US Congress allows fresh sanctions to punish Russia for alleged election meddling
Leaders of both parties in the US Congress have agreed on legislation that allows fresh sanctions to punish Russia for alleged election meddling, BBC report.
The new legislation would also sharply limit President Donald Trump's ability to lift any sanctions against Russia.
He has previously said he needs diplomatic leeway with the Kremlin.
Mr Trump's time in office has been dogged by..
Eight people found dead inside trailer truck in USA
Eight people have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, in the US state of Texas, police officials say, according to BBC.
Twenty others were in critical or serious condition, with some believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital.
Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but confirmed that the driver was..
Melted nuclear fuel found in Fukushima
An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says, according to BBC.
Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen underneath its unit three reactor.
If confirmed, it would be a major milestone in the clear-up operation.
The power plant..
Syria army declares halt in fighting in parts of Eastern Ghouta
The Syrian military has declared a halt in fighting in parts of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, BBC report.
The move came after Russia, an ally of the government, said it had reached an agreement with "moderate" rebels to de-escalate conflict in the area.
Analysts warn it is unclear whether the deal can be enforced.
Eastern Ghouta was one of four proposed..
Martial law extended in Philippines
Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao, BBC report.
Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is part of a..
Donald Trump attacks ‘illegal’ report on Sessions Russian meeting
US President Donald Trump has attacked "illegal leaks" following reports his attorney general discussed campaign-related matters with a Russian envoy, BBC report.
The Washington Post gave an account of meetings Attorney General Jeff Sessions held with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Mr Sessions has previously denied discussing the election campaign.
US authorities are..
Venezuela row after Congress appoints judges
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly has appointed 33 judges to the Supreme Court, prompting accusations of an attempted usurpation of power, BBC report.
The Assembly says it has the right to name and fire justices under the country's constitution.
The court, which has largely pro-government members, described the move as illegal.
The government will not allow serving judges..
Three Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli security forces
Three Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials say, BBC report.
Hundreds were injured in the violence, after days of friction over a Jerusalem holy site boiled over.
Palestinian factions had called for a "day of rage" in protest at new Israeli security measures at the compound.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer quits
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up, BBC report.
Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump's appointment of a new communications director, reports the New York Times.
Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled.
Two largest dark web marketplaces shut down
Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation, BBC report.
The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data.
According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay.
Simpson makes case for prison parole
Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson is appearing before a parole board to ask to be released after nine years in a Nevada prison, BBC report.
Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, is serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.
The sentence, which carries a maximum of 33 years, stems from a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas..
UK and EU still at odds over citizens’ rights
The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks, BBC report.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough about where it stands on these issues and that was hampering progress.
UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said the negotiations on the so-called divorce bill had been..
Trump and Putin had another, undisclosed meeting at G20
US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month's G20, the White House has confirmed, according to BBC.
They spoke towards the end of a formal dinner but the White House has not revealed what was discussed.
President Trump has condemned media revelations of the talks as "sick".
The two leaders' relationship is..
Saudi-led bloc ammends demands to end Qatar crisis
The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month, BBC report.
Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles.
These include commitments to combat terrorism and extremism and to end acts of..
Thailand general jailed for trafficking
A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial, BBC report.
Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority fleeing Myanmar.
Another top former official was sentenced to 75 years in prison. More than 100 defendants were on trial.
Muslim Rohingya have been..
Miniskirt video of woman creates debate in Muslim country
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge, BBC report.
She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country.
Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code.
But the public prosecutor has now closed the case,..
Supporters take to social media to remember Xiaobo
A social media movement - styled as a "global memorial" - has been launched to mourn and commemorate the loss of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, BBC report.
On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, supporters are posting pictures of an empty chair next to the sea with the hashtag #withliuxiaobo.
At 17:35 Beijing time (09:35 GMT) on Wednesday, and even shortly..
North Korean TV anchor feared abducted
South Korean intelligence officials are investigating whether a prominent defector from the North has been kidnapped back to Pyongyang, BBC report.
The woman, known as Lim Ji-hyun, fled to South Korea in 2014, where she became a popular TV personality.
However, a woman resembling her appeared in a propaganda video in the North's capital on Sunday - prompting speculation she may have been..
Trump plans Obamacare fail
President Donald Trump has said the new Republican healthcare policy should be to allow the current law to collapse, BBC report.
"As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!" he tweeted.
Support for the Republican Senate bill fell apart on Monday when two more senators said they could not back it.
The party's Senate leader,..
Australian Senator Waters resigns over dual citizenship row
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has announced she will resign after learning she holds dual citizenship, BBC report.
Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, was born in Canada.
Under Australia's constitution, a person cannot run for federal office if they hold dual or plural citizenship.
Ms Waters is the second senator since Friday to resign for having dual citizenship, following..