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_97040346_e0046abf-b516-4911-8762-63f42c7e60c7 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..
a 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. Tensions..
a 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. Mr Spicer's..
a 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..
a 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..
a 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..
_96982358_53ee1fe9-9848-45c4-8b0e-3c9658f9311f 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..
a Spanish football chief Angel Maria Villar Llona arrested
The president of the Spanish Football Federation and his son have been held as part of a corruption investigation, police in Spain say, BBC report. Angel María Villar Llona was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds, El Pais and Efe news agency reported. Mr Villar, a former Spain international footballer, has been president of the association since 1988. His son Gorka was among a..
_95977843_0a72456d-21d4-4953-85bb-256e701df0ec 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..
a Republican healthcare plans collapse
Two more Republican senators have said they oppose their party's replacement for President Obama's health system, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form, BBC report. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran say the new legislation does not go far enough in repealing the health legislation. Republicans have been divided on the issue, with moderates concerned about the effects on the..
a Turkey extends emergency rule
The parliament of Turkey has approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency which had been in effect since last July's failed military coup, Al Jazeera report. The move initiated by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was backed on Monday by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). It followed weekend ceremonies to..
a Passengers could face fines after delaying Vueling flight in Barcelona
A group of passengers could face hefty fines after delaying a Vueling flight in Barcelona out of sympathy with a Senegalese migrant on board, BBC report. The Senegalese man, in handcuffs, was eventually deported to Dakar on the flight. The jet took off after police had come on board to stop the protest. The 11 protesters could be fined up to €225,000 (£197,000; $258,000) each for..
a Arizona flash flood nine people
At least nine people from one family have been killed in flash floods after monsoon-like rains swept through a swimming hole in the US state of Arizona, local media say, according to BBC. A 27-year-old man whose wife perished is also missing. More than 100 people were bathing in the area when the floodwater hit with almost no warning. The flash flood struck at Cold Springs, near Payson, on..
a Iranian President’s brother detained
The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Ferydoun, has been detained, a judiciary spokesman says, according to BBC. Mr Ferydoun failed to meet the bail terms on unspecified financial issues and was taken to prison. He has previously been linked to officials at the centre of a scandal involving inflated salaries for managers at the state insurance firm. He has always denied any..
a Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth Wimbledon title
Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic, BBC report. The Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 as seventh seed Cilic struggled with a blister on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set. Federer, 35, finished the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his..
a Brexit hits company investment plans
Chancellor Philip Hammond has told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that businesses are holding off from investing in the UK because of uncertainty about Brexit, BBC report. "It is absolutely clear businesses where they have discretion over investment, where they can hold off, are doing so - you can understand why. "They are waiting for more clarity about what the future relationship with Europe..
a Chinese Nobel Laureate cremated in private ceremony
Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony, BBC report. Mr Liu, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died of liver cancer on Thursday. He was China's most prominent dissident and critic. His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but she attended his funeral in..
_96941260_poster Turkey prepares anniversary of coup attempt
Events will be held in Turkey later to mark the anniversary of a failed coup in which at least 260 people died and 2,196 were wounded, according to BBC. A faction of the army tried to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the attempt collapsed. Since the coup, the government has dismissed more than 150,000 employees from state institutions in a purge that continued until the..
a Russia lobbyist confirms attendance at meeting Trump Jr
 A former Soviet counter-intelligence official attended a meeting last year with senior aides to President Donald Trump and his son, it has emerged, BBC report. Rinat Akhmetshin, now a lobbyist, confirmed to US media he was present at the Trump Tower encounter. Donald Trump Jr was promised damaging material on Hillary Clinton at the meeting, his emails show. Mr Trump Jr has only..
a China rejects foreign criticism over Liu Xiaobo’s death
China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer, BBC report. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were "in no position to make improper remarks". The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died in a hospital in China aged 61. The Nobel..