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 […]

Russia’s President Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ejections will bring the embassy numbers in Moscow and Washington to 455 Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed […]

North Korea: US says ‘no value’ in UN security council meeting

Media captionThe US B-1 bombers were joined by South Korean and Japanese planes The US says it will not call for a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s missile tests because it would produce “nothing of consequence”. Such a meeting would send a message to North Korea that the international community was unwilling to […]

German cable car collision leaves dozens stranded in mid-air

Image copyright EPA Image caption Firefighters assess damage caused after a cable car struck a pillar in Cologne, Germany Dozens of people were left suspended in mid-air after a cable car hit a support pillar and came to a stop over the River Rhine in Germany. Fire crews and rescue teams in Cologne used a […]

Venezuelan officials killed amid tense election for assembly

Media captionClashes and demonstrations took place in the capital Caracas on Sunday A candidate in Sunday’s assembly elections and an opposition activist have been killed in Venezuela. The killings took place before voting started to elect a new assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution. The opposition says it is a power grab by President […]

South Korea birth rate plunges to record low

Image copyright Getty Image caption The country has spent billions trying to encourage people to have more children The growth of South Korea’s population this year will be the slowest rate ever recorded, despite efforts to boost it, officials say. About 360,000 babies will be born, leading to concern over the effect of an ageing […]

John Kelly appointment: Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus

Media captionTrump praises Priebus after announcing his departure US President Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff. The announcement, made over Twitter on Friday afternoon, effectively removed Reince Priebus from the role. The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure […]

North Korea conducts new intercontinental missile test

Image copyright KCNA Image caption North Korea said it conducted its first ICBM test in early July – the latest took place late at night North Korea has conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile test, South Korea and the Pentagon say. The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the […]

No US transgender policy change ‘for now’

Media captionRiley Dosh wanted to defend her country and the rights of those who disagree with her Transgender people will not be banned from serving in the US military until the president issues guidance to the Pentagon, military officials say. In a surprise tweet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the government would not […]