BBC news 2017-05-17

BBC news with Steward Makintosh.

The US says the Syrian government has installed a crematorium in the military prison near Damascus in order to dispose of thousands of murdered prisoners. The top US diplomat for the Middle East said that up to 50 detainees a day were being killed at Saydnaya.

Emmanuel Macron has called for an historical re-foundation of Europe after meeting the German Chancellor during his first foreign trip as French president. Mr. Macron said they’d agreed to work on plans to reform the European Union.

The government in Ivory Coast says it has reached a deal with soldiers to end their 4 day mutiny over unpaid bonuses. But some representatives of the mutineers said they had rejected the proposals.

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says more than 500 people have been killed in fighting between security forces and an anti-government militia since the end of March. The majority of the dead are rebels.

A United Nations’ official says all of the hostages who are being held in a mosque in the town of Bangassou in the Central African Republic have now been released. Around a thousand civilians have been held there by Christian militias.

The hardline mayor of Tehran has withdrawn from the Iranian presidential race. He gives his back to the other leading Conservative Ebrahim Raisi.

A gay rights group in Lebanon says it has to cancel a seminar in Beirut after threats from religious figures. The meeting was due to focus on discrimination against the gay community in Lebanon.

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an attempt by Republicans to revive the straight vote identification law in the state of North Carolina. This leaves in place a lower court ruling that the law intentionally targeted black voters.

And police in Mexico has discovered a secret tunnel inside a prison near the border with United States. The authority say they use thermal imaging to detect underground activity.

BBC news.