Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility near Mayadin, in Deir al-Zour province, was hit on Monday.
The Deirezzor24 news website said dozens of civilians and Syrian rebel fighters were...
The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m.
The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19.
It comes as accounts revealed the Queen's official net expenditure last year increased by £2m, to almost £42m.
The US says it has identified "potential preparations" for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government.
The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April.
Dozens died in the attack which prompted President Trump to order a strike against a Syrian air base.
The US statement warned President...
Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.
Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy.
His lawyer says he is being treated in hospital in northern Liaoning Province after being diagnosed a month ago.
His wife Liu Xia has...
Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul.
IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials say.
IS has now been squeezed into a square mile of territory in Mosul's Old City.
At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say.
They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular resort town of Guatapé.
There were about 170 people on board. Witness Juan Quiroz told the BBC the boat sank in less than five minutes.
Leisure boats quickly...
Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say.
The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard.
The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords".
Government sources say it...
Organisers of Istanbul's annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey's largest city.
The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city's Taksim Square.
Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far-right groups.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey - unlike in many Muslim nations -...
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now exceeded 200,000, the United Nations says.
The joint statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization said the country was now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.
The two UN agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the outbreak from accelerating.
So far more than 1,300 people have died - one...
A former Miss Italy finalist has returned to work as a sea lion trainer, five months after being severely disfigured by acid thrown in her face.
Gessica Notaro, 28, said that she was doing so to encourage other women to fight back against bullying.
She posted a picture of herself on social media with sea lions at the aquarium where she works in east Italy.
Her former boyfriend is being...