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Pope Christmas message urges softening of ‘self-centred hearts’

The Pope has prayed for a softening of "stony and self-centred hearts" to help end injustice in the world, in his Christmas Day message.From the Vatican balcony, Pope Francis spoke of "wall

Senate leaders spar over Trump impeachment trial

Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Senate have clashed over the rules of President Trump's impeachment trial. Democrats want assurances witnesses and documents will be allowed, to enable what they term a fa

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudis sentence five to death for journalist’s murder

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death and jailed three others over the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi gov

India’s Modi defends protest-hit citizenship bill

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended the government's new citizenship law, despite the major ongoing protests against it."We passed this bill to help the persecuted," he said at

Australia fires: Travel warnings issued over ‘catastrophic’ conditions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Catastrophic fire warnings are in place across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), where firefighters are tackling more than 100 blazes.Authorities have urged C

Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii this week while the nation's bushfire crisis worsened.Fires are raging across the nation amid a heat w

Donald Trump is impeached and faces trial in the US Senate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he rem

Trump impeachment: US House ready for historic vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump is set to become the third US president in history to be impeached later by the House of Representatives.Democratic lawmakers are expected to app

Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan ex-leader sentenced to death for treason

General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military leader, has been sentenced to death at a special court hearing in Islamabad.The three-member court sentenced him over a high treason charge that has been pending

Citizenship Amendment Act: India PM Modi appeals for calm as protests grow

Media playback is unsupported on your device India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm as violent protests against a new law on illegal migrants entered a fifth day.Large demonstrations

Climate change: Longest talks end with compromise deal

The longest UN climate talks on record have finally ended in Madrid with a compromise deal.Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key question of increasing the global response to curbing carbon. All countries

N Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media

North Korea has conducted a "crucial test" at a satellite launch site to boost its nuclear deterrent, state media reports.A spokesman told KNCA news agency it took place late on Friday at t

General election 2019: World leaders react to Johnson victory

Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party have won a decisive majority in the UK's general election.First reactions from world leaders have stressed the importance of shaping future relation

White Island volcano: NZ police to recover bodies despite danger

New Zealand police have said they plan to recover bodies from White Island - where a volcanic eruption killed at least eight people - on Friday morning.The recovery mission will go ahead de

Myanmar Rohingya: Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in UN court

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been defending her country against allegations of genocide at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is responding

New Zealand volcano: Rescuer tells of ‘Chernobyl’-like scene

Media playback is unsupported on your device A paramedic who flew to New Zealand's White Island to rescue tourists after Monday's volcanic eruption has said the scene was like something out of "the Chernobyl mini-ser

New Zealand volcano: At least five dead after White Island eruption

Media playback is unsupported on your device A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving five people dead and several unaccounted for, police have said.Tourists were seen walking inside the crater of White Island v

Delhi factory fire: More than 40 dead in India blaze

Media playback is unsupported on your device A large fire has swept through a bag factory in the Indian capital Delhi, killing 43 workers, officials say. The blaze broke out at the four-storey building i

Pensacola shooting: Saudi king condemns ‘barbaric’ attack

Saudi Arabia's King Salman condemned a gun attack at a US naval base by a Saudi student as "barbaric", President Donald Trump said.He tweeted that the monarch had called him to offer "since

Hyderabad case: Police kill suspects in Indian vet’s rape and murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Indian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week.The men were in police detention and were take

Macron pension reform: France paralysed by biggest national strike in years

A nationwide strike has severely disrupted schools and public transport across France.Workers are angry at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions.Police, lawyers and hospital

Nato summit: Leaders meet at 70th anniversary amid rows

Media playback is unsupported on your device Nato leaders are meeting near London, as tensions between members threaten to overshadow a summit marking the military alliance's 70th birthday.The three-hour

Nato summit: Divisions exposed ahead of meeting

Turkey has said it will oppose a Nato defence plan for Baltic countries, exposing tensions in the alliance ahead of a summit for its 70th anniversary.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants th

Climate change: COP25 talks open as ‘point of no return’ in sight

Political leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of talks amid a growing sense of crisis.According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, "the point of no ret

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millio