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Catalan separatist leaders jailed during sedition investigation

A Spanish court ordered two powerful Catalan separatists to be detained late Monday, threatening a further escalation of the political crisis as both sides refused to budge in their high-stakes standoff over the region's independence bid.

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office, lower Kurdish flag

Iraqi government forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

Cairo named world's 'most dangerous' city for women

As women around the world come forward with stories of sexual harassment, a report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation shows that Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women, and has become more perilous since the 2011 uprisings.

Airbus strikes deal with Canada's Bombardier amid US trade dispute

Airbus will take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner programme, the companies announced Monday, as the Canadian firm battled against a stiff tariff ruling in the US.

Lebanese leaders divided over fate of Syrian refugees

In Lebanon, the return of Syrian refugees to their country is an increasingly controversial issue, with the Lebanese political class divided over conditions needed for them to be sent back.

Death toll from Somalia truck bombing tops 300

The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced.

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

A Maltese investigative journalist who had exposed her island nation's links with the Panama Papers document leak was killed on Monday when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

Several killed as Storm Ophelia slams Ireland

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 80 mph on Monday, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools and causing widespread power outages.

Israeli military strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery it says fired at jets

Israel's military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.

How Qatar crisis played a role in Azoulay's election as UNESCO chief

The election of France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay as UNESCO's new director-general is partly due to the crisis between Qatar and Saudi-led Gulf countries.

Deadly wildfires rage in Portugal and Spain

At least 36 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, as three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia.

Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian 'whizz-kid' poised to make history

Who is Sebastian Kurz, the telegenic 31-year-old 'Wonder Kid', set to become Europe's youngest leader after his conservative party came out top Sunday in Austria's national election?

Hundreds dead after truck bomb strikes Somali capital

The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as this country reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced.

Catalonia seeks independence talks with Spain within two months

Responding to a Monday morning deadline set by Madrid, Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said he wanted to suspend any steps towards Catalan independence for two months to allow time for talks with Spain's central government.

Iraqi forces retake airport, military base, oil field from Kurds in Kirkuk

Iraqi forces on Monday took control of a military airport from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk, following tensions over a controversial independence referendum, the military has said.

Macron rejects 'president of the rich' criticisms in rare TV interview

President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he was a president of all French, dismissing opponents' criticisms that his policies favour the rich and said his countrymen should adopt a more positive attitude towards success.

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt offers $10 million for info leading to Trump impeachment

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $10 million Sunday for dirt to help remove from office US President Donald Trump, in a full page ad in the Washington Post.

Philippine troops kill two militant leaders allied to IS group

Philippine troops killed two leaders of a militant alliance in an operation in southern Marawi City on Monday, the defence minister said, a big boost to a military battling to contain the spread of Islamic State's radical ideology.

Kurz election victory signals rightward shift for Austria

Austria's 31-year-old foreign minister declared victory for his party Sunday in a national election that set him up to become Europe's youngest leader and puts the country on course for a rightward turn.

French women flood Twitter to name and shame sexual harassers

The hashtag #balancetonporc, or "squeal on your pig", on Sunday rapidly became a way for thousands of French women to share stories of sexual harassment at work.

Macron rejects 'president of rich' tag in rare TV interview

President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he was a president of all French, dismissing opponents' criticisms that his policies favour the rich and said his countrymen should adopt a more positive attitude towards success.

Government wins landslide victory in Venezuela poll, opposition cries foul

President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of governorships in Venezuela's regional election on Sunday, drawing fraud suspicions from the opposition whom polls had shown poised for a big win.

Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish forces as govt troops advance on Kirkuk

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields.

'Whiz kid' Kurz set for victory in Austria vote

Austria's political "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz was on course Sunday to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right after its best result in almost 20 years.

Hundreds dead after truck bomb strikes Somali capital

A powerful bomb blast in Somalia's capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack to hit the Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to rise.

Lower Saxony vote setback for Merkel ahead of Germany coalition talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost a closely-watched state poll Sunday, weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month's general election.

French women flood Twitter to 'squeal on pigs'

The hashtag #balancetonporc, or "squeal on your pig", rapidly became on Sunday a way for thousands of French women to share stories of sexual harassment at work.

