Four United Nations peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed in Mali on Friday in two separate attacks, the UN mission there confirmed.
The peacekeepers` nationalities have not been confirmed.
UN troops have been in Mali attempting to stabilise the country since 2013.
The country, bordering Niger and Burkina Faso, has struggled with Islamist militants who have regularly attacked international peacekeepers and the Malian military.
The UN mission there, Minusma, has had 146 deaths, and has the highest number of fatalities of current UN operations.
In a statement, the UN Security Council condemned the attacks and said targeting peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under international law".
"This operation to protect civilians in the region also aimed to bring medical assistance to people in need," the head of Minusma, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said in the statement.
Minusma said that three of the peacekeepers and the Malian soldier were killed during a joint operation on Friday morning near Menaka, close to the border with Niger.
At least 15 other peacekeepers and a civilian were also injured.
The other UN peacekeeper was killed in what they described as "complex attack" using explosives and rocket launchers in the country`s central Mopti area.
Three others were said to have been seriously wounded in that incident.
When a Russian dissident was poisoned in London with a highly radioactive substance, the UK government accused the Kremlin of his murder.
Alexander Litvinenko had been a colonel in the Russian security services, but claimed the Putin government was corrupt.
In November 2006 he suffered an excruciating death after he was poisoned with Polonium 210.
His wife Marina was at his bedside.
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The Mexican government has created a large marine reserve around a group of islands home to hundreds of species including rays, whales and sea turtles.
The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a group of volcanic islands off the country`s south-east coast.
With a protection zone of 57,000 square miles (150,000km), it has become the largest ocean reserve in North America.
The move will mean all fishing activity will be banned, and the area will be patrolled by the navy.
It is hoped the move will help populations hit by commercial fishing operations in the area recover.
The park was designated by a decree signed by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
It will also forbid natural resources being extracted from the land or the building of new hotel infrastructure.
The area, which is about 250 miles (400km) south-east of the country`s Baja California peninsula has been described as the Galapagos of North America, because of its volcanic nature and unique ecology.
Sitting on the convergence of two ocean currents, the islands are a hub for open water and migratory species.
It has hundreds of breeds of ocean wildlife, including humpback whales that use the shallow and coastal areas around the islands for breeding.
Last year the Pacific Ocean site was named as a UNESCO world heritage area.
María José Villanueva, the director of conservation of WWF in Mexico, described the move as an "important precedent" to the rest of the world, according to local media.
It follows a similar move by Chile, which created an even bigger ocean reserve in 2015.
How do you know if the photographs and video footage that you see on social media after an attack are real? In the absence of concrete facts, many people - and news organisations - turn to social media for information.
The deadly attack on the al-Rawda mosque in Egypt`s North Sinai province, which killed at least 235 people, was no different.
In its immediate aftermath, news site Al-Araby shared a dramatic image of crowds outside a smoking building.
The headline read: "Sinai: 200 people killed and wounded in the bombing of a mosque".
The ambulance shown is indeed Egyptian.
However, this image does not show the 24 November attack in Sinai.
How do we know? By conducting a reverse image search, we can see that the photo was actually taken by a photographer working for the news agency AFP in 2015.
It shows the aftermath of a bomb attack in another Egyptian town which killed eight people.
To conduct a reverse image search, right click on an image and select "search for image".
You`ll then see the other places on the internet where it appears.
Degraded video Other social media users shared a video supposedly taken "during the bombing of al-Rawda Mosque" in Sinai.
But this video was in fact first uploaded by Twitter user Mohammad Boland in early 2015, during an attack on a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia.
The original version of the distressing video, which was shown on American news network CNN, is much higher quality.
Video quality can be degraded when it is downloaded and re-uploaded - which makes it harder to find the original when you carry out a reverse image search.
The wrong mosque Another way of spotting a fake photo is to check the surroundings.
Several users had shared a photo that showed a minaret collapsing during an explosion.
But the minaret was not from the mosque in Sinai.
It was taken in Mosul in 2014.
If you come across that photo, compare it to the minaret from the mosque in Sinai, below.
They clearly do not match.
There are plenty of genuine images of the devastating attack in Sinai and its aftermath.
