‘It’s over, we’re finished. The rebels have handed over Syria,’ says boy who sparked the civil war

“It’s over, we’re finished. They’re giving up Syria,” read the late-night message from a fighter with the Free Syrian Army. Mouawiya Syasneh had vowed to battle on until victory, or death. But the boy credited with helping spark the civil war with a small act of defiance with teenage friends in 2011 – spraying anti-Bashar […]

Donald Trump lists Russia, EU and China as ‘foes’ ahead of Putin summit in Helsinki

Donald Trump on Sunday described the European Union as top of his list of global foes while downplaying expectations of his summit with Vladimir Putin, which takes place in Helsinki on Monday. During an interview with US TV network NBC, filmed at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland at the end of his UK visit, the […]

Seagram heiress arrested as part of case against Nxivm ‘sex cult’

A multimillionaire heiress to the Seagram liquor empire has been arrested and charged with running a criminal enterprise, as part of proceedings against members of the Nxivm “sex cult”. The group garnered headlines for an initiation ritual that reportedly included branding founder Keith Raniere’s initials on women, attempts to recruit celebrities, and accusations by prosecutors that members […]

Spanish language academy in row over eradicating gender bias from constitution

The Real Academia Española, the official arbiter of the Spanish language, has become embroiled in a dispute over gender equality after the government asked it to examine whether Spain’s Constitution could become more gender nuetral. Spain’s deputy prime minister and equality minister, Carmen Calvo, said earlier this week she would ask the RAE to study […]

Spanish charity accuses Libyan coastguard of leaving a woman and toddler to die in the Mediterranean

A migrant aid group has accused Libya’s coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who both died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation. Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said on Tuesday that it had found one woman […]

Donald Trump’s intelligence chief says he meant no disrespect to president over Putin meeting

Dan Coats, US Director of National Intelligence, said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his "awkward response" to news of a second planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen […]

Colombia destroys huge bridge after partial collapse killed nine

A bridge under construction has been destroyed after part of it collapsed earlier in the year killed nine people. Video block text  

Vladimir Putin refuses to touch list of new election meddling indictments as he dismisses ‘utterly ridiculous’ Russia investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday described the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow’s election meddling as "political games" that should not be permitted to interfere with US-Russia relations. Asked in a Fox News interview about Mueller’s indictment Friday of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking Democratic Party computers in 2016, just three days before his summit with […]

Imran Khan has shown he can win the backing of Pakistan’s military – now he needs to prove he is his own man

Imran Khan appears on the cusp of leading his country in government, 26 years after he led it on the cricket field. The former Pakistan captain and all-rounder is well ahead in unofficial results from the country’s general election and forecast to pick up around twice the seats of his party’s closest rival. While he […]

Germany running out of beer bottles as heatwave fuels demand

The summer heatwave is causing serious problems in Germany: the country’s brewers are on the verge of running out of beer bottles. The situation is so acute that one local brewer has issued an emergency appeal to drinkers, calling for them to return their empties. “We need your help!” the Moritz Fiege brewery in the […]