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US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe US has called for "calm" after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control.State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to "avo

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province.State TV report that Iraqi forces have taken control of some areas, including oil fields, "without figh

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Social Democrats

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

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGlobal 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

Iran nuclear deal: Trump poised to withdraw support

US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran on Friday and lay out a more confrontational strategy.The move would not withdraw the US from the deal but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to do so by

Harvey Weinstein: Oscars academy to hold emergency talks

The hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks to consider the future role of film mogul Harvey Weinstein following claims of sexual misconduct.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual assault against Weinst

Madrid scorns Catalan leader’s independence statement

The Spanish government has rejected a statement of independence signed by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and dismissed calls for mediation.Spain's deputy prime minister described Mr Puigdemont as someone "who does not know where he is, where he's g

California fires: Deadly wildfires sweep through wine country

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceParts of California's wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 10 people.Mass evacuations have taken place and at least 1,500 properties have been destroyed. Seven peo

Daca Dreamers: Trump outlines demands for new deal

The White House has outlined measures, including funding for a controversial border wall, that US President Donald Trump insists should be part of any new deal on young undocumented immigrants.Mr Trump is also asking to speed up deportations and hire

Hurricane Nate makes landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the M

Catalonia referendum: Call for pro-unity rallies in Spain

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday's disputed referendum.Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar ral

Storm Nate: At least 20 dead in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 20 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras before it moves north towards the US.A state of emergency has been declared in the Central American nations, where more than 20 people are missing. It has caused

Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s girlfriend denies knowledge of attack

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who shot dead 58 people on Sunday has said she had no idea what her "kind, caring, quiet" partner was planning.Marilou Danley's comments came hours before police suggested Stephen Paddock had been living "a secr

Catalan referendum: Region’s independence ‘in matter of days’

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.In his first interview since Sunday's referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his governme

Las Vegas shooting: Police search for gunman’s motive

Media playback is unsupported on your devicePolice are working to establish the motive behind a mass shooting which left at least 59 dead and another 527 injured at a Las Vegas concert.Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from the 32nd floor of th

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence.He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declar

Catalan referendum: Separatists defiant as voting day arrives

Catalan leaders insist that voting will go ahead in the coming hours for an independence referendum banned by the Spanish government.Regional officials said ballot boxes were ready and predicted a big turnout.Spain is sending extra police to try to s

US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal

US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business. He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers. Government officials, except

Has the UN failed Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims?

The UN leadership in Myanmar tried to stop the Rohingya rights issue being raised with the government, sources in the UN and aid community told the BBC.One former UN official said the head of the UN in Myanmar (Burma) tried to prevent human rights ad

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects Trump bias claims

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him.The US president accused the social network of "collusion" on Twitter, branding it "anti-Trump".He made the same claim against the

Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, state media say.Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, the Saudi Press Agency reported.Sau

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the wa

US expands travel ban to include N Korea

The United States has expanded its controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad.The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments.Donald Trump issued a presidential

US bombers stage North Korea show of force

US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon has said.It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fight

Russia: Trump and Kim are like ‘children in a kindergarten’

Russia's foreign minister has likened the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children.The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" after Mr Trump threatened to des