13 Pro Football Hall of Fame members have Alabama roots – AL.com

If a recent trend holds, former Benjamin Russell High School standout Terrell Owens should start writing his induction speech for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will enshrine its Class of 2017 on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. Place-kicker Morten Andersen, running back Terrell Davis, safety Kenny Easley, team […]

Syria war: 2,000 IS fighters still in Raqqa – US envoy

Syria war: 2,000 IS fighters still in Raqqa – US envoy

Media captionThe BBC had access to wives of IS fighters held outside Raqqa. Some 2,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa amid an offensive to recapture the group’s stronghold, a senior US official says. Brett McGurk, special envoy for the coalition against IS, says US-backed forces have seized about 45% […]

Iran’s Rouhani sworn in for second term amid US tensions

Iran’s Rouhani sworn in for second term amid US tensions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Rouhani won 57% of the vote in May’s election Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in for a second term after a landslide victory over his hardline opponent in elections in May. However, ahead of the ceremony Mr Rouhani accused the US of undermining the 2015 nuclear deal […]

Russia: Eight missing in flooded diamond mine

Russia: Eight missing in flooded diamond mine

Image copyright EPA Image caption The adjacent open-pit mine is no longer active as operations have moved underground Eight miners are missing after a flood at Russia’s largest diamond mine. Water leaked into an underground shaft on Friday morning when more than 100 workers were inside. Most have been rescued from Mir mine in eastern […]

Double death baffles French police

Double death baffles French police

French authorities are investigating the mysterious death of two friends whose bodies were found in a back garden bearing no sign of violence. Lucien Pérot, 69, and Olivier Boudin, 38, appear to have died as they were having a meal together. Their bodies were found on Thursday in the garden of Perot’s house in Authon-du-Perche, […]

Neymar Paris St-Germain French league debut delayed

Neymar Paris St-Germain French league debut delayed

Media captionI didn’t come to PSG to be the star – Neymar speaks to BBC Sport Brazil forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, will not play in Paris St-Germain’s first French league match of the season after his documents failed to be lodged in time. His international transfer certificate missed a midnight deadline, so […]

South Korea open to talks with North amid nuclear crisis

South Korea open to talks with North amid nuclear crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kang Kyung-wha said she was willing to speak to her counterpart from North Korea South Korea says it may hold direct talks with the North during a regional meeting this weekend. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said she was willing to talk to her counterpart from Pyongyang, if the chance “naturally […]

Flynn and Russia envoy Kislyak discussed ‘simple things’

Flynn and Russia envoy Kislyak discussed ‘simple things’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Senior Trump administration officials have found themselves in the spotlight over meetings with Mr Kislyak Moscow’s former US ambassador has said that he and ex-US national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed “the most simple things” in conversations during the presidential transition. Sergei Kislyak said on Russian TV that there were […]