Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials […]

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Liu Xiaobo is a poet and human rights campaigner Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy. His lawyer […]

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) reportedly rejected a request to hold the annual dinner US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The White House event had been held every […]

Colombia boat sinking: Six killed and 16 missing

Colombia boat sinking: Six killed and 16 missing

Media captionThe moment the Colombia passenger boat sank (Parts of this video have been sped up) At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular […]

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being […]

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

Media captionThe rescue team has been searching for missing people More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). […]

White House: Qatar Gulf row is a ‘family issue’

White House: Qatar Gulf row is a ‘family issue’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Doha has been caught in the height of a diplomatic crisis for more than two weeks The US government has called the growing crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours a “family issue”. White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington. […]

Colombia conflict: ELN rebels free Dutch journalists

Colombia conflict: ELN rebels free Dutch journalists

Image copyright DefensorĂ­a del Pueblo de Colombia Image caption The freed journalists (second and third from left) with a delegation of the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office Two Dutch journalists abducted last weekend by rebels in Colombia have been released after a day of conflicting reports about their fate. Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender were handed over […]

Venezuelan dad makes plea to president

Venezuelan dad makes plea to president

Media captionDavid Vallenilla says his son was not a criminal A man whose son was killed during an opposition protest in Venezuela’s capital Caracas has made a personal plea to President Nicolás Maduro. David Vallenilla’s 22-year-old son, also called David, was shot by military police on Thursday. Mr Vallenilla says he once worked with the […]

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The building collapsed after a suicide bomber blew himself up, the Saudi interior ministry said Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a “terrorist action” against the Grand Mosque in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site. A suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the building he was in, the […]

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