ABC News : International (159)

North Korea dismisses accusations Otto Warmbier was tortured

North Korea says the death of US university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismisses as "groundless" accusations he died because of torture and beating during his captivity.

Meet Sweden's most famous police officer, an Australian

Sixteen years ago, Scott Goodwin was a police officer in Sydney before he packed up and moved to a small Swedish city that was struggling with attitudes toward immigration, drugs and youth crime. Since then, he's become a minor celebrity in Sweden ... but not without making a few enemies.

UK police charge Finsbury Park mosque suspect with terrorism-related murder

Darren Osborne — the man who allegedly ploughed a van into a group of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque, killing one person and injuring 11 more — is charged with a slew of offences, including terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.

Police considering manslaughter charges over London tower fire

London police are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people, but say they have confirmed the deadly blaze started in a fridge and was not deliberately lit.

UK police charge Finsbury Park mosque suspect with terrorism-related murder

British police charge a man who allegedly ploughed a van into a group of Muslim worshippers outside a mosque with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.

Police considering manslaughter charges over London tower fire

London police confirm they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people just over a week ago, but say they have confirmed the deadly blaze, which started in a fridge, was not deliberately lit.

Toothpick crossbow prompts parent petitions in China

If you thought fidget spinners were annoying, spare a thought for school teachers and parents across China dealing with powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles.

Thailand to impose 20-year national strategy on future governments

Thailand will begin drafting a 20-year national strategy that critics say will give the military power to control future governments and push through sweeping reforms.

NBA draft: A day in the life of Sports Illustrated

If you think there is an unhealthy obsession with the AFL draft, think again — the NBA draft is in another league altogether and on the big day the Sports Illustrated newsroom is a hive of activity.

'When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?' Depp asks crowd

Johnny Depp, who has played Donald Trump in a parody video poking fun at the US leader tells the Glastonbury Festival crowd it has been a while since an actor assassinated a president and that "maybe it's time".

UK schoolboys wear skirts to protest against shorts ban

Boys at a British high school find a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave.

'Fundamental meanness': Obama breaks silence to slam Republican health plan

In a nearly 1,000-word letter, former US president Barack Obama breaks his silence on American health care — a bedrock of his presidency — to slam the Republicans' latest proposal as "fundamental meanness".

Pizzagate gunman jailed after acting on conspiracy theory

An online conspiracy theory about a paedophile ring linked to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, dubbed Pizzagate, ends with a man being sentenced to four years in prison after storming a Washington restaurant last year.

How the Socceroos can get their spark in the post-Cahill era

The days of Tim Cahill bailing the Socceroos out with his goals are coming to an end, and Ange Postecoglou needs to find create a new attacking spark. But how?

When your name is Andy Go To School, what do you call your own baby?

Remember Andy Go To School? The Indonesian policeman and his wife have welcomed their third child — and have stuck with their family's unusual English naming tradition.

Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia consolidate to thwart IS penetration in SE Asia

The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia agree to pool intelligence and tackle militant financing as fears grow that protracted fighting in a southern Philippine city could be the prelude to an Islamic State infiltration of the region.

Trump will be haunted by his Comey 'tapes' tweet

Donald Trump declares he doesn't have tapes of his conversations with ex-FBI director James Comey after weeks of speculation. As far as self-inflicted wounds go, this one's a doozy, writes North America correspondent Stephanie March.

No-one in Royal family wants to rise to throne, Prince Harry says

Britain's Prince Harry suggests that no-one in the Royal family really wants to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people.

Test cricket welcomes newest members Ireland and Afghanistan

The number of Test-playing nations is raised to 12, with Ireland and Afghanistan joining the game's elite and and now able to play official five-day Test matches.

600 buildings undergoing urgent safety checks after Grenfell Tower

The British Government is urgently conducting safety checks on an estimated 600 high-rise buildings which have exterior cladding panels after a fire consumed the Grenfell Tower block last week.

WATCH: World News 06/22/17: Trump Finally Admits He Did Not Record Conversations with James Comey

Thousands turn out for Otto Warmbier's memorial service; Crystal Griner throws out the first pitch at the women's softball game on Capitol Hill

Funeral held for US student held prisoner by North Korea

Thousands of family members, friends and supporters of Otto Warmbier gather to say goodbye to the American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

Trump says he didn't record Comey meetings

US President Donald Trump acknowledges he does not have any recordings of private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, after previously indicating there may have been tapes of their meetings.

600 towers thought to have similar cladding to Grenfell: Officials

An estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on a London tower block which caught fire, killing at least 79 people, Prime Minister Theresa May's office says.

London borough CEO resigns after Grenfell Tower fire

The chief executive of the London borough where a massive tower block fire killed at least 79 people resigns.

Two Kerobokan escapees found in East Timor, Australian still on the run

Two of the inmates who escaped from Bali's Kerobokan jail are captured in Dili, East Timor, while two others, including Australian Shaun Davidson, remain on the run.

