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Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul’s Old City. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi […]

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident with terminal cancer

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

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

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 140

Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire At least 140 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 […]

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionIraq’s military circulated a video it said showed the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of […]

Deadly car bomb targets Afghan bank

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Armed attackers have entered the bank and a gun battle is going on with security forces, Tolo News reports. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly […]

Donald Trump talks up solar panel plan for Mexico wall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the US-Mexico border was a campaign rallying cry US President Donald Trump has told supporters that his proposed wall along the border with Mexico could have solar panels fixed to it. Addressing a rally in Iowa, he said the panels would provide cheap energy and […]

Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN mission in CAR has been plagued by allegations of sexual abuse Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says. A review of the Congolese deployment pointed to “systemic problems”, a statement […]

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of Parliament had the right to order such a move. She has previously said she did not have the power. Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, […]

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