Refugees drown in tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

Rescue operation by Malta-based aid boat just one of 15 under way off Libya's coast, according to Italy's coastguard.

Refugees drown off Libya's Mediterranean coast


Afghan girls defy challenges to attend school

Thousands of new Afghan students are now going to what for them is an unfamiliar place: a public school. But educational progress has been slow and hampered by war.

Asia Pacific

Thousands flee Mindanao, churchgoers 'taken hostage'

Ongoing violence prompts 'mass exodus' from Marawi, as President Rodrigo Duterte considers nationwide martial law.

Mindanao: Churchgoers 'taken hostage' amid Marawi siege


Kenyan police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack

The police officers were on patrol when their vehicle was hit a by a landmine laid by armed group al-Shabab.

Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack


French president seeks to extend emergency rule

Emmanuel Macron also preparing new security measures and legislation having studied 'new terrorist threat'

Macron seeks to extend state of emergency to November


Venezuela's Maduro launches constitution overhaul

President presents plans for a new popular assembly, a move decried by the opposition as a tactic to cling onto power.

Nicolas Maduro launches constitution overhaul

Asia Pacific

Thailand: Deep divisions remain since 2014 military coup

It has been three years since a military coup deposed Yingluck Shinawatra, who was then prime minister.


Mancunians stage vigil after Manchester Arena attack

Tens of thousands of people in Manchester have rallied in a show of unity after a suicide bombing at a music concert left 22 people dead and dozens wounded.

US & Canada

$4tn plan to eliminate US budget deficit faces scrutiny

A budget plan released by the White House aims to eliminate the US budget deficit after 10 years.

Asia Pacific

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Judges in small island nation say current laws violate constitutional rights, but conservatives angered by ruling.

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Asia Pacific

Moody's cuts China rating for first time in 28 years

Beijing rejects ratings agency's assessment, saying it overestimated the risks to the Chinese economy.

Moody's downgrades China over surging debt fears


Pope meets Trump after history of public disagreements

Visit comes after public disagreements between the two men over climate change, immigration and refugee policy.