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Yemen conflict: US strikes radar sites after missile attack on ship
The US has hit radar sites in Yemen after one of its warships in the Red Sea came under missile attack for the second time in days. The Pentagon said the sites were on territory controlled by Houthi rebels. It marks the first time the US has fired at rebel targets since the start of the Yemen conflict in March 2015. The US said initial assessments showed that three radar sites involved in the recent missile launches had been destroyed. It said the strikes had been authorised by Presiden...
US Election 2016: Trump 'groped woman like an octopus'
Donald Trump is facing a series of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact, after US media outlets reported claims from several women. Two women told the New York Times that the Republican presidential runner groped or kissed them. A reporter for People magazine wrote a first person account describing being forcibly kissed by the property tycoon. Mr Trump's campaign have rejected the claims, describing the NYT article as "defamatory". His camp has made public a l...
Creepy clown craze: McDonald's mascot to limit appearance
Fast food giant McDonald's says it is limiting public appearances of its clown mascot, Ronald McDonald, due to the ongoing "creepy clown" phenomenon. Scary clowns were first reported in the US in August and have quickly spread to the UK, Australia and now Brazil. The craze, in which people dress up in masks and scare members of the public, has received widespread attention with the help of social media. McDonald's did not say how many of its clown's appearances would be cut. Ronald McDonald ...
Western contact with China began long before Marco Polo, experts say
China and the West were in contact more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, new finds suggest. Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of the First Emperor near today's Xian, may have come from Ancient Greece. They also say ancient Greek artisans could have been training locals there in the Third Century BC. Polo's 13th Century travel to China had been thought the first by a European. "We now have evidence that close co...
Paris attacks: Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam 'will not defend him'
Lawyers for the main suspect in last year's Islamist attacks in Paris say they will no longer defend him. Salah Abdeslam will use his right to remain silent, one of the lawyers, Frank Berton, told BFM TV. "We said from the beginning... that if our client remained silent we would quit his defence," he said, alongside fellow lawyer Sven Mary. The attacks in Paris last November on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France killed 130 people. So-called Islamic State said it was be...
US election: Obama blasts Trump with 7-Eleven jibe
President Barack Obama has blasted Donald Trump's recent remarks about women, saying they would be intolerable even for someone applying for a job at a 7-Eleven convenience store. At a rally supporting Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama also urged senior Republicans to formally withdraw their endorsement of Mr Trump as presidential candidate. Many top Republicans have distanced themselves from Mr Trump over a video in which he boasts of groping women. Mr Trump accused them of disloyalty. He was parti...
Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children
One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the Children says early marriage can trigger a cycle of disadvantage across every part of a girl's life. Conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are seen as major factors that leave girls exposed to child marriage. "Child marriage starts a cy...
Actress Shailene Woodley arrested during pipeline protest
US actress Shailene Woodley has been arrested during a protest in North Dakota against a huge oil pipeline project that will cross four states. The Divergent star was arrested at a construction site as she was broadcasting the protest, which involved about 200 people, on Facebook. Police say she was one of 27 people arrested on charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot. The Dakota Access pipeline project has drawn huge protests. Native Americans have halted its construction in Nort...
US election: Top Republican Ryan 'won't defend Trump'
The most senior elected US Republican official has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to focus on defending seats in Congress, but did not end his endorsement of the party's nominee. Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Ryan should not waste his time fighting him. Earlier Democratic rival Hillary Clinton cast doubt on Mr Trump's apology for the 11-year-old remarks. On Sunday, Mr Trump ...
India parents investigated after Jain girl dies from 68-day fast
Indian police are investigating the parents of a 13-year-old girl who died last week after undertaking a religious fast for 68 days. Police in southern Hyderabad city told BBC Hindi they want to know if Aradhana Samdariya was forced to fast. Her parents have insisted she voluntarily fasted as prescribed in Jainism, one of the world's most ancient religions. The case has sparked a debate about the practice of religious fasting in India. Reports said Aradhana lived for 68 days on boiled water....
German police detain fugitive terror suspect
German police say they have captured a suspect believed to be planning a bomb attack. "Tired but overjoyed: we captured the terror suspect last night in Leipzig," the police said in a tweet. The police had been looking for the suspect, Syrian refugee Jaber al-Bakr, after raiding a flat in the nearby city of Chemnitz on Saturday. Several hundred grams of "highly volatile" explosives were found at the property, investigators said. About 100 people were evacuated from the block of flats as...
US election: Trump launches ferocious attack on Clintons
Donald Trump has defended his obscene remarks about groping women by launching a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton and her husband. The Republican nominee denied ever sexually assaulting women, but turned his fire on ex-President Bill Clinton in a bitter US presidential debate. "There's never been anybody in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women," he said. Hillary Clinton refused to address his comments about her husband. Mr Trump's attack on the Clintons came aft...
Belarus chainsaw and axe attack leaves one dead
A young man has attacked people with a chainsaw and an axe at a shopping centre in Belarus, killing one woman and injuring another. Officials said the attack happened at the Europa shopping centre in the capital Minsk. Eyewitnesses spoke of a masked man chasing terrified shoppers on Saturday evening. Police later arrested the 18-year-old suspect. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. "When he took out a chainsaw, shoppers first thought it was some kind of game," police spokesm...
IS 'loses more than a quarter of its territory' in Syria and Iraq
So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled, new data shows. Security and defence analysts IHS say the group's control has shrunk by 28% since its height in January 2015. In the first nine months of this year, IS' territory fell from 78,000 sq km (30,115 sq miles) to 65,500 sq km - an area equivalent to the size of Sri Lanka - IHS analysts said. However, IS losses have slowed in the three months to October. IS has lost just 2,800 sq km (1,080...
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