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Xi Jinping warns any attempt to split China is ‘doomed to fail’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has delivered a fervently nationalistic closing speech to parliament, painting China as the rising global power.Mr Xi said "achieving total unity" was the "collective hope of all Chinese people" and any attempts to divide

Russia election: Muted Western reaction to Putin victory

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceWorld leaders are congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election for a new six-year term as Russian president, but so far no Western leaders have responded to his victory.Chinese President Xi Jinping said hi

Andrew McCabe: Ex-FBI deputy director gave notes to Russia inquiry

Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has given memos about conversations he had with President Donald Trump to an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, US media say.They say the memos could support allegations that the president

FBI’s Andrew McCabe sacked by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who has frequently been accused of political bias by President Trump.In January Mr McCabe stepped down from his position as deputy director.He had been deeply involved in the FBI

Syria war: Thousands flee twin offensives in Afrin and Ghouta

As many as 50,000 people have fled separate offensives against rebel forces in northern and southern Syria in recent days, activists say.About 30,000 have left the northern town of Afrin as Turkish forces and their allies stepped up a siege.In the Ea

Russian spy: White House backs UK decision to expel diplomats

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe White House says it "stands in solidarity" with "its closest ally" the UK and supports its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.PM Theresa May said the diplomats would be expelled after Moscow refused

Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceWorld renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said. The Briton was known for his work with black

Russian spy: Deadline for Moscow over spy poison attack

Moscow must explain why a Russian-made nerve agent was used in the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter by the end of Tuesday, Theresa May said.The PM said it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible for the attack in S

‘No response’ yet from North Korea on talks with the US

South Korea says it has not received a response from Pyongyang on a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. In a surprise development, Mr Trump on Friday accepted North Korea's invitation to direct talks.South Ko

China’s ‘president for life’: Congress to vote on abolishing term limits

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceChina is set to approve the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that will effectively allow Xi Jinping to remain as president for life.The change is part of a set of constitutional changes expe

Trump says Kim meeting is ‘in the making’ despite concerns

Media playback is unsupported on your devicePresident Trump has tweeted that a deal with North Korea is "very much in the making", a day after revealing he had agreed to meet its leader Kim Jong-un.North Korea has yet to make a statement.Earlier, the

Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to hold ‘milestone’ meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Donald Trump to meet him, an unprecedented overture which the US leader has said he will accept. The shock announcement that a meeting could take place as early as May was made by South Korean officials in

US metal tariffs: Mexico and Canada may be exempt, White House says

The White House says there could be exemptions to US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, in a softening of its tough stance. Canada, Mexico and other countries may see "carve-outs" on national security grounds, a spokeswoman said.US President D

Gary Cohn: Key Trump economic policy adviser resigns

US President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said.It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump's team.There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade,

Republicans ‘extremely worried’ by Trump’s metal tariffs plan

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRepublicans have raised concern about the US president's plan to impose tariffs on metals, with the party's top lawmaker calling for it to be scrapped.US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he was "extremel

Italy election: Projections point to hung parliament

Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, vote projections based on partial results suggest.Ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parli

Trump steel tariffs: IMF warns plan would hurt US

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has joined criticism of Donald Trump's plan to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminium. The body warned that such a move would hurt the US as well as

Trump steel tariffs: Trading partners threaten retaliation

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe main trading partners of the US have reacted angrily after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.Canada and the EU said they would bring forward their o

Hope Hicks: Close Trump aide and White House communications chief resigns

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump's longest-serving advisers, is to step down, the administration says.The 29-year-old former model and ex-Trump Organization employee has been by Mr Trump's side for years.

N Korea ‘providing materials to Syria chemical weapons factories’

North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used in chemical weapons manufacturing, US media report, citing findings by UN experts.The materials include acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes, reports say.An as-yet-unreleased UN rep

Saudi king replaces military chiefs in shake-up

Saudi Arabia has sacked its top military commanders, including the chief of staff, in a series of late-night royal decrees. Saudi King Salman also replaced the heads of the ground forces and air defences. The news was published by the official Saudi

Florida school shooting: NRA ‘doesn’t back any ban’

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe US National Rifle Association (NRA) has said it does not support any gun ban following a shooting in a Florida school that left 17 people dead.The NRA's comments appear to go against President Donald Tr

End in sight to Olympic ban on Russia

Russia's Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no further doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has voted unanimously.However, the IOC says Russian athletes will not be allowed to parade unde

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe UK's approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on "pure illusion", Donald Tusk says.The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was still tryi

Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘did not confront killer’

An armed officer who was at the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says.The school resource officer has resigned after being suspended, Brow