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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 […]

Portugal and Spain wildfires: Dozens dead and injured

Portugal and Spain wildfires: Dozens dead and injured

Image copyright EPA Image caption The fires have spread through large areas of Portugal and Spain A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say. Dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious, a spokeswoman said. To the […]

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blasts

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blasts

Media captionThe death toll continues to rise after the deadly blast A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. […]

Somalia: At least 30 dead in Mogadishu blasts

Somalia: At least 30 dead in Mogadishu blasts

Media captionThe aftermath of the explosion in Mogadishu A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 people, police say. Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Police say two people were killed in a second […]

Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops

Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were abducted in 2012 Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban. Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while […]

US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

Image copyright AFP Image caption A 2016 Unesco resolution criticised Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank The US is pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, accusing it of “anti-Israel” bias. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand […]

Harvey Weinstein ‘hopes for second chance’

Harvey Weinstein ‘hopes for second chance’

Image copyright Getty Images Harvey Weinstein has said “we all make mistakes – second chance I hope”, as more women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. He told TMZ: “Guys I’m not doing ok but I’m trying; I’ve got to get help. I’m hanging in – I’m trying my best.” Weinstein’s spokeswoman […]

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont to address region’s future

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont to address region’s future

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carles Puigdemont presided over a cabinet meeting on Tuesday Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is due to announce his plans for the future of the province amid growing pressure to drop plans to break away from Spain. There is speculation he may announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed […]

Kenya’s Raila Odinga quits election re-run

Kenya’s Raila Odinga quits election re-run

Media captionRaila Odinga: “The election (on 26th October) will be worse than the previous” Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October’s election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result […]

Meryl Streep ‘appalled’ by Weinstein

Meryl Streep ‘appalled’ by Weinstein

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Streep and Weinstein have worked together on such films as The Iron Lady Meryl Streep has spoken out against producer Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the sexual harassment claims that saw him being fired by his own company. In a statement first published by the Huffington Post, the […]

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