Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in star-studded bash

Serena Williams has married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the year. A-listers including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria were at the star-studded bash which took place in New Orleans on Thursday. The event had a Beauty and the Beast theme and included 200 people on the guestlist, […]

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at […]

Senators: Kushner ‘withheld WikiLeaks and Russia emails’

Image copyright EPA White House senior aide Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails he received about WikiLeaks and “a Russian backdoor overture” in 2016, senators have said. Two senators sent Mr Kushner a letter demanding additional documents as part of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling. The lawmakers said they became aware of […]

‘Da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

Media captionThe painting has been cleaned and restored from the image on the left to the one on the right A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the […]

Russia remains non-compliant with code, says World Anti-Doping Agency

Next year’s Winter Olympics take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea Russia’s hopes of competing at the Winter Olympic Games in February were dealt a blow as the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said the country remained non-compliant with its code. Last year, an independent report commissioned by Wada found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country. […]

Zimbabwe crisis: Army takes over, says Mugabe is safe

Media captionMaj Gen Sibusiso Moyo read out a statement on national TV early on Wednesday The military has seized control in Zimbabwe but has said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, is safe. After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused “social and […]

Iran quake survivors seek shelter as death toll rises

Media captionMoment Iran-Iraq quake hits Darbandikhan Dam control room Thousands of Iranians have spent a second night outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after a devastating earthquake hit the west of the country. The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit area in the mountainous province of Kermanshah, where hundreds of homes were destroyed. […]

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Media captionA Kurdish TV channel was live on air during the earthquake A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 335 people and injuring thousands more. One Iranian aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year. The majority of […]

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Consumption of coal has grown once again in China after three years of decline Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been […]

Mass graves discovered in Iraq

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces inspect the site where they say hundreds of bodies have been buried Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State (IS) fighters until last month. Kirkuk province’s governor, Rakan Said, said they were found […]

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