Japan goes to the polls in snap election - BBC News

Japan is heading to the polls a month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election in the face of the rising threat from North Korea. Voting opened at 07:00 local time on Sunday (22:00 GMT Saturday). Mr Abe called the election amid rebounding ...

Iran carries out 'successful' satellite launch - BBC News

Iran says it has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, days after the US imposed new economic sanctions on Tehran over its ballistic missile programme. The Phoenix rocket was launched from a new space centre in Semnan in ...