• 22 September 2018 Related TopicsEurope migrant crisis Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Protesters had demanded the release of the arrested fishermen Six Tunisian fishermen arrested earlier this month by Italian authorities for "aiding illegal migrants" have been cleared.One of the men's lawyers and their fishermen's association confirmed the acquittal to the BBC.The arrests outraged...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are at least 10 million Catholics in China Pope Francis has recognised seven bishops appointed by China as part of a historic accord to improve ties between the Vatican and the communist country.The issue of who appoints bishops has been at the heart of a dispute since China first broke off diplomatic ties with the Holy See in...

  • 22 September 2018 Related TopicsUS mid-term elections 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Congressman Paul Gosar's brothers and sisters have backed his Democrat rival in a united stand against him Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, a Republican from the party's most conservative wing, is standing for re-election in November.Fearing for the future, his siblings have thrown their weight...

  • 22 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'The next thing I knew I was in the water'A man has been rescued from a ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, two days after it overturned with the loss of at least 207 lives.The engineer, named locally as Alphonce Charahani, reportedly survived in an air pocket inside the MV Nyerere ferry, which capsized near...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright HBO Image caption Game of Thrones is one of Sky's most popular shows US cable giant Comcast has submitted the highest bid in the auction for broadcaster Sky, valuing the company at more than £30bn.Comcast beat Rupert Murdoch's Fox in a rare blind auction process set by the UK's Takeover Panel. The firm's chairman and chief executive said it was "a great...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India fears close ties between the incumbent government of Abdulla Yameen and China The Maldives is set to vote in a heavily-criticised election that will be closely watched by India and China.The Indian Ocean archipelago is best-known overseas for its clear waters and high-end resorts but its government stands accused of crushing...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The high speed rail link will open to the public on Sunday A high-speed rail link has been launched in Hong Kong, connecting the territory with mainland China.The Express Rail Link connects Hong Kong to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in 40 minutes - less than half the time taken by older trains.Chinese authorities will be able to...

  • 22 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military paradeIranian leaders have accused US-backed Gulf states of being behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including a child.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "puppets of the US" were trying to "create insecurity" in Iran.Gunmen opened fire...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty Image caption Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify against him next week.Lawyers for Dr Christine Blasey Ford said she had accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to appear before them to be questioned...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption James Ricketson has denied all charges An Australian filmmaker who was sentenced by a Cambodian court to six years in prison on spying charges has been granted a royal pardon. James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June 2017 while flying a camera drone over an opposition rally.Mr Ricketson, who denied the charges, has been a critic of...

  • 21 September 2018 Image caption Bishop Franco Mulakkal denies wrongoing A bishop has been arrested in the southern Indian state of Kerala over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times times between 2014 and 2016. The 44-year-old woman registered a police complaint in June, alleging that the Catholic Church had taken no action despite repeated appeals.It led to unprecedented protests by nuns who...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The sanctions relate to China's purchase of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets China has told the US to withdraw sanctions on its military over purchases of Russian jets and missiles or "bear the consequences".The US says China has contravened US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Twitter/ @Mahzad__ A man in Washington DC has died after the electric rental scooter he was riding collided with a car, in what may be the second such death in the nation.The victim became trapped under an SUV in the tragedy during rainy weather at the trendy Dupont Circle area. Rescue workers were able to free the man from under the vehicle, but he later died...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright VCG via Getty Images Image caption Former nanny Mo Huanjing started a fire that killed four members of a family A Chinese nanny has been executed after deliberately starting a fire that killed a mother and her three children in the eastern city of Hangzhou.Mo Huanjing, 35, was sentenced to death for arson in February.She had allegedly racked up significant...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 21 September 2018 Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA Image caption UN Environment executive director Erik Solheim The head of the UN body that leads on sustainability and green issues has been criticised for extensive and expensive air travel. A draft internal audit, obtained by the Guardian and seen by the BBC, says that Erik Solheim's actions risked the...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Rod Rosenstein: "There is no basis to invoke the 25th amendment" US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has denied a report that he discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Donald Trump.America's second most senior law official said it was "inaccurate and factually incorrect".The New York Times, citing anonymous sources,...

  • 21 September 2018 Related TopicsCannes Film Festival Image copyright Rafiki Image caption Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya - a legacy of British colonial-era rule in the country A Kenyan judge has lifted a ban on a film about a lesbian relationship - for a week.Kenya's film classification board had imposed the ban on Rafiki in April for "promoting lesbianism".But Judge Wilfrida Okwany decided...

  • 21 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRelatives have been anxiously waiting for newsAt least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.Many are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people in total may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being halted overnight.The...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty Image caption Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence.Mr Trump questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The university already faces claims of awarding fraudulent master's degrees to two Popular Party (PP) politicians. A Spanish university is being investigated for allegedly giving away diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals. King Juan Carlos University in Madrid reportedly granted law diplomas to around 500 Italians with limited...