Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, Russia fumes
Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with U.S. B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth aircraft and F-18 multi role combat jets above the East China Sea, south of the Korean peninsula, Japan’s Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said.
The exercise was the largest in a series aimed at pressuring North Korea following its ballistic missile tests. The latest launch, on Nov. 29, featured a new missile..
Trump insists China has no impact on NK, Russia fears US approach ‘Dangerous’
U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Korea’s weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing should do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang.
In a tweet, Trump delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called “Little Rocket Man” and a “sick puppy” after..
CIA Director Mike Pompeo to Replace Tillerson, State Dept. to go Hardline
U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had a strained relationship with his boss over North Korea and other issues, senior administration officials said on Thursday.
Tillerson would be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo, known as a Trump loyalist, within weeks under a White House plan to carry out the most significant staff..
Teenage sensation wins Chinese Oscars
A teenage newcomer has beaten established stars to win best supporting actress at the film awards dubbed the Chinese-language Oscars, BBC report.
Vicky Chen, 14, was nominated at the Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful.
Her co-star, Hong Kong veteran Kara Wai, won the best actress gong, which Chen was also nominated for.
The awards are held..
Lebanon PM Saad Hariri ‘suspends’ resignation
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has "suspended" his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, according to BBC.
Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations".
The two men held talks a day after Mr Hariri flew back to Lebanon.
Mr Hariri has denied that Saudi Arabia forced him to..
Mugabe’s likely successor due back in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, could be sworn in as the new president within hours, the ruling party says, according to BBC.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, is due to arrive back on Wednesday, the Zanu-PF says.
His dismissal led both the party and the military to intervene and force an..
MPs debate motion against Zimbabwe president
The Zimbabwean parliament has started impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe, BBC report.
Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980, is accused of allowing his wife to "usurp constitutional power" by trying to position her as his successor.
The motion to remove him is supported by Mr Mugabe's own Zanu-PF party.
Mr Mugabe has refused to resign despite last..
Donald Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’
President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list, BBC report.
In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger "very large" additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday.
But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later admitted that "the practical effects may be limited".
Mr Trump blamed the..
Mugabe faces impeachment by parliament
The party of Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe is to begin moves to impeach him, BBC report.
A Zanu-PF official said a motion to strip him of the presidency would be presented to parliament on Tuesday, and the process could take just two days.
The motion accuses the 93-year-old of charges including allowing his wife Grace to "usurp constitutional power".
Military leaders, who..
Crowds outside Mugabe office to force him out
Protesters in Zimbabwe have headed towards the office of President Robert Mugabe to urge him to step down, BBC report.
The march came on a day of widespread jubilation in the capital Harare and other cities following the army's takeover on Wednesday.
Soldiers at State House gently pushed protesters away in scenes resembling a party, says the BBC's Andrew Harding.
The army intervened after..
Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign, BBC report.
He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but President Michel Aoun refused to accept the resignation.
Mr Hariri denied being held in Riyadh against his will, amid speculation the Saudis had forced him to quit as part of a regional power..
Embattled Mugabe in first public appearance
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the army took over on Wednesday, BBC report.
He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, handing out degrees.
Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.
The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would..
Aircraft and helicopter in mid-air crash in UK
An aircraft and a helicopter have crashed in mid-air over Buckinghamshire, with a number of casualties reported, according to BBC.
Emergency services were called to the site at Waddesdon Hill, near Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, at 12:06 GMT.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has sent a team to investigate.
A Wycombe Air Park spokesman said both aircraft came from the..
EU gives May two weeks to act on Brexit divorce bill
Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the EU is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year, BBC report.
EU Council President Donald Tusk said he was "ready" to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks, covering future relations with the UK.
But he said the UK must show much more progress on the "divorce bill" and the Irish border by..
Indian police arrest four men for gang-raping a 17-year-old girl
Police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore have arrested four men for gang-raping a 17-year-old girl, BBC report.
The girl was allegedly held in a hotel room and repeatedly raped over a period of 10 days.
The four men have been sent to judicial custody. The manager of the hotel is one of the accused.
The police told the BBC that another of the accused was a friend of the girl's who..
Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition party
Cambodia's Supreme Court has dissolved the country's main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year, BBC report.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is accused of plotting to topple the government - charges it denies, and describes as politically motivated.
More than 100 party members are now banned from politics for five..
Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover
Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says, according to BBC.
Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader's office said.
Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting "criminals".
The move may be a bid to..
US calls for Myanmar Rohingya investigation
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for an independent investigation into Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, BBC report.
Myanmar's army has been accused of killing Rohingya people and burning their villages, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh.
Mr Tillerson said the crisis concerned the US, but added that sanctions against Myanmar were "not advisable" at this time.
Australians decisively support gay marriage
Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll, BBC report.
The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.
Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing.
A bill to change the law was introduced..
Nepal enters semifinal of ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup thrashing Malaysia by 8 wickets
Nepali U-19 cricket team, buoyed by defeating India, emphatically demolished Malaysia by 8-wicket to enter into the semi-finals of the ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup played at the Bayuemas Oval in Pandamaran, Klang, Malaysia, on Tuesday, THT report.
Earlier, Nepal had lost to Bangladesh by 2 wickets, defeated defending champion India by 19-run and crushed the hosts to secure their first ever..