German and Turkish officials vow to end spat

German and Turkish officials vow to end spat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Gabriel (left) hosted talks with Mr Cavusoglu in Goslar, central Germany Germany’s foreign minister has held talks with his Turkish counterpart in a bid to “overcome difficulties” and improve relations between the nations. Sigmar Gabriel said “open talks” with Mevlut Cavusoglu were “held in mutual respect” despite their […]

North Korea ‘likely’ to attend Olympics in South, says official

North Korea ‘likely’ to attend Olympics in South, says official

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s possible participation in the Pyeongchang Games could lead to progress A North Korean Olympic official has said that his country is “likely to participate” in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Seoul, reports say. Chang Ung, Pyongyang’s representative to the International Olympic Committee, reportedly made the comment […]

Syria war: Hospitals being targeted, aid workers say

Syria war: Hospitals being targeted, aid workers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syria and Russia deny targeting hospitals or other civilian areas At least 10 hospitals in rebel-held areas of Syria have suffered direct air or artillery attacks over the past 10 days, aid workers say. An adviser to a coalition of medical charities told the BBC that the attacks had […]

Trump Bannon row: Lawyers seek to halt book’s release

Trump Bannon row: Lawyers seek to halt book’s release

Media captionWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explains why Mr Trump rounded on his former adviser Steve Bannon Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book containing damaging allegations about his administration. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is due for release on Tuesday. It cites […]

South Africa train crash: Fourteen dead in truck collision

South Africa train crash: Fourteen dead in truck collision

Media captionThe truck apparently failed to stop at a crossing A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 14 people and injuring 268, officials have said. Video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, near a crushed car and an overturned truck. Evacuated […]

Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers’ legs

Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers’ legs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large quantities of Afghan heroin reach Turkey via Iran Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has been criticised for saying police should break the legs of drug dealers who are seen outside schools. The Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and secular opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet both accused Mr Soylu of incitement […]

Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted

Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted

Media captionVideo from the town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying what appears to be a wounded man Iran has moved to restrict social media networks that have been used to organise three days of anti-establishment protests. The restrictions on messaging app Telegram and photo sharing app Instagram are “temporary”, state news agency Irib reported. […]

Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest under new rules

Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest under new rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption A view from the summit of Everest, where more than 200 people have died since 1920 Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in an attempt to reduce accidents. The new safety regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from attempting to reach the […]

Police shoot dead man after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

Police shoot dead man after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

Media caption‘Swatting’ call released: “I shot him in the head and he’s not breathing any more.” A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man. Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas. Police surrounded the home after receiving […]

St Petersburg supermarket bombing suspect arrested

St Petersburg supermarket bombing suspect arrested

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bomb was reportedly hidden in a rucksack in a bag storage locker Russian authorities have arrested a suspect they believe carried out Wednesday’s bombing of a supermarket in St Petersburg that was claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS). The Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had detained the “organiser […]