National Newswatch

North Korea ‘test-fires ballistic missile’

Apr 28 2017 — — North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile, the South Korean military has told Yonhap news agency. It was not immediately clear how far the missile had travelled. It was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, South Korea’s military chiefs of staff […]


UK ‘could join US attack on Syria’

Apr 27 2017 — — Boris Johnson says it would be very difficult for the UK to refuse the US if it asked for support in another military strike on Syria. The foreign secretary said MPs would not necessarily have a vote on any proposed joint action. The US carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base days […]


North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’

Apr 27 2017 — — The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances. The Thaad system was originally not expected to be in use until late 2017. Many South Koreans […]

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Nazi leader’s son: ‘Don’t trust us’ Germans

Apr 26 2017 — — Germany could return to authoritarianism if the economic conditions were to seriously worsen in the country, the son of Hans Frank the governor general of Nazi occupied Poland during World War Two, has told BBC Hardtalk.. “As long as our economy is great, and as long as we make money everything is very democratic,” said […]


China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

Apr 26 2017 — — China has launched a new aircraft carrier in the latest sign of its growing military strength. It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made domestically. The as-yet unnamed ship was transferred into the water in the north-eastern port of Dalian, state media said. It will reportedly be […]


Sir Elton suffered ‘potentially deadly’ infection on tour

Apr 25 2017 — — Sir Elton John suffered a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says. The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent […]


North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea

Apr 25 2017 — — A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale […]


Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts

Apr 24 2017 — — Law enforcement officers have been warning BBC Trending radio about a growing number of social media accounts wrongly purporting to be teen idols like Harry Styles and Justin Bieber, speaking inappropriately to young children. The growing world of social media apps with big teenage audiences has made the situation even more difficult to police, they […]


Cuba Gooding Sr found dead in LA

Apr 21 2017 — — Cuba Gooding Sr, the lead singer of 70s soul group Main Ingredient and father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died at the age of 72. The star was found dead in his car on Thursday in Woodland Hills, California, officials said. His body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar, but there was […]


Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Apr 20 2017 — — One policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris, French police say, with their suspected attacker killed by security forces. A lone gunman opened fire before being killed as he fled the scene, police say. The Champs-Elysees was sealed off. President Francois Hollande said that he was convinced the attack was […]


French election: Le Pen pledges to suspend immigration

Apr 18 2017 — — One of the frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, says she would suspend all legal immigration to France. The National Front (FN) leader told a rally that she wanted to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation”. Polls suggest she is neck and neck with centrist Emmanuel Macron, ahead of Sunday’s first […]

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UK’s May to seek snap election for June 8

Apr 18 2017 — — UK PM Theresa May announces plan to call snap general election on June 8. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Justifying the decision, Mrs May referred to Brexit, saying: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election […]


North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

Apr 17 2017 — — North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” […]


The Fate of the Furious breaks global box office record

Apr 17 2017 — — The Fate of the Furious has raced to the top of the box office chart – breaking an international record in the process. The eighth film in the action thriller franchise took an estimated $532.5m (£424.7m) globally over Easter weekend. The figure makes it the strongest worldwide debut ever – marginally overtaking the $529m (£421.8m) […]


Prince Harry ‘in total chaos’ over mother Diana’s death

Apr 17 2017 — — Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after spending nearly 20 years “not thinking” about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief – after two years of “total chaos” and coming close […]