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Nuclear North Korea is non-negotiable, diplomat says

Nuclear North Korea is non-negotiable, diplomat says

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korea has stepped up its missile testing in recent months A North Korea diplomat has said the country’s ballistic nuclear weapons programme is non-negotiable. Choe Son-hui said the US should “be prepared to co-exist with” a nuclear North Korea. She said it was “the only way to secure lasting […]

Data break

Data break

Image caption South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them at risk of identity theft. The information contained in […]

Players ‘applaud’ Xi Jinping in Tencent game

Players ‘applaud’ Xi Jinping in Tencent game

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Users “clap” for Mr Xi by tapping their phone screen A smartphone game in which players can “applaud” Chinese president Xi Jinping has gone viral. The app, released in the week of the Communist Party Congress, lets users clap for Mr Xi by tapping their phone screen as many […]

Suicide bomb in Kabul Shia mosque kills dozens

Suicide bomb in Kabul Shia mosque kills dozens

A suicide bomber has killed at least 30 people inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say. An eyewitness told the BBC the scene at the Imam Zaman mosque, in the west of the city, “looks like a frontline”. The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers. The so-called Islamic State […]

Malawi cracks down on 'vampire' lynch mobs

Malawi cracks down on 'vampire' lynch mobs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Malawian president has been visiting parts of the country to stop the killings. Police in the south-east African state of Malawi say they have arrested 140 members of lynch mobs who attacked people suspected of being vampires. At least eight people are believed to have been killed, including two […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan authorities have refused to drop their campaign for independence from Spain Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, […]

EU paves way for post-Brexit trade talks

EU paves way for post-Brexit trade talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs of progress EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the UK – as Theresa May admits there is “some way to go” in negotiations. As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at a Brussels summit that not […]

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Image copyright AFP Image caption Altun Kupri is the last area in Kirkuk province held by Kurdish forces There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. A BBC correspondent at the scene said there had been rocket, artillery and […]

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrej Babis’ ANO (Yes) party is predicted to win the biggest share of the vote Czechs are voting in a two-day general election in which the favourite is a populist billionaire who has campaigned on an anti-establishment platform. Andrej Babis, 63, is estimated to be worth $4 billion (£3bn) making […]

MH370: Malaysia in deal with US firm to restart plane search

MH370: Malaysia in deal with US firm to restart plane search

Image copyright EPA Image caption The search for the Malaysia Airlines plane was suspended in January Malaysia has struck a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to locate the wreckage of downed flight MH370. The government accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity, according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Texas-based company will […]

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