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Trump ‘supportive’ of improved gun background checks

US President Donald Trump is “supportive” of efforts to improve background checks on gun ownership, the White House says. He spoke with Republican Senator John Cornyn about a bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the checks in…

Major Russian mafia trial opens in Spain

A Russian MP, Vladislav Reznik, and 17 other suspects have gone on trial in Madrid accused of massive money-laundering for a Russian mafia gang. The alleged gang bosses Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev are still at large, believed to…

Salah Abdeslam: Paris suspect attacks ‘anti-Muslim bias’

The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks is refusing to speak any further in a Belgian court, where he is on trial over the gunfight that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam has said he will not respond to questions from…

Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a list of officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin published by the US has in effect targeted all Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing…

Save the Children offices attacked in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Attackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. At least two people have been killed and 12 injured, officials say. It is believed about 50 staff were…

Trump-Russia: Jeff Sessions questioned in Mueller inquiry

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by investigators examining whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. A Department of Justice (DOJ) spokeswoman confirmed to the BBC the attorney general’s…

The Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, with The Shape of Water leading the field. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance received 13 nominations, including best picture. READ MORE:…

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK’s second biggest construction…

Donald Trump’s ‘racist slur’ provokes outrage

US President Donald Trump has sparked outrage by reportedly using crude language to describe foreign countries in an Oval Office meeting. Mr Trump insists he did not insult Haitians and appeared to deny calling any nations…

Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough

German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former…

Iran nuclear deal: UK challenges US to find better alternative

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has challenged the US to show there is a better alternative to the deal with Iran that limits its nuclear programme. Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he said the 2015…