Four men took own lives after webcam blackmail
Four men have killed themselves in the UK in the last year after becoming victims of sextortion, police say. The number of people reporting financially-motivated webcam blackmails has more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it believed it was also significantly under-reported and actual numbers of victims were likely much higher. The National Police Chiefs' Council said the rise in cases was "worrying". Sextortion is a form of black...Trump eyes ex-Goldman banker Steve Mnuchin for Treasury
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin to be treasury secretary, US media suggest. Mr Mnuchin, who was Mr Trump's campaign finance chairman and has no government experience, could be named on Wednesday, according to reports. On Tuesday, Mr Trump picked Tom Price as health secretary and Elaine Chao as transportation secretary. He is still weighing his options in filling the posts of state and defence. Mr Mnuchin amassed a fortune over 17 ...CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly'
The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be "disastrous" and "the height of folly". In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary of Russia's promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in Syria. In his campaign, Mr Trump threatened to scrap the Iran deal and also hinted at working more closely with Russia. Mr Brennan will step down in January after four years leading the CIA. In the first i...South Korea's President Park 'willing to resign'
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain. She said she would "leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term", but did not want to leave a power vacuum. Parliament is due to discuss on Friday whether she should face impeachment. S...Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash
A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died. The chartered aircraft was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. The first leg of the final of the cup, South America's second most important club competition, was s...Bird flu: Netherlands culls 190,000 ducks
About 190,000 ducks have been culled in the Netherlands as the authorities try to prevent the spread of bird flu across northern European countries. The slaughter involved six farms, following the discovery of a virus in the village of Biddinghuizen, some 70km (43 miles) east of Amsterdam. Outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 strain have been reported in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Finland. The Dutch authorities have not said which strain is involved. Officials said they were checking fo...Trump dismisses Wisconsin recount drive as 'scam'
Republican President-elect Donald Trump has described an impending recount of votes in Wisconsin as a "scam". Mr Trump, who narrowly won the state, said the results "should be respected instead of being challenged or abused". Green Party candidate Jill Stein had initiated the recount. She also wants recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, citing "statistical anomalies". Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign has said it would participate in Wisconsin's recount. Results would need to ...Fidel Castro death: Cubans mourn ex-leader
Cuba is mourning its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, whose death was announced late on Friday. Flags are flying at half mast as nine days of mourning are observed. From Monday, people will be able to pay respects before the ashes of the 90-year-old are taken to Santiago de Cuba where he launched his bid for power. There were further celebrations in the US city of Miami, however, where many anti-Castro Cuban exiles and their families have settled. Some world leaders have been paying tribut...Abducted California woman Sherri Papini found after three weeks
A missing California mother of two has been found three weeks after she was abducted while out jogging. Sherri Papini was still bound with restraints when she managed to flag down a car on Thursday some 140 miles (225km) from where she was last seen. Police, who say she was released by her captors, are looking for two women in connection with her disappearance. Ms Papini's husband had reported her missing after she failed to pick up their children from day care. The motive behind her abducti...Brazil president Michel Temer accused of corruption
Brazil's President Michel Temer has been accused of pressuring a cabinet minister to engage in corrupt practices. Former Culture Minister Marcelo Calero said Mr Temer asked him to help another minister in a personal business deal. He said he was asked to allow construction of luxury apartments in a historic district of Salvador. Mr Calero, who resigned last week, had previously blocked the plans. President Temer has denied the allegations. However, he admitted talking to Mr Calero about the ...Colombia signs new peace deal with Farc
The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group, the Farc, have signed a revised peace deal. The previous deal was rejected by the Colombian people in a popular vote on 2 October. The revised agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote. The deal is aimed at ending five decades of armed conflict, which has killed more than 260,000 people and left millions internally displaced. The revised deal was signed in a low-key ceremony in the c...Israel fires: Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa
Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as wildfires rage through parts of Israel's third largest city of Haifa. The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city. Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West Bank. Israel's police chief said arson was suspected in some cases and PM Benjamin Netanyahu said any such attacks would amount to "terror". "Every fire that was the result of arson or incitement to arson is...Shia pilgrims among more than 80 killed in IS attack in Iraq
At least 80 people, many of them Shia pilgrims, have been killed in a truck bomb attack at a road stop in Iraq, a security official says. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. Busloads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Many Iranians were among the dead. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack. The attack happened close to the village...Brad Pitt 'will not be charged' after FBI investigation
Actor Brad Pitt will not be charged with any crime after an investigation into allegations involving one of his children, the FBI said. The Oscar winner had been accused of mistreating son Maddox, 15, on board a private flight from France to Los Angeles. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce soon afterwards and is seeking sole custody of their six children. Social workers investigating the same claim cleared Pitt two weeks ago. The FBI said: "In response to allegations made following a ...
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