November election. But Foreign Secretary Boris […]

Italian confesses to burning homeless man alive over love row

Italian confesses to burning homeless man alive over love row

Image caption CCTV footage showed the assailant being nearly engulfed by the blaze An Italian who fatally set fire to a homeless man has confessed to murder, saying he was motivated by jealousy. Giuseppe Pecoraro admitted pouring petrol on Marcello Cimino and setting him alight outside a mission run by Capucin monks in Palermo, Sicily. […]

Iceland to end capital controls from 2008 financial crisis

Iceland to end capital controls from 2008 financial crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The decision has been made by the government and Central Bank of Iceland Iceland will lift all capital controls on its citizens, businesses and pension funds from Tuesday. Capital controls, such as those to restrict money flowing in and out of the country, were imposed in 2008 after the […]

GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat

GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat

Image copyright Thinkstock Attacks by Russian hackers could threaten British democracy, GCHQ has warned politicians. The spy agency’s computer security chief has written to political parties offering advice on preventing hacks, according to The Sunday Times. US intelligence officials have accused the Kremlin of using cyber-attacks to influence the November election. But Foreign Secretary Boris […]

Shadow business secretary challenged on spending plans

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has been challenged over how Labour would pay for £63bn spending promises if it gets voted into government. The BBC’s Andrew Marr said the party’s fiscal credibility was at stake because Ms Long-Bailey was unable to provide a detailed breakdown of its plans – suggesting her numbers were “£30bn short”. […]

DUP leader Arlene Foster ‘did not consider resigning’ after NI election

DUP leader Arlene Foster ‘did not consider resigning’ after NI election

Image caption Arlene Foster said she would not be stepping down as there is a “job of work to be done” Arlene Foster has said she never thought about resigning as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader in the wake of the Northern Ireland Assembly election. Mrs Foster told Sky News the election had not been […]

Wille Rennie wants Scottish independence poll blocked

Wille Rennie wants Scottish independence poll blocked

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has said he would vote to block holding another independence referendum. Mr Rennie said holding another poll would be “divisive, unhelpful” and not good for Scotland’s future. His comments contrast to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said on Saturday that another referendum would be “absolutely fine”. Nicola Sturgeon has […]