North Korea fires second missile over Japan

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago. The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles),...

Moroccans urged to reject extremism

By BBC The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, has called on Moroccans living abroad, many of them in Europe, to defend a tolerant form of Islam and reject extremism. It was his first address to the...

Algeria president makes video appearance after month of health rumors

By Reuters Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared in a video on Sunday for the first time in a month since his abrupt cancellation of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Algiers triggered speculation...

Nigerian children starving, UN warns

By BBC Almost a quarter of a million children in parts of Nigeria's Borno state formerly controlled by Boko Haram are suffering from severe malnutrition, the UN children's agency says. Tens of thousands will die if...

UK ‘may still have to pay into EU even after Brexit’

By BBC/Shellmith Whitehall officials believe the UK may need to make big payments to the EU to secure preferential trading terms after Brexit, BBC Newsnight has learned. During the EU referendum, Vote Leave claimed leaving the...

Rival east Libya factions battle for crucial oil ports

By BBC Rival armed factions are fighting for control over crucial oil terminals in the east of Libya. The forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who have controlled the "oil crescent" since September, lost ground, their...
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Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran in defiance of four other Arab nations who have demanded it curb ties with the Islamic Republic. The emirate recalled its ambassador in 2016 when Saudi diplomatic...

UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the UN human rights chief says. Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the "cruel military operation" in Rakhine...

SA virginity scholarships ‘unlawful’

By BBC An official body in South Africa has ruled that university bursaries offered to proven female virgins were unlawful and should be scrapped. The Uthukela municipality in KwaZulu-Natal province introduced the bursaries to reduce Aids...

Deadly wildfires sweep through California’s wine country

Parts of California's wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 10 people. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 1,500 properties destroyed. About 20,000...
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