Russia has acknowledged destroying a satellite in a missile test, as the US had reported. But the Kremlin denies creating a risk to others in space — and says the US is being hypocritical on space safety.
Streets remain flooded and buildings damaged after tropical Cyclone Shaheen lashed Oman, leaving two workers dead in a landslide and a child killed by flash flooding. Flights were cancelled or delayed as wind speeds reached 120 kilometres an hour across Oman's north coast.
Residents carry out rescue missions in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida made landfall, killing two and stranding many in rising floodwaters. Ida, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, knocked out power for all of New Orleans, with more than a million properties across Louisiana without power, according to an outage tracker.
Emergency services are on site after a rare tornado razed houses to the ground in the Czech Republic's southeast, killing at least three and injuring dozens.
The Middle East is suffering from the worst upheaval in decades, whether it's a result of civil and regional conflicts, anti-government protest movements or economic and environmental crises. The big question for the international community now is how to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction from the equation – that's nuclear, chemical and biological arms. The role of the Middle East Treaty Organization is to do exactly that. Its director Emad Kiyaei joins us to tell us more.
Palestinians survey the damage in Gaza after another night of conflict. Palestinian militants attacked Israel's commercial centre of Tel Aviv and other cities with rocket fire, while the Israeli army launched strikes on Hamas and other Islamist groups in the crowded coastal enclave.
17 Dec 2019
Throughout the day we read and see stories of destruction, cruelty, pain and suffering. French author Cyril Bruyelle decided to take a trip around our planet, armed with 20 questions and a determination to ask as wide a range of people as possible to respond to them, from past presidents to pastors. The goal: to get a real view of the world as humans see and feel it; to find out whether it's a predominately cruel or kind place to be. He concluded that we have much more in common than we think. He joined us for Perspective.