Obama warns against irresponsible social media use

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use

Media captionBarack Obama opens up about how he felt after Donald Trump’s inauguration Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. “All of us in […]

Urbi et Orbi: Pope calls for peace for Jerusalem

Urbi et Orbi: Pope calls for peace for Jerusalem

Media captionPope Francis urged “peace for Jerusalem” Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day message to call for “peace for Jerusalem” and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Acknowledging “growing tensions” between them, he urged a “negotiated solution… that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states”. US President Donald Trump recently announced that America […]

Moscow subway bus crash kills four people

Moscow subway bus crash kills four people

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The bus appeared to swerve off course and into the stairwell A bus left a road in Moscow before ploughing into a subway entrance, leaving at least four people dead and 15 injured, Russian media say. CCTV video shows people scattering as the vehicle ran down the subway’s wide […]

Tembin: Vietnam braces for killer typhoon

Tembin: Vietnam braces for killer typhoon

Image copyright EPA Image caption People have been evacuated from the Vietnamese province of Ben Tre Nearly a million people in southern Vietnam face evacuation from the path of a deadly typhoon sweeping in from the South China Sea. The national disaster prevention committee said more than 70,000 people had already been moved from low-lying […]

SPD crash: Car rammed into German political party’s HQ

SPD crash: Car rammed into German political party’s HQ

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The driver crashed into the entranceway of the Social Democratic Party’s Berlin headquarters A man rammed a car into the headquarters of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin on Christmas Eve, police have said. The crash happened at around midnight local time (23:00 GMT). The driver, a 58-year-old man, […]

Jerusalem: Guatemala follows US in planning Israel embassy move

Jerusalem: Guatemala follows US in planning Israel embassy move

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters Guatemala says it plans to move the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following a similar announcement from Donald Trump. Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, said the decision was taken after speaking to the Israeli PM. It was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution […]

Yemen rebel ballistic missile ‘intercepted over Riyadh’

Yemen rebel ballistic missile ‘intercepted over Riyadh’

Image copyright Almasirah Image caption The Houthi movement unveiled the Burkan 2 missile in February 2017 The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says it has intercepted a ballistic missile near Riyadh, Saudi state media report. Witnesses in the Saudi capital posted pictures on social media showing a cloud of smoke in the air, and […]

China condemns US ‘Cold War mentality’ on national security

China condemns US ‘Cold War mentality’ on national security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping has enjoyed a cordial relationship with Donald Trump China has condemned the “Cold War mentality” of the White House after the publication of a new US national security policy. The document labels China and Russia as “rival powers” and lays out a number of potential […]

Serena Williams asks fans for help over baby’s teething

Serena Williams asks fans for help over baby’s teething

Image copyright PA Image caption Hopefully the champ won’t be defeated by this latest challenge Tennis champion Serena Williams may be facing her biggest challenge yet, as she has turned to social media to ask followers for advice on how to soothe her teething baby. “Teething – aka the devil – is so hard,” she […]

Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz

Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has promised a pro-EU government with the Eurosceptic Heinz-Christian Strache Austria’s president has approved a coalition government between the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party. The deal will make Austria the only Western European state with a governing far-right party, which is opposed to migration and […]