Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Media captionDonald Trump was greeted by Pope Francis at the Vatican US President Donald Trump has met Pope Francis for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. The Vatican said after the meeting that there had been an “exchange of views” on international issues, and spoke of the need to […]

Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants. Mr Duterte said insurgents had beheaded a policeman on the southern island. At least […]

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The debate over whether to legalise same-sex marriage has divided Taiwan Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex […]

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 20 drown

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 20 drown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The crossing from Libya to Italy is now one of the busiest used by illicit migrants – and one of the most deadly (file image) At least 20 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coastguard says. The […]

Moody’s cuts China’s credit rating for first time since 1989

Moody’s cuts China’s credit rating for first time since 1989

Image copyright Getty Images China’s credit rating has been cut over fears that growth in the world’s second-biggest economy will slow in the coming years. Moody’s, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3. It was the first time the agency has downgraded the country since […]

Trump ‘to do everything’ for Middle East peace

Trump ‘to do everything’ for Middle East peace

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Trump said he looks forward to working with Israeli and Palestinian leaders for lasting peace US President Donald Trump has said he will “do everything” to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace. At talks with Mahmoud Abbas, he spoke of being gratified that the Palestinian leader had committed to […]

Trump’s Saudi speech to condemn violence in name of religion

Trump’s Saudi speech to condemn violence in name of religion

Media captionDonald Trump sways along with a traditional Saudi sword dance US President Donald Trump is expected to underline the need to confront extremism in Islam when he makes a speech in Saudi Arabia later on Sunday. A leaked version of his speech says the fight against extremism “is not a battle between different faiths” […]

North Korea in new missile test, South says

North Korea in new missile test, South says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption South Korea said the latest missile resembled the Pukguksong-2 that was tested in February North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea’s military has said. The White House said the medium-range missile had a shorter range than those used in North Korea’s last three tests. It comes a week […]

Canada’s Justin Trudeau photobombs students’ prom picture

Canada’s Justin Trudeau photobombs students’ prom picture

Image copyright Twitter/AdamScotti Image caption Only a few of the students seem to have spotted Justin Trudeau mid-jog behind them Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unscheduled appearance in Vancouver on Friday night – jogging through a high school prom photo. The keen sportsman had been out for a run along the Stanley Park […]

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Hillary Step (pictured as it used to look) was the last big technical challenge before Everest’s summit A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating […]

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