Seven new Earth-like planets 'best bet' for life

NASA official says discovery gives hint that finding a second Earth is 'just a matter' of time.

United States

White House rolls back federal transgender protections

Donald Trump withdraws Obama-era guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.


UN decries Israel's West Bank demolition order

An estimated 140 structures in a Palestinian Bedouin village ordered demolished by the Israeli government.


Cleric charged with sexually abusing child refugees

Police arrest 52-year-old French accused of molesting unaccompanied refugee minors after offering them food and shelter.

Human Rights

Mexican man kills himself after third US deportation

Sinaloa state native Guadalupe Olivas Valencia threw himself to his death by jumping off a bridge, authorities say.

Humanitarian crises

$4.4bn urgently needed to prevent 'famine catastrophe'

UN chief Antonio Guterres says more than 20 million people face starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.


Cyprus talks falter over nationalist commemoration row

Turkish Cypriot side rejects meeting after Greek Cypriot move to mark 1950 referendum for union with Greece at schools.


The Gambia arrests ex-spy chief linked to killings

Spy chief Yankuba Badjie has been accused of overseeing kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture, killings and rape.

Middle East

Turkey allows female army officers to wear headscarf

In break from strict secular past, defence ministry allows female officers to cover their heads with plain headscarves.

Asia Pacific

N Korea says Kim Jong-nam murder suspects 'innocent'

Two women and North Korean man should be released from prison, embassy officials say, as they dismiss police account.


Gunman attack government office in Pakistan's Charsadda

National Database and Registration Authority in Charsadda district fired upon: three gunmen involved.

Middle East

Syria talks to resume with low expectations

UN's Staffan de Mistura plays down expectations for progress as government and opposition officials gather in Geneva.