Mata Hari: the spy who wasn't really a spy

On October 15th, 1917, Margaretha Zelle, known as Mata Hari, was sentenced to death in France for espionage. A hundred years later, her name still evokes intrigue. Yet, the former dancer was never really a great spy.

IS group faces imminent defeat in Raqqa

The Islamic State group is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday.

Weah, Boakai headed for presidential run-off in Liberia

Former soccer star George Weah was all but guaranteed a spot in a presidential run-off in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading a first round of voting with 39 percent of votes.

Populists poised to shift Austria toward right

Austria looks likely to move to the right in Sunday's elections. Conservative Sebastian Kurz is predicted to become prime minister, while the nationalist Freedom Party is expected to come second and could become part of the next coalition government.

California wildfires surge as death toll continues to rise

Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames.

Iran's elite military chief visits Kurdish region for talks

Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has arrived in Iraq's Kurdistan region for talks about the escalating crisis between the Kurdish authorities and the Iraqi government, a Kurdish official said on Sunday.

Venezuela opposition seeks blow to Maduro through ballot box

Venezuelans head to the ballot box Sunday in regional elections that could tilt a majority of the states' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule.

Weinstein scandal shows millennial youth more likely to denounce sexual harassment

Harvey Weinstein is merely the latest in a line of powerful, establishment men to fall to the clamour of a generation, which as journalist Ronan Farrow showed, refuses to stay silent in the face of inequality and sexual harassment.

California wildfires surge on as death toll continues to rise

Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames.

Video: 'We are scared to live here', says Rohingya resident in Rakhine state

More than half a million Muslim Rohingyas have fled Burma's Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh since a crackdown by security forces began on August 25. For those who remain behind, life is extremely difficult, with aid and food scarce.

French military charter plane crashes near Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Four Moldovan nationals were killed and three French soldiers hurt on Saturday when a transport plane chartered by France's army crashed off Ivory Coast, authorities said.

IS group faces imminent defeat in Raqqa, loses al-Mayadeen

The Islamic State group is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday.

Weinstein scandal shows millennials boldly denouncing sexual harassment

Harvey Weinstein is merely the latest in a line of powerful, establishment men to fall to the clamour of a generation, which as journalist Ronan Farrow showed, refuses to stay silent in the face of inequality and sexual harassment.

Deadly truck bomb rocks Somali capital

A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise.

Hertha Berlin footballers 'take a knee' in solidarity with NFL peers

Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.

French military charter plane in deadly Ivory Coast crash

Four Moldovan nationals were killed and three French soldiers hurt on Saturday when a transport plane chartered by France's army crashed off Ivory Coast, authorities said.

'We are scared to live here', says Rohingya resident in Rakhine state

More than half a million Muslim Rohingyas have fled Burma's Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh since a crackdown by security forces began on August 25. For those who remain behind, life is extremely difficult, with aid and food scarce.

By pulling out of international deals, is Trump acting in the US interest?

At first, US President Donald Trump ripped up, or vowed to renegotiate, a number of trade deals. Then, he pulled out of the Paris climate pact and UNESCO. On Friday, he refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal, all in the US's interest. But is it?

Populists poised to shift Austria toward right in upcoming election

Austria looks likely to move to the right in Sunday's elections. Conservative Sebastian Kurz is predicted to become prime minister, while the nationalist Freedom Party is expected to come second and could become part of the next coalition government.

Call for French ex-minister Fabius to face questions in Lafarge-IS probe

The anti-corruption NGO Sherpa called Friday for former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to be questioned over payments made by cement maker Lafarge to the Islamic State group through a Syrian middleman.

IS group faces imminent defeat in Raqqa, say Kurdish-Syrian forces

Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday.

Video: The women breaking taboos in Mali to become puppet makers

Marionette dolls are regarded as mystical and sacred objects across western Africa and are typically seen as taboo, especially for women. But female puppet makers have arrived in Mali to prove that puppet making is not just a male practice.

California wildfires rage on as record death toll rises

Fire officials in Northern California reported further headway on Friday against the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in state history, as the death toll rose to 35 and teams with cadaver dogs combed charred ruins for human remains.