Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies Afghan security forces say they have regained control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by gunmen. At least five civilians were killed and six were injured in the siege, the interior ministry said […]

Deadly unrest over Honduras election

Deadly unrest over Honduras election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The protest was organised by supporters of the defeated opposition candidate One protester has been killed in clashes in Honduras between riot police and demonstrators who dispute the result of November’s presidential poll. Police fired tear gas and cleared roadblocks made of burning tyres across the country. The death occurred […]

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

Media captionGovernment workers on what happens during a shutdown The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. It is the first shutdown ever to […]

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Media captionIndigenous people gathered to see the Pope Pope Francis has used a visit to Peru to sound a stark warning about the pressure on the Amazon and its peoples posed by business interests. He told indigenous people in the small town of Puerto Maldonado that the region had never been so threatened. Tribal elders […]

Mattis: US national security focus no longer terrorism

Mattis: US national security focus no longer terrorism

Media captionMr Mattis said China and Russia posed a major threat to US security US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said competition between great powers, not terrorism, is now the main focus of America’s national security. The US faced “growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia”, he said, unveiling the national […]

Workers cleared over Canada rail disaster

Workers cleared over Canada rail disaster

Media captionHow the Lac-Megantic train disaster unfolded A Canadian jury has found three former rail workers not guilty of criminal negligence for their connection to the Lac-Megantic disaster five years ago. On 6 July 2013, a runaway train filled with petroleum crude oil derailed in the small eastern Quebec town. Forty-seven people were killed in […]

Larry Nassar case: Olympic champ Jordyn Wieber reveals abuse

Larry Nassar case: Olympic champ Jordyn Wieber reveals abuse

Media captionGold medalists Raisman and Wieber face their abuser A gold-medal winning Olympian has confronted disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar at his sentencing to reveal he abused her, too. Jordyn Wieber is the fourth member of the Fierce Five, the winning 2012 Summer Olympics squad, to accuse him. She joins teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby […]

Japan warns over North Korean ‘charm offensive’

Japan warns over North Korean ‘charm offensive’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea has recently moved towards talks with its Southern counterpart Japan has told an international meeting on North Korea that the world should not be blinded by Pyongyang’s recent “charm offensive”. Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s comments in Canada come as North and South Korea discuss Pyongyang’s plans to […]

Shackled children found in Perris, California home

Shackled children found in Perris, California home

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The parents are held on charges of torture and child endangerment Two parents have been arrested in California after police found 13 people allegedly being held captive at their home, including some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks”. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, […]

Antwerp: Belgium building collapses in explosion

Antwerp: Belgium building collapses in explosion

Media captionPolice do not believe the blast is related to terrorism A blast has brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp, injuring several people. The origin of the explosion on the central street of Paardenmarkt is not clear. But police said they did not believe it was related to terrorism. Three […]

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