Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

Image copyright EPA Image caption Damage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentre An earthquake described by Mexico’s president as the country’s strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people. One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said. The quake, which […]

Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands

Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The storm left a trail of destruction in Saint-Martin Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people. Howling winds and rough seas battered the British overseas territory, experiencing a top-rated category five hurricane for the […]

Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean

Media caption“It was like a horror movie” – Residents of Barbuda describe the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least nine people dead. The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”. Officials warn that Saint Martin is […]

‘Israeli jets hit Syria’s Masyaf chemical site’ – reports

Image copyright Ivan Sidorenko Image caption A pro-Syrian government blogger posted an image purportedly showing the strike’s aftermath The Syrian army says Israeli jets have attacked a military base in the west of the country, amid reports of a strike on a suspected chemical weapons site. A statement said rockets fired from Lebanese airspace hit […]

North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea carries out live-fire drills amid continuing tension on the peninsula Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”, saying “they’d rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme”. The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution […]

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South

Media captionSouth Korea carries out live-fire drills in response to the nuclear test South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. It said it was strengthening its controversial US-made Thaad missile defence system after the North’s test of a nuclear bomb at the […]

Belgian army pilot falls from helicopter during airshow

Image copyright AFP Image caption An Agusta helicopter (file pic): The aircraft is used by air forces and police worldwide Troops are searching an area of eastern Belgium where a pilot fell out of his military helicopter during an air show. Three troops had jumped with parachutes from the Agusta A-109 helicopter, but the pilot […]

North Korea nuclear test: Hydrogen bomb ‘missile-ready’

Media captionNorth Korean state media announces “hydrogen bomb” test North Korea says it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded onto a long-range missile. The secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a “perfect success”, hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor. Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen […]

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Media captionKenya opposition stronghold celebrates wildly at the decision Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of the last month’s presidential election. Citing irregularities, Chief Justice David Maraga said a new vote should be held within 60 days. The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the election by a margin […]

Houston flood: Explosions at Arkema chemical plant

Media captionPeople formed a human chain to rescue an elderly man Explosions have been heard coming from a chemical plant near the flooded US city of Houston. Emergency officials reported two blasts and black smoke issuing from the Arkema plant at Crosby. During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the complex lost the ability to refrigerate […]