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Syria rebels 'in push to break Aleppo siege' 28 October 2016 ALEPPO - Rebels in Syria have announced a big offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo. A UK-based monitoring group said the rebels had fired "hundreds" of missiles into western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians. They are also reported to have targeted al-Nayrab m...
Indonesia to castrate paedophiles 19 October 2016 JAKARTA - Indonesia could "wipe out" paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be "no compromise" when it came to punishing such sexual crimes. Indonesia passed controversial laws ...
'Trump women accusers lying' 18 October 2016 NEW YORK - Melania Trump has insisted that her husband is a "gentleman" and that the women who allege that he sexually assaulted them are lying. She also said that lewd comments Donald Trump made about women that were caught on videotape were unacceptable but did not represent the man she know...
Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster 7 October 2016 PORT AU PRINCE - The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, officials say. Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its building...
Trump's fortune drops $800m in one year 29 September 2016 HARARE - "Part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich," Donald Trump once said, but according to Forbes magazine he's much less rich than a year ago. The business magazine has reappraised the Republican White House hopeful's personal wealth and found it has haemorrhaged $800m since 2015. ...
US accuses Russia of 'barbarism' in Syria 26 September 2016 ALEPPO - The US ambassador to the UN has accused Russia of "barbarism" over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said Russia had told the council outright lies about its conduct in Syria. She said Russia and the Syrian ...
New York investigates Trump 14 September 2016 NEW YORK - New York's attorney general says he is investigating Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's foundation over suspected "impropriety". Eric Schneiderman said his office wanted to ensure the foundation is "complying with the laws that govern charities in New York". The Tru...
Brazil president removed from office 1 September 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget. It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff had denied the charges. Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her dismissal and 20 agai...
Rousseff fights for survival at trial 29 August 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate. She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit. Ms Rousseff said her conscience was "absolutely clean" and that she had not committ...
Italy earthquake death toll reaches 247 25 August 2016 ROME - The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors. Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy. The search went on through the night, and the...
Earthquake leaves at least 37 dead in Italy 24 August 2016 ROME - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing, as rescuers search for survivors. Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground and there were fears the number of casualties could rise. ...
Ferocious US fires evict thousands 18 August 2016 CALIFORNIA - Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen. An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles. The Blue Cut fire,...
Image of injured Syria boy draws outrage 18 August 2016 ALLEPO - Syrian activists have released striking pictures of a young boy rescued from a destroyed building after an air strike in the divided second city of Aleppo. Video and photos of the boy sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance were shared widely on social media, with many expressing s...
Shock as Putin fires chief of staff 13 August 2016 MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has demoted one of his closest allies in a rare and dramatic shake-up of Russia's top leadership. Sergei Ivanov, Mr Putin's chief of staff, was relieved of his duties in a televised meeting in the Kremlin on Friday. He will retain his seat on the Security C...
Putin offers Turkey closer ties 9 August 2016 MOSCOW - Russia is ready to restore economic co-operation and other ties with Turkey, President Vladimir Putin has told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg. It is Mr Erdogan's first foreign visit since an attempted coup last month. Mr Erdogan thanked Mr Putin, sayi...
Rio banned from Rio paralympics 7 August 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO - Russian athletes are banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics following the country's doping scandal. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had opened suspension proceedings following the McLaren report, and has now confirmed the ban. The report, published l...
Pressure mounts on Venezuela president 2 August 2016 CARACAS - Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced its approval of the first step in an opposition campaign to recall President Nicolas Maduro. It said the opposition had succeeded in gathering 1% of voter signatures in all 24 of Venezuela's states. The move is the first p...
Clinton accepts historic nomination 29 July 2016 HILLARY Clinton on Thursday claimed her place in history as she became the first woman presidential nominee of a major US party, promising economic opportunity for all and rejecting Donald Trump’s dark picture of America. The former secretary of state, her hand on her heart, received ecstatic ...
Turkey shuts dozens of media outlets 28 July 2016 ISTANBUL - The Turkish authorities have announced the closure of dozens of media organisations, as a crackdown continues following the failed coup on 15 July. Three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 45 papers and 15 magazines will be shut. Separately, nearly 1,700 members of the armed forces -...
Obama's half-brother to vote for Trump 27 July 2016 WASHINGTON - US president Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump because he "comes across as a straightforward guy". Malik Obama, a Muslim with Kenyan and US citizenship, also told the BBC that the Republican presidential nominee's proposal for a temporary...
Michelle Obama backs Clinton, blasts Trump 26 July 2016 PHILADELPHIA - US First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that Hillary Clinton was the one candidate ready to be president, as she poured scorn on Donald Trump's behaviour and temperament. "In this election, there is only one person who I trust with t...
Third attack hits Germany 25 July 2016 BERLIN - A Syrian migrant set off an explosion at a bar in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others late Sunday, authorities said, the third attack in a week. The 27-year-old had intended to target a nearby music festival in the city of Ansbach, news agency DPA quoted re...
Another fatal mass shooting in US 25 July 2016 FLORIDA - At least two people are dead following a Florida nightclub shooting where a 'teen night' was being held, according to reports. The Fort Myers Police Department confirmed at least 17 people were shot, including two fatally, according to WBBH. Police responded to Club Blu Bar and Gril...
Munich police investigate Breivik link 23 July 2016 MUNICH - The gunman who killed nine people in Munich was obsessed with mass shootings and had an obvious link to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, German police say. Police who searched the 18-year-old's room say they found written material on attacks. The gunman, who later ki...
Trump seals Republican nomination 20 July 2016 NEW YORK - Donald Trump has secured the Republican nomination for US president on day two of the Republican National Convention. The House Speaker, Paul Ryan, urged delegates to unite behind Mr Trump, a day after splits in the party were evident as the convention opened. The Trump campaign ...