Grand jury used in Trump-Russia investigation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mueller has not given details himself of the investigation The special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election has begun using a grand jury in Washington, reports say. The move suggests Robert Mueller may be taking a more aggressive approach to gathering data on possible collusion […]

‘Two plots’ in Australia terror investigation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian police have stepped up their presence at the nation’s airports Two men accused of plotting to put a bomb on a plane were also trying to build a device that could release toxic gas, Australian police have alleged. The men, aided by the so-called Islamic State (IS), failed […]

Large fire rips through Dubai’s Torch Tower

Media captionIt is not clear what caused the fire A large fire has ripped through a residential skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – for the second time in two years. Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower, and burning debris falling down. The authorities later said that […]

US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Media captionAll you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated […]

Venezuela vote: Authorities reject inflation claim

Image copyright Magnum Photos Image caption President Maduro says violence prevented at least two million voters from going to the polls Venezuela’s electoral authorities have dismissed a claim that turnout in Sunday’s controversial vote for a new constituent assembly was inflated. The firm behind the voting system said turnout was at least one million fewer […]

Racist messages cause anger at Australian universities

Image copyright Poppy Wang Image caption The University of Sydney condemned the offensive graffiti Racist graffiti targeting Chinese students has prompted anger after it was found at two locations in an Australian university. The words “kill Chinese” were inscribed above a swastika in restrooms at the University of Sydney. The university condemned the graffiti and […]

Brazil’s President Temer survives corruption vote

Media captionChaos in Brazil Congress at Temer vote The Brazilian Congress has voted not to put President Michel Temer on trial for corruption. Opposition lawmakers in the lower house of Congress failed to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to send the case to the Supreme Court. Mr Temer welcomed the vote as “clear and incontestable”. […]

Venezuela claims 41.5% turnout in violent constituent assembly vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Government supporters celebrated the end of voting in Caracas Electoral officials in Venezuela say turnout in the controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%, a figure disputed by the opposition. The opposition coalition said 88% of voters abstained and it refused to recognise the election. The opposition also called […]

Angelina Jolie denies ‘cruel’ Cambodia child auditions

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angelina Jolie has come under fire for her description of recruiting child actors Angelina Jolie has fiercely denied playing tricks on Cambodian children while casting for a film. The actress and UN special envoy recruited local children to star in her film about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, First They Killed My […]

Homes searched over Australia ‘plane plot’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police search for evidence at a home in inner Sydney Australian police are searching five properties in Sydney over a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane. Four men were arrested in raids across the city late on Saturday. Police said they had seized materials that could have […]