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Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya’s government has confirmed. Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday. Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya’s Red Cross said 19 are still missing. Somalia-based […]

Snow covers Washington as US shutdown continues

Snow covers Washington as US shutdown continues

As a partial government shutdown continues in the US, the longest in its history, residents of the Washington area woke on Sunday to find that heavy snow had fallen overnight. Still more snow is expected to fall, but here are pictures showing the scenes in Washington on Sunday: Winter Storm Gia brought the first snow […]

Climate change: ‘Hell to pay’ if COP24 talks fail

Climate change: ‘Hell to pay’ if COP24 talks fail

Amid impassioned pleas for progress, negotiators at the UN climate talks in Poland are facing the final day with many issues undecided. Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said there would be “hell to pay” if countries failed to take significant steps. Countries are struggling to complete the complex “rulebook” of the Paris climate agreement. But […]

France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was “deep, and […]

Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned. His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned both countries’ use of all short […]

France fuel protests: 80-year-old woman killed in Marseille

France fuel protests: 80-year-old woman killed in Marseille

An 80-year-old woman has died after being hit by a tear gas canister at her window during Saturday’s fuel protests in the French city of Marseille. The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place, was hit in the face while closing the shutters. Protests over fuel tax have […]

G20 Argentina: Rifts laid bare as world leaders meet

G20 Argentina: Rifts laid bare as world leaders meet

World leaders have held the opening session of their annual G20 summit, with any number of disputes and disagreements on the table. Host president, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, said the solution was “dialogue, dialogue and dialogue” and called for a clear message of shared responsibility. But US President Donald Trump has already cancelled meeting Russia’s Vladimir […]

Jordan seeks to end Israel land lease

Jordan seeks to end Israel land lease

Jordan says it plans to end a lease of two areas of land to Israel that was agreed in annexes to the 1994 peace treaty between the two countries. The areas are Naharayim in the north and Tzofar in the south, known as Baqura and Ghamr in Arabic. The lease governing them was for 25 […]

South Korea’s Moon optimistic about end to Korean War

South Korea’s Moon optimistic about end to Korean War

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed. Mr Moon, the son of […]

Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib

Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib

Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there. Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October. Troops from Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, and Turkey, […]

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