CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in recent months CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. […]

North Korea urges Australia to distance itself from US

Image copyright KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY Image caption Australia says it has received a letter from Kim Jong-un’s regime The Australian government says it has received a document from North Korea urging Canberra to distance itself from the Trump administration. The note denounces the US president’s warning that America would destroy North Korea if forced […]

Pakistan militant leader ‘killed by drone’ in Afghanistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Omar Khalid Khorasani, pictured in a photo taken from archive footage The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected US drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says. Omar Khalid Khorasani led Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban behind several high-profile bomb attacks inside […]

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, unofficial talks between the two sides continue – but what does this kind of backchannel discussion look like? It is 25 September 2013 in the German capital of Berlin. High-level North Korean officials and their former US counterparts stroll into a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. […]

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Image copyright EPA Image caption A soldier at a checkpoint leading to the Maiwind district of Kandahar, where this attack took place At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed and nine wounded after two suicide bombers in Humvee armoured vehicles destroyed a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Six are still missing […]

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the next prime minister New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her […]

Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The fire began in the early hours of Thursday morning A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in the city of Yangon in Myanmar, killing one person. Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace. The hotel, […]

Xi Jinping: China’s president ‘to get own political theory’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing Chinese president Xi Jinping is to be given his own political theory, according to state news agency Xinhua. It will be known as “Xi Jinping Thought” and has 14 principles, the agency says. The theory is likely to […]

US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

Image copyright Reuters US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US wants to deepen co-operation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia. He described India as a “partner” in a “strategic relationship”, adding the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”. He said Beijing […]