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NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest players and most masterful scorers of all time, was among the passengers who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.  Bryant was 41. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in an afternoon news conference...

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 8:37am

China: Virus death toll rises as more cities shut down

China has widened a lockdown in Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll climbed to 25. At least 10 cities in the central Chinese province, which has a population of 20 million, have travel restrictions in force. On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:58am

World leaders gather for Holocaust commemoration, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz

World leaders gathered in Jerusalem Thursday to take part in Israel’s largest-ever diplomatic meeting to commemorate the Holocaust and battle anti-Semitism, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Vice President...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 3:22pm

Holocaust: World leaders to make online 'Never Again' pledge

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and dozens of world leaders attending this week's Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem will take part in the online Holocaust education project known as "Eva Stories," which tells the story of a Hungarian girl through Instagram. In the...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:20am

China to ban bags and other single-use plastic

China, one of the world's biggest users of plastic, has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country. Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The restaurant industry will also be banned from using...

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:03am

China, U.S. sign phase-one trade deal

The US on January 15 signed the first phase of a trade deal with China, which President Donald Trump described as historic, concluding more than a year of tough negotiations including several months of suspension of talks between the two largest economies of the world. The first phase of...

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:51pm

U.S. House sends Trump impeachment articles to Republican-led Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives officially sent impeachment articles against President Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday evening to allow a trial to get underway. After an engrossment ceremony, seven newly-appointed managers for the Trump impeachment trial walked across the Capitol to...

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:39pm

Russian PM and government resign as Putin proposes sweeping constitutional changes

The government of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is to resign, hours after President Vladimir Putin announced plans in parliament to change the constitution. Mr Putin has asked the PM to move to the post of deputy head of the National Security Council, reports say. Mr Medvedev said...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:40pm

Retired Pope Benedict warns Francis against relaxing priestly celibacy rules

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has issued a defence of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church as his successor considers easing a ban on married men serving as priests. Pope Benedict made the appeal in a book co-authored with Cardinal Robert Sarah. It comes in response to a proposal to allow...

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:11pm

Harry and Meghan: Royals gather for talks over Sussexes' future

The Queen will meet senior royals in Sandringham later to discuss the future roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales will all attend, while Meghan is expected to join the discussion by phone from Canada. The Sussexes say they plan...

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:08pm

Ukrainian passenger plane crashes in Iran

A Ukrainian Boeing-737 with more than 170 people onboard has crashed in Iran, according to local media. Iran's Red Crescent said there is no chance of finding survivors. The aircraft belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed just after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 8:45am

Iran targets US troops with missile strikes

Two airbases housing US troops in Iraq have been hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles, according to the US Department of Defence. Iranian state TV says the attack is retaliation after the country's top commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad, on the orders...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:54am

US denies Iraq pullout amid letter confusion

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has denied US troops are pulling out of Iraq, after a letter from a US general there suggested a withdrawal. The letter said the US would be "repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks" after Iraqi MPs had called for them to leave. Mr Esper...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:10am

Mexico: More than 61,000 missing amid drug violence

The Mexican government said on Monday more than 61,000 people had gone missing as a result of the increasingly violent drug war with powerful cartels, 50 percent more than the government previously estimated. The new figure from the one-year-old administration of Mexico's President...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 8:30am

Tens of thousands mourn as Soleimani's body returns to Iran

Tens of thousands of mourners clad in black have filled the streets of the Iranian city of Ahvaz to pay their respects to Qassem Soleimani, the country's most powerful and revered military commander who was assassinated by a US airstrike in Iraq. Soleimani's body was flown to the...

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 12:11pm

US kills Iran Quds Force leader, Pentagon confirms

General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, has been killed by US forces in Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed he was killed "at the direction of the president". Gen Soleimani was being driven by car at Baghdad airport, alongside local Iran...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 8:25am

Typhoon Phanfone: Philippines counts cost of deadly storm

Typhoon Phanfone has killed at least 10 people in the Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation through the centre of the country. The storm, also known as Ursula, carried gusts of close to 190km/h (118 mph) and made landfall several times across various islands, officials say. Tens of...

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 10:01am

Pope defends migrants, calls for peace in Christmas message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants. In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world)...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - 2:00pm

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom's public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He...

Monday, December 23, 2019 - 1:14pm

Islamic State 'getting stronger again in Iraq'

There are growing indications that the Islamic State (IS) group is re-organising in Iraq, two years after losing the last of its territory in the country. Kurdish and Western intelligence officials have told the BBC that the IS presence in Iraq is a sophisticated insurgency, and IS attacks are...

Monday, December 23, 2019 - 8:57am

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