US Mississippi shooting leaves eight dead

An overnight shooting in the US state of Mississippi has left eight people dead, including a local deputy sheriff, police say. The shootings took place in three separate locations in Bogue Chitto and Brookhaven in Lincoln County. A male suspect, named in local media as Cory Godbolt, was detained on Sunday morning and is in police custody. Authorities say it is too early to consider any possible motive behind the

Outrage after General de Gaulle’s tomb damaged by vandals

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Officials say the cross will be replaced by the end of next week Two suspects are being sought after vandals damaged the tomb of former French leader General Charles de Gaulle, sparking outrage. The authorities said a man stepped onto the grave and toppled a one-and-a-half metre cross at its head, which broke. The incident happened on Saturday, when the French Resistance against Nazi Germany

Philippines violence: 19 killed during push against jihadists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians have borne the brunt of much of the recent fighting in Marawi At least 19 civilians have been killed in continuing clashes between the armed forces of the Philippines and Islamist insurgents in the city of Marawi, military officials say. The bodies were discovered by advancing soldiers this weekend. The military is attempting to recapture Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was recently overrun

US woman ‘locked children in car boot’ to go shopping

Image copyright Weber County Sheriff’s Office A woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping. US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father. Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside,

Macron: Awkward Trump handshake a ‘moment of truth’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Macron (R) did not let go when Mr Trump first attempted to disengage French President Emmanuel Macron has said his clenched handshake with Donald Trump was “not innocent” and was a “moment of truth”. The awkward encounter saw each grip the other’s hand so firmly that their knuckles turned white . Mr Macron told French media he had wanted to “show he would not

Libya Benghazi: Group blamed for 2012 attack on US mission disbands

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of Ansar a-Sharia’s members and supporters have defected to the so-called Islamic State group A group of militant Islamists in Libya, blamed by the US for the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi which killed the ambassador, says it has disbanded. The Ansar al-Sharia group said that its leadership had been wiped out while fighting the Libya National Army. Most of it

Sri Lanka floods: Residents afraid as more rain forecast

Image copyright Reuters Sri Lankans recovering from devastating floods are bracing themselves for more rain as emergency teams rush to deliver aid. Floodwaters receded on Sunday but many villages were still inundated. At least 146 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in the flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Friday. Another 112 people are still missing, officials said. Military boats and helicopters are helping rescuers. Sri

South Africa: Jacob Zuma ‘plans second home in Dubai’

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Zuma is reported to be considering a relocation to Dubai as pressure mounts at home South Africa’s embattled president Jacob Zuma has been planning to set up home in Dubai, according to emails published in the local media. The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controverisal Gupta business family. But the president’s spokesman has dismissed them as an utter fabrication. Pressure

Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians ‘in grave danger’ – UN

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces say they have made progress in the latest phase of fighting Civilians are being hit hardest as Iraq’s military assault on Mosul enters its final phase, the country’s UN humanitarian relief coordinator says. Lise Grande told the BBC residents were in grave danger as so-called Islamic State (IS) was directly targeting families. Many people in the city are already facing severe shortages of

Canada Tories choose rival to Trudeau

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andrew Scheer celebrates after winning the leadership Canada’s Conservatives have chosen a youthful new leader to take them into the next federal election. Former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer, 38, beat 12 other contestants in a razor-thin victory. He emerged as the winner on the thirteenth ballot in the leadership contest, narrowly defeating his primary rival, former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier, with 51%