New satellite images show Japanese homes washed away in floods as death toll hits 179

New satellite images have shone a light on the devastation wrought by torrential rain and flooding in western Japan. Pictures from southern Enshoji showed homes and roads swept away by landslides triggered by heavy rainfall Heavy downpours on the back of Typhoon Prapiroon brought as mush as 4ins of rain per hour to some areas, while the town […]

Isil suicide bombers kill more than 180 in southern Syria in one of deadliest days of war

More than 180 people have been killed in a series of co-ordinated Islamic State suicide bombings in southern Syria, in one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year civil war.  Some 183 people including 89 civilians died in attacks across Sweida city on Wednesday, the bloodiest of which saw a motorcycle bomber strike a busy vegetable market at morning […]

Emmanuel Macron pictured in emphatic celebration as France lift World Cup in Russia

Emmanuel Macron celebrated France’s victory over Croatia in the World Cup final with his own animated display of patriotism. The French president was seen wildly gesticulating from the VIP area in the stands next to a more subdued Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Croatia’s president. Before embracing the players after the final whistle […]

Fraud investigation begins after South Korean firm disputes £100bn shipwreck claim

A South Korean company that claimed to have found the wreck of a Russian warship holding $130 billion in gold said on Thursday it has not verified the existence of any gold, while a financial watchdog said it was probing possible unlawful stock trading. Shinil Marine said last week it had discovered the wreck of […]

Donald Trump designing ‘incredible’ new Air Force One to be red, white and blue

Donald Trump is redesigning Air Force One to be more patriotic with red, white and blue paint – at a cost of $3.9bn (£2.9bn). The plane’s current light blue design, chosen by President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie, has become synonymous with presidential jets over the past five decades. However Mr Trump said […]

Archaeologists find remains of ‘ancient church’ on banks of Tiber in Rome, close to site of historic battle

The remains of what could be one of Rome’s earliest churches have been discovered on the banks of the Tiber, close to where an epic battle between rival armies led to Christianity being adopted as the Roman Empire’s official religion. The routine digging of a trench for an electrical cable revealed the find – a […]

‘Explosive device’ thrown at Gerry Adams’ home in Belfast

Northern Ireland’s politicians and community groups have condemned attempts to derail the peace process following days of street violence and an attack on the home of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Explosive devices were thrown at the Belfast home of Mr Adams last on Friday night, causing damage to a car in his driveway, […]

Islamic State claims responsibility for Toronto shooting as 10-year-old victim named

Islamic state on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a shooting in Toronto on Sunday that killed two people and wounded 13, the group’s propaganda arm said on Wednesday. The attacker "was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries," a statement […]

Macron aide filmed beating protesters claims he is victim of plot to undermine president

French President Emmanuel Macron’s ex-bodyguard has admitted he made a “mistake" when he beat protesters at a demonstration, but said the scandal his violence unleashed was being used “to get at the president" by his opponents. The president for his part dismissed the affair as a "storm in a teacup", but furious criticism from his […]

Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack

A Syrian rebel group has claimed it killed the director of a government chemical weapons programme research facility in a car bombing. Aziz Asber, director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, died near the city of Homs when explosives planted in his car went off, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported Sunday.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said the […]