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 […]

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating

Image copyright Getty Images China has received a downgrade on its credit score, on worries about the future state of the economy. Moody’s Investors Services brought down China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings by one notch to A1 from Aa3. But China’s finance ministry said Moody’s was exaggerating the mainland’s economic difficulties […]

Sydney siege: Police should have stormed cafe sooner, coroner rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hostage escapes from the cafe in Martin Place, in central Sydney Police should have ended the Sydney cafe siege as soon as the hostage-taker began shooting, an inquest has found. In December 2014, gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside the Lindt cafe until police stormed the […]

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Image caption The canings usually draw crowds of spectators Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh’s gay community. Salman […]

Twitter suspends India singer’s account over sexist abuse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Bhattacharya told reporters he “did not give a damn” about the suspension Popular Indian Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s Twitter account has been suspended after he tweeted about a female student leader. In the tweet he insinuated that Shehla Rashid, a student leader at Delhi’s leading Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), […]

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants. The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces […]

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 ‘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 […]

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