Irish PM in abortion reform bid: ‘Trust women’

Ireland’s Prime Minister has urged his country to vote “yes” in next month’s referendum to overturn strict abortion laws in the country.

Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma ‘chemical attack’

Weapons inspectors have collected samples from the Syrian town of Douma, where they are investigating a suspected chemical weapons attack.

India bids to bring in death penalty for child rapists

India is set to introduce the death penalty for anyone found guilty of raping girls under the age of 12.

Grave mistake to think Kim is backing down

Against a backdrop of 2017’s escalating tensions and threats of attack, North Korea’s announcement that it is suspending all nuclear and missile tests seems a dramatic change of course.

Nobel Peace Prize for Trump over N Korea?

On the surface, it sounds like a historic commitment by Pyongyang – and one that was unthinkable months ago.

Kim Jong Un vows no more nuclear or missile tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will shut down its atomic test site.

80,000 ‘vomit-smelling’ durian sold in 60 seconds

Lovers of the world’s smelliest fruit purchased 80,000 “vomit smelling” durian in 60 seconds after a promotion went online.

Central Berlin evacuated after WWII bomb found

The centre of Berlin has been evacuated after the discovery of a Second World War bomb dropped by Britain.

Swaziland changes its name to eSwatini

Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III of Swaziland, has changed his country’s name to eSwatini.

UK attacks Russia’s ‘changing fantasies’ on Skripal case

The United Kingdom has accused Russia of having “multiple narratives” and “no credibility” at an emergency meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to discuss the Salisbury poisoning.

Bitcoin suspect ‘flees on plane carrying Iceland PM’

The suspected mastermind of a Bitcoin heist has escaped prison and fled to Sweden on a plane reportedly carrying Iceland’s prime minister.

UN security team in Douma targeted by gunfire

A United Nations security team working with international chemical weapons inspectors has been targeted by gunfire and a small explosion in the Syrian town of Douma. 

‘Race against time’ to save Rohingya from monsoon

Aid agencies are in a “race against time” to save thousands of Rohingya refugees from the dangers of the impending monsoon season.

This is what happens in a chemical weapons inspection

Chemical weapons inspectors are today being allowed into Syria’s Douma, the site of a suspected chemical attack. Their job is to investigate what happened at the site. But what does that actually involve?

Man after second face transplant: ‘I’m 20 years younger’

The first person to have two face transplants says he is recovering well after being dubbed “the man with three faces”.

Chemical weapons team finally set to enter Douma

International chemical weapons experts are set to finally enter Douma in Syria after a UN security team went in to assess the situation.

Online child sex abuse images ‘up by a third’

More child sex abuse images and videos are being found online than ever before, according to a charity.

Headless ‘body’ sparks major police operation

The discovery of an apparent headless body near a stream triggered a major police operation in southern Germany.

Mystery illness sees diplomats’ families leave Cuba

Canada is removing diplomats’ family members from its Cuban embassy over a mystery illness – amid fears some could be suffering from a new type of “acquired brain injury”.

Missiles shot down over Syria airbases – state TV

Syrian government troops have shot down missiles fired at two airbases in the country, according to state TV.

11 endangered lions found dead in national park

Eleven lions from an endangered species have been found poisoned to death at a national park in Uganda.

‘Serious concern’ about death of Russian writer

The death of a journalist who wrote about Russian mercenaries in Syria is being described as a cause of “serious concern”.

Eight in court after gang rape and killing of girl, 8

Eight men have entered not guilty pleas following the rape and killing of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India.

Ex-Auschwitz guard, 94, charged over atrocities

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been charged in Germany with being an accessory to murder.

Surfer seriously injured in shark attack

A surfer has been left with serious injuries to both of his legs after being attacked by a shark off the coast of southwestern Australia.

Assad: Airstrikes based on ‘campaign of lies’

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said Western airstrikes in his country were based on “lies” by the UN Security Council.

Milo Djukanovic set to win Montenegro election

Veteran leader Milo Djukanovic is set to win Montenegro’s presidential election with 53.8% of the vote, projections suggest.

Plane diverts after fountain pen hostage drama

An Air China flight had to be diverted after a passenger held a crew member hostage using a fountain pen as a weapon.

Assad is Russia’s ally but also a ‘liability’