Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel says Brexit is not the focus of the two-day EU summit on Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many other questions” about Brexit and […]

Choi Soon-sil: South Korean ex-president’s friend jailed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Choi (centre) was a longtime friend and adviser to former South Korean President Park Geun-hye A close friend of South Korea’s former president has been jailed for three years for corruption. Choi Soon-sil’s conviction for soliciting favours for her daughter is the first in a wide-reaching influence-peddling scandal which brought […]

United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter The United States has suspended Brazilian meat imports over “recurring concerns about the safety of products intended for the American market”. Several countries banned Brazilian meat in March, when prosecutors said health inspectors there had been taking bribes to approve sub-standard meat. The […]

North Korea tests new missile engine, US officials say

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea hopes its military arsenal will be a deterrent against the US North Korea has tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland, US officials said. The news comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over […]

US man ‘gave top-secret information’ to Chinese agent

Image copyright Getty Images A former US diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent. According to an affidavit, Kevin Mallory, a 60-year-old from Virginia, is said to have travelled to Shanghai in March and April 2017. He also failed to declare $16,500 (£13,000) in cash found in […]

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 […]

Missing US Navy sailors found dead after collision off Japan

Media captionUSS Fitzgerald damaged by the crash Sailors missing after the USS Fitzgerald collided with container ship off Japan have been found dead, the US Navy and Japanese media says. The collision happened early on Saturday, and a search began for the seven missing sailors, as a helicopter evacuated three injured crew. The US Navy […]

Trump-Russia inquiry: President’s ‘possible obstruction’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mueller is overseeing the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling and any Trump links US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports. Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper says three senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed […]

Australia agrees to pay A$70m to Manus Island detainees

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This picture taken in 2014 shows asylum-seekers at a Manus Island detention centre The Australian government and its contractors have offered compensation totalling A$70m (£41m; $53m) to refugees detained in Papua New Guinea. The 1,905 claimants had alleged they suffered harm while being held on PNG’s Manus Island between 2012 […]

Wu Xiaohui steps aside as Anbang chairman

Image copyright Anbang Insurance Group Image caption Wu Xiaohui was long thought to be one of China’s most politically-connected businessmen One of China’s best known billionaires, Wu Xiaohui, is stepping aside as chairman of Anbang Insurance. The company gave few details but said he was no longer able to fulfil his duties for “personal reasons”. […]

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