US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

Media captionWhite House and Chuck Schumer trade barbs over shutdown The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats refused to vote […]

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Pope made the apology while flying back to Rome after his visit to Chile and Peru Pope Francis has apologised for remarks he made last week in Chile defending a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. He said he realised his words hurt many, but repeated his belief […]

Catholic deacon accused of murder by air injection in Belgium

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ivo Poppe allegedly caused embolisms by deliberately injecting air into the bloodstream A Catholic deacon accused of killing at least 10 people – including his own mother – has gone on trial in Belgium. Former nurse Ivo Poppe is suspected of killing his victims by injecting air into their […]

Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? The US is willing to work with Turkey to address its “legitimate” security concerns in northern Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. He was speaking after Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria to fight the Kurdish YPG militia at the weekend. Turkey sees the group as terrorists, […]

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 […]

Turpin case: California children ‘chained for months’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the couple chained their children as a form of punishment California prosecutors have detailed allegations of horrific abuse by the parents of 13 children held in shackles at their home. David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, face charges of torture, abuse and false imprisonment, […]

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games

Image copyright AFP Image caption The “reunited” flag symbolises aspirations in both the North and South to end the nearly seven decades of division North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. They also agreed to field a joint women’s […]

Trump Russia: Bannon ‘ordered to testify to grand jury’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Steve Bannon (centre) attended a House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting on Tuesday Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has been summoned to testify before a grand jury, US media report. He was reportedly subpoenaed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is leading an […]

Iran nuclear deal: European powers urge US not to withdraw

Media captionBoris Johnson on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea’ European powers have urged the US not to abandon the 2015 agreement with Iran that limits its nuclear programme, saying it is making the world safer. After meeting his Iranian, French, German and EU counterparts in Brussels, […]

California mudslides: Rescuer saves ‘muddy doll’ baby

Media captionA resident describes how he helped rescue a baby from the mud A rescue worker has tearfully described the toddler he pulled from debris following devastating mudslides in Southern California as a “muddy doll”. Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip. Rescue efforts are […]

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