But there are fake photos in circulation - and by right clicking and carrying out your own reverse image search, you can check from where they really originate.
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President Donald Trump said he is naming White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to be the temporary head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up a high-stakes legal clash over the regulator’s leadership.
Mulvaney’s appointment came just hours after outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced he was tapping a deputy to run the agency on an acting basis, a move that was widely seen as an attempt to prevent the White House from defanging the watchdog.
With two officials appointed to the same post, it’s unclear who will ultimately take the reins at the controversial consumer regulator or who is in charge of the hundreds of employees at the agency.
Republicans are eager to start remaking the CFPB, which they blame for burdening banks with unnecessary rules.
But Cordray and other Democrats are desperate to keep it out of the administration’s grip as long as they can.
Cordray, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, officially stepped down on Friday.
As he walked out the door, Cordray announced that his current chief of staff, Leandra English, would become deputy director and automatically rise to serve as acting director when he left.
But there’s an ongoing legal debate over how much power Cordray has to name his replacement.
The White House indicated Friday that President Trump believes he has the authority to name an interim leader at the bureau.
"The President looks forward to seeing Director Mulvaney take a common sense approach to leading the CFPBs dedicated staff, an approach that will empower consumers to make their own financial decisions and facilitate investment in our communities," The White House said in a statement.
"Director Mulvaney will serve as Acting Director until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed.
" ‘Worst Entity’ As director, Mulvaney is expected to bring sweeping changes to an agency that he’s called “the very worst kind of government entity.
” The White House did not say on Friday whether Mulvaney planned to name someone to run the day to day operations of the CFPB so he could continue his duties as budget director, something he has been expected to do.
Some lawyers argue that the CFPB’s deputy director takes over when the director leaves.
Cordray cited a Dodd-Frank Act provision in defense of naming English on Friday.
But there are other lawyers who say that laws governing federal vacancies should take precedent, which would allow Trump to install Mulvaney an interim basis.
Cordray first announced he planned to resign on Nov.
15 amid speculation that he would be running for governor in Ohio as a Democrat.
The CFPB was established in the wake of the financial crisis to police credit cards, auto loans and other consumer finance products.
 Since its inception, the CFPB has been at the center of bitter partisan bickering.
Democrats, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren, have praised the agency for returning billions of dollars to harmed consumers.
Republicans call it a "rogue" agency with a leader that wields too much power that goes unchecked.
President Juan Orlando Hernández has governed Honduras since January 2014 and hopes that on Sunday voters will re-elect him for another four-year term.
An incumbent running for re-election would not raise eyebrows in most other countries but it has caused consternation among some in Honduras.
That is because until recently, the Honduras constitution limited presidents to a single term in office.
But in 2015, the country`s supreme court lifted the ban on presidents serving a second term.
Controversial race for re-election The decision proved controversial, with many in the opposition saying the supreme court did not have the power to overturn an article of the constitution.
It particularly rankled with the supporters of Manuel Zelaya, the former president who was forced into exile by the military in 2009 after he proposed holding a referendum on whether to scrap the ban on presidents running a second time.
Critics of President Hernández said it was unfair that he should "get away" with changing the constitution when the sheer proposal of a vote on the issue had cost Mr Zelaya his job just a few years earlier.
Despite vociferous protests, Mr Hernández said he planned to seek re-election and in March his National Party chose him as their candidate in the party`s primary.
Opinion polls gathered earlier this year suggested he was the frontrunner despite the controversy about his candidacy not abating.
Eight other candidates are standing against President Hernández.
His main rivals are Salvador Nasralla of the Opposition Alliance and former university rector Luis Zelaya of the Liberal Party.
Six more candidates are also in the running but have fared badly in pre-election opinion polls.
It is the largest number of candidates to ever run for the presidency in Honduras, where the winner is decided in a single round.
US-friendly candidate Juan Orlando Hernández, 49, has been campaigning on a promise to attract investment to the Central American nation and continue his crackdown on violent gangs.
The 15th of 17 children, President Hernández made the fight against gangs one of the main priorities of his first term in office.
Last year, he sent jailed gang leaders to newly built maximum security prisons as part of a wider plan to regain control of the jails from inmates.
As part of the plan, high-risk prisoners were transferred to isolation cells with no right to visits, phone calls and only one hour a day outside.
