(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:46:35 GMT)

The gathering determines who leads China and the country's direction for the next five years.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:40:54 GMT)

Roselyn Akombe, now in New York, tells the BBC she feared for her safety in Kenya.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:27:36 GMT)

A judge says the policy "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor".

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:20:33 GMT)

A US-backed alliance says three years of jihadist rule in the northern Syrian city are over.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:22:44 GMT)

Weinstein was "holding tightly to the back of my arm" after she rebuffed him, Lena Headey said.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:03:17 GMT)

Newly declassified documents show US embassies knew about mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960s.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:24:39 GMT)

A candlelit protest is held after a Spanish judge jails two Catalan pro-independence leaders.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:40:08 GMT)

Police say their boat capsized on Monday, and a crewmate was rescued about 12 hours later.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:56:54 GMT)

Les Inrockuptibles defends making Bertrand Cantat - who killed his girlfriend - its cover star.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:51:22 GMT)

The mining giant also paid £27m to UK regulators for breaching rules when buying African coal assets.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:26:54 GMT)

Malta's Daphne Caruana Galizia was "assassinated" for standing up to corruption, her son says.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:17:04 GMT)

Demonstrators demanding major anti-corruption reforms vow to stay put, setting up tents in Kiev.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:19:22 GMT)

The BBC's Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:46:40 GMT)

US-backed forces may be celebrating after taking back another city, but fighting will not end soon.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:22:33 GMT)

Four young North Korean defectors explain what life was like back home and what they miss most.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:14:10 GMT)

Ahead of China's party congress, Beijing is plastered with posters praising leader Xi Jinping.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:49:29 GMT)

A fight erupts after one car is driven over another, ending with both drivers being arrested.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:17:55 GMT)

The singer says Obama's inauguration revealed the extent of racial divisions in her country.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:07:50 GMT)

Drone footage supplied by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar on Monday.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:17 GMT)

The Star Wars actress gave a cow tongue in a Tiffany box to teach the Hollywood producer a lesson.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:03:57 GMT)

New Paris street signs say Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli did fly across the Atlantic in 1927.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:18:44 GMT)

Residents fed up with a two-hour drive to buy fuel decide to take matters into their own hands.

(Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:28:53 GMT)

Grape the penguin became an online star after he "fell in love" with a cardboard cut-out in his enclosure.

(Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:31:21 GMT)

Member of parliament and country's president both injured in bizarre household accidents.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:18:58 GMT)

Spain's tourism sector may be booming, but hotel cleaners are getting as little as €1,400 a month.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:22:06 GMT)

The name "ugg" is a generic term in Australia, but its US definition is prompting a legal challenge.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:28:26 GMT)

A former India soldier returns to Sri Lanka 30 years after a peacekeeping mission ended in war.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:46:24 GMT)

The murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is seen as an attack on democracy.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:49:45 GMT)

IS has lost its 'capital' Raqqa, but it has taken the might of a global alliance to crush it.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:52:22 GMT)

Deadly bomb attacks in Somalia kill at least 281 people but there are no hashtags of solidarity

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:14:34 GMT)

Austria's Sebastian Kurz is just 31 - but he is not the first "Wunderkind" in modern politics.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:02:58 GMT)

Residents of Caracas say they are frustrated and stressed by the politics of confrontation, says Will Grant.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:16:47 GMT)

The crisis in Spain's Catalonia region is being closely watched in Nigeria and Cameroon, where secessionist movements have been stepping up campaigns for independence.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:42:50 GMT)

Spilt fuel, emergency repairs and a burning lorry cost millions in wasted time and money.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:43:31 GMT)

The 15-year-old victim suffered life-threatening injuries in the stabbing in Manchester.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:40:30 GMT)

Natasha Kirk was three when her father Mal "King Kong" Kirk died during a bout with Big Daddy.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:01:18 GMT)

