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Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Nine others were wounded and six were missing, the defence ministry said. Ten militants were also said to have died. The attack, which happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand […]

New Zealand forms government under Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand forms government under Jacinda Ardern

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the next prime minister Political parties in New Zealand have agreed on a centre-left coalition government to be led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. The small New Zealand First party became the kingmaker after September’s indecisive election results. The vote had ended in a stalemate […]

'Death Island'

'Death Island'

Image copyright Aleksey Suhanovsky Image caption Marina Titova lays a carnation in memory of her great-great-uncle who died on Mudyug When British soldiers were sent to Russia after the Russian Revolution their main enemies were the Germans and their allies – their opponents in World War One – but they also found themselves fighting and […]

US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

Image copyright Reuters US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US wants to deepen co-operation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia. He described India as a “partner” in a “strategic relationship”, adding the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”. He said Beijing […]

Fresh mandate?

Fresh mandate?

Image copyright Getty Images Japan is heading to the polls on Sunday in a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He called the vote in September, saying he was seeking a fresh mandate to overcome “a national crisis” amid rising threats from North Korea. His decision came at a time when his approval […]

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s government will revise a bill on citizenship requirements An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties effectively blocked its Senate passage. The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language […]

Dare Not Linger: Mandela's book sequel launched in South Africa

Dare Not Linger: Mandela's book sequel launched in South Africa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nelson Mandela (centre) with his wife Winnie following his release from prison in 1990 The new instalment of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg. Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa’s president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his […]

Algeria's Said Chitour – spy or journalist?

Algeria's Said Chitour – spy or journalist?

The family of Algerian journalist Said Chitour has been desperately trying to secure his release since he was arrested on espionage charges after visiting Spain, writes the BBC’s Lucy Ash. When I worked with Chitour, what I remember most is his throaty laugh. His warmth and sense of humour helped to put interviewees at ease […]

Fleeing home

Fleeing home

Image copyright Getty Images The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is said to be the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Risking death by sea or on foot, more than half a million have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring Bangladesh […]

Santiago Maldonado: Body found in search for Argentine activist

Santiago Maldonado: Body found in search for Argentine activist

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Santiago Maldonado has been missing since 1 August Major political parties in Argentina have suspended election campaigning after the discovery of a body thought to be that of a missing activist. Santiago Maldonado, 28, was last seen in August during a confrontation between police and indigenous rights activists at a […]

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