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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, […]

Myanmar Rohingya: How a ‘genocide’ was investigated

Myanmar Rohingya: How a ‘genocide’ was investigated

Indiscriminate killing; villages burned to the ground; children assaulted; women gang-raped – these are the findings of United Nations investigators who allege that “the gravest crimes under international law” were committed in Myanmar last August. Such was their severity, the report said, the army must be investigated for genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in the […]

Spain paves way to remove Franco remains from mausoleum

Spain paves way to remove Franco remains from mausoleum

Spain’s socialist government has passed a decree to exhume the remains of the late fascist dictator Francisco Franco from a huge mausoleum near Madrid. The Valley of the Fallen, 50km (30 miles) from Madrid, was created by the dictator, who died in 1975. Today the site is seen as glorifying his victory in the 1936-39 […]

Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups

Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups

Pope Francis has condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics. The letter to “the People of God”¬†calls for an end to the “culture of death” in the Church, addresses failures to deal with abuse and asks for forgiveness. Last week a grand jury […]

Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance says Chamisa beat Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance says Chamisa beat Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s opposition says its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday’s presidential election. The MDC Alliance says the ruling Zanu-PF party is attempting to rig the vote to allow President Emmerson Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results is unacceptable. The election commission has said there has been no cheating and it needed […]

Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers’ base

Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers’ base

The Slovak foreign ministry says it is “disturbing” that the Night Wolves – a Russian nationalist biker gang close to President Vladimir Putin – now have a base in Slovakia. The base has old military vehicles and lies in Dolna Krupa, a village 70km (44 miles) from the capital Bratislava. The Russian government calls it […]

Toronto shooting: Deadly attack in Greektown district

Toronto shooting: Deadly attack in Greektown district

A gunman has opened fire on a busy avenue in Toronto, killing a young woman and injuring 13 other people, one of them critically, police say. The victim critically injured in the Canadian city’s Greektown district is a girl of eight or nine, they add. The suspect is dead, reportedly killed in an exchange of […]

Catalan case: Spain drops warrant against Puigdemont

Catalan case: Spain drops warrant against Puigdemont

Spain’s supreme court has withdrawn its European Arrest Warrants against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five of his aides who remain abroad. A German court ruled earlier that Mr Puigdemont could not be extradited to face the Spanish charge of rebellion over Catalonia’s push for independence. Rebellion is the most serious charge levelled against […]

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