Brazil’s 200-year-old national museum hit by huge fire

Brazil’s 200-year-old national museum hit by huge fire

Media captionFootage shows the huge scale of the blaze A huge fire has engulfed the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country. Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the building, which contains more than 20 million items in its collection. There have so far been no reports […]

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone say they were framed by the police A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested while carrying official […]

Sinead McNamara, Australian influencer, dies on Greek yacht

Sinead McNamara, Australian influencer, dies on Greek yacht

Image copyright SINEAD MCNAMARA/INSTAGRAM Image caption Greek authorities are investigating the death of Australian woman Sinead McNamara Friends and family have paid tribute to an Instagram blogger who died in Greece while working on a billionaire’s yacht. Sinead McNamara, 20, from Australia was found in a critical condition on the vessel on Thursday, and died […]

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military’s violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace […]

Trump accuses China of stalling progress with North Korea

Trump accuses China of stalling progress with North Korea

Image copyright AFP Image caption ‘It’s all China’s fault’ says Trump US President Donald Trump has lashed out at China for undermining its work with North Korea, as criticism over progress on denuclearisation mounts. In a series of tweets he also said the US should not be spending on war games with South Korea, but […]

Judge rules Utah woman legally married to deceased partner

Judge rules Utah woman legally married to deceased partner

Image copyright Bonne Foerster Image caption Throughout the couple’s long relationship, they both faced a series of major health issues. A Utah state judge has declared a 74-year-old woman and her long-term lesbian partner legally married, three months after her wife died. Judge Patrick Corum declared Bonnie Foerster legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died […]

Venezuela migration nears ‘Mediterranean crisis point’

Venezuela migration nears ‘Mediterranean crisis point’

Image copyright AFP The UN has warned Venezuela is heading for the same refugee “crisis moment” seen in the Mediterranean in 2015. The warning comes as neighbouring countries try to stem the flow of Venezuelans looking to escape the country’s dire economic situation. Peru brings in stricter border regulations on Saturday – a day after […]

US to cut $200m aid to Gaza and West Bank

US to cut $200m aid to Gaza and West Bank

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has cut aid meant for people living in Gaza US President Donald Trump has ordered more than $200m (£155m) in economic aid which was to be allocated to Gaza and the West Bank be redirected elsewhere. A State Department official said the decision was made after a review […]

Flood victims face snake alert in Kerala

Flood victims face snake alert in Kerala

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floodwaters are receding in Kerala – but have left behind a glut of snakes Flood victims returning home in the Indian state of Kerala have been warned to prepare for a new menace: Snakes. Several snake-catching teams have been deployed to affected areas, amid fears the reptiles could be […]

Jean-Pierre Bemba ‘cannot run for DRC president’

Jean-Pierre Bemba ‘cannot run for DRC president’

Image copyright AFP Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba cannot run to be the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s electoral commission said. Mr Bemba was one of six would-be candidates deemed ineligible following hours of deliberation. The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction overturned in June. However, the commission said Mr […]