Ethiopian Airlines flight crash kills 157

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi has crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October.

‘Brexit in peril’ as May faces heavy loss

Brexit could be reversed if MPs reject the government’s exit deal, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt says after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a heavy defeat.

Final push begins on IS enclave in Syria

US-backed Syrian forces have launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared ‘caliphate’ that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

Trump to ask for $US8.6b for border wall

President Donald Trump will ask the US Congress for an additional $US8.6 billion ($A12.2 billion) to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico, officials say.

Bouteflika returns to Algeria to protests

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed in Algeria after leaving Geneva where he has spent two weeks in a Swiss hospital as mass protests have posed the biggest threat to his 20-year rule.

China trying to influence US, Aust: Bolton

US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, says China’s attempts to use think tanks and non-profit organisations to influence opinion in the US and Australia ‘is far greater in magnitude than any other foreign effort we have seen in history’.