Oil hits $50 for first time this year

By BBC The price of oil has gone above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as supply disruptions and increased global demand continue to fuel a recovery. Benchmark Brent crude hit $50.22 per...

Eleven US states oppose transgender schools edict

By BBC  Eleven US states have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's recent efforts to expand the rights of transgender students. The White House issued a directive this month, mandating that all students be allowed...

New York shooting leaves one person dead

By BBC One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a music venue in New York. Police said the shooting happened at Irving Plaza, near Union Square, Manhattan, where hip-hop artist...

Legal highs banned in the UK

By BBC, A blanket ban on so-called legal highs has come into force in the UK. Laws criminalising the production, distribution, sale and supply of what are otherwise known as new psychoactive substances began at midnight. The chemicals,...

Indonesia approves death penalty for child rapists

By Agencies, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued a regulation Wednesday that provides tougher penalties for child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty. He said the administrative order is a response to increasing sexual...

Afghan Taliban announce new leader

By BBC The Afghan Taliban have announced a new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike. In a statement, the Taliban acknowledged Mansour's death for the first time and...

No visas, no migrant deal, warns Turkey

By BBC Turkey's parliament will block a deal with the EU on migrants if Turks do not gain visa-free access to the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Access to the EU's passport-free Schengen area was...

Protests turn violent at Trump rally

By BBC Demonstrators outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico have set fire to campaign merchandise and clashed with police. Protesters threw burning T-shirts and plastic bottles at police outside the rally at a convention...

Kurds launch attack near IS ‘capital’

By BBC A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has begun a campaign to expel Islamic State (IS) militants from land north of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is believed to have deployed...

Afghan Taliban announce new leader

By BBC The Afghan Taliban have announced a new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike. In a statement, the Taliban acknowledged Mansour's death for the first time and...
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