China’s Harbin ice festival in pictures

China’s Harbin ice festival in pictures

One of the world’s largest ice festivals has opened in north-eastern China, featuring frozen castles, glistening snow sculptures and lots of snowmen. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially opened on Saturday. Image copyright EPA Image caption It opened with a fireworks display and a light show. Image […]

US shutdown: Trump digs in as he meets congressional leaders

US shutdown: Trump digs in as he meets congressional leaders

Image copyright EPA Image caption Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (C) poses with an all-time high of 102 women serving in the lower chamber The White House says the president “isn’t going to back off” as he meets congressional leaders for talks on the partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump is refusing to sign any […]

Donald Trump shrugs off Mitt Romney’s attack on his record

Donald Trump shrugs off Mitt Romney’s attack on his record

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump (left) and Mr Romney have had an uneasy relationship Donald Trump has shrugged off a stinging personal attack on his presidency from senior fellow Republican Mitt Romney. Mr Romney, who stood and lost for the Republicans against Barack Obama in 2012, suggested in an article that Mr […]

Jazmine Barnes: Texas drive-by gunman kills girl, seven

Jazmine Barnes: Texas drive-by gunman kills girl, seven

Media caption“I knew she was gone”: Jazmine’s mother speaks from hospital A manhunt is under way in Houston, Texas, for a gunman who attacked a young family in a drive-by shooting, killing a seven-year-old girl. Jazmine Barnes, her three sisters and mother, LaPorsha Washington, were driving when an unknown man pulled up alongside them and […]

US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing

US fires tear gas at migrants at Mexico border crossing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The migrants believed security may be more relaxed on New Year’s Day US agents have fired tear gas over the border into Mexico at migrants trying to enter the country illegally. Around 150 Central Americans tried to make the crossing near the town of Tijuana to the south of California […]

Bangladesh election: Opposition demand new vote

Bangladesh election: Opposition demand new vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Salahuddin Ahmed, a candidate for the opposition Bangladesh National Party, was stabbed in Dhaka Bangladesh’s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote. Early results show Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party in the lead, and she is likely to win a large majority. […]

Kim Jong-un letter to Seoul asks for more summits in 2019

Kim Jong-un letter to Seoul asks for more summits in 2019

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two leaders met three times in 2018, twice at the border and once in Pyongyang North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to “frequently” meet South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in next year to discuss denuclearisation. In a rare letter to Seoul, Mr Kim said he wished to pursue peace […]

DR Congo election candidates refuse to back code of conduct

DR Congo election candidates refuse to back code of conduct

Media captionDR Congo: The crime behind the chaos Rival candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election are struggling to agree terms on a statement aiming to reduce tension before Sunday’s vote. The elections are taking place two years later than scheduled and the run-up has been marred by violence. Three leading presidential candidates are […]

Bre Payton, US conservative news writer, dies at 26

Bre Payton, US conservative news writer, dies at 26

Image caption Payton appeared on the BBC to debate President Trump calling the press “the enemies of the people” The conservative US writer and commentator Bre Payton has died at the age of 26 after falling ill. A friend, Morgan Murtaugh, found her unconscious on Thursday. She died in hospital where she was found to […]

Indian miners: Navy divers deployed in rescue bid

Indian miners: Navy divers deployed in rescue bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescuers prepare a water pump at the site of the flooded coal mine A team of Indian navy divers has been deployed in a bid to rescue 15 workers trapped inside a flooded coal mine. The men had entered the illegal pit, known as a “rat hole”, in the north-eastern […]