President Trump says Iran appears to be standing down after it launched more than 20 missiles at Iraqi bases where US troops are stationed. He urged countries – including the UK – to send a “clear and united message” to Iran that its “campaign of terror” will no longer be tolerated.
The ballistic missiles were launched from the western Kermanshah Province in response to the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani by the US.
Al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province was hit 17 times, including two missiles that failed to detonate. According to the Iraqi government, a further five missiles were targeted at a base in Irbil. Both the UK and American governments have said none of their citizens were killed or injured.
In his address this afternoon Donald Trump said the US would impose additional sanctions on Iran.
Meanwhile, just hours after the Iranian missile attacks a Ukrainian passenger plane, carrying 176 people – including 3 Britons, crashed shortly after take-off in Iran. There were no survivors.
The majority of passengers on the Boeing airliner were from Iran and Canada. Several airlines have now said they will avoid Iranian airspace.
Coverage presented by Sophie Raworth with reports by Jeremy Bowen, Nick Bryant, Laura Kuenssberg and Tom Burridge.
Australia is grappling with massive bushfires fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought.
In the worst-affected state, New South Wales, fires have burned more than 4 million hectares (40,000 sq km or 9.9 million acres) destroying more than 1,300 houses and forcing thousands to seek shelter elsewhere.
Across the country, 20 people have died – including three volunteer firefighters – with most of the casualties in New South Wales.
The number of women taking to the road on motorcycles in the US is on the rise, up 30% over the past decade. Meet the members of one female-only bike club in New York
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