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Brazil fire: São Paulo building collapses in huge blaze Brazil fire: São Paulo building collapses in huge blaze
A 26-storey building has collapsed after being engulfed in flames in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, killing at least one person. More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. The high-rise had been occupied by squatters, and firefighters fear more people may have been trapped inside. Witnesses said flames spread quickly from ...
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North Korea nuclear test site to close in May, South Korea says North Korea nuclear test site to close in May, South Korea says
North Korea's nuclear test site will close in May, the South Korean president's office has said. A spokesman said the closure of the Punggye-ri site would be done in public and foreign experts from South Korea and the US would be invited to watch. Scientists have said the site may have partially collapsed in September. On Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President...
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Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit
The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border. The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year. The summit came just month...
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'Real bodies' exhibition causes controversy in Australia 'Real bodies' exhibition causes controversy in Australia
An exhibition of preserved human bodies has drawn controversy in Australia this week after an activist group raised questions about the origin of the specimens. The group of objectors - who include doctors, lawyers and scientists - have called for the exhibition in Sydney to be shut down. They assert that it may include the bodies of executed Chinese inmates, including political prisoners. ...
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'Bin Laden bodyguard' on German welfare 'Bin Laden bodyguard' on German welfare
A Tunisian man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden has lived in Germany since 1997 and gets €1,168 (£1,022) a month in welfare payments. The figure was revealed by a regional government, after the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) asked about the man, known as Sami A. German media have not reported the man's full name for privacy reasons. He denies jihadist links. Deportati...
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Syria 'chemical' attack: Experts finally visit Douma site Syria 'chemical' attack: Experts finally visit Douma site
International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items. Last week Western states bombed several Syrian government sites in retaliation for the suspected atta...
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North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he will suspend all missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site with immediate effect. "From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles," the Korean Central News Agency said. The decision is aimed at pursuing economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsular, state media report. Mr Kim is ...
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Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears Commonwealth Bank charged fees to dead clients, inquiry hears
Australia's largest lender collected fees from customers it knew had died, a major inquiry has heard. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) told a public hearing that some of its financial planners had billed services to deceased clients. In one case, an adviser collected fees from a former client for more than a decade. Australia is holding a royal commission - its top form of public inqu...
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Australian surf event cancelled after shark attacks Australian surf event cancelled after shark attacks
A major surfing tournament in Australia has been called off following two shark attacks in the area. The World Surf League (WSL) said the final days of the Margaret River Pro event in Western Australia would be cancelled due to safety concerns. On Monday, two recreational surfers survived separate attacks in Gracetown, about 6km (3.8 miles) from the event. The first man was treated for se...
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Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site
Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma. The attack on 7 April prompted military strikes on Syrian government targets by the US, UK, and France a week later. Syria and its ally Russia deny any c...
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