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Brexit: Boris Johnson to hail 'dawn of a new era' on departure day

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the "dawn of a new era" on Friday, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years. In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT - an hour before the official departure time - he will say Brexit is "not an end but a beginning...

Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:43 AM

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:36 PM

Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China. Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January. Infections have also spread to at least 15 other...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:14 PM

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, 7:58 AM

Coronavirus: How worried should we be?

A virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in China and has also been detected in other countries. At least 17 people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. There are already hundreds of confirmed cases,...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:23 PM

Isabel dos Santos banker found dead in Lisbon

A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Ms Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:18 PM

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, 9:03 AM

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, 4:38 PM

Trump says he deserves Nobel Peace Prize not Abiy Ahmed

Why, what did he say? "I'm going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I'll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said: 'What, did I have something...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:27 PM

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, 11:20 AM

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, 10:31 AM

Twitter to test 'block all replies' function

Twitter has said it will test new features that allow users to control who can reply to their posts - or block replies entirely. "We want to help people feel safe participating in the conversation on Twitter," the company said. The move comes as social media companies are under...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 3:01 PM

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, 8:45 AM

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, 7:54 AM

Libya: Rebel forces 'seize strategic city Sirte'

Rebel forces in Libya say they have taken control of the coastal city of Sirte, in what would be a key strategic gain. Sirte has been controlled by forces aligned with Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) since the Islamic State (IS) militants were expelled in 2016. The...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 8:34 AM

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, 8:27 AM

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, 8:25 AM

Turkish MPs approve bill to send troops to Libya

Turkey's parliament has passed a bill that will allow the government to deploy troops to Libya to intervene in the civil war. Turkish lawmakers approved the bill on Thursday, with 325 in favour to 184 against. Turkey is allied with Libya's UN-backed government, which is based in the...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 10:43 PM

Rush-hour vehicle bomb kills dozens in Mogadishu

At least 76 people have been killed by a vehicle bomb detonated during morning rush hour in Somalia's capital. The blast took place at a checkpoint at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. More than 90 people were also injured. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb but al-...

Sunday, December 29, 2019, 7:54 AM

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, 10:01 AM

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