_98803698_mediaitem98803695 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..
_98804407_crashblurred 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..
_98799877_mediaitem98799875 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..
_98780712_bangalore 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..
_94269384_296827a5-eda3-4e7c-9e4c-721ed5e4f53b 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..
_98767507_043013139-1 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..
_98766424_2618c8b5-e979-4536-a364-aedb6f4ace2c 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. His..
_98756547_551d9905-4dd2-45b4-93e4-1422dd05d3ac 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..
_98752568_rouhani Iran’s President Rouhani vows action over collapsed buildings
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to "find the culprits" responsible for buildings collapsing in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday, BBC report. He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing. As he spoke in the worst-affected city, Sarpol-e Zahab, he gestured to two buildings, one of which had collapsed while the other had..
_98727210_fae104cf-1652-4a24-9a19-ba9cfa1c9715 Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe allies hit out at Zimbabwe army chief
Allies of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe have warned the military chief against meddling in politics, BBC report. Gen Constantino Chiwenga had said the army was prepared to intervene to end purges within the ruling Zanu-PF party. His comments came a week after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has fled into exile. But the Zanu-PF's Youth League, which backs President..
_98740793_mediaitem98740790 North Korea defector who crossed DMZ ‘was shot five times’
A North Korean who defected at the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone was shot at least five times and is in a critical condition, South Korea says, according to BBC. The soldier crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom on Monday. He had driven near the JSA, but had to finish his journey by foot when a wheel came loose, the South..
_98717918_8537af1e-9657-4e59-8496-5b34672d48ea Spain’s PM vows to end ‘separatist havoc’
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said regional elections next month in Catalonia will help end "separatist havoc" in the north-eastern region, BBC report. He addressed a campaign event on his first visit there since imposing direct rule on the region a fortnight ago. Defending his decision in Barcelona, he said he had "exhausted all roads" after the Catalan government's unilateral..
_97975660_52dea655-39d7-4192-ae17-3090c07a832e Donald Trump trades ‘short and fat’ barb with N Korea’s Kim
President Donald Trump has again traded barbs with North Korea, shortly before offering to mediate in a heated regional dispute, BBC report. He took to Twitter to complain he would never call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "short and fat", after its foreign ministry called him "old". It was one of a series of remarks he made on social media before volunteering his services over maritime..
_98718819_gettyimages-633345430 Turkey rejects ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations
Reports that former White House aide Michael Flynn was part of a plot to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars are "ludicrous", Turkey says, according to BBC. The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were "utterly false, ludicrous and groundless". Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric..
_98711473_042934387-1 Donald Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claim
President Vladimir Putin feels insulted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, Donald Trump has said after meeting him briefly at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam, BBC report. "He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election," the US leader said. Mr Trump, who defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, said the allegations were a "Democratic hit job". The US..
_98709100_c2fc9c60-8f97-40ce-a638-82b37cb9b41e Iraq begins fight for IS-held town, Rawa
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State, BBC report. The town, and a few small parcels of land, are all that remains under the militants' control in Iraq, after the larger town of al-Qaim fell last week. The group's last urban stronghold in Syria, Albu Kamal, fell afterwards. Retaking Rawa in the offensive, which began..
_98709100_c2fc9c60-8f97-40ce-a638-82b37cb9b41e Hitler waxwork removed from Indonesian museum
A life-size model of Adolf Hitler used for "selfies" by visitors to an Indonesian museum has been removed, BBC report. Pictures shared on social media show people grinning as they pose with the Nazi leader in front of an image of the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp. It was only when the international community reacted with outrage that the De ARCA Statue Art Museum realised it had..
_98695594_mediaitem98695593 Philippines President ‘I have stabbed a person to death in teenage’
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death when he was a teenager, BBC report. "At 16, I killed someone," he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person "just over a look". His spokesman later said his remarks had been "in jest". Mr Duterte has previously said he killed criminal..
_98696832_6ed4e5dc-6c2e-4b76-aee5-60aea4e81a12 Trump and Xi offer competing visions for trade
US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have set out starkly different visions for the future of global trade in speeches at a summit in Vietnam, BBC report. In a defiant address, Mr Trump told the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting that the US would no longer tolerate "chronic trade abuses". In contrast, President Xi said globalisation was..