Afghanistan election: Voters defy violence to cast ballots

Media captionLyse Doucet: ‘This is not the face of a people cowed by the Taliban’ Voters in Afghanistan have defied deadly attacks to cast ballots in large numbers in the nation’s long-awaited parliamentary elections. Several explosions targeted polling stations, with dozens of people killed or injured in scores of incidents across the country. Voting will […]

Migrant caravan halted by Mexico police on Guatemala border

Media captionMigrant caravan: ‘May God soften Trump’s heart’ Thousands of people travelling across Central America en masse to the US are stuck on Mexico’s southern border after a failed attempt to enter the country. Some of them broke through Guatemalan border fences but then clashed with Mexican riot police in no man’s land. On Friday, […]

Australia government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps pictured after her poll victory in Sydney Australia’s governing coalition has lost its one-seat parliamentary majority after a by-election in Sydney. Kerryn Phelps, a local doctor and popular independent candidate, comfortably won the Wentworth seat. “This win tonight should signal a return of decency, […]

US Mega Millions lottery jackpot hits record $1.6bn

Image copyright EPA A record-breaking US lottery jackpot of $1.6bn (£1.2bn) is up for grabs after players failed to pick the winning ticket in a $1bn Mega Millions draw. The competition, which saw 15 “second-tier” tickets scoop about $1m each, had people lining up at service stations and stores nationwide on Friday. The odds of […]

Amritsar: Scores dead as train mows down crowd

Media captionCrowds celebrate Hindu festival near Amritsar More than 50 people have been killed and 200 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. […]

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police search forest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are believed to have extended their search to the Belgrad Forest Police in Turkey investigating the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have expanded their search. Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland. Mr Khashoggi […]

Brexit: France’s Macron makes English faux pas over visas

Media captionMr Macron meant “start” but actually said “stop”, aides say French President Emmanuel Macron made a faux pas by saying in error that UK visitors would need French visas if there is a no-deal Brexit, aides say. He had meant to say that British people would not need visas in such circumstances. The confusion […]

Trump hails body slamming Congressman Greg Gianforte in Montana

Media captionPresident Trump mimics the violent move at a rally US President Donald Trump has praised a Republican congressman who assaulted a journalist last year with a “body slam”, referring to him as “my guy”. “Greg is smart,” Mr Trump said of Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, adding “By the way, never wrestle him”. “Any guy […]

Vote delayed after police chief murdered

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq was a powerful opponent of the Taliban Parliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. Gen Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a rogue bodyguard on Thursday. The Taliban claimed the attack, which […]

Jamal Khashoggi: Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ to blame

Media captionPresident Trump and the King of Saudi Arabia discussed the disappearance of the Saudi journalist US President Donald Trump has suggested “rogue killers” could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. Speaking to reporters after a phone call with King Salman, he said the Saudi leader had firmly denied knowing […]

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