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Iraqi Forces Enter Central Kirkuk

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:11pm
Iraqi forces take over key buildings in Kirkuk three weeks after an independence referendum. Also on the programme: the fate of the American soldier who wandered away from his unit, was captured by the Taleban, and later swapped for foreign fighters by President Obama, pleads guilty to desertion; and the investigative journalist on the island of Malta, killed when her car blew up earlier today. (Photo: Iraqi children step on a Kurdish flag as forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty)
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Iraqi Army in Major Kirkuk Offensive

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:17am
The Iraqi army says it has taken over Kirkuk airport and military base during a major operation to seize control of the city from Kurdish forces. There has been artillery and gunfire in some areas as pro-government troops have moved in to secure key roads and oil and gas installations. We get the latest from there. Also in the programme, the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. We speak to Somalia's Information Minister. And the runway in the middle of the Atlantic, at St Helena finally gets regular flights. (Image: Iraqi forces flash the sign for victory as they advance in the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Afp/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Austria Election Results

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 5:35pm
Austria's conservative People's Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country's general election. Also in the programme: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu - the worst terror attack in Somalia in a decade; and learn the language of the Faroe Islands. (Photo: Leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party Sebastian Kurz. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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Western-Backed Forces Begin Raqqa Final Assault

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 9:14am
Raqqa has been the de-facto capital of the state that so-called I-S tried to create, and the loss of the city will be a huge symbolic blow to the militants. Also in the programme: Why Germany is suffering a shortages of monks and a report from Austria on today's election there. (Picture: Kurdish and Arab fighters Credit: Reuters)
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Kurds 'Given Deadline' in Kirkuk by Iraqi Government

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 5:27pm
Kurdish Pershmerga fighters in northern Iraq say the government in Baghdad has demanded they withdraw from key locations in the disputed city of Kirkuk within hours. Also in the programme; we tell the story of the Canadian family released after five years of brutal captivity in Afghanistan, and veteran Hollywood star Tippi Hedren has a message to today's victims of sexual harassment. (Photo: Iraqi forces sit on a river bank across from Kurdish Peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty images.)
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Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Clash in Kirkuk

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:13am
Key allies in the fight against Islamic state engage in an armed standoff in Iraq. A Kurdish official in the UK says Kurds are prepared to defend themselves. Also in the programme: Austria's Freedom Party prepares for election and Dolly Parton (Photo: A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter is seen in the Southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 13, 2017. Credit REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)
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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:11pm
The US President says he is no longer prepared to sign a document saying Iran is complying with the nuclear deal it struck with the world's big powers. Donald Trump says Iran is not abiding with the spirit of the agreement. Also in the programme: Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga explains why he is boycotting a re-run of the country's presidential elections; and why Russian schoolchildren do not learn about their revolutionary history. (Photo: President Trump announces he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal. Credit: Reuters)
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Odinga: No Point Standing in 'Flawed' Election

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:43am
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga explains his decision to withdraw from a re-run of his country's August 2017 general election, which is scheduled for October 26th. Also in the programme: former US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on concerns the Trump administration may undermine the Iran nuclear deal; and the BBC's James Coomarasamy asks Russian schoolchildren whether they know who Vladimir Lenin is (the answer may surprise you). (Picture: Opposition supporters protesting. Credit: Reuters)
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Reconciliation Between Palestinian Rivals

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:25pm
The words "major breakthrough" and "Palestinians" don't often appear in the same sentence, these days. But a "major breakthrough" is exactly how the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, described their reconciliation deal, hammered out today in Cairo. We speak to a former Palestinian Minister. Also on the programme... The US has announced it's pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, because of what it calls "continuing anti-Israel bias" at the agency. We speak to former US Ambassador, Crystal Nix Hines. And we are in Russia for the centenary of the revolution. (Photo: Hamas's new deputy leader Salah al-Aruri (seated L) and Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (seated R) sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on October 12, 2017; Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hamas and Fatah reach Gaza deal

