Month: April 2019

Japanese emperor: Akihito set for first abdication in 200 years

Japanese emperor Akihito is set to step down from the throne on Tuesday, which will make him the first monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years. The day’s ceremonies began with several private rituals in the Imperial Palace. The 85-year-old has been given legal permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil […]

US deputy attorney general tells Trump he quits

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who oversaw the special counsel inquiry into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, has resigned. Mr Rosenstein, who had a fraught working relationship with Mr Trump, will step down on 11 May in a departure that had been expected for months. In his letter, he paid tribute to […]

IS ‘leader’ al-Baghdadi appears in first video in five years

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Islamic State group has released a video of a man it says is its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, vowing to seek revenge for its loss of territory. He has not been seen since 2014, when he proclaimed from Mosul the creation of a “caliphate” across parts of […]

Guantanamo Bay commander fired over ‘loss of confidence’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The commander in charge of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has been dismissed just seven weeks before he was due to leave the post. Navy Rear Admiral John Ring was fired due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to the US Southern […]

‘Completely avoidable’ measles outbreak hits 25-year high in US

Media playback is unsupported on your device American health officials report that more than 700 people have been infected by measles this year, marking a 25-year high for the infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that cases had been recorded in 22 states and were mostly affecting unvaccinated children. […]

Mozambique cyclone: Death toll rises as storm blocks aid

The death toll in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique has risen to 38, officials say, as aid workers struggle to reach the worst-affected areas. Cyclone Kenneth struck the southern African nation last week with winds of 220km/h (140mph), flattening villages and damaging thousands more homes. The storm lost strength, but torrential rain was still battering the area […]

Norway finds ‘Russian spy whale’ off Arctic coast

Media playback is unsupported on your device A beluga whale found off Norway’s coast wearing a special Russian harness was probably trained by the Russian navy, a Norwegian expert says. Marine biologist Prof Audun Rikardsen said the harness had a GoPro camera holder and a label sourcing it to St Petersburg. A Norwegian fisherman managed […]

Trade war: What you need to know about US-China talks

The US and China are due to begin a fresh round of talks in Beijing on Tuesday as they edge closer to resolving their damaging trade dispute. The discussions will be led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Talks have dragged on for months, with both sides struggling to […]

Spain election: Socialists consider next move after elections

Spain’s Socialists are considering their next move after failing to gain a majority in Sunday’s general election. Pedro Sanchez’s party won the election with 29% of the vote. But he must join forces with either left-wing Podemos and other regional parties or the centre right if he decides to form a coalition government. However, fellow […]

San Diego synagogue attack suspect ‘evil’, says his family

Media playback is unsupported on your device The parents of a suspect in a shooting at a US synagogue at the weekend have condemned their son. The family of 19-year-old John Earnest released a statement describing his alleged actions as “part of the history of evil” perpetrated on Jewish people. One victim, Lori Kaye, 60, […]