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Sri Lanka bombings: PM Wickremesinghe says he was ‘out of the loop’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka's prime minister has told the BBC he was "out of the loop" when it came to intelligence warnings ahead of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.Ranil Wi

France’s Macron responds to yellow vests with promise of reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron has given a long-awaited response to the yellow vest protest movement with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and a reform of the civil service. Despite

Sri Lanka attacks: Government admits ‘major intelligence lapse’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has admitted a "major intelligence lapse" before the Easter Sunday bomb attacks which killed 359 people and wounded more than 500.An Indian intellig

Sri Lanka attacks: IS ‘may be linked’, government says

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Islamic State (IS) group may be linked to bomb blasts which killed 321 people and wounded 500 in Sri Lanka, the country's prime minister has said. Ranil W

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka's leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday's bombings.Attacks on churches and hotels killed 2

Sri Lanka attacks: Country under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has been placed under a nationwide curfew, as the government responds to a string of deadly bomb attacks on Sunday.More than 200 people were killed and hundreds

Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir’s home

A large hoard of cash has been found at the home of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir and he is now being investigated for money laundering, prosecutors say.Security services found eu

Turpin captivity case: Children forgive parents for torture

Media playback is unsupported on your device A California couple's children have forgiven them for years of torture and starvation as the parents were sentenced to life in prison.David and Louise Turpin'

Mueller report: Trump ‘tried to get special counsel fired’

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump tried to get the man appointed to investigate his links to Russia fired, a long-awaited report has revealed.The 448-page redacted do

Madeira crash: At least 28 killed on tourist bus near Caniço

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 28 people have died after a bus carrying German tourists plunged off a road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira.Another 28 were injure

Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour

Media playback is unsupported on your device Saving France's 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France's deputy interior minister has said. Laurent Nu

Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris

Media playback is unsupported on your device A major fire has engulfed one of France's most famous landmarks - the medieval Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Firefighters are battling to save the 850-year-old Gothic

Sudan crisis: Military council arrests former government members

Sudan's transitional military council has arrested members of the former government and promised not to disperse protesters. A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime min

Sudan coup: Military leader vows to ‘uproot regime’

The leader of Sudan's interim military council has vowed to "uproot the regime" two days after a military coup.Speaking on TV, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan announced the restructu

Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down

The head of Sudan's military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced h

Sudan coup: Protesters defy curfew after military ousts Bashir

Thousands of protesters have vowed to stay on the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, in defiance of a curfew imposed by the country's new military council.Long-time President Omar a

India election 2019: Voting to begin in world’s largest election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Indians will head to the polls on Thursday to vote in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Israeli election: Netanyahu and Gantz both claim victory

Exit polls in Israel suggest there will be no clear winner in the closely fought general election.The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz was projected to

Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Monday.Flights at Mitiga International Airport wer

Libya crisis: Fighting near Tripoli leaves 21 dead

Media playback is unsupported on your device Libya's UN-backed government says 21 people have been killed and 27 wounded in fighting near the capital, Tripoli.Earlier the UN appealed for a two-hour truce

Libya crisis: Fighting flares on outskirts of Tripoli

Fresh fighting has flared near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, between pro-government forces and rebel fighters from the east of the country.Reports say clashes between Gen Khalifa Haftar's re

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing reduces 737 production

Media playback is unsupported on your device Boeing is temporarily cutting production of its best-selling 737 airliner in the continuing fall-out from crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Production will d

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 pilots ‘could not stop nosedive’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last month nosedived several times before it hit the ground, a preliminary report has said.Pilots "repeatedly" follo

Joe Biden pledges to respect women’s ‘personal space’

Joe Biden has pledged to be "more mindful" about physical contact with women, hoping draw a line under a controversy that has cast a cloud over his expected White House bid. The former US v

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ‘resigns’

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is resigning after weeks of mass protests, state media report. Mr Bouteflika, who had been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek