Month: August 2019

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation’s prime minister said Greenland was not for sale to the US. The president was scheduled to visit on 2 September, at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II. Then last week Mr Trump suggested the US was interested in buying Greenland, […]

Italy government crisis: PM Conte quits amid coalition row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned following a blistering attack on coalition partner Matteo Salvini. Mr Conte said Mr Salvini had been “irresponsible” in creating a new political crisis for Italy for “personal and party interests”. Mr Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party, had tabled […]

Khan Sheikhoun: Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

Syrian opposition forces have withdrawn from the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun, deep in the last rebel-held province. Government forces, backed by Russia, closed in on the town in recent weeks, five years after rebels took over. Rebels told the BBC that fighters pulled out of the town on Tuesday. But an official statement from […]

Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling

Media playback is unsupported on your device Pakistan has said it will take the Kashmir dispute to the International Court of Justice. The move comes after India revoked the special autonomous status of the part of Kashmir that it administers. Pakistan reacted to that decision by cutting trade and transport links, and expelling India’s ambassador. […]

Kashmir unrest: ‘They shot me and I fell to the ground’

There have been a number of protests in Srinagar following India’s decision to revoke special autonomous status for the part of Kashmir it controls. Authorities say the protests have been contained and there have been very few injuries. But protesters insist many have been hurt. The BBC spoke to two men caught up in the […]

Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users

A Mexican judge has granted two people the right to recreational cocaine use, in the first ruling of its kind, the organisation behind the cases said. The court said it would allow the claimants to “possess, transport and use cocaine” but not sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD). MUCD, which seeks to […]

Sudan conflict: Army and civilians form sovereign council

Sudan’s military leaders and opposition alliance have formed a sovereign council to lead the country during its three-year transition to civilian rule. Made up of six civilians and five military officers, it will initially be led by Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan. He took over as Sudanese leader following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. […]