IS commander Omar Shishani dead

By BBC A senior commander of so-called Islamic State (IS) is dead, the Pentagon has confirmed. Defence officials said Omar Shishani died from injuries sustained in a recent US air strike in north-eastern Syria. Earlier reports had...

Myanmar parliament elects first civilian president in decades

By BBC Myanmar's parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the next president, the first civilian to lead the country after more than 50 years of military rule. Htin Kyaw is a close ally of Aung San...

At least 22 killed in post-election violence in Uganda

By Reuters Fighting in western Uganda between supporters of rival candidates involved in last month's national and local elections has killed 22 people and wounded 10 others in recent days, police said. Opposition party Forum for...

Vatican due to approve Mother Teresa’s sainthood

By AFP Mother Teresa will be cleared to become a saint on Tuesday after a Vatican panel recognises a second miracle attributed to the late nun famed for her work with the poor of Kolkata. The...

Russia forces to begin Syria pullout

By BBC Russian forces are due to start leaving Syria after Monday's surprise withdrawal announcement by President Vladimir Putin. Western officials have cautiously welcomed the move, saying it could put pressure on the Syrian government to...

UAE jet missing after Yemen mission

By BBC The United Arab Emirates has said that one of its warplane taking part in a mission against Houthi rebels in Yemen is missing. The country's official news agency, WAM, announced the disappearance without giving...

Egyptian minister sacked for Prophet remark

By BBC Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind has been sacked after boasting that he would jail Islam's Prophet Muhammad himself if the prophet broke the law. Mr Zind made the remark in a televised interview on...

Gunmen kill beach-goers in Ivory Coast

By BBC Al-Qaeda-linked militants have killed at least 16 people in a gun attack on a beach resort in southern Ivory Coast. The attackers fired on beach-goers in Grand Bassam, about 40km (25 miles) from the...

Turkish president vows war on terror

By BBC Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring terrorism "to its knees" after an attack in the capital Ankara that killed at least 34 people. Mr Erdogan said the suicide car bomb would...

Syria under pressure ahead of talks

By BBC Western powers have condemned efforts by the Syrian government to set limits to the agenda of fresh peace talks starting on Monday. Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday ruled out any discussion of...
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