Christmas market attacker ‘neutralised’

French police have “neutralised” the man believed to have attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market, police sources have told reporters. Cherif Chekatt had been on the run since the attack on Tuesday evening. Three people have died following the shooting at the popular attraction. Gunshots have been heard in an area of the French city and the […]

Branson’s Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space

Image copyright Virgin Galactic Image caption Virgin Galactic’s plane will be carried to a height of 12,000m before its rocket ignites The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back. The firm’s SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at […]

‘Racist’ Gandhi statue removed from University of Ghana

Image copyright Emmanuel Dzivenu/JoyNews A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the famed Indian independence leader, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana’s capital, Accra. University of Ghana lecturers began a petition for its removal shortly after it was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee. The petition said Gandhi was “racist” and […]

Michael Cohen blames Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’ as he is jailed

Media captionCohen walked free from court – but will have to report to jail in March US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for him, has lashed out at his ex-boss’ “dirty deeds” as he was given a 36-month prison sentence. Cohen is the first member of […]

Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt

Image copyright Police Nationale (France) French police have issued a call for help to find the man suspected of opening fire near a Christmas market in Strasbourg. Hundreds of police, soldiers and border agents on both sides of the Franco-German border are trying to find Chérif Chekatt, 29. Two people died and 13 were injured […]

Burundi denies running secret torture houses

Media captionFormer intelligence agents allege Burundi’s security services are running secret torture and detention sites Burundi’s authorities have dismissed a BBC investigation into alleged secret torture sites as “fake news”. The BBC Africa Eye report said the government was running secret detention houses to silence dissent. It showed footage, widely shared on social media, of […]

Central African football official Ngaïssona faces war crimes trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patrice Edouard Ngaissona described himself as the political co-ordinator of the anti-Balaka French authorities have arrested a senior football official on suspicion of committing war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR). Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona is accused of co-ordinating militia attacks on the CAR’s Muslim population in 2013-14. In a statement, […]

Strasbourg shooting: One dead, six wounded and gunman at large

Image copyright Reuters One person has been killed and six others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, police say. The gunman is still at large, they added. The French Interior Ministry confirmed a “serious public security incident” in the city and urged residents to stay indoors. The shooting is said […]

Democrats and Trump row in Oval Office

Media captionPresident Trump and Democratic leaders clash over border wall funding in a feisty Oval Office meeting. US President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened a government shutdown over funding for his proposed border wall in a budget row with top Democrats. During a heated exchange with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Mr Trump said he would […]

Putin’s Stasi spy ID pass found in Germany

Image copyright BSTU Image caption Vladimir Putin was 33 when he received this Stasi ID card A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden. The Russian president has expressed pride in his record as […]