Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Ethiopians have been attacked to Saudi Arabia by the job opportunities Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants to leave expired on Tuesday, the Ethiopian government has told the BBC. Communications Minister Negeri Lencho added that it has asked […]

George Soros ‘plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea’s leader’

Image copyright EPA Image caption US billionaire George Soros has not commented on the claims Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow the country’s government. He said he had warned President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest […]

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

At least 15 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in an air strike on a village in eastern Syria held by so-called Islamic State, activists say. The DeirEzzor24 website reported that an unidentified jet had dropped cluster bombs on Dablan, about 20km (13 miles) south-east of the town of Mayadin. The UK-based Syrian Observatory […]

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qatar’s foreign minister held talks with the US secretary of state in Washington on Tuesday Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” […]

Pakistan inferno: Father’s anguish as tanker dead buried

Image copyright EPA Image caption The blaze left a trail of charred vehicles on the road around the tanker A mass burial has been held in Pakistan for 125 unidentified victims of Sunday’s fuel tanker inferno in the southern province of Punjab. The blaze killed more than 150 people and came just a day before […]

China launches new warship type to boost military strength

Image copyright Reuters China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrier in April. Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the […]

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May clash on austerity

Media captionJeremy Corbyn calls for a reversal of emergency services cuts The fatal Grenfell Tower fire exposed “the disastrous effect of austerity” and should act as a “wake-up call”, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed. The Labour leader also cited a “disregard for working class communities” and “the terrible consequences of deregulation” as he clashed with Theresa […]

Brokenshire in Stormont talks failure warning

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for almost six months There will be serious implications if the Stormont parties cannot agree a deal on restoring devolution by Thursday’s deadline, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has said. Mr Brokenshire would not go into detail about any alternatives he […]

David Duckenfield faces Hillsborough charges with five others

Media captionCrown Prosecution Service statement on Hillsborough Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield faces 95 charges of manslaughter and five other senior figures will be prosecuted over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Mr Duckenfield was match commander at the FA Cup semi-final when 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured in a crush. Ex-South Yorkshire Police (SYP) Ch […]

DUP MPs ‘worth more than Ronaldo’, Commons told

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009 for £80m Each Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP is now “worth more” than Cristiano Ronaldo, a Scottish National Party MP has told the House of Commons. Alison Thewliss made the remark as she questioned the Tory government about the […]