Syria conflict: Almost one million living under siege – UN

Syria conflict: Almost one million living under siege – UN

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives mourn a teenage victim of shelling in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma The number of people living under siege in Syria has doubled this year to almost one million, the UN says. Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Stephen O’Brien said the figure had jumped from 486,700 to 974,080 in six […]

Trump meets Romney: President-elect and critic in talks

Media captionDonald Trump says Mitt Romney meeting ‘went great’ US President-elect Donald Trump has met one of his fiercest critics, Mitt Romney, with reports suggesting he may be considered for secretary of state. Neither man gave details of their 80-minute meeting on Saturday. Mr Romney said the talks had been “far-reaching”. During the campaign, Mr […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospitals ‘knocked out by bombardment’

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospitals ‘knocked out by bombardment’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The assault on eastern Aleppo has been relentless this week Some of the heaviest bombardment so far on Aleppo has left rebel-held parts of the Syrian city virtually without medical facilities, observers say. The World Health Organization says all makeshift hospitals there are out of service, after five days of […]

Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25m

Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25m

Image copyright AP Image caption Donald Trump listens as Michael Sexton speaks at the launch of the Trump University investment school in 2005 Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said. The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for […]

Turkish bill clears men of statutory rape if they marry

Turkish bill clears men of statutory rape if they marry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Critics are accusing the ruling AKP party of legitimising rape A bill which would allow men accused of raping underage girls to be cleared if they marry the girl has been preliminarily backed by Turkish MPs. The bill would pardon men only if they had sex without “force or threat” […]

Syria conflict: Children’s hospital hit in deadly Aleppo strikes

Media captionSyria conflict: Fear in Aleppo as air strikes resume A hospital, blood bank and ambulances are reported to have been hit as Syrian government aircraft and artillery bombarded rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The director of the Bayan Children’s Hospital said he was sheltering in the facility’s basement, unable to leave. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for […]

Trump told by New York mayor that city is ‘fearful’ of him

Trump told by New York mayor that city is ‘fearful’ of him

Image copyright AP Image caption New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio emerges from at Trump Tower New York’s mayor says he has told US President-elect Donald Trump people in the city are “fearful” of what his White House administration could bring. During a meeting at Trump Tower, Bill de Blasio said he warned the […]

Trump and Putin ‘will try to mend ties’, Kremlin says

Trump and Putin ‘will try to mend ties’, Kremlin says

Image copyright AP Image caption Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin during the election campaign US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to “normalise US-Russia ties”, the Kremlin has said, following a phone conversation between the two. Mr Putin wished Mr Trump “success in implementing the election programme”. In the election campaign, […]

Chernobyl disaster: Giant shield begins move towards reactor

Media captionTime-lapse footage shows the giant shield move towards the reactor Work has begun at Chernobyl in Ukraine to move a giant shield over the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. The concrete and steel arch will eventually cover the remains of the reactor which lost its roof in a catastrophic explosion in 1986. […]

2016 ‘very likely’ to be world’s warmest year

2016 ‘very likely’ to be world’s warmest year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High temperatures can lead to devastating droughts 2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data. With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015. Temperatures from January to September were […]