Doctors express concern as BBC analysis shows growing waits in A&E, cancer care and for operations.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:31:50 GMT)

Ex-Royal Navy officer Mike Samwell was found by his wife with tyre marks on his chest, a court hears.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:18:41 GMT)

The vehicle crashed into the garden - the second such incident in just over a year.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:10:27 GMT)

Pedro Godinho was fatally injured after a confrontation in a residential car park.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:28:21 GMT)

BBC footage of alleged abuse at immigration removal centre may suggest a "wider" problem, says human rights body.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:00:31 GMT)

Omid Saidy was fatally wounded in the attack outside Parsons Green Tube station.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:34:49 GMT)

Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith were captured on CCTV having sex in a Domino's takeaway in Scarborough.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:49:53 GMT)

Calum Gill's family says "the tragedy of such unfulfilled potential is hard to bear".

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:32:13 GMT)

First Friends nursery in Falmouth has been closed by Ofsted inspectors.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:57:34 GMT)

Adam Wyatt, 48, is charged with encouraging terrorism and disseminating a terrorism publication.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:32 GMT)

The dust was dragged in from the Sahara by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:17:30 GMT)

Jeffrey Barry, 56, stabbed and dismembered Kurdish refugee Kamil Ahmad during a 40-minute attack.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:29:56 GMT)

Lt James Riccomini's insignia and fake Italian identity pass were also sold at auction.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:20:15 GMT)

Toby Nye was diagnosed with a stage four neuroblastoma on his fourth birthday.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:17:03 GMT)

A judge says the murder of Bradley Carter "demonstrates the evil of Class A drug use".

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:20:53 GMT)

Video encourages people to test their smoke alarms weekly but they are "not expected to do the lift".

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:59:27 GMT)

Officers were talking to stallholders during a quiet period as "light-hearted public engagement".

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:43:12 GMT)

Terry Butcher has previously voiced his pride in son Christopher for his military service.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:35:09 GMT)

The owl was caught on camera, but managed to evade its owner.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:05:55 GMT)

Emily Killick only took up powerlifting last year.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:08:52 GMT)

Dashcam footage showed the 28-year-old driver leaving the road to avoid a queue.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:08:07 GMT)

Rental costs in Cambridge make it hard for people to buy their own homes, according to one couple.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:05:31 GMT)

Former racing driver Archie Hamilton makes a living by posting motoring reviews online.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:25:06 GMT)

Catherine joined Princes William and Harry at Paddington Station for a charity event.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:59:27 GMT)

What has caused the red-looking sun reported across parts of England?

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:16:28 GMT)

Race entrants like to give the charity marathon runner sprint finishes due to his nickname.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:31:36 GMT)

The new pup's arrival at the Donna Nook reserve beat last year's first birth by nine days.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:44:34 GMT)

The German shepherd was stabbed protecting his handler from a boy armed with a kinfe.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:07:21 GMT)

The University of Oxford pays tribute to its first black student Christian Cole.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:02:31 GMT)

A family's search for the truth over a young footballer's cold-blooded murder.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:32:51 GMT)

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around England

(Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:51:23 GMT)

The images paint a very different picture of one of Manchester's most notorious neighbourhoods.

(Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:41:38 GMT)

Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland tells BBC Sport about his battle with anxiety.

(Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:35:17 GMT)

Thirty years on from the Great Storm of 1987, the brother of one victim shares his story.

(Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:23:55 GMT)

Cambridge has the highest concentration of box bikes of any place of its size outside the Netherlands.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:29:19 GMT)

Leicester City sack manager Craig Shakespeare just four months after he took the job on a permanent basis.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:03:41 GMT)

Super League's Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle United's St James' Park for the fourth year running next May.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:52:04 GMT)

Harry Kane says Tottenham showed they "can handle" playing in the Champions League after a draw at Real Madrid moves them towards the last 16.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:21:12 GMT)

Liverpool record their biggest Champions League win in almost 10 years as they thrash Maribor to go top of Group E.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese, steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a police truck on Wednesday to kill at least six people in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, police said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul's Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

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OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST (Reuters) - Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A new center-left party pledging to bring "bottom up" democracy to Japan may prove the surprise success story of an election on Sunday, although the party is forecast to win a mere sliver of seats compared to Prime Minister Shinto Abe's ruling bloc.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:11:52 -0400)

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a "mockery" of democracy.

