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Nepal plane crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway. Nepal plane crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway.
A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal's Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police. Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out. The airline has blamed air traffic control, but the Nepali authorities say the plane made an "unusual" landing. Flight ...
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China's Xi allowed to remain 'president for life' as term limits removed. China's Xi allowed to remain 'president for life' as term limits removed.
China has approved the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that effectively allows Xi Jinping to remain as president for life. The constitutional changes were passed by China's annual sitting of the National People's Congress on Sunday. The vote was widely regarded as a rubber-stamping exercise. Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes. C...
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Syria war: UN aid convoy re-enters Eastern Ghouta amid 'calm'. Syria war: UN aid convoy re-enters Eastern Ghouta amid 'calm'.
A UN aid convoy has managed to enter the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria which has been under intense bombardment, officials say. For the first time since Monday, food supplies got into the town of Douma, the Red Cross said. It follows a pause in Syrian government air strikes overnight, with the situation in the besieged enclave on Friday described as "calm". A previous deliver...
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Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal. Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal.
Australia and East Timor have signed a historic treaty on a permanent maritime border in the Timor Sea. The deal ends a decade-long dispute between the neighbours over rights to the sea's rich oil and gas reserves. East Timor, one of the world's poorest nations, will now gain the majority of any future revenue. The countries signed the deal at the UN headquarters in New York, after negoti...
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Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire. Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire.
Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the capital, Damascus. The latest attacks include a ground offensive that began hours after the UN urged a 30-day truce "without delay". On Sunday, ...
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Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire. Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire.
The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations. However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions about its real impact. The Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus has been bombarded by government forces for the past ...
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Barnaby Joyce: Scandal-hit Australia deputy PM to resign. Barnaby Joyce: Scandal-hit Australia deputy PM to resign.
Barnaby Joyce says he will resign as Australia's deputy prime minister following a politically damaging saga that began with his affair with a former staffer. Mr Joyce said he would step down on Monday as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner. Mr Joyce had resisted calls to quit amid questions over whether he had breached ministerial rules. He called his decision on Frida...
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Venezuela's Maduro wants 'mega-election' amid opposition boycott. Venezuela's Maduro wants 'mega-election' amid opposition boycott.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has proposed holding a "mega-election" after the opposition coalition said it would boycott a planned presidential poll in April. Mr Maduro said he wanted to add legislative, state and municipal votes to provide "democratic renewal". Opposition parties say the presidential election will be "fraudulent and illegitimate". Venezuela is going through a prot...
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Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing 'beyond imagination'. Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing 'beyond imagination'.
The situation in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta is "beyond imagination", the UN's co-ordinator in Syria says, following days of bombing by Syria's government. Panos Moumtzis told the BBC the bombardment near the capital Damascus, said to have killed at least 250 people, had caused "extreme suffering". The Syrian military says it is trying to liberate the area from terrorists....
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Afrin: Syria 'sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey'. Afrin: Syria 'sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey'.
Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria's state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in Afrin, as terrorists. It launched a major offensive against them last month. In a...
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