Japan hostage photo from Syria ‘genuine’

By BBC Japan says it believes in the authenticity of a newly released photo purporting to show a Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria. The image, posted online on Sunday, shows a heavily bearded Jumpei...

Top Syria negotiator quits peace talks

By BBC The chief negotiator of Syria's main opposition umbrella group, Mohammed Alloush, has resigned over what he called the failure of peace talks. Mr Alloush, from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said the talks had...

‘Final assault’ on Falluja begins

By BBC The Iraqi army says it has begun an operation to storm Falluja, a bastion of so-called Islamic State (IS). It comes a week after the government launched a concerted effort to retake the city,...

Gorilla killing at zoo prompts backlash

By BBC/ Beth Nyaga The killing of a gorilla at a zoo in the US city of Cincinnati after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure has triggered outrage on social media. Many said male gorilla...

United Nations peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

By BBC  Five United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and another was seriously injured in an attack in central Mali. The soldiers - who were from Togo - were travelling in the Mopti region when their...

Chinese firm apologises over Qiaobi race-row advert

By BBC A Chinese firm has apologised over an advert for detergent which has provoked a storm of allegations of racism. The manufacturer of Qiaobi said it strongly opposed and condemned racial discrimination, and was sorry...

Boy disappears after ‘punishment’ from parents

By BBC The parents of a seven-year-old boy missing in the mountains of northern Japan have admitted that they left him alone in the woods as a punishment. The child has not been seen for two...

Ukraine fire kills 17 near Kiev

By BBC Ukraine fire kills 17 in care home near Kiev Seventeen people have died in a fire at a building housing elderly people in a village near Ukraine's capital Kiev. The fire broke out in the...

Chocolate cake hits German MP Sahra Wagenknecht

By BBC A German opposition leader Sahra Wagnknecht had a chocolate cake shoved in her face in an apparent protest over her stance on migrants. Sahra Wagenknecht is a prominent member of Germany's far-left Linke party,...

French and German leaders mark Verdun battle centenary

By BBC French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are marking the 100th anniversary of the battle of Verdun, the longest of World War One. Hundreds of thousands of French and German soldiers died...
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