Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Siti Aisyah “met some people who looked Japanese or Korean”, Indonesian officials said An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out a prank. Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: ‘VX nerve agent’ found on his face

Media captionRupert Wingfield Hayes: Three reasons why the use of VX is so extraordinary Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian toxicology reports […]

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish-backed rebels retook the centre of al-Bab on Thursday A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say. The explosion destroyed a rebel security post in Sousian, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum

Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Erdogan is pursuing alleged opponents both in Turkey and abroad Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. […]

Iraqi forces enter IS-held neighbourhood in west Mosul

Media captionThe BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports amid a fierce gun battle between Iraqi security forces and so-called IS fighters Iraqi forces have entered a neighbourhood in West Mosul for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State (IS) five days ago. It comes a day after troops retook the […]

South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

Image caption Protesters marched to the Home Affairs Ministry to deliver a list of their complaints South African police have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to try and disperse anti-immigrant protesters in the capital, Pretoria. A low-flying police helicopter has also been deployed amid a stand-off between local protesters and foreigners, with […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city

Media captionQuentin Sommerville is inside Mosul Airport Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city after losing […]

Mexico’s foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy

Mexico’s foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “No wall. Respect to immigrants and human rights”: Mr Trump’s immigration policy has led to protests in Mexico Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States, under which almost all illegal immigrants can be subject to deportation. The new rules include sending undocumented people to Mexico, even if […]

US ‘unwavering’ in support for Nato allies, says Pence

Media captionNato countries are failing to meet their commitments, Mike Pence said The US will be “unwavering” in its support for Nato, vice-president Mike Pence told European leaders at the Munich Security Conference. In the first major foreign policy address for the Trump administration, Mr Pence said the US would “stand with Europe today and […]

Robert Harward turns down Trump’s national security adviser offer

Robert Harward turns down Trump’s national security adviser offer

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward is a 60-year-old former Navy Seal US President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has turned down the job offer. Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday. A White House official said Mr Harward […]

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