Trump ‘approved Iran strikes but pulled back’

President Donald Trump has said the US military was “cocked and loaded to retaliate” against Iran, but he changed his mind 10 minutes before planned strikes. Attacks on three sites were planned in response to the shooting down of a US unmanned drone. Mr Trump said he had called off strikes after being told 150 […]

North Korea lauds China ties as Xi wraps up trip

North Korea lauded its ties with historically China on Friday as Xi Jinping wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock in their negotiations with US President Donald Trump. Kim Jong Un told the Chinese president that his visit was an opportunity to demonstrate “the immutability and […]

Ecuador court orders release of Swede linked to Assange

An Ecuador court ordered the release Thursday of a Swedish national with ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and who was accused of computer hacking, as his detention was deemed “arbitrary.” Ola Bini had been arrested while trying to travel to Japan April 11, the same day Ecuador rescinded Assange’s seven-year claim to asylum in […]

Iran says shot down US drone over its territory

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it had shot down a US “spy drone” which violated Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz, in the latest incident to stoke tension in the strategic sea lane. There was no immediate reaction from the United States. The US-manufactured Global Hawk surveillance drone was hit with a missile “after […]

US Senate to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales

The US Senate will vote Thursday on whether to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, a lawmaker said, as legislators’ outrage with the kingdom grows. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican-led Senate, had agreed […]

Second vote in race to succeed Theresa May

The Tory leadership contest will enter the next stage later when a second round of voting is held in Parliament. Conservative MPs will vote by secret ballot in the Commons, with a result expected some time after 18:00 BST. Any of the six remaining candidates will be eliminated from the contest if they come last […]

Kremlin says Putin, Trump could meet briefly at G20

The Kremlin said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Donald Trump could meet briefly at the G20 in Japan next week. The leaders will not hold a full-scale meeting at the Group of 20 summits in Osaka starting June 28, however, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, saying Washington has not reached […]

Crews rescued after Gulf tanker explosions

Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated. Iran rescued the 44 after an “accident”, state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The […]

Six dead in fire at Ukraine psychiatric hospital

Six people died when fire swept through a psychiatric hospital in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, authorities said Tuesday. The fire erupted late Monday evening in the one-storey building, Ukraine’s Emergency Service said in a statement. The cause was not immediately clear. “Six people died and four have been hospitalised,” the statement said. Nine other […]

Pakistan ex-president Zardari arrested over graft charges

Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested Monday after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw millions allegedly siphoned out of the country. Zardari, the husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, served as president from 2008 until 2013 and has long been the subject […]