INTERNATIONAL

France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

President Macron is an advocate of globalisation and the EU single market

French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron says he expects some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. Recently Mr Macron’s ...

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Trump to meet Pope and Italian leaders

Trump to meet Pope and Italian leaders

US President Donald Trump is due to hold talks with Pope Francis and Italy’s top leaders in Rome on the third leg of his first oversees trip. Mr Trump and the pontiff have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change. Mr Trump will also meet Italy’s president and prime minister, before flying to Brussels for ...

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Manchester attack: UK terror threat level raised to critical

Thousands attended a vigil in Manchester earlier

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical”, meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said. Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites under the new threat level. Meanwhile the mother of Olivia Campbell has named her daughter as the fourth victim of Monday night’s Manchester bombing which killed ...

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Park Geun-hye: S Korea trial of impeached president begins

South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye

South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has pleaded not guilty at her trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace. The ousted president faces charges including bribery, abusing state power and leaking state secrets. In her first appearance in public since her arrest in March, she arrived at court handcuffed in a prison van. The maximum ...

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Manchester Arena blast: 22 dead and 59 hurt

Manchester Arena blast: 22 dead and 59 hurt

Twenty-two people, including children, are now known to have been killed and 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised ...

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Brazil police raid Sao Paulo ‘Crackland’ and make arrests

The authorities say cheap hostels used by addicts in the area will be closed

Brazilian police have arrested nearly 40 people for drug trafficking offences in central Sao Paulo where crack cocaine has been sold and consumed freely for years. About 500 armed police officers were involved in the operation. Dozens of addicts reacted in anger, vandalising cars and looting shops. Sao Paulo’s centre-right Mayor Joao Doria said the operation marked the end of ...

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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

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Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny said his arrest warrant was being revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice of his alleged crimes. Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden would lead to extradition to ...

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Times Square driver ‘heard voices’

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A man who drove a car along three blocks of pavement in New York’s Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring 22 people, said he had “heard voices”, according to law enforcement sources. Richard Rojas, 26, a US navy veteran who was arrested twice previously for drunk driving, is now in custody. He also said he expected to die, the ...

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Trump Russia inquiry: Former FBI boss to lead probe

Robert Mueller (L) with his successor at the FBI James Comey, whose dismissal prompted calls for a wider investigation

A former FBI boss has been named special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and any Trump campaign ties. In naming Robert Mueller, the deputy attorney general said it was in the public interest to have an outsider. The appointment was widely endorsed by politicians from both sides. In a tweet President Donald Trump ...

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‘More than 3,000 escaped’ Makala jail in DR Congo

Cars parked at the front of the prison were burnt during the jail-break

More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped the main prison in Democratic Republic of Congo, security sources have told the BBC. The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked the prison on Wednesday. The security sources also said dozens of people were killed during the attack on Makala prison. Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader ...

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