Venezuela protests: Passport of opposition leader Capriles ‘seized’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition activists clashed with riot police at a rally in Caracas, the capital Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he has been stopped from leaving the country to meet UN officials in New York. As protests against the leftist government continued in the capital Caracas, he said his passport had […]

Laptop bombs a question of when not if, says UN official

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Laptops are banned in aircraft cabins on flights to the US from eight countries The head of the UN’s counter-terrorism committee has warned it is a question of “when, not if” terrorists use laptops to smuggle bombs on to planes. Jean-Paul Laborde spoke to reporters after officials decided not to […]

Greece adopts more austerity measures in bailout bid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Petrol bombs were thrown at police outside parliament in Athens Greece’s parliament has approved a new package of austerity measures needed to release the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout. The tax rises and further cuts to pensions were sought by Greece’s foreign creditors. As MPs voted, anti-austerity protesters […]

Trump election: Former FBI boss to lead Russia inquiry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mueller is a former prosecutor who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013 A former FBI boss, Robert Mueller, has been named special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was in the public interest […]

Brazilian leader denies hush money claim

Brazilian leader denies hush money claim

President Michel Temer of Brazil has denied a newspaper report that he approved payments to silence a possible witness in a corruption inquiry. He was accused of authorising illicit payments to a jailed former speaker of the lower house of the Brazilian parliament, Eduardo Cunha. Cunha was sentenced in March to 15 years in prison […]

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Mako is the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying […]

Trump ‘asked FBI to halt Flynn inquiry’

Image copyright Reuters President Donald Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to end an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia, US media report. “I hope you can let this go,” Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey after a White House meeting in February, according to a memo written by the ex-FBI […]

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Despite the differences, the two presidents pledged to strengthen US-Turkish relations Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. “There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region,” he […]

Mexican journalists protest over Javier Valdez killing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Journalists commemorated the veteran crime writer who was shot dead on Monday Journalists in Mexico have protested against the killing of one of their colleagues and called on the government to take action. Award-winning journalist Javier Valdez was shot dead on Monday, close to the offices of the newspaper he […]

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

Media captionThe rocket was tested at an undisclosed location The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea’s latest missile test and warned of new sanctions. In a statement, the 15-member Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further such tests. North Korea earlier said the missile it had tested on Sunday was a new type […]

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