Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police said The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, says the region will not accept Madrid’s plan for direct rule. He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since General Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plans include the removal […]

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for more than three hours. The closed-door summit, which takes place […]

Kenya election official resigns, saying poll ‘not credible’

Kenya election official resigns, saying poll ‘not credible’

Image copyright BBC World Service Newsday programme Image caption Roselyn Akombe said she did not “feel safe enough to be able to go home” in the foreseeable future A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was […]

Trump’s latest travel ban order blocked

Trump’s latest travel ban order blocked

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman (middle) travelling from Jordan on a Yemeni passport arrives in Los Angeles, California US President Donald Trump’s latest bid to impose travel restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the US has suffered a court defeat. A federal judge slapped a temporary restraining order on the open-ended ban […]

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Media captionThe BBC’s Feras Kilani was in Raqqa with anti-IS troops A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations […]

Weinstein scandal: Game of Thrones actress ‘felt powerless’

Weinstein scandal: Game of Thrones actress ‘felt powerless’

Image copyright Getty Images Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on the popular HBO show, has accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The Hollywood mogul was “furious” after she resisted his sexual advances, she details in a series of Twitter posts. The British actress joins a list of over 40 […]

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has taken the conservatives further to the right Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, is just 31. The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place, opinion polls suggest. The Social Democrats […]

California wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes continue

California wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes continue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state’s history Forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in California after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes. California’s governor said it was “one of the greatest tragedies” the […]

Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat

Media captionHassan Rouhani: “Iran will not surrender.” Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the […]

Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says Taliban killed daughter

Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says Taliban killed daughter

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were held captive for almost five years A Canadian held hostage by the Taliban has spoken of the group’s “stupidity and evil”, revealing they murdered his daughter and raped his wife. Joshua Boyle spoke to reporters after landing in Canada with his wife Caitlan Coleman […]

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