Commonwealth Games: Five Cameroon athletes ‘desert’ team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Weightlifter Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is among the missing athletes, Cameroon officials say Five Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials have confirmed. Press attache Simon Molombe told the BBC officials viewed it as “desertion” and that the missing athletes had […]

Colombian FARC leader arrested on drug trafficking charge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A court in New York wants Jesus Santrich (centre) on a drug trafficking charge One of the top leaders of Colombia’s former rebel group, the Farc, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States. Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by […]

US-China trade: Xi warns against ‘Cold War mentality’

Image copyright Getty Images Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against a “Cold War mentality” as he vowed to open up parts of the country’s economy. His speech at the Boao Forum for Asia – often referred to as Asia’s Davos – appears to be an attempt to calm a trade row with the US. […]

Finger bone points to early human exodus

Image copyright Ian Cartwright Image caption The fossil is of a finger bone believed to belong to Homo sapiens New research suggests that modern humans were living in Saudi Arabia about 85,000 years ago. A recently discovered finger bone believed to be Homo sapiens was dated using radio isotope techniques. This adds to mounting evidence […]

Syria war: At least 70 reported dead in suspected chemical attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Footage on social media purported to show children being treated for the effects of the attack At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images […]

Trump Tower fire: Man dies in blaze at New York property

Image copyright Reuters/@ZionLee_ Image caption The blaze began on an upper storey of the building One man has died and four firefighters have been injured in a blaze at Trump Tower in New York. The victim was a male resident of the building who died after being taken to hospital, fire officials said. US President […]

Trump immigration: Texas sends National Guard to Mexico border

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump’s plans have sparked tensions with Mexico The US state of Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Donald Trump. A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours. Arizona […]

Brazil’s Lula misses deadline for surrender to police

Image copyright EPA Image caption The former Brazilian president waved to supporters from the building where he is staying Brazil’s ex-President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva is holed up in a union building in his hometown, outside Sao Paulo, after missing a deadline to hand himself over to the authorities. The 72-year-old had been ordered […]

Menendez brothers convicted of killing parents reunite in jail

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The brothers confer during their 1995 trial The Menendez brothers, who once shocked the nation in the brutal killing of their parents, have reunited behind bars more than two decades after they were convicted for murder. Erik Menendez, 47, and Lyle Menendez, 50, who are serving life sentences for […]

Brazil’s Lula must start prison term, Supreme Court rules

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Lula claims charges against him are politically motivated Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will be imprisoned while he appeals his corruption conviction, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled. He is facing 12 years in jail on charges of accepting a bribe but had asked to remain free […]