Ivanka Trump briefly takes Donald Trump seat at G20 table

Ivanka Trump briefly takes Donald Trump seat at G20 table

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Trump accompanied her father to earlier sessions before sitting in for him later In an unusual move Ivanka Trump briefly took her father Donald’s seat at a summit of world leaders on Saturday. The US president had stepped away for a meeting with the Indonesian leader during the […]

Battle for Mosul: IS defeat imminent, says state TV

Battle for Mosul: IS defeat imminent, says state TV

Media captionTroops shoot in the air and dance in the streets of Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) defences in the Iraqi city of Mosul are collapsing fast and troops expect to take full control in the next few hours, state television has announced. Only a few metres remain to be taken, a correspondent said. Some […]

Japan floods: Deaths after Kyushu rain rise to 15

Japan floods: Deaths after Kyushu rain rise to 15

Image copyright EPA Image caption More rain is expected on Kyushu island at the wekend The death toll from flooding caused by recent heavy rain in southern Japan has risen to at least 15, officials say. Emergency teams are searching for another 15 people who are missing. Rivers burst their banks, destroying buildings and roads […]

Mike Pence ignores Nasa ‘do not touch’ sign

Mike Pence ignores Nasa ‘do not touch’ sign

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nasa later reassured Mr Pence that it was “OK to touch the surface” US Vice-President Mike Pence has made a tongue-in-cheek apology to Nasa after a photo of him touching a piece of space flight equipment went viral. Mr Pence was visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when he […]

North Korea hails ‘ICBM test’ success

North Korea hails ‘ICBM test’ success

Media captionNorth Korean state TV announces “successful” missile test North Korea says it has successfully tested its first “intercontinental ballistic missile” (ICBM). A state television announcement said the missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, could hit targets anywhere in the world. But the US and Russia said the missile had a […]

Italy-Austria tension over border troops at Brenner Pass

Italy-Austria tension over border troops at Brenner Pass

Image copyright AFP Image caption Armoured vehicles like this could soon impose border controls at the Brenner Pass Italy has summoned Austria’s ambassador after the government in Vienna announced it was ready to deploy border troops to block any migrant influx. Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil told Kronen Zeitung daily that troops could go […]

Arrests over China ‘straddling bus’ project

Arrests over China ‘straddling bus’ project

Image copyright Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Was it just another scam? Police in Beijing have arrested 32 people for illegal fundraising linked to a scrapped project to create a “straddling bus” to beat traffic jams. The futuristic idea to lift commuters above congestion quickly attracted international attention when it was launched last year – […]

Syria conflict: Damascus bomber strikes after car chase

Syria conflict: Damascus bomber strikes after car chase

Media captionSyrian state TV released footage of the aftermath of the Tahrir square blast A suicide bomber has launched an attack in the Syrian capital, with reports saying at least 19 people were killed. Syrian police had been chasing three suspected car bombers that were trying to enter the capital, state TV said. Police stopped […]

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carrie Lam shakes hands with President Xi after swearing an oath of office in Hong Kong Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory’s new leader Carrie Lam, as it marks 20 years […]

Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg

Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg

Media caption“I loved him,” said Mr Clinton of Mr Kohl World leaders are attending a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to commemorate the life of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl – who oversaw German reunification. Mr Kohl, who died last month, was a major driving force behind closer European integration. Dignitaries have been […]

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