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Russia practises ‘massive’ retaliatory nuclear strike

Russia's Yars intercontinental ballistic missile test-launched at the Plesetsk cosmodrome. There is lots of orange fire and smoke as the missile takes off

Russia’s military has conducted a “massive” retaliatory nuclear strike drill, hours after the upper house of parliament voted to revoke the country’s ratification of a global ban on nuclear testing. The exercise, which involved the test launch of missiles from a land-based silo, a nuclear submarine and from long-range bomber aircraft, was overseen by President […]

Two more resolutions to halt Israel-Gaza war fail at UN Security Council

Protesters in Chile hold Palestinian flags amid the continuing bombardment of Gaza

The United Nations Security Council has again failed to take action on the Israel-Hamas conflict despite a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Russia and China on Wednesday vetoed a United States resolution that called for a humanitarian pause to allow humanitarian aid access, the protection of civilians and a stop to […]

What is Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades?

Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades

Hamas has been in the spotlight since October 7, when its military wing, the Qassam Brigades, launched an attack on Israeli territory, killing about 1,400 people and taking more than 200 people captives. Israel has pledged to finish all wings of the Palestinian resistance group, which has been governing the Gaza Strip since 2007, in […]

China’s youngest-ever astronauts blast off to space station

The rocket lifting off. There is lots of fire and smoke

China’s youngest-ever crew of astronauts has taken off on a six-month mission to its space station, in a growing space programme that plans to send people to the Moon by 2030. The crew of the Shenzhou-17 lifted off on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11.14am […]

Israel stages large overnight ground raid into Gaza Strip

Israeli mobile artillery unit fires a shell from southern Israel towards the Gaza Strip

Israeli troops and tanks have carried out a brief yet relatively large overnight ground incursion into Gaza ahead of a widely expected full-scale ground invasion after nearly three weeks of devastating air raids on the besieged Palestinian enclave. Video of the overnight action issued by the Israeli army on Thursday showed armoured vehicles proceeding through […]

Li Keqiang, former Chinese premier, dies at the age of 68

Li Keqiang waving as he walks past a Chinese flag. He is smiling broadly.

Li Keqiang, the former premier of China, has died of a heart attack, less than a year after stepping down from his post as the country’s second-highest-ranking leader. “On October 26, Li had a sudden heart attack and passed away at 00:10 on October 27 [16:10 GMT October 26] after all rescue measures failed,” the […]

US attacks facilities in Syria linked to Iran, Pentagon says

Lloyd Austin

The United States has attacked two facilities in Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran-backed groups, the Pentagon has said, following a series of attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria. The strikes came after President Joe Biden’s administration pledged to respond to attacks on US personnel that Washington has blamed […]

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 610

A Ukrainian serviceman sitting in front of Ukrainian flags symbolising fallen Ukrainian soldiers at a memorial sit in Kyiv. He has his face in his hands.

Here is the situation on Friday, October 27, 2023. Fighting Ukrainian officials said they planned to evacuate 275 children from 10 communities near the northeastern city of Kupiansk, as Russia steps up assaults in the area. Kyiv’s forces recaptured Kupiansk and the surrounding areas in September 2022, but Moscow has since pushed back. Kupiansk lies […]

At least 27 dead after Hurricane Otis hits Mexico’s Acapulco

Debris across a beach in Acupulco with damaged buildings behind

At least 27 people have been killed after Hurricane Otis, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit Mexico, struck the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco. Otis, with winds of 270 kilometres per hour (165 miles per hour), ripped roofs from homes and hotels, tore trees from the ground, and largely cut off communications […]