Russian Airliner Crashes In Sinai

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 200 people on board, the office of Egypt’s prime minister has confirmed. The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. Wreckage was found in the Hassana area and bodies removed, along […]

China To End One Child Policy, Couples Now Can Have Two

China has decided to end its decades-long one-child policy, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports. Couples will now be allowed to have two children, it said, citing a statement from the Communist Party. The controversial policy was introduced nationally in 1979, to slow the population growth rate. It is estimated to have prevented about 400 […]

US Republicans Spar In Fiery 2016 Presidential Debate

US Republicans have traded blows in a heated presidential debate in Colorado that featured several angry exchanges. Frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, with no political experience, were under attack from the start. Ohio Governor John Kasich condemned their “fantasy tax plans” and added: “We can’t elect someone who doesn’t know how to do the […]

China Fury At US ‘Illegal’ Warship Passage

Chinese officials have condemned a US ship’s passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea as “illegal” and a threat to their country’s sovereignty. The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone China claims around Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago. The US has confirmed the operation took place, apparently […]

US Passes China Disputed Islands

A US Navy ship has sailed close to artificial islands built by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, US defence officials have said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone China claims around Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago. The freedom of navigation operation represents a serious […]

Russia And Ukraine To Ban Direct Flight

Direct flights between Ukraine and Russia will stop on Sunday, as new sanctions initiated by Kiev come into effect. Moscow first called Kiev’s ban on Russian airlines “madness”, then announced that it would mirror the move. Ukraine now says flights will end at midnight on Saturday, after last-minute crisis talks failed. Up to 70,000 passengers […]

Tensions Rise As Migrant Path Blocked

Tensions are building among thousands of migrants heading north through Balkan states as their route to Western Europe is stalled by new controls. Croatia had asked its northern neighbour Slovenia to accept 5,000 migrants daily, but Slovenia said it would only take half that number. The move has led to a build-up of people on […]

Migrant Crisis: Thousands Enter Slovenia After Hungary Closes Border

Thousands of migrants are crossing into Slovenia from Croatia after Hungary closed its border to them. Around 2,700 arrived in Slovenia on Saturday and more were expected overnight. Most aim to travel on to Austria, Germany and other countries. Slovenia’s army has been placed on standby to help police deal with the influx, Prime Minister […]

Europe And Russia Plan Moon Mission

The European and Russian space agencies are to send a lander to an unexplored area at the Moon’s south pole. It will be one of a series of missions that prepares for the return of humans to the surface and a possible permanent settlement. The spacecraft will assess whether there is water, and raw materials […]

Migrant Crisis: Hungary Closes Border With Croatia

Hungary has closed its border with Croatia in an effort to stem the flow of migrants through the country en route to western Europe. Croatia said it would begin directing migrants to Slovenia instead. Hungary has been a major transit country for migrants, many of whom aim to continue on to Austria and Germany. It […]

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