Sunday, 24 Sep, 2023


15 killed as bus carrying mostly migrants crashes in Mexico

At least 15 people were killed when a crowded bus carrying primarily Venezuelan migrants and asylum seekers collided with a trailer on a highway in Mexico on Tuesday. The crash is the latest tragedy to unfold on the country’s highways, where road conditions can be perilous and

Hegemonism not in China’s DNA: Xi calls for BRICS expansion

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for an expansion of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies to build a more just and equitable international order, insisting “hegemonism is not in China’s DNA”. In a speech delivered on his behalf at the start of BRICS summit

Pakistan cable car: All passengers brought to safety

All eight people who were stuck in a cable car dangling hundreds of metres above a ravine in Pakistan's north-west for many hours have now been rescued. In a slow and dangerous operation, a military helicopter rescued one child, while teams on the ground recovered the rest of the

Drone hits Moscow building and two drones downed

A drone has hit a building in central Moscow that was under construction, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said. Air defences also shot down two drones in the Mozhaisk and Khimki districts of the Moscow region, the defence ministry added. There are no reports of casualties and it is not

BRICS leaders to discuss expansion as Global South countries line up to join

The upcoming 2023 BRICS summit logo features a sun that beams light in five colors: green, blue, orange, red and yellow, representing the current five members of the group. This year's summit, to be held in South Africa from Aug. 22 to 24, champions the theme "Partnership for

Ukrainian drone destroys Russian supersonic bomber

A flagship Russian long-range bomber has been destroyed in a Ukrainian drone strike, according to reports. Images posted on social media and analysed by BBC Verify show a Tupolev Tu-22 on fire at Soltsy-2 airbase, south of St Petersburg. Moscow said that a drone was hit by

Cambodia parliament elects Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manet, as new PM

Cambodia’s national assembly has officially elected the eldest son of outgoing premier Hun Sen to be the country’s new prime minister, a transition of power likened by some to a Southeast Asian version of North Korea’s dynastic leadership. Hun Manet, 45, a four-star

Wagner making Africa more free, says Prigozhin 

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has appeared in his first video address since his failed mutiny in Russia, which suggests he is in Africa. The BBC has not been able to verify where the video was filmed. The video posted on Telegram channels linked to the Wagner mercenary group shows

Two Ukrainian drones downed over Moscow region, says Russia

Russia's defence ministry says it has thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack after it downed two drones over the Moscow region. Two other drones were intercepted over the Bryansk region, north-east of the Ukrainian border, it added. Flights were temporarily stopped to and from

Ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand after 15 years

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has returned to Thailand after 15 years in exile, hours ahead of a vote that determines who will be the country's next leader. Thailand's most successful elected leader has long been feared by conservative royalists, who have backed

North Korea's Kim oversees cruise missile launch

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has visited a navy unit and oversaw a strategic cruise missile test, state media reported on Monday, ahead of the start of joint military drills between South Korea and the United States. Kim inspected one of his fleets in the East Sea, also known as the

Pakistan president refuses to sign new national security laws

Arif Alvi says his staff undermined his orders asking to return the approved bills unsigned back to parliament, as he disagreed with the new laws. Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has refused to sign into law two bills that would give authorities more power to prosecute people for

Ukraine ‘sky shield getting stronger’ as allies supply F-16s

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has welcomed a “historic” decision by the Netherlands and Denmark to provide US-made F-16 fighter jets for his country to counter Russia’s invasion. Zelenskyy sought the advanced warplanes for months to strengthen

Ecuador chooses president amid spike in violence

People in Ecuador have voted in presidential and congressional elections overshadowed by violence. Some 100,000 police and soldiers were deployed to protect the polls. Left-winger Luisa Gonzalez and businessman Daniel Noboa took 33% and 24% of the vote respectively and will go

9 Indian soldiers killed as Army vehicle falls into gorge in Ladakh

Nine soldiers were killed and one was critically injured when an Army vehicle plunged into a gorge in Ladakh’s Leh district Saturday, officials said. According to an Army official, an ALS (Ashok Leyland Stallion) vehicle was moving as part of a convoy from Leh to Nyomathe when it

Niger coup leader proposes 3-year transition to civilian rule

Niger’s coup leader has proposed a three-year transition to civilian rule after meeting a delegation of West African leaders and warned that any attack on the country would “not be a walk in the park” for those involved. General Abdourahmane Tchiani, speaking on

2 Israelis killed in suspected Palestinian shooting near Huwara

Two Israelis have been killed in a suspected Palestinian shooting attack in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military says. It happened near the village of Huwara - which has been the scene of previous deadly attacks on Israelis and rampages by Jewish settlers in retribution. The

7 dead, 144 injured in missile strike on Ukraine theatre 

Seven people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed when a Russian missile struck a theatre in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Saturday morning, officials have said. Fifteen children were among 144 people wounded, the police said. At least 25 people were in hospital.

Russia sanctions UK politicians and journalists

Russia has banned 54 British nationals and people working for UK organisations from entering the country in retaliation for UK sanctions on its citizens, its foreign ministry says. They include Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer and International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan.

US, South Korea and Japan hail summit as ‘turning point’

The leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea have hailed “a new era of trilateral partnership”, announcing a series of measures aimed at bolstering cooperation at a historic summit near Washington, DC. The event at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday