Chelsea Manning decision: Obama says justice was served

Media captionObama defends decision to free Manning President Barack Obama has defended his decision to free Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning, 29 years before her scheduled release. He told his final news conference that “justice has been served”. Manning was sentenced to 35 years for leaking diplomatic cables to the group, one of the largest breaches […]

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new analysis predicts the recapture of Mosul by Iraqi government forces by mid-2017 So-called Islamic State (IS) lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis. The group gave up almost 18,000 sq km (6,900 sq miles), its territory being reduced to some 60,400 sq […]

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police released a photo of the bloodied detainee Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead. The […]

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

Image copyright The Times US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy […]

US Congress backs repeal of Obamacare

US Congress backs repeal of Obamacare

Image copyright Getty Images The US House of Representatives has taken the first step toward demolishing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Republicans passed a budget measure to introduce a bill – which Democrats cannot block – to roll back the law. But members of both parties in Congress are concerned about […]

Tearful Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

Media captionObama-Biden ‘bromance’ ends in tears and laughter President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service”. The award comes as […]

US visa-free residency for Cubans ends

US visa-free residency for Cubans ends

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Until now, Cubans who reach the US get residency President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas. The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become legal permanent residents after a year. In exchange, […]

Syria accuses Israel of bombardment

Syria accuses Israel of bombardment

Image copyright AFP Image caption The suburb of Mezzeh is situated on the western outskirts of Damascus Syria has accused Israel of bombarding an area west of Damascus, with reports of a military airport being hit. State television quoted the army as saying several rockets landed in the airport compound in Mezzeh, Reuters news agency […]

Hungarian camerawoman who kicked migrants sentenced

Media captionPetra Laszlo was caught on camera kicking migrants A Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed kicking or tripping up migrants near the Hungary-Serbia border has been sentenced to three year’s probation for disorderly conduct. Petra Laszlo was filming refugees in September 2015 as they broke through a police cordon. She was captured kicking two people […]

Cyprus talks to continue at expert level, Greece and Turkey say

Media captionFor more than 40 years Cyprus has been a divided island. Cyprus peace talks will soon continue at the expert level, the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers say. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have been making progress on key issues since talks in Geneva began on Monday. Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres […]

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