Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright AFP So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The historic landmark was where IS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014. However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq. Earlier on Wednesday, […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Media captionNato jet ‘approaches’ Russian minister’s plane A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato […]

George Clooney’s tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

Image copyright Casamigos Image caption Clooney (right) and friends say Casamigos was born from tequila-filled nights It’s celebration time for George Clooney, after the tequila company he co-founded was sold to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth $1bn (£790m). The deal comes at a busy time for the Hollywood actor, as his wife Amal […]

Man shot in Brussels rail station amid bomb belt claims

Media captionPolice arrive after explosion in Brussels central train station A man has triggered a small explosion in Brussels Central Station, a spokesman for the Belgian federal police told the BBC. The man was shot by soldiers inside the station and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Police say the situation is under […]

Macron’s party set for parliamentary majority, polls show

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is on track for a parliamentary majority, exit polls suggest, weeks after his presidential victory. Two polls have his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, winning between 355 and 425 seats in the 577-seat […]

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Image copyright Image caption Mali’s government has said it suspects jihadists are behind the resort attack Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released,” […]

Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Media captionA former guest star on the Bill Cosby show, Lili Bernard, called Cosby “a lying coward” A US judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days. The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision after some 53 hours […]

Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball field

Media captionWatch as baseball gunman opens fire A gunman who sprayed bullets at Republican lawmakers during baseball practice in a Washington DC suburb has died, US President Donald Trump said. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise was one of five injured in the early morning ambush at a park in Alexandria, Virginia. The attacker, […]

Flint water crisis: Michigan officials on manslaughter charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The contaminated water supply caused many problems for the people of Flint Michigan’s health chief is one of five officials charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Flint water crisis. Nick Lyon and the others are accused of failing to alert the public to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ […]

Gregory Villemin: Three held in 1984 French child murder mystery

Image copyright AFP Image caption Grégory Villemin was found drowned in a river a few kilometres from his home A couple in their 70s and a woman have been detained for questioning by police, 32 years after a crime that horrified France. Grégory Villemin was four when his body was found in the Vologne river. […]

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