Hanover airport shut after car driven near runway

Image copyright Billy Saunders Hanover Airport closed to flights for several hours on Saturday after a man drove a car through a fence onto the tarmac. The incident happened at around 15:40 local time (14:40 GMT). Hanover police said officials were able to stop the car, “overpower” the driver and take him into custody. Flights […]

Syria war: Government forces ‘enter Manbij’ amid Turkey threats

Image copyright AFP Image caption Forces from the US-led coalition against IS are also present in Manbij The Syrian army has entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years, an army spokesman has said. However the US-led coalition operating in the area said it had not seen military changes […]

Pope Francis urges peace in conflict zones in Christmas address

Media captionThe Pope gave his fifth Christmas message from the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Bascilica balcony The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria. The two countries have both been ravaged by civil war for years, pushing their people into humanitarian crises. “My wish for […]

Trump savages Federal Reserve as stock plunge worsens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The president reportedly wanted to fire Fed chairman Jerome Powell, but it is unclear whether he has the authority to do so President Donald Trump has lashed out at America’s central bank as a stock market whose gains he once took credit for continued a historic plunge. In a tweet, […]

Syria conflict: US officials withdraws troops after IS ‘defeat’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Around 2,000 US troops are believed to be stationed in Syria The Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after the president said the Islamic State (IS) group had been “defeated”. The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the “next phase of the campaign” but did not […]

Judge suggests Flynn ‘sold out’ US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Flynn arrives at court on Tuesday A judge has suggested US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser sold out his country when he lied to the FBI about Russia contacts. Michael Flynn was due to be sentenced, but his lawyers requested a delay after the judge’s blistering comments. […]

Transgender women pray at India’s Sabarimala temple

Image copyright A S Satheesh Image caption The transwomen were accompanied by some 20 police officers Four transgender women have been allowed to pray at an Indian temple at the centre of a bitter row over whether women should be permitted to enter. Despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing women devotees into the Sabarimala shrine […]

Genoa bridge: Renzo Piano to lead new construction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Morandi bridge in Genoa was said to have been damaged by sea air Renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano has agreed to oversee the construction of a new Genoa bridge to replace one that collapsed and killed 43 people. A section of the 51-year-old Morandi bridge fell down on […]

Hungary ‘slave law’ protesters target state broadcaster

Image copyright EPA Hungary’s public broadcaster MTVA has become the latest target of demonstrators angry at the government’s controversial new labour law. Protesters took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day to object to what they call “slave laws”. Earlier two independent MPs were thrown out of MTVA’s headquarters after they tried to broadcast […]

US ‘bans Yemen mum from visiting dying toddler in California’

Image copyright CBS Image caption The boy cannot survive for much longer, and must urgently see his mother, the family say The Yemeni mother of a dying boy in California is being prevented from seeing him due to a US ban on visitors from her country, the family says. Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with […]