Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Image caption Many Baghdad residents left their houses for the streets when the quake struck A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern Iraq-Iran border region, killing at least 10 people. The quake struck in the evening local time south of the Iraqi town of Halabja at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles), the […]

Saudis ‘declared war on Lebanon’ – Hezbollah leader

Saudis ‘declared war on Lebanon’ – Hezbollah leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Nasrallah said it was now “beyond any doubt” that Mr Hariri had been forced out by the Saudis The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country, days after Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in the Saudi capital. Hassan Nasrallah said […]

Louis CK admits sexual misconduct allegations are true

Louis CK admits sexual misconduct allegations are true

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Louis CK has won six Emmy Awards and had 39 nominations US comedian Louis CK has admitted that sexual misconduct allegations made against him by five women are true. He said he had “wielded power irresponsibly” and could hardly wrap his head around the “scope of hurt” he had […]

Japan suicide websites targeted after ‘house of horrors’

Japan suicide websites targeted after ‘house of horrors’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Takahiro Shiraishi admitted killing nine people Japan’s government says it wants to clamp down on websites where vulnerable people can share suicidal thoughts. The move comes in response to an alleged serial murder case in which such sites were used. In October, nine dismembered bodies were discovered in coolers and […]

Iran building permanent military base in Syria – claim

Iran building permanent military base in Syria – claim

Iran is establishing a permanent military base inside Syria, a Western intelligence source has told the BBC. The Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria […]

UN releases ‘war criminals’ in CAR

UN releases ‘war criminals’ in CAR

Image copyright Zack Baddorf Image caption Ongoing sectarian fighting in the Central African Republic has displaced more than a million people The UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) released rebel fighters accused of shooting a UN peacekeeper, confidential documents seen by the BBC show. The two men were handed back to their commander […]

Germany serial killer: Niels Hoegel ‘killed at least 100’

Germany serial killer: Niels Hoegel ‘killed at least 100’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Niels H hid behind a folder as he awaited sentence at his 2015 trial Toxicology tests suggest a German former nurse murdered at least 100 people at two hospitals where he worked, prosecutors say. Detectives believe Niels Hoegel, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, systematically administered […]

Paddles, New Zealand PM’s ‘first cat’ dies in car crash

Paddles, New Zealand PM’s ‘first cat’ dies in car crash

Image copyright Clarke Gayford via Twitter Image caption Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles had gained a cult following after a Twitter profile was set up in her name A cat belonging to New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has died after being hit by a car. A spokesperson for Ms Ardern confirmed to local media […]

Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Image copyright Shutterstock An entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola was paid more than $41m in just 20 months, leaked documents reveal. The payments were made via a complex web of companies set up in the offshore jurisdiction of Mauritius. Jean-Claude Bastos also used his position to […]

Saudi Arabia arrests: Corruption drive ‘just the start’

Saudi Arabia arrests: Corruption drive ‘just the start’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The purge bolsters the position of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive, the attorney general says. Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb issued a statement describing the detentions as “merely the start of […]

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