Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz stressed the need for social cohesion German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). Politicians […]

California: Rescuers search for mudslide survivors

Media captionA resident describes how he helped rescue a baby from the mud Rescue workers in southern California are searching for survivors after mudslides and flooding in which at least 13 people have died. More than 30 miles (48km) of the main coastal road have been closed and police said the scene “looked like a […]

Catherine Deneuve defends men’s ‘right to hit on’ women

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catherine Deneuve has been in more than 100 films in a career spanning decades French actress Catherine Deneuve has said that men should be “free to hit on” women. She is one of 100 French women who wrote an open letter, warning about a new “puritanism” sparked by recent sexual […]

German Playboy to have transgender model on cover for first time

Image copyright Playboy Image caption The issue will be available on newsstands on Thursday The German edition of Playboy magazine will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time. Giuliana Farfalla, 21, will be topless, a tradition for such magazines in Germany. She is well-known after featuring in a reality TV series. […]

Pakistan reporter Taha Siddiqui flees armed abductors

Image caption Taha Siddiqui says he was dragged out of his cab and threatened with death A prominent Pakistani journalist has escaped an attempt to abduct him by armed men in the capital Islamabad. Taha Siddiqui says 10-12 unidentified men beat him and threatened to kill him as he took a cab to the airport. […]

North Korea to send team to Winter Olympic Games

Media captionNorth and South Korea had a warm meeting in the DMZ North Korea is to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea in February, officials from the South say. The breakthrough announcement came as the countries met for their first high-level talks in more than two years. […]

Okinawa tension: US apologises to Japan over repeat accidents

Media captionUS Marines airlift faulty helicopter with even bigger helicopter Japan says the US has apologised for a series of recent accidents on its territory involving American military equipment. The incidents on the southern island of Okinawa included the emergency landings of two US military helicopters. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said he was “lost for […]

Fire and Fury: Tillerson ‘never questioned’ Trump mental health

Media captionMichael Wolff told the BBC Mr Trump’s mental health “is a subject of concern” in the White House US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has never doubted President Trump’s mental health after a new book claimed staff saw him as a child. Author Michael Wolff said White House employees believed Mr Trump’s […]

Trump-Bannon row: White House lawyers threaten former aide

Media captionFive things Trump thinks about Bannon now US President Donald Trump’s lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement. The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff. Wolff’s forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for […]

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets Iran has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in “numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts” which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days […]

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