Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. Mr Kurz is on course to become the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social […]






Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

Media captionThe death toll continues to rise after the deadly blast A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. […]






Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Kirkuk: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces have been in a stand-off with Kurdish fighters Iraqi forces are advancing towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. They intend to take control of oil fields and an airbase in the disputed region, Kurdish security officials say. Tensions between the two sides over the future of Iraqi Kurdistan […]






AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane (not pictured) experienced problems about 25 minutes after take-off An AirAsia Indonesia flight has been forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say. Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about […]






UK police look into new Weinstein claims

UK police look into new Weinstein claims

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images UK police are investigating a number of sexual assault allegations involving Harvey Weinstein, the BBC understands. The Metropolitan Police says he is accused of assaulting three women in separate incidents in London in the late 1980s, 1992, 2010, 2011 and 2015. Officers are looking into claims they were attacked in Westminster, […]






Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Media captionHassan Rouhani: “Iran will not surrender.” Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the […]






Planes crashes into sea off Ivory Coast in heavy rain

Planes crashes into sea off Ivory Coast in heavy rain

An aircraft has crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast, shortly after taking off from the international airport of the main city, Abidjan. It was a cargo plane carrying freight for the French army, security sources told local news site Koaci. It crashed in heavy rain and the wreckage was swept back towards the shore […]






Iran nuclear deal: Trump poised to withdraw support

Iran nuclear deal: Trump poised to withdraw support

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters outside the White House have urged Donald Trump to back the deal US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran on Friday and lay out a more confrontational strategy. The move would not withdraw the US from the deal but give […]






California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 31

California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 31

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fire crews battled to stop flames reaching this vineyard in Santa Rosa The number of people confirmed dead in wildfires sweeping northern California has climbed to 31, as officials warned that conditions would worsen. Hundreds of people remain missing as at least 22 fires rampaged across the state’s famous wine […]






Harvey Weinstein: Oscars academy to hold emergency talks

Harvey Weinstein: Oscars academy to hold emergency talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dozens of films produced by Harvey Weinstein have won Academy Awards The hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks to consider the future role of film mogul Harvey Weinstein following claims of sexual misconduct. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual […]