Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus have been extensively damaged in recent months Syrian security forces are engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, residents say. Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise […]

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China’s President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states. Mr Tillerson met the Chinese leader in […]

Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier’s gun

Media caption“The attacker was holding the soldier by her neck” A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Paris’s Orly airport, French officials say. The 39-year-old was killed by the security forces after attacking a patrol in the airport’s south terminal. The airport has now partially reopened after what […]

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is helping to evacuate people from al-Wair, the last rebel-held district of Homs Syrian rebels and their families are leaving their last remaining enclave in Homs, a city once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”. Buses have begun transporting people out of al-Wair district, under […]

Don’t forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches

Don’t forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches

Image copyright AP Image caption The abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity for almost three years A Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 […]

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies aged 87 in St Lucia

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies aged 87 in St Lucia

Image caption Derek Walcott was one of the Caribbean’s best known writers Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott has died aged 87 at his home in the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a long illness, local media reports say. He was regarded by critics as one of the greatest Caribbean poets. The writer’s collections include […]

Turkey’s Erdogan warns Dutch will pay price for dispute

Turkey’s Erdogan warns Dutch will pay price for dispute

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Erdogan: “We will teach them international diplomacy” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the Netherlands it will “pay the price” for harming ties after two of his ministers were barred. Mr Erdogan said: “We will teach them international diplomacy.” The two ministers were blocked from addressing Turkish expatriates […]

We Are Family singer dies at 60

Media captionSister Sledge spoke to the BBC in 2015 about why disco lives on Joni Sledge, the singer best-known for the disco anthem We Are Family, has died aged 60. Sledge, who formed Sister Sledge with her three siblings in 1971, was found unresponsive by a friend at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, her publicist […]

Ethiopia’s rubbish landslide kills 15 in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia’s rubbish landslide kills 15 in Addis Ababa

Image copyright AP Image caption The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s garbage for more than 50 years At least 15 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, officials say. They say dozens of people are still missing since […]

South African baby girl abducted in Durban found safe and well

South African baby girl abducted in Durban found safe and well

Image copyright South African Police Service Image caption Siwaphiwe Mbambo was abducted when her mother’s car was taken in Durban A one-month-old girl abducted in an apparent car-jacking in the South African city of Durban on Friday has been found safe and well. Police stopped a vehicle between Durban and Pietermaritzburg at about midnight on […]