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An explosion overnight in the southern Swedish town of Helsingborg caused extensive damage to the entrance of a police station, authorities said on Wednesday.

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's small nationalist party, which holds the balance of power after last month's inconclusive elections, will make an announcement on Thursday on the result of talks with the two major parties to form the next government.

(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:58:22 -0400)

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Two men were injured in a drive-by shooting at South Africa's Cape Town International Airport, police said on Wednesday.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:04:52 -0400)

Virginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:32 -0400)

Only a small percentage of sexual assaults result in criminal charges, and even fewer with convictions. As a result, many victims don’t even bother filing complaints. And powerful men, from the president on down, face few lasting consequences.

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The self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign.

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Shocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 

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Activist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:01:41 -0400)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan where the Taliban have staged several attacks targeting police across the country (all times local):

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Human remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas seven days ago. The 79-year-old is thought to have become disorientated on a walk and wandered into dense bushland. Police later found clothing, a walking stick with her name and human remains beside a crocodile-infested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the aged care facility. Wildlife officers set traps  to try to catch the creature that is believed to have killed Ms Cameron. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside. A Saltwater Crocodile is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney  Credit:  Ian Waldie/Getty Images "Investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the coroner," police said. Isabella Eggins, a granddaughter of Ms Cameron, said  last week the family feared she had died in tragic circumstances. “It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my mother Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances,” Ms Eggins said on Facebook. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. A series of crocodile attacks in the region in recent years has prompted calls for the state government to order a cull – a move that has so far been rejected. Ms Cameron's family also said they did not want to see any crocs culled. "The crocodiles... are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," her son Craig Eggins said, according to the Cairns Post.

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By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:38:39 -0400)

Where is Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino security guard shot earlier this month during a confrontation with the Las Vegas gunman?

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:23:14 -0400)

President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday the Affordable Care Act no longer exists, a statement that follows a long list of actions his administration has taken to undermine the law.

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:25:52 -0400)

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:03:25 -0400)

Former Vice President Joe Biden believes that President Donald Trump does not understand how the U.S. government works.

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A Dutch photographer has released a series of photos of abandoned buildings throughout France that nature is slowly reclaiming.

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Two of the more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault are demanding he and film producer Roman Polanski be immediately removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures.

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Eight allies showcased NATO's smart defense concept, where one ship neutralizes a ballistic threat while others rush to its defense.

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Donald Trump’s former communications chief is at the centre of fresh controversy after his new media project tweeted an online poll asking people to select how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Since being abruptly forced from the White House after just 11 days by Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci has been getting ready to launch a new media venture, titled the Scaramucci Post. Mr Scaramucci, who was forced out from his White House job in July, told a New York radio station his news outlet “would be about what is right and wrong in the society right now, as opposed to what is left and right”.

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The head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, who figures on the US "most wanted terrorists" list, was killed on Monday in the battle to reclaim a militant-held Philippines city, officials said. Isnilon Hapilon's reported death came during a final push to end the nearly five-month siege of Marawi, a battle that has claimed more than 1,000 lives and raised fears that IS was seeking to set up a regional base in the southern Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte and security analysts say Hapilon has been a key figure in the jihadist outfit's drive to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate as they suffer battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria.

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Deborah Drahus Capo knew she’d have to leave Puerto Rico the moment she emerged from the bathroom where she had holed up throughout Hurricane Maria last month.

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A man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.

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DENVER (AP) — A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.

