Spain Catalonia: Foreign minister denies ‘coup’ by Madrid

23 Oct

Media captionMany pictures showing Spanish police acting violently during the referendum were fake – Spanish foreign minister The Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government’s move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a “coup”. The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, called measures announced by the government on Saturday a […]

President Macri’s coalition ‘ahead’ in crucial Argentina mid-term election

23 Oct

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macri’s coalition controlled less than one-third of the Senate before this election Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri’s coalition looks to be on course to make significant gains in the country’s congressional elections. Partial results show his centre-right alliance leading in the capital Buenos Aires, and in 15 out of 23 […]

Raqqa: US coalition ‘wiped city off Earth’, Russia says

23 Oct

Media captionThe BBC’s Feras Kilani was in Raqqa with anti-IS troops Russia has accused the US-led coalition of bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa “off the face of the earth” during the fight against so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took Raqqa last week and on Sunday said they had taken Syria’s largest oilfield. […]

Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage

23 Oct

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Brexit: Business leaders call for swift transition deal

23 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Davis is due to travel to Paris on Monday for more Brexit talks Britain’s five biggest business lobby groups are calling for an urgent Brexit transition deal, or they warn the UK risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter being sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis, the […]

British IS fighters ‘must be killed’, minister says

23 Oct

Image copyright Alamy The “only way” to deal with British IS fighters in Syria is “in almost every case” to kill them, the minister for international development has said. Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an “extremely hateful doctrine” and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain. They can expect […]

Young Alan Turing was told by his science teacher he would never amount to anything with his ‘vague ideas’, report card reveals 

22 Oct

A young Alan Turing was told by his science teacher that he would never amount to anything with his “vague ideas”, a school report card which has gone on display for the first time reveals.  The celebrated codebreaker and father of modern computing received a slightly better review from his maths teacher, who said that while he […]

Boris Johnson: Donald Trump has an ‘absolute duty’ to prepare for military intervention in North Korea

22 Oct

Mr Johnson will argue that while other military developments, from firearms to fighter jets, have “spread among humanity like impetigo” nuclear weapons remain “the great exception” because of the agreement. “It has helped avoid what might otherwise have been a Gadarene Rush to destruction, in which the world was turned into a great arena of […]

Thousands rally in Malta for murdered reporter

22 Oct

Thousands of Maltese called for justice on Sunday in a protest held by a group of non-governmental organisations after a journalist was killed last Monday. The demonstrations in Malta‘s capital, Valletta, were organised by the group Civil Society Network after the car bombing that killed anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, in a murder that […]

Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

22 Oct

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Sunday, pushing for them to unite against growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a quick resolution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, […]