It is a "fair assumption" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind US election hacks, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson has said. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil told his Senate confirmation hearing the intelligence report on Russian tampering "clearly is troubling". read more
US Vice-President Joe Biden has told President-elect Donald Trump to "grow up" and criticised his attacks on the intelligence community. On Friday, Mr Trump will be briefed on allegations Russia meddled in November's US presidential election. read more
The former Exxon chairman and chief executive chosen by Donald Trump for US secretary of state will receive $180m to cut financial ties with the firm. The arrangement will mean Rex Tillerson meets the conflict of interest requirements for the role, Exxon said. read more
North Korea worked through 2016 on developing components for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), making the isolated nation's claim that it is close to a test-launch plausible, weapons experts say. Once fully developed, a North Korean ICBM could threaten the continental United States about 9,000km away.
Gunmen in Bahrain have attacked a prison, killing a policeman and freeing inmates convicted of terror offences, officials say. A security lockdown has been imposed around Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama, the interior ministry said.