Brazil police raid Sao Paulo ‘Crackland’ and make arrests

Brazil police raid Sao Paulo ‘Crackland’ and make arrests

Image copyright EPA Image caption The authorities say cheap hostels used by addicts in the area will be closed Brazilian police have arrested nearly 40 people for drug trafficking offences in central Sao Paulo where crack cocaine has been sold and consumed freely for years. About 500 armed police officers were involved in the operation. […]

Ringling Brothers circus stages final show

Ringling Brothers circus stages final show

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The company’s last performance was streamed live online After 146 years, America’s most celebrated circus Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has staged its final performance in New York. Owners of the company said the tough decision had been made due to falling ticket sales and high operating […]

Venezuela protests: Man set alight as death toll rises

Venezuela protests: Man set alight as death toll rises

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dozens have been killed and hundreds more injured in weeks of anti-government protests Warning: This article contains images that readers might find disturbing. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting alight a government supporter in Caracas on the 50th day of protests. Orlando José Figuera suffered burns […]

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyongyang said the missile launched was the Pukguksong-2, which was also tested in February North Korea has confirmed it “successfully” launched another medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The state-run KCNA news agency said the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action. The White House said the missile […]

Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

Media captionEmotions – whether tears or laughter – ran high at the reunion A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families. The 82 girls, who were part of a huge group kidnapped from their school in 2014, are in the care of security services in […]

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of those killed were from the Libyan National Army, seen in action in this file photo Reports suggest as many as 140 people, including civilians, may have died in an attack on an airbase in Libya. It was originally thought 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to […]

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Image copyright AFP The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”. Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this […]

Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations

Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations

Media captionAnti-Temer protesters in Belem could be seen throwing a metal panel towards police, who responded with tear gas Brazilian President Michel Temer has taken millions of dollars in bribes since 2010, according to testimony released by the Supreme Court. The plea-bargain testimony came from bosses of a giant meat-packing firm. If confirmed, the accusations […]

Thomas Minito: Suspect in Kenya’s ranch raids found dead

Thomas Minito: Suspect in Kenya’s ranch raids found dead

Image copyright The Star Image caption Thomas Minito was reported missing earlier this week A Kenyan politician being investigated for the raids in private farms in the Laikipia region has been found dead. Thomas Minito’s body was found floating in a river in Machakos, 50km (30 miles) from the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. Police […]

Sudan’s Bashir declines to attend Saudi summit with Trump

Sudan’s Bashir declines to attend Saudi summit with Trump

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Omar al-Bashir had been invited by King Salman Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to take up an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend an Islamic summit at which US President Donald Trump will be guest of honour. Mr Bashir, who cited “private reasons”, is wanted for alleged […]