Video grab released by Netflix Brazil showing a scene from "Porta dos Fundos's Christmas Special: Christ's First Temptation"

Brazil judge yanks Netflix comedy featuring gay Christ

AFP A judge in Brazil issued a temporary injunction Wednesday forcing Netflix to withdraw a comedy that depicts Jesus Christ in a homosexual relationship. The film entitled “The First Temptation of Christ”, by the Brazilian production company Porta dos Fundos, came out on December 3 and drew strong criticism from conservative politicians in the mainly

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Iran crisis: US ‘ready for serious negotiations’ with Tehran

BBC The US says it is “ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations” with Iran following the countries’ exchange of hostilities. In a letter to the UN, the US justified the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani as an act of self-defence. Iran has retaliated by firing missiles at air bases housing US forces

The US killing of Qasem Soleimani has sparked huge anger in Iran, which hit back with missile strikes at American forces stationed in Iraq

Oil spikes, stocks plunge after Iran attacks

AFP Oil prices spiked Wednesday and Tokyo stocks plunged as investors took fright at escalating tensions between the United States and Iran after Tehran launched missile attacks on US forces in Iraq. As news broke of a missile attack against two airbases in Iraq housing US and coalition forces, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed all those on board the plane were killed.

Ukraine passenger jet crashes in Iran, killing at least 170

AFP A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all on board, Iran state media reported. The Boeing 737 had left Tehran’s international airport bound for Kiev, semi-official news agency ISNA said. “Obviously it is impossible that passengers” on flight PS-752 are alive, Red Crescent head

Iran attack: US troops targeted with ballistic missiles

BBC Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani. More than a dozen missiles launched from Iran struck two air bases in Irbil and Al Asad, west of Baghdad. It is unclear if there have been any

Massive bushfires in southeastern Australia

Australia firefighters race to contain blazes as heatwave looms

Associated Press Firefighters raced to contain massive bushfires in southeastern Australia Tuesday, taking advantage of a brief drop in temperatures and some much-needed rainfall before another heatwave strikes later this week. Exhausted volunteers cleared ground vegetation and carried out controlled burns before temperatures and winds were expected to pick up again by Friday. “It really

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Qasem Soleimani: Boris Johnson and European leaders call for restraint

BBC Boris Johnson has joined European leaders in a call for all sides to show restraint after the US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. In a joint statement with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron they said the current cycle of violence “must be stopped”. Johnson will meet key ministers later and has

Libya conflict: Turkey sends troops to shore up UN-backed government

BBC Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said troops have begun moving into Libya after parliament approved the move last week. He said their mission was to ensure stability for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The Libyan government is fighting an insurgency by rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar, based in

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Trump warns Iran of ‘major retaliation,’ threatens sanctions on Iraq

AFP President Donald Trump threatened “major retaliation” on Sunday if Iran avenges the killing of a key military commander and he warned of massive economic sanctions against ally Iraq if the country expels US troops based there. The twin threats came as Iran announced it was further reducing compliance with a tattered international nuclear accord,

Indonesia capital floods leave 43 dead, 397,000 displaced

AP The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital rose to 43 of Friday as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials said. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 182 neighborhoods in greater Jakarta and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts on the city’s outskirts as well as in

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed 'severe revenge' for the US strike that killed one of the country's top generals, fanning fears of a conflict in the crude-rich Middle East and sending oil prices surging

Oil prices soar as US kills top Iranian general, fans war fears

AFP Oil prices soared more than four percent Friday following news that the US had killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of a conflict in the crude-rich region, with Tehran warning of retaliation. The head of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, was hit in an attack on Baghdad’s international airport early Friday, according

Indonesia floods leave two dozen dead, several missing

AFP Indonesia’s disaster agency warned Thursday of more deaths after torrential rains pounded the Jakarta region, triggering floods and landslides that killed at least 23 and left vast swaths of the megalopolis underwater. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters in the area  home to some 30 million with scores of

49 journalists murdered in 2019

AFP Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world in 2019, Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years. The “historically low” number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said, which warned that “journalism remains a dangerous profession”. Some 80 journalists a year have lost

Australia bushfires: ‘Mega blaze’ destroys homes ahead of heatwave

BBC Authorities in Australia have issued fresh warnings about a “mega blaze” after it spread beyond containment lines and razed 20 houses near Sydney. The fire, burning over about 400,000 hectares, has moved further into the Blue Mountains – a popular tourist area which lies west of the city. It is a blow to crews

Citizenship Amendment Act: Protests erupt across India over citizenship law

BBC Protests over a controversial new law on migrants are raging across several Indian cities, prompting police to clash with demonstrators. The new law entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution. Police used tear gas and detained protesters in the capital Delhi as buses were torched and