Saudi Arabia is limiting the number of Muslims who can take part in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina – called the Hajj – for a second year, because of COVID-19. Only 60,000 of its own citizens and residents will be able to join the event, the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the relationship between his country and the US is at its “lowest point” ahead of his meeting with Joe Biden. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Mr Putin said: “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.” The two leaders will
World leaders have arrived in Cornwall for this weekend’s G7 summit, as Boris Johnson looks to strike deals on COVID vaccines, girls’ education and the environment. In one of the most high-profile moments of his premiership so far, the prime minister will chair meetings of the world’s leading democracies at Carbis Bay. Follow live updates
Australian-born Mehray Mezensof has been married to Mirzat Taher for almost five years. But he has been absent for most of this period. The 26-year-old told Sky News the young couple have only spent 14 months of their marriage together, as Mirzat, 30, was in and out of China’s so-called “vocational education and training” schools
The wife of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded guilty to a range of charges after being accused of helping to run his vast empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro faced accusations she aided El Chapo in managing the Sinaloa cartel, assisting his 2015 prison escape and conspiring to distribute illegal drugs. The 31-year-old
There is an old, corrugated hanger in the centre of Maseru, the diminutive capital of the kingdom of Lesotho and through the doors we could hear the words of prayer. Inside, amongst the wings and tails of several brightly coloured aeroplanes, there were medics and mechanics getting themselves ready for the day ahead. Lesotho’s Flying
The condition of a British woman bitten by a crocodile in Mexico has deteriorated after she developed sepsis, her sister says. Melissa Laurie, 28, is in an induced coma in a Mexican hospital after being attacked by the reptile while swimming in Manialtepec Lagoon, near Puerto Escondido, about 450 miles (724km) southeast of Mexico City.
An alleged Australian drug kingpin who was tricked into revealing information about hundreds of organised criminals has been told to hand himself in for his own safety. Hakan Ayik – who is believed to now be living in Turkey – thought he was helping criminal associates when he suggested they use an encrypted communications app.
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has lost his appeal to have his conviction for genocide and war crimes overturned. Presiding Judge Prisca Matimba Nyambe said the court dismissed Mladic’s appeal “in its entirety” and affirmed his life sentence at the UN-backed international criminal tribunal at The Hague on Tuesday. Mladic, 79, is known as
More than 200 people suspected of being involved in organised crime have been arrested after police infiltrated an app to access millions of messages about “industrial scale” drug imports and murder plots. A joint operation between Australia and the FBI, which began in 2018, led to arrests in Asia, South America and the Middle East.
India is easing lockdown in several states after COVID case levels dropped to their lowest in two months. Shops, restaurants and other businesses are allowed to reopen with limited hours in New Delhi and Mumbai, with some restrictions also lifted in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The Delhi metro, which serves the city
At least 30 people have been killed after two express trains collided in southern Pakistan. Rescuers and villagers have been working to pull injured people and bodies from the wreckage, and as many as 20 passengers are feared to be trapped. Railway officials said about 1,100 people were on board the two trains at the
Turkey’s environment minister has promised to defeat a plague of “sea snot” threatening the Sea of Marmara – but warns the disaster management plan could take up to three years. Marine biologists and environmentalists have been alarmed by a huge mass of marine mucilage – a thick, slimy substance which has bloomed in Turkey‘s Marmara,
The prime minister will call on G7 leaders to pledge to vaccinate the world’s population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022. Boris Johnson is planning to use the UK’s presidency of the group to push for global vaccination coverage within the next 18 months. When he meets fellow G7 leaders face-to-face on Friday –
The G7 has agreed a deal on tackling corporate tax avoidance by big tech companies. “It’s a proud moment” says Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Mr Sunak said G7 finance ministers had committed to a global minimum tax of at least 15%. Mr Sunak said it “meant the right companies pay the right tax in the right
A thick layer of “sea snot” thought to be the largest on record has hit the Turkish coast, endangering marine life and fishing trade. The marine mucilage is a slimy layer of grey sludge that forms when algae is overloaded with nutrients as a result of hot weather and water pollution. It was first found