Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence […]

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Image copyright AFP Image caption A 2016 Unesco resolution criticised Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as […]

Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists

Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists

Media captionMr Rajoy accused the Catalan leader of creating confusion Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to say whether or not he has declared independence. If Carles Puigdemont confirms by Monday that he has, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration. Failing that, Madrid […]

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont seeks independence talks

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont seeks independence talks

Media captionCatalan leader seeks talks to secure independence Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said his people voted for independence from Spain – but that he wants a negotiated solution with Madrid. He asked the regional parliament in Barcelona to suspend the effect of the vote so talks could begin – rather than breaking away immediately. […]

Las Vegas shooting: NRA urges new rules for gun ‘bump-stocks’

Las Vegas shooting: NRA urges new rules for gun ‘bump-stocks’

Image copyright Reuters The National Rifle Association has called for “additional regulations” on bump-stocks, a rapid fire device used by the Las Vegas massacre gunman. The group said: “Devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.” Republicans have said they would consider banning the tool, despite […]

Las Vegas shooting: Trump arrives to console victims

Las Vegas shooting: Trump arrives to console victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump will act as consoler-in-chief while visiting victims of Sunday’s attack US President Donald Trump has arrived in Las Vegas where he is expected to console survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Mr Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, will meet some of […]

Las Vegas shooting: At least 58 dead at Mandalay Bay Hotel

Las Vegas shooting: At least 58 dead at Mandalay Bay Hotel

Media captionHow the horror unfolded – in two minutes At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by […]

Catalan referendum: Spain region ‘not seeking traumatic split’

Catalan referendum: Spain region ‘not seeking traumatic split’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Carles Puigdemont appealed for international mediation to help solve the growing crisis Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said he is not planning a “traumatic” split with Spain, after a disputed independence referendum on Sunday. He said he wanted a new understanding with the central government in Madrid. Catalan officials […]

Marseille: Fatal knife attack at train station

Marseille: Fatal knife attack at train station

Image copyright Reuters Two people have been killed in a knife attack at Marseille’s Saint Charles train station. The assailant has been shot dead by security forces in the southern French city. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism, officials say. “Two victims have been stabbed to death,” regional police chief Olivier […]

US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’

US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least 21 employees at the US embassy in Havana fell ill The US is withdrawing more than half of its staff at its embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious attacks which left its diplomats unwell. Washington is also warning Americans not to visit the country because some attacks […]

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