• 18 September 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption An investigation is continuing into what caused the deadly fire At least 27 people, many of them children, have been killed in a fire at a boarding school in a suburb of the Liberian capital Monrovia.The fire is believed to have broken out in the early hours of the morning, when Koranic school students were sleeping in a building...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ed Buck, seen in 2010 A wealthy Democratic donor has been arrested and accused of running a drug den after a spate of fatal overdoses at his home in California. Ed Buck, 65, has been charged with administering methamphetamine, battery and maintaining a drug house.Two men have died of overdoses at his West Hollywood home while a third...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump and new national security adviser Robert O'Brien US President Donald Trump has named a new national security adviser to replace John Bolton.Robert O'Brien has had a long career in foreign policy working for both main US parties and currently heads hostage negotiations at the State Department. He is Mr Trump's...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption The crime scene in the Buitenveldert area of south Amsterdam A Dutch lawyer in a major gangland case has been shot dead outside his Amsterdam home - a crime described by police as exceptionally brutal.Derk Wiersum, 44, was the lawyer for a state witness in a case against members of a violent drug gang, who are accused of five murders between...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption There were protests in Durban earlier this month South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says urgent action is needed to tackle gender-based violence in the country.At an emergency sitting of parliament, Mr Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar to those of a country at war.Some 2,700 women and 1,000...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dongyuan Li trained clients in how to bypass US immigration A Chinese woman has pleaded guilty in the US to federal charges of running a "birth tourism" scheme for Chinese nationals who paid so their children would be born American citizens.Dongyuan Li admitted her company assisted wealthy Chinese nationals in getting to the US to give...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Chairman Jerome Powell voted in favour of the cut The US central bank has cut interest rates for only the second time since 2008, amid concerns about slowing global growth and trade wars. As expected the Federal Reserve lowered the target range for its key interest rate by 0.25 basis points to between 1.75% and 2%.President Trump reacted by...

  • 18 September 2019 Related TopicsClimate change Image copyright ROBYN BECK/Getty Images The White House has stripped California of its right to set its own vehicle emissions standards and banned other states from setting similar rules. The waiver allowed the state - America's most populous - to set stricter standards than the federal government. President Trump says the move will cut car prices...

  • 18 September 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSaudi Arabia says the direction of the strikes showed the missiles could not have come from YemenSaudi Arabia's defence ministry has shown off what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles that proves Iranian involvement in weekend attacks on two oil facilities.It said 18 drones and...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caretaker PM Pedro Sánchez lost a post-election parliamentary vote of confidence in July Spain is set for another election - its fourth in four years.Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Tuesday, having failed to secure enough support in parliament to form a government.King Felipe VI, the head of...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsIsrael elections 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Exit polls suggest no clear route to government for Benjamin Netanyahu or Benny Gantz Exit polls following Israel's second general election in five months suggest the result is too close to call.The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz is projected to win between 32 and 34...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A Mexican property developer from one of the country's wealthiest families has been arrested after his 11-year-old son died during a boating trip.Javier Burillo, 57, was held on suspicion of manslaughter and operating a boat under the influence, police in California said.The boy and his older brother were allegedly thrown overboard by a wave and...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Big Bang Theory ended in May after 12 seasons Big-money streaming deals for Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory have been done, proving the pulling power of familiar TV shows as the streaming wars heat up.All 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory will be on HBO Max when it launches next spring after a $500m (£400m) deal.Netflix has...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsUS election 2020 Image copyright Facebook/Brandi Bennett Image caption Cheerleaders pose with a President Trump banner A cheerleading team in North Carolina has been put on probation after posing with a banner endorsing President Donald Trump at a school sports match. The school, North Stanly High School, bars the display or distribution of political...

  • 17 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch Paul Whelan loudly protesting his innocence from a cage in a Moscow courtroomFormer US marine Paul Whelan, accused in Russia of espionage, has said he is not a spy and that he was set up by a Russian friend.Speaking to the BBC, Mr Whelan, who is also a citizen of the UK, Canada and Ireland, said a friend had...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Justin Trudeau says Canada is taking the allegations against Cameron Ortis "very seriously" Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved to reassure allies in the wake of an alleged spying case with possible international implications. A senior intelligence official was charged last week with violating national security laws.Cameron...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Russian coastguards say they have seized two North Korean boats and more than 80 crew members. Russia said the ships were engaged in illegal fishing off its coast, and that one of the vessels launched an "armed attack". Three Russian border guards were reportedly wounded in a clash.North Korea has yet to comment on the incident, but Russia's Foreign...

  • By Dhruti Shah BBC News 17 September 2019 Related TopicsHurricane Dorian Image copyright Rikki Kahley Image caption Rikki Kahley (fourth from left) and her friends and family used her bachelorette party to help the Hurricane Dorian relief effort Rikki Kahley was all set to celebrate her hen party in the Bahamas until Hurricane Dorian hit the islands.But instead of cancelling her trip, the US...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsIsrael elections 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Polls suggest no clear route to government for Benjamin Netanyahu or Benny Gantz (right) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting to hold on to power following one of its closest election races in years.He called Tuesday's snap election after failing to form a governing coalition in the wake of...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Ashraf Ghani at an earlier election rally Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 48 people and injured dozens others.In Parwan province, north of the capital Kabul, an election rally where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak was attacked, and 26 people died.Another blast, near the US embassy in...