Eastern Ghouta: Mattis warns Syria over ‘weaponised gas’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The Syrian army says it has completely surrounded the town of Douma, which has been under heavy bombardment US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has warned Syria it would be “very unwise” to use poison gas in Eastern Ghouta amid reports of chlorine attacks. Mr Mattis did not say President Trump […]

Paralympic Games: ‘No joint Korean march’ amid flag dispute

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The North’s Paralympic team has arrived in Pyeongchang The two Koreas will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, officials in the South have said. The North had wanted disputed islands to be put on a unified flag but the South disagreed. […]

Gary Cohn: Key Trump economic policy adviser resigns

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gary Cohn was director of the National Economic Council under President Trump US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump’s team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a […]

North Korea is willing to discuss disarmament, says South

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un was pictured welcoming delegates from the South to a dinner on Monday North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons but only if its own safety can be guaranteed, South Korea says. The South says the subject was raised when its officials met […]

Russian plane crash in Syria ‘kills 32’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption An-26 – like this one in an archive photo – is a twin-engine turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft A Russian transport plane has crashed in Syria killing all 26 passengers and six crew members believed to have been on board, the defence ministry says. The An-26 plane crashed […]

Italy election: Populist Five Star and League vie for power

Italy election: Populist Five Star and League vie for power

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lega chief Matteo Salvini and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy The leaders of two anti-establishment parties have each claimed they have the right to govern Italy, after voters in Europe’s fourth-largest economy did not return a majority to any single party. The Eurosceptic, populist […]

Trump steel tariffs: Trade wars are good, says Trump

Media captionTrump on new tariffs: ‘We haven’t been treated fairly’ US President Donald Trump has said “trade wars are good”, amid controversy over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. He tweeted that the US was “losing billions of dollars on trade” and would find a trade war “easy to win”. On […]

Russia’s Putin unveils ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Graphics were used to demonstrate the new weaponry Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin made the claims as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected to […]

Russia’s Olympic membership is restored by IOC

There were 168 Russians competing as neutral athletes at February’s Winter Olympics Russia’s Olympic membership has been restored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. Before Sunday’s closing ceremony in South Korea, the IOC had said the ban […]

Taliban offer: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani seeks talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some former Taliban have surrendered, but the group has grown stronger in recent years Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks “without preconditions” to the Taliban after 16 years of war. Speaking at a peace conference in Kabul, he proposed measures including a ceasefire and prisoner swaps. In return […]