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A family in Alabama mourns the loss of a 3-year-old girl after she tragically died at an ice cream shop. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.

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North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict “may break out any moment,” continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

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The brother and former business partner of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:06:17 -0400)

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week's presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday. Odinga was due to face President Uhuru Kenyatta on Oct. 26 in a repeat of a presidential vote held in August but he withdrew his candidacy, saying the electoral commission had failed to institute reforms to guarantee fairness. Kenyatta won the Aug. 8 election by 1.4 million votes.

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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

(Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:54:21 -0400)

 Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, causing "lots of casualties" in fighting south of the city. The Kurdistan Region Security Council said in a statement that Kurdish forces known as peshmerga have destroyed at least five U.S.-supplied Humvees being used by the state-sanctioned militias following the "unprovoked attack" south of the city. Inside Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city that is home to more than 1 million people, residents shuttered themselves in homes and reported hearing sporadic booms they said sounded like shelling and rocket fire. Kurdish peshmerga fighters stand on the roof top of a building as they hold a position on the opposition side of river bank from Iraqi forces on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk  Credit: AFP Brig. Gen. Bahzad Ahmed, a spokesman for Kurdish forces, said federal forces have seized an oil and gas company and other industrial areas south of Kirkuk in fighting with Kurdish forces that caused "lots of casualties," without providing a specific figure. He said Iraqi forces have "burnt lots of houses and killed many people" in Toz Khormato and Daquq, south of the disputed city. He said Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, have "destroyed one or two of their tanks." His claims could not be independently verified. Iraq's Interior Ministry said in a brief statement that federal forces have taken control of a power plant, a police station and industrial areas near Kirkuk. It provided no further details on the fighting or casualties in what it referred to as Operation Impose Security on Kirkuk. Kurdish forces on an armoured vehicle drive in the street of Kirkuk, Iraq, October 16, 2017, in this still image taken from a video.  Credit:  KURDISTAN 24 TV via REUTERS TV Tensions have soared since the Kurds held a non-binding referendum last month in which they voted for independence from Iraq. The central government, along with neighboring Turkey and Iran, rejected the vote. The United States has supplied and trained Iraqi federal forces and the peshmerga, both of which are fighting the Islamic State group. The U.S. also opposed the referendum, and has urged both sides to remain focused on defeating the extremists. U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, tweeted that it was "closely monitoring sit. near Kirkuk; urge all sides to avoid escalatory actions. Finish the fight vs. (hash)ISIS, biggest threat to all." ISIS is another acronym for the Islamic State group. The central government and the autonomous Kurdish region in the north have long been divided over oil revenues and the fate of disputed territories like Kirkuk that are controlled by Kurdish forces but are outside their self-ruled region. The Kurds assumed control of Kirkuk, in the heart of a major oil-producing region, in the summer of 2014, when IS militants swept across northern Iraq and the country's armed forces crumbled. Baghdad has demanded the Kurds withdraw. The Kurdish security council said the assault launched late Sunday was aimed at entering the city and retaking the K-1 military base and nearby oil fields. State-run Al-Iraqiya TV had earlier reported that federal forces rolled into parts of the countryside outside Kirkuk without facing resistance. However, some residents of the city and an Iraqi militia commander reported shelling. Al-Iraqiya carried a statement from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office saying he had ordered federal forces to "impose security in the city in cooperation with the inhabitants and the peshmerga," indicating he was willing to share administration. A commander of the local Kurdish police force said his forces remained in control of the province's disputed oil wells. "There's been no agreement to hand over the wells until now. As for the future, I don't know," said Bahja Ahmad Amin. Iraq's state-sanctioned militias, the mostly Shiite Arab Popular Mobilization Forces, were ordered to stay out of the city, according to al-Abadi's office, and instead keep positions in the countryside. They are viewed with deep suspicion by Kurdish residents, who see them as beholden to Iran rather than Iraq's central government. The predominantly Shiite militias are sponsored and guided by Tehran. Ercuman Turkman, a PMF commander, said shortly before forces began moving in that he expected orders to move on Kirkuk's oil wells, its airport and the nearby K-1 military base, but not the city. Haytham Hashem, another PMF commander, reported shelling on his position in Toz Khormato, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the edge of Kirkuk city. Baghdad has been turning the screws on the Kurdish region since the September referendum, pushing Kurd leaders to disavow the vote and accept shared administration over Kirkuk. Iraq's government barred international flights to and from the region and asked neighboring Turkey and Iran to close their borders. Iran closed its three official crossings with the Kurdish region Sunday, Kurdish media reported. It also froze currency transfers to four banks operating in the Kurdish region. Al-Abadi has demanded shared administration over Kirkuk. His Cabinet said Sunday that fighters from Turkey's Kurdish insurgency, the PKK, were beginning to appear in Kirkuk, and declared that would be tantamount to an act of war.

