Germany’s Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

Germany’s Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

Media captionGerman chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a day of “deep reflection” for Germany Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor. The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc and the […]

Charles Manson dies aged 83 after four decades in prison

Charles Manson dies aged 83 after four decades in prison

Media captionCharles Manson’s followers carried out murders on his orders Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, and who became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture, has died aged 83. Manson was admitted to Bakersfield hospital, California earlier this month and died […]

Why do so many US women die giving birth?

While progress has been made to curb death rates among women in other countries, the US has seen an increase since the year 2000. For the BBC’s America First? series, the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international […]

Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US base in Okinawa houses tens of thousands of troops The US military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. US troops on Okinawa have also been told […]

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite party pressure

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite party pressure

Media captionRobert Mugabe: “The congress is due… I will preside over its processes” Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. Zanu-PF […]

Morocco food stampede kills 15 and wounds many

Morocco food stampede kills 15 and wounds many

At least 15 people have been killed in a stampede in Morocco while food aid was being handed out. The incident occurred in the town of Sidi Boulaalam in Essaouira province. The aid was being distributed by a private charity. Some reports indicate that up to 40 people were injured in the crush. Local media […]

David Cassidy: Ex-Partridge Family star suffers organ failure

David Cassidy: Ex-Partridge Family star suffers organ failure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Cassidy was a teen idol in the 1970s Former The Partridge Family star and singer David Cassidy, 67, is ill in hospital but is reported to be conscious, after suffering multiple organ failure earlier this week. A spokeswoman said he was admitted to hospital in Fort Lauderdale on […]

French policeman kills three and himself north of Paris

French policeman kills three and himself north of Paris

Image copyright AFP Image caption The unnamed police officer was reportedly stationed in Paris A French policeman shot three people dead on a street near Paris in an apparent domestic dispute, before killing himself, media reports say. His girlfriend, as well as her mother and her sister, were wounded in the incident, which occurred late […]

Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Media captionPeople sing and celebrate as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is sacked Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader, officials say. Zanu-PF has instead appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago. The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as […]

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