Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa skips Davos over protests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRoads were barricaded by protesters last week Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken off a trip to Europe after violent protests in his home country.Mr Mnangagwa had been due to attend the Davos economic summit where he was expected to seek investment for Zimbabwe.Ministers say the opposition…

Gigi Wu: 'Bikini hiker' dies on solo Taiwan climb despite search efforts

Image copyright Facebook/Gigiwu.bgn Image caption The bikini shots from her successful summits had gained her many followers A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from mountain summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media…

Ronaldo all smiles on way to court

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stopped to sign an autograph as he arrived at court in Madrid.Once inside, he accepted an €18.8m (£16.6m) fine, linked to tax evasion charges.The deal, agreed in advance, includes a 23-month jail sentence.But in Spain, convicts do not usually do time for sentences under two years.

Israel hits Iranian and Syrian targets around Damascus – military

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn onlooker captures explosions in the night sky over Damascus.Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus.The Israel Defense Forces says the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military…

China economy: Annual growth slowest since 1990

Image copyright Getty Images China's economy grew at its slowest rate since 1990, stoking fears about the impact on the global economy.China expanded at 6.6% in 2018, official figures out Monday showed. In the three months to December, the economy grew 6.4% from a year earlier, down from 6.5% in the previous quarter. The data…

In pictures: 'Super blood wolf moon'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The start of the total lunar eclipse seen in San Diego, California Stargazers have been scanning the skies for sightings of a highly unusual lunar eclipse, which began on Sunday night.During the spectacle, known as a "super blood wolf moon", the moon appears to glow red while seeming brighter and…