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Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.

(Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:28:24 -0400)

A New York dad’s Instagram callout is showing just how much kids wear out their parents.

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

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"We were more worried because of how panicked they were"

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President Donald Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the response to hurricanes striking the U.S. has plummeted 20 points since Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes last month, according to the latest CNN poll.

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NEW YORK ― There’s a reason women keep quiet about men like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump for decades before numerous sexual assault accusations suddenly spill out at once.

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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or you’ve held this event for decades, there are certain pitfalls that are hard to avoid in Thanksgiving prep.

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This beautiful autumn landscape comes to life as the leaves change color ready for fall. The aerial pictures, taken by Matt Benedetto, 28, from Burlington, Vermont, show the forests of his home state as they transition into their autumn foliage. (Caters News)

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The Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had set a deadline of 10am local time yesterday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not the autonomous region had made a unilateral declaration of independence last week. The Catalan president responded with a four-page letter that did not directly answer the question but instead stressed a mandate for independence and called for urgent dialogue.   The Spanish government had made clear that anything less than a “No” would set in motion Article 155, a never-used constitutional tool allowing it to effectively suspend autonomous powers and rule directly from Madrid.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a set a deadline for overriding Catalonia's autonomy. Credit: Lavandeira jr/EFE  That is now set to be applied on Friday, if Mr Puigdemont does not reverse his position during a further three-day grace period. The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said the government interpreted his response as a confirmation that declaration had indeed been declared. Demanding Mr Puigdemont retract this by Thursday at 10am, she insisted it was "in his hands to avoid the next steps". Mr Puigdemont, who had been under heavy pressure from independence hardliners to confirm an abrupt split from Spain, had called for an urgent meeting with Mr Rajoy in his letter. He said the banned independence referendum had returned a mandate for an independent state but insisted the regional government’s priority was a negotiated solution, eyeing a two-month period for dialogue. Carles Puidgemont delivering a speech at the Fossar de la Pederera Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Mr Rajoy responded with a letter of his own, in which he told Mr Puigdemont he still had a chance to respond in a "clear and simple way” to Madrid’s request. If he did not do so, he “will be the only one responsible for the application of the constitution,” he said.  Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said “the most radical influences had prevailed” in Mr Puigdemont’s decision. But the Catalan president’s letter did not go far enough to satisfy the CUP, the hard Left partner that is crucial to the Catalan government’s parliamentary majority, which is now pushing for a clear affirmation of independence on Thursday.  “The CUP would have sent a very different letter,” said parliamentarian Mireia Boya. Further adding to tensions yesterday, the Catalan police chief and the leaders of two major pro-independence groups appeared in court in Madrid to face allegations of sedition. The Spanish attorney general asked the judge to remand Major Josep Lluis Trapero in custody, with judicial sources quoted by La Vanguardia citing fears he could continue to give orders to the Catalan force to subvert Madrid's clampdown. Major Josep Lluis Trapero leaves Audiencia Nacional Court in Madrid Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE The judge did not agree to the attorney-general's request to take Major Josep Lluis Trapero into custody, but imposed the conditions he surrender his passport and report to a court every 15 days. The same conditions were imposed on another Catalan police official.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to "establish itself militarily in Syria". Both Russia and Iran, Israel's main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

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Ariel Winter is opening up about her contentious relationship with her mother.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of helping his Florida girlfriend kill herself after she told him she had cancer appears to have taken her story at face value and didn't push her to seek medical treatment or mental-health counseling, authorities said Tuesday.

