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Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers

Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces guarded the scene after Friday’s Kabul attack Some 60 people have been killed in two separate attacks on mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered a Shia Muslim mosque in Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing at least 39 worshippers. An attack on a […]

Top Chinese officials ‘plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping’

Top Chinese officials ‘plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former top politician Sun Zhengcai (right) was among several named as having plotted against Xi Jinping (left) A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in […]

Suicide bomb in Kabul mosque ‘kills many’

Suicide bomb in Kabul mosque ‘kills many’

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives inside a mosque in Kabul, killing many, Afghan officials say. At least 30 bodies have been removed from the scene, according to a security official quoted by Reuters news agency. The so-called Islamic State (IS) has previously targeted Shia mosques in Kabul and other provinces. This breaking news story […]

MH370: Malaysia in talks with US firm to restart plane search

MH370: Malaysia in talks with US firm to restart plane search

Image copyright EPA Image caption The search for the Malaysia Airlines plane was suspended in January Malaysia is negotiating a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to renew the search for downed flight MH370. The government announced in a statement that it was in talks with Texas-based salvage firm Ocean Infinity. If the […]

China’s Xi Jinping consolidates power with new ideology

China’s Xi Jinping consolidates power with new ideology

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some say Mr Xi (R) is creating a Mao-like cult of personality China’s President Xi Jinping has created his own political ideology, in a step towards entrenching his position at the top of the Communist Party. Top officials have made multiple mentions of “Xi Jinping Thought” at the Communist […]

CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in recent months CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. […]

Pakistan militant leader ‘killed by drone’ in Afghanistan

Pakistan militant leader ‘killed by drone’ in Afghanistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Omar Khalid Khorasani, pictured in a photo taken from archive footage The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected US drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says. Omar Khalid Khorasani led Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban behind several high-profile bomb attacks inside […]

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, unofficial talks between the two sides continue – but what does this kind of backchannel discussion look like? It is 25 September 2013 in the German capital of Berlin. High-level North Korean officials and their former US counterparts stroll into a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. […]

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand’s youngest woman leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the next prime minister New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her […]

Xi Jinping: China’s president ‘to get own political theory’

Xi Jinping: China’s president ‘to get own political theory’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing Chinese president Xi Jinping is to be given his own political theory, according to state news agency Xinhua. It will be known as “Xi Jinping Thought” and has 14 principles, the agency says. The theory is likely to […]

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