US election 2016: Ben Carson pulls ahead of Donald Trump in national poll

Ben Carson has placed first in a recent national Republican presidential primary poll, pushing Donald Trump into second place for the first time since June. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, received 26 percent of the support in the New York Times/ CBS News poll released on Tuesday (27 October) morning. Oct 27, 2015

Isis in Syria: Fighters take control of main checkpoint into Aleppo

Islamic State (IS) has taken control of a major checkpoint in the Syrian city of Aleppo, amateur footage posted on the internet appears to show. A video clip said to be filmed on Sunday (25 October) purports to show the chaotic state of what is said to be a Syrian Army checkpoint after it was taken over by IS fighters. A caption on the video reads: A Syrian Army checkpoint situated on the road between Ithriya and Khanaser south of Aleppo, after Islamic State took control of it. October 25, 2015. Oct 27, 2015

Guatemalan comedian wins presidency in landslide - no joke

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemalas presidential election on Sunday (25 October) after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the countrys political establishment. Oct 26, 2015