Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids

Blatter was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as Fifa president ended in a corruption scandal French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia […]

North Korea tensions: US ready to ‘bring Kim Jong-un to his senses’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Vinson battle group has been conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea The US military’s top commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”. Adm […]

Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women’s summit

Media captionIvanka Trump explains her praise for her father Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father’s attitude towards women at the G20 women’s summit in Berlin. The First Daughter was taking part in a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs alongside German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. […]

French election: Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen

Media captionHollande: “What’s at stake is our idea of France” President Fran├žois Hollande has called on French voters to reject far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and back Emmanuel Macron to succeed him. The pair will face each other in a run-off vote on 7 May after taking the top places in Sunday’s first round, with […]

Paris Champs Elysees attack gunman named as Karim Cheurfi

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bullet holes could be seen on a window on the Champs Elysees on Friday The gunman killed after shooting dead a policeman on the Champs Elysees has been named by the Paris prosecutor as Karim Cheurfi, a convicted criminal. He used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to kill the police […]

Egyptian soldiers accused of killing unarmed Sinai men in leaked video

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Egypt’s military has been carrying out anti-terror operations in the Sinai peninsula for years A video has emerged which allegedly shows Egyptian soldiers shooting dead unarmed detainees in the northern Sinai region, where the military is carrying out an anti-terror offensive. The footage, which is unverified, appears to show […]

Kidnapped Qatari hunting party of 26 ‘freed in Iraq’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian houbara bustard, found in Iraq, is highly prized in the Arab Gulf states A group of Qatari hunters – including members of the ruling family – have been freed 16 months after being kidnapped in Iraq, officials say. The Iraqi interior ministry said “all 26” were in […]

South Africa bus crash kills 18 children

Image copyright Twitter/ER24 Image caption The minibus was carrying children from primary and secondary schools Eighteen children and two adults have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services have said. The children died after the vehicle burst into flames following a collision with a truck just north of […]

Afghanistan: Troops killed in Balkh army base attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The army says it has rushed reinforcements to the base in Balkh province At least eight Afghan soldiers have been killed and several wounded in an attack by Taliban insurgents on a military base in Balkh province, military officials say. Some reports say the number of troops killed or injured […]

North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea showed off military hardware at a parade in honour of the anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung’s birth China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told […]