Mr Hernández has also promised to drive down unemployment to reduce the number of Hondurans emigrating to the US.
President Hernández has had a good relationship with both the Obama and the Trump administrations in the United States.
Under his presidency, Honduras and fellow Central American nations Guatemala and El Salvador have joined in the Alliance for Prosperity, which has received considerable funds from the US.
Sports journalist turned politician TV presenter and sports journalist Salvador Nasralla, 64, has been campaigning on an anti-corruption ticket.
Mr Nasralla, whose parents are of Lebanese descent, has railed against the traditional parties in Honduras and became a founding member of the anti-corruption party in 2013.
He is standing for a coalition of opposition parties which includes socialists, social democrats and centrists who have joined forces to defeat the monopoly on power of the Nationalist Party of President Hernández and the Liberal Party of Luis Zelaya.
Speaking at the closing event of his campaign, Mr Nasralla said he would work for the country`s farm and factory workers, promising to create 600,000 jobs in the agricultural sector and in factories.
Mr Nasralla also has good contacts in the business sector, having worked as the CEO of Pepsi in Honduras.
`More inclusive` Luis Zelaya, 50, has been a top figure in the Liberal Party for decades.
His main campaign promise has also been to increase security in Honduras, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
He says that if he wins, he will strengthen the police and the prosecutor`s office.
He also wants to purge the security forces from any corrupt officers and create a community-based police force.
Mr Zelaya said he would also ensure that economic growth in Honduras did not just benefit the few but the many.
He vowed to turn his attention in particular to the elderly, the young and the women of Honduras.
The six million-plus eligible voters in Honduras will also be asked to cast their votes for three vice-presidents, all 128 members of parliament and almost 300 mayors.
Five albums into their career, INXS had clawed their way up from Australia`s pub circuit to the US top five.
But no one was prepared for the success of their sixth album, Kick, a sensuous blend of funk, rock and pop that sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Heralded by the slinky single Need You Tonight, Kick finally broke the band in the UK, and made a star of singer Michael Hutchence.
Incredibly, though, their record label initially refused to release the album.
According to the band`s manager, Chris Murphy, he had a nailbiting encounter with Atlantic Records president Doug Morris when he first took the album to New York.
"He put his feet up on the desk and closed his eyes from the minute the record went on to the minute it finished," Murphy recalls in the sleeve notes for a new, deluxe edition of the record.
"When it stopped, he said, `I`ll give you a million dollars to go and record another album`.
" Luckily, wiser heads prevailed, and Kick produced an enviable five top 40 hits in the UK - Need You Tonight, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart, Devil Inside and Mystify.
As the album turns 30, INXS keyboard player and chief songwriter Andrew Farriss looks back at the making of the album.
Nile Rodgers helped them find the funk INXS started in 1977 as a plucky pub band, with Michael Hutchence joining his schoolfriend Andrew Farriss on stage with his brothers, Tim and Jon.
Their early singles fused the swagger of the Stones with the frenetic energy of punk - but they weren`t much to write home about.
But by 1983, the band had become obsessed with Chic star Nile Rodgers` solo album, Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove, and persuaded him to work on a song they`d knocked up called Original Sin.
"We recorded that in New York," Farriss recalls.
"Nile played guitar, Darryl Hall sang backing vocals and a couple of guys from David Bowie`s band put instrumental bits on it as well.
No pressure!" Original Sin gave INXS their first number one in Australia, prompting them to pursue a fusion of pop and funk on their next album, Listen Like Thieves.
The lead single from that album, What You Need, gave the band their first taste of chart success in the US, essentially acting as a dry run for what came next.
"What You Need led to us being very confident on Kick and to say, `Let`s put this on a plaque, nail it to the wall and call it our own thing`," says Farriss.
"Which is really what we did.
" Farriss and Hutchence took control of the sessions Previous INXS albums had featured contributions from all six members of the band.
But after the success of What You Need, Farriss informed the others that he and Michael would write all of Kick by themselves.
"It wasn`t an aggressive thing," he says.
"We were on a tour bus somewhere in Europe and I said, `Why don`t you give Michael and I a crack at doing all the tracks?` "The idea was that we had tended to write the singles - so why don`t we do all the songs and we might get more singles? "And they said, `Yes, sure, it sounds like a good idea to us`.
