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Balakot: Indian air strikes target militants in Pakistan

India says it launched air strikes against militants in Pakistani territory, in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries.The government said strikes targeted a training camp

Venezuela crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro

Venezuelan soldiers who defected into Colombia on Saturday say they fear for the safety of their families under President Nicolás Maduro's government.Speaking exclusively to the BBC's Orla

Pope Francis compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice

Media playback is unsupported on your device Pope Francis has promised concrete action to tackle child sex abuse at the end of a Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia.Clergy guilty of abuse were "t

Venezuela soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border

Soldiers from the Venezuelan national guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to bring aid into the country, Colombia's migration agency said. In a separate developmen

Venezuela crisis: Maduro closes border with Brazil

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has closed the border with Brazil amid a row over humanitarian aid.The embattled leader said he could also shut the key border with Colombia to stop th

Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district

Media playback is unsupported on your device A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night i

IS: Lorries evacuate civilians from last Syria enclave

Lorries have been evacuating civilians from the last village in Syria still held by the Islamic State (IS) group.Journalists on the front line saw at least 15 vehicles carrying men, women a

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel fashion designer, dead at 85

Media playback is unsupported on your device Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85, in Paris. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the indu

Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Media playback is unsupported on your device Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more t

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His t

US ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked over abuse claims

A former Roman Catholic cardinal has been defrocked after historical sexual abuse allegations.Theodore McCarrick is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in mo

Trump to declare emergency over Mexico border wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device Democratic and Republican politicians have sharply criticised President Trump's plan to use emergency powers to pay for a border wall with Mexico.The rarely-u

Sweden recalls China envoy over ‘deal’ on detained bookseller

Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller.The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Be

Maria Ressa: Head of Philippines news site Rappler arrested

The CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government in the Philippines, has been arrested at its headquarters in Manila.Maria Ressa said the accusation of "cyber-libel" is an atte

Venezuela crisis: Maduro condemns ‘extremist’ Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device Venezuela's embattled President Nicolás Maduro has called Donald Trump's government a "gang of extremists" and blamed the US for his country's crisis.In an interview with

US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

Media playback is unsupported on your device US congressional talks over a border security deal have stalled, raising the chances of another government shutdown.Negotiators were hoping for a deal by Mond

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician’s death

Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.Abdurehim Heyit is

Thailand party accepts king’s opposition to Princess Ubolratana PM bid

The party that nominated a Thai princess to run for PM has said it will comply with the king's wishes after he opposed the move.The Thai Raksa Chart party is allied to divisive former PM Th

Flamengo football club: Ten die in Rio de Janeiro fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device A fire has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil's biggest football clubs, killing 10 people.Three people were also injured when the fire

Trump sees total rout of Islamic State group as imminent

US President Donald Trump has said territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq could be "100%" liberated as early as next week."It should be announced, probably some time ne

State of the Union: Trump announces second North Korea summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has announced in his State of the Union speech that he will hold a second nuclear summit with North Korea's leader this month.In an address to th

Paris fire: Ten dead and many injured at apartment block

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ten people including a baby have died in a fire at an eight-storey building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say.More than 30 people - including six firefigh

Venezuela crisis: European states recognise Guaidó as president

The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. It comes after President Nicolás Ma

US fake university: India anger after students arrested

India has made a diplomatic protest to the US after 129 Indian students were arrested for enrolling in a fake university.The University of Farmington, advertised as based in Michigan state,

INF nuclear treaty: Russia follows US in suspending pact

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia has suspended its involvement in the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) following a similar decision by the US.President Vladi