China ignores Revolution anniversary

By BBC The 50th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution, which plunged China into a decade of chaos, has been met with silence in state media. On 16 May 1966 Communist leader Mao Zedong...

Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader

Spain's high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week. It also gave them three days to pay a deposit of €6.2m...

Philippine leader threatens to leave UN

By BBC Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to "separate" from the UN after it criticised his war on drugs as a crime under international law. Mr Duterte said he might ask China and African nations...

Trump praises latest N Korea sanction

US President Donald Trump has praised the UN Security Council for imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to ballistic missile tests. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the vote proved the world...
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Iraq begins battle for final IS-held town

Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State. The town, and a few small parcels of land, are all that remains under the militants' control in...

EgyptAir wreckage found in Mediterranean

By BBC Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean last month has been found, Egyptian investigators say. A statement said "several main locations of the wreckage" had been identified. A deep sea search...

South Sudan rivals sign ceasefire deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, have signed an agreement to try to end five years of civil war. Under the framework deal, a ceasefire will come into effect...

Kenya refuses to register atheist group

By BBC. A group of Kenyan atheists say they have suffered "blatant discrimination" after the authorities refused to register their society. They were told the application was turned down because of concerns that registration could affect...

Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with military equipment bought from the US. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe meanwhile said his country could intercept missiles "if...

Deadly ‘chemical attack’ in Syria Idlib

By BBC At least 35 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that...
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