Holocaust: Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAngela Merkel joined the Jewish community for a vigil after a shooting in OctoberGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Auschwitz concentration camp on Friday, her first trip to the site.The Nazi regime murdered an estimated 1.1 million people at Auschwitz-Birkenau – the vast majority of whom were […]

Throne Speech: Six things on Trudeau’s to-do list

Image copyright Reuters Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally unveiled his government’s legislative agenda for the coming parliamentary session – an early test for his minority government.Mr Trudeau’s Liberals were re-elected in October but are 13 seats shy of a majority in the House of Commons, meaning they will have to rely on the […]

Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world’s biggest share sale

Image copyright Reuters State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco has raised a record $25.6bn (£19.4bn) in its initial public offering (IPO) in Riyadh.The share sale was the biggest ever, surpassing that of China’s Alibaba which raised $25bn in 2014 in New York. The firm relied on domestic and regional investors to sell a 1.5% stake after […]

New South Wales bushfires: Huge blazes rage across Sydney

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sydney saw as many as seven bushfires at once on Thursday evening Nearly 140 bushfires are raging in the Australian state of New South Wales, with the most severe burning in Sydney.At their peak on Thursday evening there were seven separate fires in different areas of the city. Firefighters battled […]

Chinese residents worry about rise of facial recognition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some buses in Shanghai have had facial recognition systems fitted to them A survey by a Beijing research institute indicates growing pushback against facial recognition in China.Some 74% of respondents said they wanted the option to be able to use traditional ID methods over the tech to verify their […]

Protests turn violent as France’s pension strikes continue

France’s nationwide strike has disrupted schools and transport.Many union workers, including teachers, transport workers, hospital staff and some police are unhappy about the planned reforms that would see them retiring later or facing reduced payouts.President Emmanuel Macron wants to introduce a universal points-based pension system which made some union leaders vow to strike until he […]

Joe Biden: John Kerry endorses presidential bid

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Kerry: “Joe will defeat Donald Trump next November” Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has endorsed frontrunner Joe Biden to be the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 2020 presidential election. “There’s never been a time more urgent for leadership at home,” he said in statement released by the […]