Trump lands in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions

Media captionAir Force One arrives in the Chinese capital Beijing US President Donald Trump has arrived in China for a visit likely to focus heavily on trade and tensions with North Korea. He has landed in Beijing where Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has a lavish reception planned for him. Earlier, in a speech to the […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption The port of Hodeida is a key entry point for UN aid Aid agencies are seeking urgent access for humanitarian supplies to war-torn Yemen, after the Saudi-led coalition closed all routes into the country. The UN and the Red Cross said a “catastrophic” situation threatened millions who rely on life-saving […]

Trump’s Asia tour: Bad weather cancels surprise DMZ visit

Trump’s Asia tour: Bad weather cancels surprise DMZ visit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Donald Trump urged North Korea to discuss giving up its nuclear programme US President Donald Trump has been forced to drop a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea due to bad weather. Mr Trump’s helicopter took off from US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul […]

Paddles, New Zealand PM’s ‘first cat’, dies in car crash

Image copyright Clarke Gayford via Twitter Image caption Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles had gained a cult following after a Twitter profile was set up in her name A cat belonging to New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has died after being hit by a car. A spokesperson for Ms Ardern confirmed to local media […]

Paris climate accord: Syria to sign up, isolating US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syria’s decision was reported at the Bonn climate conference The US is set to become isolated in its stance on the Paris climate agreement, after Syria said it was preparing to join the deal. The Paris deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change. Syria and Nicaragua were […]

Saudi Arabia arrests: Corruption drive ‘just the start’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The purge bolsters the position of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive, the attorney general says. Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb issued a statement describing the detentions as “merely the start of […]

Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed

Image copyright EPA Image caption The leaks show about £10m of the Queen’s private money was invested offshore A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have […]

Catalonia ex-officials surrender to Belgian police

Catalonia ex-officials surrender to Belgian police

Image copyright AFP Image caption Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium with four former regional ministers after Spain rejected Catalonia’s independence referendum and imposed direct rule Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and four former advisers have turned themselves in to Belgian police, says a prosecutors’ spokesman. He said an investigating judge would decide by Monday morning […]

Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is among those held The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia has consolidated his hold on power with a major purge of the kingdom’s political and business leadership. A new anti-corruption body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, four sitting […]

Joint Chiefs say invasion ‘only way’ to totally disarm N Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US soldiers take part in “Warrior Strike” exercises in South Korea in September A Pentagon assessment has declared the only way to completely destroy all parts of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme is through a ground invasion. Rear Admiral Michael Dumont expressed the opinion on behalf of the Joint […]

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