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Japanese airline forces disabled man to crawl aboard

Japan's Vanilla Air has apologised after a wheelchair user was forced to crawl up a set of stairs to the plane.Hideto Kijima had boarded with the help of friends on his outbound flight.But on the return leg from the island of Amami, airline employees

Brexit ‘will blow hole in budget’, EU commissioner warns

The UK's departure from the EU will leave a budget shortfall of at least €10bn (£8.8bn; $11.4bn), the budget commissioner has warned.Günther Oettinger said the bloc must either spend less or find new money to fill the gap, equivalent to an estima

Venezuela crisis: Hunt for pilot after attack on Supreme Court

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe Venezuelan military is hunting for a rogue elite police officer suspected of carrying out a helicopter attack on the country's Supreme Court.Oscar Pérez posted Instagram videos admitting the attack and

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.The amount is the regulator's largest penalt

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence.Ukrainian firms, including the state power

French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail

A woman put on trial in France for helping her romantic partner cross the border from the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais to the UK has escaped a jail sentence.Béatrice Huret, a former supporter of the far-right National Front, was found guilty of a

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says.Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday. He was

Trump travel ban injunction lifted in part

The US Supreme Court has partially lifted an injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban.America's highest court also granted an emergency request from the White House allowing part of the refugee ban to go into effect.The justices said th

Painter Salvador Dali’s body ‘to be exhumed’

A judge in Madrid has ordered the exhumation of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí's body to get samples for a paternity suit, local media report.A Spanish woman, Pilar Abel, says the painter is her father. She says he had an affair with a maid in 1955.In

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton's tenure.The Eid al-Fitr feast

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul.IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the n

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis

Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democr

Takata: Airbag-maker files for bankruptcy

Japanese car parts maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Japan.It is facing billions of dollars in liabilities over its defective airbags, which have been linked to at least 17 deaths worldwide.Some of the airbags contained f

Ohio sites hacked with IS message

A number of government websites in the US state of Ohio, including that of Governor John Kasich, have been hacked to display a pro-IS message.It said President Donald Trump would be held accountable for "every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countrie

‘Several dead’ as Colombia boat sinks

A passenger boat has sunk on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, with reports of several deaths.Police say dozens of people are missing after the four-deck vessel went down on the Penol reservoir near the tourist town of Guatapé, 45km (28 miles)

Montreal festival float causes race row

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA video from a Montreal festival parade has gone viral with critics suggesting it shows the event's lack of diversity.The clip shows a singer on a float pushed by four black men in khakis, as a white crowd

Qatar demands difficult to meet, says US

Some demands set by four Arab states on Qatar in return for lifting sanctions will be "difficult to meet", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says.However, Mr Tillerson said the proposals provided a basis for dialogue leading to a solution of the cr

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

Organisers of Istanbul's annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey's largest city.The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city's Taksim Square.Authorities banned the march for third year in a r

AirAsia X flight forced to land after ‘shaking like washing machine’

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAn AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Australia after an engine problem left it "shaking like a washing machine".The pilot said the decision to return to Perth 90 minutes aft

Pakistan oil tanker fire ‘kills scores’

At least 100 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local media report.They say dozens of people were badly burned as they tried to collect fuel leaking from the vehicle. Those injured

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

A former Miss Italy finalist has returned to work as a sea lion trainer, five months after being severely disfigured by acid thrown in her face. Gessica Notaro, 28, said that she was doing so to encourage other women to fight back against bullying.Sh

Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim

President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election.Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the poll about the accusations and "did nothing".His comments followed an

Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFrench President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president's policy on climate change - this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.In a video on social me

Turkey’s military training camp in Somalia to open soon

ANKARA The Somali foreign minister on Friday lauded a Turkish military training camp which is expected to open in Somalia in the coming months.”This military training camp established by our Turkish friends will be the first professional training

Qatar says list of demands not realistic

Qatar's foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.