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Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win vote

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief looks set to win the country's presidential election.Gotabaya Rajapaksa has claimed victory and his main rival has conceded, but official results ar

Impeachment inquiry: Trump ‘asked for probe in Ukraine with envoy’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A US diplomat told Donald Trump Ukraine would carry out investigations the president had asked for, a US official testified at the impeachment inquiry.State department off

Hong Kong protests: Man dies after being hit ‘by hard object’ during protests

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has died in Hong Kong after being hit on the head during clashes between government supporters and protesters.The government said the 70-year-old cleane

Trump impeachment inquiry: New claims amid public hearing

Media playback is unsupported on your device A top US diplomat told impeachment hearings that President Trump directly asked about a Ukrainian investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden.In previou

Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales' resignation.Lawmakers from Mr Morales' party boycotted

Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico

Evo Morales has accepted an offer of political asylum in Mexico a day after resigning as president of Bolivia amid election fraud protests.In a tweet, he said it hurt to be leaving Bolivia

Hong Kong police shoot man in day of violence and chaos

Media playback is unsupported on your device A policeman has shot a protester during another day of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong.Footage posted on Facebook showed the officer drawing his gun befor

Australia bushfires: Three dead and thousands forced from homes

At least three people are dead and thousands have been displaced by a weekend of bushfires in Australia.On Sunday, the fire emergency's third day, more than 100 blazes were still burning ac

Ayodhya verdict: Indian top court gives holy site to Hindus

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the disputed holy site of Ayodhya should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there. The case, bitterly contested by Hindus and Muslims for decades, centred on the ownershi

Lula: Brazil court ruling could free jailed ex-president

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brazil's top court has voted to overturn a rule about the jailing of criminals - a change which could lead to ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being fr

Impeachment inquiry: Trump berates Democrats in Louisiana

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at his Democrat opponents in a defiant speech at a rally in Louisiana.He was speaking after it was confirmed that public impeachment hearings will b

Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections

US Democrats have made gains in key state elections, in what is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump.Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in Kentucky's governor vote, after a tight rac

Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

A recalled US ambassador at the centre of the Trump impeachment inquiry said she felt threatened by a cryptic remark the president made about her on a call.Ex-envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanov

California fires: Trump threatens to pull federal aid funds

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal funding for the wildfires sweeping California, in a Twitter spat with the state's governor.Nearly 100,000 acres have been destroyed b

UFC: More boos for Trump at Mixed Martial Arts fight

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump was met with raucous boos - and some cheers - on Saturday as he attended the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in New York.The US president at

Trump says Beto O’Rourke ‘quit like a dog’

US President Donald Trump has ridiculed Beto O'Rourke just hours after the Democratic presidential hopeful ended his campaign. The president used a profanity to describe his rival and said

Five men acquitted of gang-raping teenager in Spain

A court in Barcelona has acquitted five men accused of gang-raping a 14 year old girl of the charge of sexual assault.The men were convicted and jailed for the lesser crime of sexual abuse.

Twitter to ban all political advertising

Twitter is to ban all political advertising worldwide, saying that the reach of such messages "should be earned, not bought"."While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effe

Trump impeachment: Officer Alexander Vindman raised alarm over Ukraine call

An official who heard a call between US President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president says he was concerned by Mr Trump's "demand" to scrutinise a rival.Alexander Vindman told Congress he

California fires: Los Angeles hit by new blazes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of Los Angeles residents have been told to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire that began in the early hours of Monday morning.The Getty Fire

Argentina election: Centre-left Alberto Fernández wins presidency

Centre-left opposition candidate Alberto Fernández has been elected president of Argentina in a vote dominated by economic concerns. Mr Fernández secured more than the 45% of the vote nee

California wildfires: New evacuations amid warning over strong winds

New evacuations have been ordered in California as officials warn wildfires could spread because of extremely strong winds.Some 50,000 residents in the towns of Windsor and Healdsburg, nort

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

At least six of the 39 people found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex may have been from Vietnam.The BBC knows of six Vietnamese families who fear their relatives are among the victims. They

Uluru climbing ban: Tourists scale sacred rock for final time

Media playback is unsupported on your device Huge crowds have begun scrambling up Australia's Uluru on the final day before the climb is banned.The giant monolith - once better known to visitors as Ayers

Turkey Syria offensive: Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US is lifting sanctions imposed on Turkey nine days ago over its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, President Donald Trump says.His decision came af