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:18am
The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over governing the Gaza strip after a decade-long rift. Also in the programme, the former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton warns the US against imposing new conditions on the Iran nuclear deal. And new legislation in the Australian state of New South Wales aims to preserve and revive indigenous languages. (Photo: The Palestinian flag. Credit: AFP)
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Top UN Official in Myanmar Recalled

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 5:48pm
The United Nations has announced that its top official in Myanmar is being recalled to headquarters. Renata Lok-Dessallien was at the centre of a BBC investigation two weeks ago that found that she had suppressed internal discussion on the Rohingya issue and tried to stop human rights officials visiting sensitive areas. Also in the programme: Syrian film-maker stabbed in Turkey; EU Youth Orchestra to move its base from London. (Photo: Rohingya men wait in line for UNHCR distribution at the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Harvey Weinstein Allegations Mount up

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:13am
Further allegations of sexual harassment have been levelled at US film producer Harvey Weinstein. We speak to Leslie Lee who worked for him and Jodi Kantor, who broke the story. Also in the programme: More on the crisis in Catalonia and why child obesity is on the rise. (Photo: US film producer Harvey Weinstein. Credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Catalonia Independence on Pause

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 6:18pm
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont says that the people of Catalonia have earned the right to separate from Spain, but that the declaration of independence should be suspended to allow for dialogue. Also in the programme: Opposition leader Odinga withdraws from Kenya election and Iranian poet wins courage award. (Picture: Catalan regional government president Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. Credit: AFP)
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Will Catalan President Declare Independence?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:11am
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, will address the region's parliament today, nine days after the disputed referendum on independence. Will he make good his threat to declare independence? Also on the programme: Wildfires sweep through Northern California, and reports of hackers in North Korea who are thought to have intercepted South Korean military files. Image: The President of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.
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Fears Over Future of Iran Agreement

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 5:29pm
Countries prepare for the possibility that Trump could decertify the Iran nuclear deal and the US threatens to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. Also in the programme: Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler and Harvey Weinstein sacked. (Picture: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speech. Credit: EPA)
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Red Cross 'Drastically Reduces' Presence in Afghanistan

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:44am
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it will significantly reduce its presence in Afghanistan following a series of militant attacks, which have killed seven of its employees this year. The head of the ICRC's delegation in the country explains this 'painful decision' to Newshour. Also in the programme: how economically viable would an independent Catalonia be? And we look ahead to next week's Communist Party Congress in China. (Photo: Vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan. Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
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Doubts over Catalonia Independence Declaration

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 5:21pm
Reports from Catalonia suggest the regional government there may delay the unilateral declaration of independence from Spain that's been expected since last weekend's referendum. Also on the programme: Closing the loophole which allows some Middle Eastern men to get away with rape; and how do Cubans remember Che Guevera, 50 years after he was captured and killed? (Photo: A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against Catalonia's independence in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Getty)
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Rally in Barcelona Against Catalan Independence

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 9:20am
The Catalan parliament is due to discuss whether to declare independence this week, in spite of Spain's Constitutional Court ruling the referendum illegal and the government warning today that it won't allow any unilateral declaration to take effect. We bring you the latest on a huge pro-unity rally in Barcelona and a look at the impact of the ongoing independence debate on people's relationships with families, friends and colleagues. Also on the programme: closing the loophole which allows some men in the Middle East to get away with rape, and how do Cubans remember Che Guevera, 50 years after his death? Image: Demonstrators march during a protest against Catalonia's independence. Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images.
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Anti-Putin Protestors Take To The Streets In Cities Across Russia

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:10pm
Police clash with protesters in St Petersburg, as more than 250 are arrested throughout Russia. Also on the programme: Tens of thousands gather in the Spanish capital in a show of unity against Catalonia's bid for independence; and Sudan welcomes the lifting of some US sanctions imposed twenty years ago when it harboured Osama Bin Laden. (Photo: Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in downtown Saint Petersburg. Credit: Getty Images)
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Protests Against Catalan Independence

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:14am
Protests opposing Catalonia's independence are taking place across Spain, with the largest rally underway in Madrid. Also in the programme: More on Liberia's upcoming elections and why cuckoos could be bigger parasites than originally thought. (Photo: Protestors in Madrid demonstrate against the independence of Catalonia. Credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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