Trump ‘determined to pursue peace’ after Pope meeting

Media captionDonald Trump was greeted by Pope Francis at the Vatican US President Donald Trump has said he is “more determined than ever” to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was granted a short private audience with the head of the Catholic Church on the latest leg of […]

Ex-officer helps exonerate US prisoner after 24 years

Image copyright WPVI A Philadelphia man has been exonerated and freed from prison 24 years after he was found guilty of a murder he did not commit. Shaurn Thomas, 43, was released after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office agreed that the evidence did not support the conviction. Mr Thomas, who was 19 when found guilty, […]

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 34 drown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The crossing from Libya to Italy is now one of the busiest used by illicit migrants – and one of the most deadly (file image) At least 34 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coastguard says. The […]

White House denies ‘egregious’ budget accounting error

Image copyright Reuters Image caption White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress on Wednesday that he went through the budget “line by line” The White House has denied the president’s budget proposal contains an “egregious” maths error. Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers pointed out the spending plan double-counts $2tr (£1tr). But White House […]

Manchester attack: Trump calls attacker a ‘loser’

Media captionUS President Donald Trump speaking in Bethlehem: “I won’t call them monsters” US President Donald Trump has called those behind the Manchester suicide bombing and other similar attacks “evil losers in life”. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. I will call them losers,” he said in a speech during […]

Germany cracks Europe-wide burglary gang of 500 members

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the gang’s alleged operatives were young women who had little option but to take part, say police Munich police say they have broken up a huge burglary clan which they estimate may have been responsible for a fifth of German break-ins. The criminal gang was compared by […]

Romania criticised over domestic violence ‘failures’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists have long tried to highlight the lack of awareness of domestic violence as a crime in Romania, and the scant number of resources and facilities to support victims Romania has been criticised over its lack of commitment to tackling domestic violence in a ruling by the European Court of […]

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Media captionJulian Assange spoke on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy: “Seven years of detention without charge” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will not forgive and forget attempts to arrest him over rape allegations which led him to seek asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy. Hailing an “important victory”, he said he was prepared […]

Trump heads for Saudi Arabia on first foreign tour

Image copyright AFP Image caption Posters showing President Trump alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman are on display in Riyadh US President Donald Trump has left for Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip since becoming president. His eight-day trip will also take in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican and Sicily. It comes as […]

Chechen gay men hopeful of finding refuge in five countries

Image copyright AFP Image caption There has been international outcry over the reported persecution of gay men in Chechnya Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help. Activists are in talks with five countries, two of them non-EU, the […]

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