Pope Francis urges peace in Christmas message

The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones.He urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in dialogue and called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

California police killing suspect held

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have arrested Gustavo Perez Arriaga and two others A suspected illegal immigrant suspected of shooting dead a California police officer has been arrested following a large-scale manhunt lasting two days.Gustavo Perez Arriaga is accused of killing 33-year-old Ronil Singh in the town of Newman early on Wednesday.He had gang…

Gonzalo Higuain a mercenary, says Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini

Higuain made his Chelsea debut in the FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday but failed to scoreChelsea's on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain is a "mercenary", says Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini.Juventus striker Higuain ended a loan spell at AC Milan to move to Stamford Bridge, where his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is manager."I'm glad that…

The Ukraine women singing to drown out explosions

Despite the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, the front line there remains an active combat zone. The conflict has forced thousands to flee, and those who stayed have had to learn how to survive. People there have to deal not only with shooting and explosions but also with loneliness and depression. But it’s not all…

Lithuania election: PM Saulius Skvernelis to quit after poor result

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Skvernelis, seen here with his partner and children, said he would resign his post on 12 July Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis says he will step down after failing to qualify for the second round in the country's presidential election.Mr Skvernelis, who was one of the expected frontrunners in…

US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr McGurk (L) had previously said the US should retain a presence in Syria The top US official in the fight against the Islamic State group has quit over President Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria, reports say.Brett McGurk had planned to leave his role in February but brought…