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Sometimes, you need to make do with what you've got. Hannah Waskel was driving in Altoona, Iowa, with her friends on Saturday when they pulled up to a red light and spotted something a little off. In the back seat of the compact car next to them, they saw a miniature horse, just chilling. SEE ALSO: Woman tests limits of pet-friendly motel with her horse This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me pic.twitter.com/H4qjYBJ3bC — Hannah (@hannahwaskel) October 14, 2017 “This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me," she wrote on Twitter. It's not clear where the horse was headed, but Waskel says that the people in the car noticed they were laughing at their unusual passenger, so they waved and rolled down the window for the horse.  Never change, Iowa. Never change. WATCH: This small army of robots will do your shopping for you

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated from terrorists, signalling an end to almost five months of fighting in the southern Philippine city.

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WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda.

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Scientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

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A unit of US special forces tasked with carrying out “decapitation” operations may be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine docked in the South Korean port of Busan, the nation’s newswire reported on Monday, citing a defence source. The USS Michigan, an 18,000-metric ton submarine, arrived in Busan on Friday, ahead of a ten day joint US-South Korean drill led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The US Navy maintains that the Michigan, known for carrying special-ops teams, is docked in a “routine port visit.” The US military also denies training for decapitation missions or regime change, and does not typically comment on Navy SEAL deployments. However, the presence on board the Michigan of what appeared to be silos for tiny submarines used to transport US Navy SEALs for their most covert missions deep inside enemy territory, has increased speculation that they may take part in training sessions. The Navy confirmed to Business Insider that the pods, spotted on top of the submarine, are used by Naval Special Warfare units. A U.S. MH-60S Sea Hawk flies by Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Shimakaze as it steams behind the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan Credit: Reuters Earlier this year, the South Korean media reported that US special forces, including SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, would take part in the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve joint military drills in March, to practise incapacitating North Korea’s leadership in the event of conflict. North Korea’s 33-year-old dictator Kim Jong-un is “extremely nervous” of clandestine assassination plots, according to South Korea’s intelligence agency. After Pyongyang detonated its sixth nuclear test in September, South Korean defence minister, Song young-moo, announced that a “decapitation unit” of special forces officers would be established by the end of the year. Although the unit would not be assigned to literally decapitate North Korean leaders, defence officials said the unit could conduct cross-border night-time raids.   “The best deterrence we can have, next to having our own nukes, is to make Kim Jong-un fear for his life,” Shin Won-sik, a retired three star general told the New York Times.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Three weeks after Iraq's Kurdish region held a referendum on independence, Iraqi forces entered the disputed city of Kirkuk, forcing Kurdish fighters to withdraw. Here's what you need to know:

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A new portrait campaign asking people to think differently about people living in poverty appeared on billboards in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder and assault, and face life in prison if convicted in the death of a corrections officer during February's riot at Delaware's maximum-security lockup.

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Given that it's only October, you're probably thinking more about Halloween than holiday shopping. Walmart, Toys R Us, Target, Kmart and Amazon have released their predictions for the hottest holiday toys. Hatchimals Surprise Twin-Puppadee ($69.99) is an egg in which a pair of twin creatures are hiding and waiting for some loving attention.

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Instead of helping, the female customer, known as a regular of the 7-Eleven, reached into his pocket and took his credit card, local authorities said.

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Mazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.