Evening top 5: US and Russia agree strategy for Syria; British citizens will need travel visas to access EU

Saturday's top stories

The US and Russia have unveiled a plan aimed at ending the Syrian civil war and leading to political transition in the country.

The agreement calls for a nationwide ceasefire to begin on September 12th - the start of the Muslim Eid al Adha holiday.

If the cessation of hostilities holds for seven days, it will be followed by an unlikely military partnership between the US and Russia to target Islamic State and al Qaeda.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has courted controversy once again describing Palestinian hopes for their own state devoid of a Jewish population as "ethnic cleansing".

The current Israeli government has pressed ahead with plans for the expansion of Jewish settlements in the disputed West Bank region increasing tensions between the two sides. 

In a video message, Netanyahu said: "I'm sure many of you have heard the claim that Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, the West Bank, are an obstacle to peace. I've always been perplexed by this notion, because no one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel, that they're an obstacle to peace.


Facebook has reversed its decision to remove a Vietnam War-era photograph of a naked girl escaping attack.

The move comes after the social network was accused of abusing its power by deleting a post featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning image from a Norwegian writer’s page.

The tech giant said the iconic photo by Nick Ut, showing nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing napalm bombs with other screaming children, was taken down for containing nudity.


British citizens may have to apply for visas to travel to Europe after the UK leaves the EU, according to reports.

A scheme apparently being debated by the European Commission suggests the 26-nation passport-free Schengen zone, which does not include the UK, could operate a visa programme similar to the US waiver.

UK passport holders can currently travel throughout member states without having to apply for short-term visas.


North Korea has said it will not submit to US "nuclear blackmail", following the west's condemnation of its fifth and largest nuclear test.

Pyongyang is facing a fresh round of international sanctions after the detonation, which triggered an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.

At an emergency meeting on Friday night requested by the US and Japan, the UN Security Council condemned the "brazen defiance" of Pyongyang.