Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill after polarising debate

Media captionSupporters and opponents of the bill to expand abortion rights clashed in Buenos Aires Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year […]

Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Media captionFootage showed dozens of soldiers running away before the transmission was cut off Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – […]

Switzerland crash: Twenty dead as WW2 plane crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plane came down high above sea level in the Swiss Alps Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police say. The plane – a Junker JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when […]

Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Steven Seagal (left) has praised President Putin’s policies Russia has appointed the US actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States. Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has praised President Putin as a great world leader. Born in the US, the martial […]

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Bangladesh police have fired tear gas on student protesters demanding better road safety Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but […]

Afghan suicide bomber kills Czech Nato soldiers

A suicide bomber has killed three Czech Nato soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. The victims were targeted while on a routine foot patrol alongside Afghan forces, Nato officials said in a statement. A US soldier and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, at 6:00 […]

North Korea calls US actions on nuclear programme ‘alarming’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The two men appeared friendly at a summit but North Korea has some strong words for the US North Korea’s foreign minister has called US actions “alarming” as tensions over the North’s nuclear programme again flared. Ri Yong-ho was responding to comments by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

Thai cave boys leave monastery after novice monkhood

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The boys ended their retreat as novice Buddhist monks following a prayer ceremony on 4 August Most of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave have returned home after spending time in a Buddhist monastery as novice monks. Eleven of the Wild Boars youth football team were ordained novices […]

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in US city

Image copyright The Washington Post via Getty Images Image caption Torrential rain has left the College Lake Dam near Lynchburg close to spilling over Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Lynchburg, Virginia, over fears a dam may fail amid flooding. The College Lake Dam exceeded its capacity after up to 6in (15cm) of […]

‘Zombie Boy’ Rick Genest found dead at home in Montreal

Image copyright Getty Images Lady Gaga has paid tribute to model Rick Genest, who has died at the age of 32. Rick was known as Zombie Boy, due to bone and organ tattoos across his body, including skull features on his face. He was found dead at his home in Montreal, Canada and is believed […]