Kidnapped Qatari hunting party of 26 'freed in Iraq' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian houbara bustard, found in Iraq, is highly prized in the Arab Gulf states A group of Qatari hunters - including members of the ruling family - have been freed 16 months after being kidnapped in Iraq, officials say. The Iraqi interior ministry said "all 26" were in Baghdad and would be handed over to a Qatari envoy. The hunters were abducted by gunmen in a desert area of Iraq near the Saudi border in December 2015. A large-scale search was launched but very little information was known about the group's whereabouts or condition. What's known about the kidnapping?The group was seized in December 2015 while on a licensed hunting trip near the border with Saudi Arabia. The hostages were abducted when gunmen swept into their camp at dawn in four-by-four vehicles. The hunting party is widely believed to include one or several more prominent members of the Q..
Woman killed and 22 injured as car hits Times Square crowd Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows a man being arrested near to the crashed red car A woman is dead and 22 other people injured after a car sped on to a pavement in New York City's Times Square, the fire department says. The 26-year-old driver, a US Navy veteran and US citizen, is in custody. "There is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The maroon Honda jumped the kerb and travelled for three blocks before crashing. Photos showed the sedan partially on its side on the pavement with smoke and flames spewing from the bonnet. As-it-happened: Times Square emergency In pictures: Times Square car crash Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage from the scene shows the injured being tended to by emergency crews The crash follows recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice. T..
South Korea's Moon Jae-in sworn in vowing to address North Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Moon (right) pledged to unify a divided country reeling from a corruption scandal South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in has been sworn in, vowing to address the economy and relations with the North in his first speech as president. He said that he would even be willing to visit Pyongyang under the right circumstances. Mr Moon took his oath of office in Seoul's National Assembly building a day after his decisive win. The former human rights lawyer and son of North Korean refugees is known for his liberal views. Tensions on the Korean peninsula remain high and recent weeks have seen the US and Pyongyang trade angry rhetoric as speculation about another nuclear test grows. Mr Moon has also vowed to unify a divided country reeling from a corruption scandal which saw his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, impeached. Big tests ahead for Moon Jae-in Economy a prior..
Roger Ailes: Fox News founder dies at 77 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rupert Murdoch announced Roger Ailes as Fox News head in 1995 The ex-chairman and founder of Fox News Roger Ailes has died aged 77, his family says. A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot". Mr Ailes ran Fox News for two decades and is credited with transforming it into arguably the most powerful voice in conservative media. But he stepped down last year after a number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment. At the time he said he was resigning because he had become a "distraction". Roger Ailes and the dawn of hyper-partisan television What is going on at Fox News? Mrs Ailes' statement said: "During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. "And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life." The cause of h..
MOAB strike: 90 IS fighters killed in Afghanistan Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the US in Afghanistan, a regional governor says. The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on an IS base in Nangarhar province. A network of tunnels and caves was destroyed on Thursday evening local time, US officials said. The death toll was confirmed to the BBC by Ismail Shinwary, the governor of Achin province within Nangarhar. IS had earlier said it had not suffered any casualties in the blast. No civilians were killed in the explosion, Mr Shinwary said. The Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, said the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with his government and "great care had been taken to avoid civilian harm". However, one resident close to where the blast ..
Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life Image copyright Reuters Image caption The deaths took place at a deserted hotel in Phuket A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident and said that the content had now been removed. The company pledged a review of its processes after footage of a US killing stayed online for hours this month. The footage of the Thai killing had also been available on video sharing website YouTube, but the company took it down after the BBC alerted it to its presence. Social media angerRelatives of the Thai man, Wuttisan Wongtalay, saw the distressing footage and alerted the police - but the authorities arrived too late to save him and his daughter. In a statemen..
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Venezuela's Maduro pelted by protesters leaving a rally Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionState media were broadcasting the event, but quickly cut away after Mr Maduro was pelted by protesters Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has been pelted with objects by angry protesters as he left a military event. State television captured the moment the crowd began to mob the leftist leader's vehicle in the south-eastern state of Bolivar on Tuesday. Social media users said the objects thrown included stones and eggs. Mr Maduro's presidency has come under increasing pressure as Venezuela's economy collapses and opponents accuse him of creating a dictatorship. Venezuela crisis: What is behind the turmoil?There have been five days of violent protest against Mr Maduro already this month, resulting in the deaths of two young men in the last week. Opposition leaders are calling for a date to be set for postponed regional elections. As for events..
Chechen gay men hopeful of finding refuge in five countries Image copyright AFP Image caption There has been international outcry over the reported persecution of gay men in Chechnya Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help. Activists are in talks with five countries, two of them non-EU, the Russian LGBT Network told the BBC. Nine men have already been granted visas. Two of them went to Lithuania, which has announced its involvement. "It's very important to act, because they are suffering," Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the BBC. He would not name the other countries involved but described them as "allies". His country's decision was an "implicit message" to Russia, he said, because "we are taking care of Russian citizens... [whose] rights were abused". Detained and torturedReports of a brutal crackdown on gay men in the republic in southern Russia first emerged in e..
MOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan 'killed dozens' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system A US military strike with a weapon known as the "mother of all bombs", or MOAB, killed 36 Islamic State (IS) group militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says. The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province. No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said. The US military said the bomb was used purely on tactical grounds, "the right weapon against the right target". A statement on the IS-supporting Amaq news agency denied there were any IS casualties in the bomb strike. Read more:How powerful is 'mother of all bombs'? What will Trump do about Afghanistan? How successful has IS been in Afghanistan? Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah confirmed that the attack had been..
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