Smuggler blamed for mass drowning

Image copyright IOM Image caption The survivors were found by IOM staff on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN’s migration agency says. They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler […]

Mystery as US expels two Cuban diplomats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two Cuban diplomats have been asked to leave the US Washington has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US embassy staff in Havana suffered mysterious physical symptoms, the US state department said. It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no “definitive answers […]

Kenya election 2017: President Kenyatta urges peaceful vote

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) is locked in a tight race with opposition leader Raila Odinga Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has appealed for calm in a televised speech on the eve of the country’s general election. He urged the 19 million registered voters to turn out in great numbers, but […]

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas […]

Brazil’s President Temer survives corruption vote

Media captionChaos in Brazil Congress at Temer vote The Brazilian Congress has voted not to send President Michel Temer to face trial for corruption. Opposition lawmakers in the lower house of Congress failed to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to send the case to the Supreme Court. Mr Temer has been accused of receiving $12m […]

Venezuela vote: Authorities reject inflation claim

Image copyright Magnum Photos Image caption President Maduro says violence prevented at least two million voters from going to the polls Venezuela’s electoral authorities have dismissed a claim that turnout in Sunday’s controversial vote for a new constituent assembly was inflated. The firm behind the voting system said turnout was at least one million fewer […]

North Korea: US not seeking regime change, says Rex Tillerson

Media captionRex Tillerson: We don’t seek regime change in North Korea The US government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea, the secretary of state says, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programme. “We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the US wanted a dialogue at some point. Meanwhile, a senior Republican […]

Venezuela crisis: US alarm as opposition leaders jailed

Media captionVideos of the arrests were shared on social media The US has described the re-arrest of two Venezuelan opposition leaders as “very alarming”. Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, who had been under house arrest, were taken to a military prison on Tuesday night. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was “evaluating all of […]

Turkey coup trial: Almost 500 in court amid protests

Media captionAlleged coup plotters outside the court near Ankara Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot. Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards in front of TV cameras. […]

Saudi Arabia plans luxury beach resorts on Red Sea

Image copyright Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Image caption Promotional material showed some of the 125 miles (200km) of Saudi’s western coastline that is due to be transformed Saudi Arabia has launched a massive tourism development project that will turn 50 islands and other sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts. It hopes to attract […]