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

A French fitness blogger dies after a whipped cream dispenser explodes, striking her in the chest.

Trump says 'beautiful' solar panels would see Mexico border wall 'pay for itself'

US President Donald Trump vows he will eventually get funding for his proposed wall on the Mexican border, saying he is considering a barrier clad with solar panels that would "create energy and pay for itself".

'People were losing their minds' in deliberations that led to Cosby mistrial, juror tells media

A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial reveals that two holdouts who refused to convict the comedian led to 52 hours of deliberations that were so tense one juror punched a wall.

Brussels station bomber supported IS, prosecutors say

A Moroccan national who attempted an attack on Central Station in Brussels is suspected of supporting the Islamic State group, prosecutors say, a day after the man tried to detonate a suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles.

A cheeky wink, awkward hats and a chauffeured crown mark Queen's Speech

At what was meant to be a formal but scaled-back affair, Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech to Parliament on the UK Government's legislative program. But the more austere affair didn't stop some awkward moments.

Police officer stabbed in neck in Michigan in 'act of terrorism'

A 49-year-old man with a "hatred for the United States" allegedly yelled "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing a police lieutenant in the neck at a Michigan airport.

Clooney sells Casamigos tequila brand for $1.3 billion

Global liquor behemoth Diageo will pay up to $1.32 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney.

Medieval Mosul mosque where Islamic State declared 'caliphate' blown up

The Iraqi Army releases a photo it says shows Islamic State militants have blown up the centuries-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul where leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared their "caliphate" three years ago.

Long odds on university entry sees Indian kids short on sport

Students in India are working so hard to gain entry to one of the nation's elite universities that they are neglecting the "essential" part of life that is sport, top cricketers say.

Teflon Don? Trump wins bigly despite rolling scandals

A special election in Atlanta, Georgia is the latest election victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party — despite the rolling scandals and three live inquiries into allegations of coordination between his team and Russia.

Mexico comes from behind to dump NZ from Confederations Cup

New Zealand's dreams of securing a first Confederations Cup victory are dashed as Mexico comes from behind to beat the All Whites 2-1, while Cristiano Ronaldo nets Portugal's winner against Russia.

Theresa May apologises for deadly tower blaze 'failure'

Prime Minister Theresa May apologises for the British Government's response to the deadly London tower block blaze and promises rehouse all those displaced within three weeks as the first funeral of a victim is held.

WATCH: World News 06/21/17: Former Homeland Security Chief Testifies on Capitol Hill, Detailing How Russia Meddled in the 2016 Presidential Election

Police officer on duty at a Michigan airport is stabbed repeatedly in the neck; The heat wave in the western part of the US is shattering records

Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states, official confirms

A senior official from the US Department of Homeland Security says there is evidence that Russian hackers targeted election systems in last year's presidential election but denies any actual votes were manipulated.

'I apologise': Theresa May takes responsibility for fire failures

British Prime Minister Theresa May apologises for the state's failure to support those people who survived the massive London tower block fire, as the Government secures its first tranche of new homes for displaced residents.

No frills, no Phil for Queen's speech outlining May's new Brexit strategy

Queen Elizabeth II unveils the UK Government's revised plan for a not-so-hard Brexit at the formal opening of the new Parliament, but with no sign of the usual pomp and ceremony or her husband Prince Philip.

Queen's speech confirms a changed game in the UK

This was no ordinary Queen's speech, with traditions broken, key planks of the Government's agenda left out and pomp and ceremony lacking.

Saudi king empowers young reformer son in succession shake-up

Saudi Arabia's King Salman makes his son next in line to the throne, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran.

China's first small step on its long march to $660 billion share market windfall

The inclusion of Chinese shares on the global MSCI emerging market index could see a deluge of foreign investment in coming years.

No frills, no Phils for Queen's speech outlining May's new Brexit strategy

Queen Elizabeth II unveils the UK Government's revised plan for a not-so-hard Brexit at the formal opening of the new Parliament, but with no sign of the usual pomp and ceremony or her husband Prince Philip.

Queen's speech focuses on Brexit plan

Queen Elizabeth II outlines the UK Government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament after Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to slim down her plans for a "hard Brexit".

Prince Philip in hospital with infection, Buckingham Palace says

The Duke of Edinburgh is in hospital with an infection and has missed the Queen's speech at the formal opening of the British Parliament, but Buckingham Palace says the Prince is in "good spirts".

World stops to pose for International Yoga Day

From the deck of an aircraft carrier to the sub-zero temperatures of a Himalayan military outpost, tens of thousands people stop to practise the ancient discipline of yoga, with 50,000 devotees joining Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on their mats.

Uber boss quits after investors revolt following months of scandal

Uber's chief executive and co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns from the troubled ride-booking company after pressure from investors following allegations of sexual harassment and questions over his treatment of staff.