Month: June 2019

Trump ‘trying to work out’ historic Kim meeting at DMZ

President Trump says he is still hoping to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when he visits the fortified strip dividing the two Koreas shortly. He told a banquet in South Korea he was still “trying to work out” a meeting at the demilitarised zone (DMZ). He invited Mr Kim in an apparently spontaneous tweet […]

Italy migrant boat: Rescue captain accused of trying to sink police boat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has accused the captain of a ship carrying rescued migrants of trying to sink a police boat. Carola Rackete was arrested at the Italian port of Lampedusa after a two-week stand-off with police at sea. Her vessel, Sea-Watch 3, was banned from […]

Sudan security forces ‘carry out raid’ ahead of mass protest

Sudan’s main opposition group says security forces raided its office and blocked a press conference on the eve of mass protests against military rule. The “million-strong march” is in opposition to the military council’s refusal to hand control to civilians following Omar al-Bashir’s removal. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said in a tweet that it […]

Sudan: Dying for the revolution

After months of peaceful protest, Omar al-Bashir was ousted as Sudan’s president in April. But on 3 June the country’s security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Khartoum as they called for a civilian administration. Doctors said more than 120 people were killed. The authorities said 61 died. The bloody crackdown left Sudan’s streets quiet […]

Sri Lanka hires first two hangmen in 43 years

Sri Lanka has recruited two hangmen as it prepares to carry out four executions – the first in 43 years. It follows the president’s announcement that four prisoners convicted of drug offences are to face the death penalty. The hanging will end a moratorium on capital punishment that has been in place since 1976. Over […]

Germany to return Nazi-stolen painting Vase of Flowers to Italy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Germany says it will return a painting stolen by Nazi troops from the Uffizi Gallery in the Italian city of Florence in 1943. Vase of Flowers, estimated to be worth millions of euros, has been in the hands of a German family. In January Uffizi head Eike Schmidt […]

Albania set for tense local election stand-off

Albania is set for an election like no other since emerging from half a century of communism in 1990. Prime Minister Edi Rama has campaigned hard for Sunday’s local polls – even though his Socialist candidates face almost no opposition at the ballot box. The main opposition is boycotting, but has urged militants to remain […]

Merkel’s shaking: Chancellor says she’s ‘fine’ after attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is “fine” following two bouts of shaking in public that have sparked concerns about her health. Speaking at the G20 summit in Osaka, she said she was convinced that “this reaction will disappear just as it has arisen”, German news agency […]

Arab, gay and publisher of an LGBT magazine in Jordan

A new survey for BBC News Arabic by the Arab Barometer research network suggests only 7% of people say they accept gay relationships in Jordan. While Sharia law forbids homosexuality in the country, same-sex relationships are not criminalised. Khalid Abdel-Hadi runs an online magazine from Jordan that aims to break down the taboos around gender, […]