"I`ll never forget that because, for Michael and I, feeling like we had that support was a very generous thing.
" Mystify could have sounded very different The deluxe version of Kick contains an early version Mystify that features heavy drum loops and a very different melody - and none of the finished version`s sex appeal.
Farriss says this early draft, which he recorded with Hutchence on a tour stop in Chicago, was evidence of a new way of working.
"On that tour we realised that, even though we had these songs we`d been working on, we needed to experiment with them before we got into the studio.
"[But] we actually couldn`t afford to have a huge studio full of lavish gear, with people just lying around waiting for us to walk through the golden doors.
"So we went into demo studios, which we never normally did before that.
And we were demoing things on the run: `We`ve got some time in-between gigs, let`s go in and fiddle around with this thing in whatever country we`re in`.
" Songs were finished in the basement of Sydney Opera House INXS were insistent that these new songs could be played live before they were recorded so, after reconvening in Australia in late 1986, they hired out the orchestra room beneath the Sydney Opera House.
"I won`t lie, it was really, really cool," laughs Farriss.
"It`s this huge, iconic thing in the middle of Sydney Harbour and we just looked at it and went, `Yeah, let`s go in there!` "But we`d begun to get a lot more recognised at that point and there`s very heavy security around that building, for obvious reasons.
So it was just an awesome place to rehearse.
" Farriss wrote Need You Tonight in a panic The first set of recording sessions started on 9 March 1987 at Sydney`s Rhinoceros Studios; resulting in the songs Mystify, New Sensation, Never Tears Us Apart and Devil Inside, amongst others.
But the band soon realised they hadn`t enough tracks to achieve their ambition of an album where every song was a potential single.
So producer Chris Thomas sent Farriss and Hutchence off to Hong Kong to write some more material.
"I think that was a very smart idea because it then gave us the chance to reflect on those initial recordings and work out what songs we might be missing," says Farriss.
But the band`s biggest hit arrived in a flash of inspiration, just as the taxi arrived to take him to the airport "I`m about to leave home when, suddenly, I started playing that riff from Need You Tonight," he recalls.
"And I thought, `Wow - this is ridiculous, I`ve got to record this!` "So I asked the cab driver to wait - and he kept honking his horn and flashing his lights and shouting, `we`re going to miss the plane!`.
"But I made it at the last minute - and I had a cassette of the recording.
When I got out at the other end [of the flight], I took it straight to the demo studio where Michael was waiting for me and he said, `that`s awesome.
let me do a vocal`.
"And the most insane thing was, he put that vocal straight down.
It was crazy.
" Never Tear Us Apart became a standard Originally written as a piano-based rockabilly song, Never Tear Us Apart transformed into a grand, dramatic ballad, featuring one of Hutchence`s most impassioned vocals.
Unlike a lot of INXS songs, which fall apart when played by another band, the song has become a rock standard and reality show staple.
"There`s so many different versions I can`t even remember them all," says Farriss.
"But there`s a couple that stand out to me.
Tom Jones and Natalie Imbruglia covered it as a duet, which was incredible.
"And Joe Cocker recorded it.
I was always a huge fan of his and I couldn`t believe it when he did that.
I was just like, `wow`.
" Kick sold by the bucketload For Atlantic Records, Kick was a hard sell.
In the heavily-formatted world of US radio, it didn`t work as a rock record, it wouldn`t fit on funk stations, and pop radio was wary of harder tracks like Guns In The Sky.
"I think they thought Kick was from outer space," says Farriss.
And the album was a slow burn - taking 18 months to really take off on a global scale.
But it became the band`s legacy, going platinum eight times in the US and being certified diamond in Canada (by 1990, one in 20 Canadians owned a copy of Kick).
By 1991, INXS were able to sell out Wembley Stadium and, while they had several more top 10 albums, they deliberately avoided repeating Kick`s formula.
"Either we were really, really stupid or we just were sonic explorers, but we never went and made Kick again," says Farriss.
"We could have done.
We knew exactly how to do it.
But that`s just the way INXS was".
The 30th anniversary edition of Kick is out now.
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