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Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. Mr Kurz is on course to become the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social […]

Trump aims blow at Iran and threatens landmark nuclear deal

Media captionTrump: ‘I can terminate US involvement in deal any time’ US President Donald Trump has condemned Iran as a “fanatical regime” and refused to continue signing off on a landmark international nuclear deal. In a combative speech on Friday, Mr Trump accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and proposed new sanctions. He said Iran had […]

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 […]

Catalonia independence declaration signed and suspended

Media captionCatalan leader seeks talks to secure independence Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain, following the disputed referendum. However, they say the move will not be implemented for several weeks to allow talks with the government in Madrid. The document calls for Catalonia to be […]

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 […]

California fires: Deadly wildfires sweep through wine country

Media captionWildfires rip through California’s famous wine country Parts of California’s wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least one person and seriously injured two others. Mass evacuations have been announced as several others are reportedly missing. About 20,000 people have fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties after fires […]

Trump NFL row: Mike Pence walks out of game after players kneel

Image copyright @VP/Twitter Image caption Mike Pence said he abandoned the game because kneeling during the anthem “disrespects our soldiers” US Vice-President Mike Pence has walked out of a National Football League (NFL) game after several players refused to stand for the US national anthem. Mr Pence said he could not be present at an […]

Trump rolls back access to free birth control

Media captionWill Trump let Obamacare ‘implode’? Donald Trump’s government has issued a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to millions of Americans. The rule allows employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”. Fifty-five million women benefited from […]

What we don’t know about Vegas attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Las Vegas police hold a vigil for for slain officer Charleston Hartfield, who was killed in Sunday’s massacre Las Vegas police have chased “more than a thousand leads” in their quest to establish a motive for why a gunman killed 58 people at a music festival. Survivors are still […]

Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-independence demonstrations have continued, following Sunday’s referendum Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday’s session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be “a breach of the constitution”. Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia’s regional […]

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