North Korea hydrogen bomb test claim met with increasing scepticism

The suspected North Korean nuclear test appears to be “pretty similar” to Pyongyang’s last test in 2013, according to the head of the international agency tasked with monitoring such incidents. This initial finding adds to scepticism about the North Korean claim that it has tested a much more powerful hydrogen bomb – a development that, if true, would mark significant ... Read More »

Danes, Swedes impose new border checks

Danes, Swedes impose new border checks Denmark has imposed temporary identity checks on its border with Germany following a similar move by Sweden, dealing a double blow to Europe’s fraying passport-free Schengen area amid a record influx of migrants. Sweden began checking documents of travellers from Denmark on Monday for the first time in half a century, causing delays of ... Read More »

Charlie Hebdo attack anniversary rekindles criticism of security services

New books and documentaries question French authorities’ response to 7 January attacks and examine possible intelligence failings Flowers near the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the attack last January. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA The first anniversary of terrorist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher supermarket is being marked by ongoing questions and ... Read More »

Bahrain severs ties with Iran

Bahrain severs ties with Iran Bahrain has announced it is cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, the state news agency BNA reported, a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia also severed relations with Tehran. Saudi Arabia cut ties with regional rival Iran on Sunday after Iranian protesters attacked its mission there, angered by the Sunni Muslim kingdom’s decision to ... Read More »

Cameron: Isis video is ‘desperate stuff’ from a group losing ground

David Cameron has condemned a new Islamic State propaganda video as “desperate stuff” from an organisation that is guilty of perpetrating “utterly despicable and ghastly acts”. As Downing Street cast doubt on claims by Isis that the five hostages murdered in the video had acted as UK spies, the prime minister said Isis was losing ground under pressure from allied ... Read More »

Fifth gunman killed at India air base

Fifth gunman killed at India air base A rapprochement effort between India and Pakistan appears to be in jeopardy, as Indian security forces battle for the third day to clear out militants who attacked one of its air bases and killed seven soldiers. The foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed neighbours are due to meet for talks on January 15, building ... Read More »

Key peace initiatives in jeopardy after terror attacks on Indian targets

Assaults on consulate in Afghanistan and airbase in India near Pakistan border threaten to scupper two separate but linked diplomatic efforts in region Indian soldiers take position during a combing operation after a terror attack on Pathankot airbase, in India’s Punjab state. Photograph: Xinhua/Corbis Two key peace initiatives in south Asia are in jeopardy after terror attacks on Indian targets ... Read More »

UN envoy resigns in Israel access row

UN envoy resigns in Israel access row The UN investigator for human rights violations in the Palestinian territories has resigned, saying that Israel reneged on its pledge to grant him access to the West Bank and Gaza. Makarim Wibisono, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that his repeated oral and written ... Read More »

Sudanese man who walked into UK via Channel tunnel granted asylum

Abdul Haroun was arrested in August after walking nearly 31 miles through tunnel, but charges may now be dropped Refugees walk on the railway tracks leading to the entrance of the Channel tunnel in Calais. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters A Sudanese man who allegedly walked almost the entire length of the 31-mile Channel tunnel from France has been granted asylum in ... Read More »

Kenya massacre university reopens

Kenya massacre university reopens Officials say the Kenyan university where Islamic extremists killed 148 people nine months ago has reopened amid high security. Many Kenyans are praising the reopening of Garissa University College as showing that Kenya will not surrender to extremist violence. Registrar Isaack Mohammed Noor said on Monday that at least 150 of 200 staff had reported for ... Read More »