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_98718819_gettyimages-633345430 Turkey rejects ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations
Reports that former White House aide Michael Flynn was part of a plot to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars are "ludicrous", Turkey says, according to BBC. The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were "utterly false, ludicrous and groundless". Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric..
_98408636_ddad4234-9d51-49ba-a718-0ff8e4fc38f3 Catalan authorities not to follow orders from Spanish government
Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says, according to BBC. A regional government spokesman told the BBC that the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region's government and curtail some of the..
_98393504_combo Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership, according to BBC. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. They were speaking separately. Neither mentioned..
siemens-gamesa-inaugurates-first-blade-manufacturing-plant-in-africa-the-middle-east-250x140 Global powers stand by pact despite US threat
Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart, BBC report. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the pact was "in our shared national security interest". The EU said it was "not up to any single country to..
_98166716_traperonewepa31aug17 Catalan police chief appears in Madrid court
The Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluis Trapero, is appearing before a judge in Madrid on suspicion of sedition against the state, according to BBC. His Mossos d'Esquadra force is accused of failing to protect Spanish national police from protesters ahead of the 1 October independence referendum. Another Catalan police officer and two leading independence activists are also being..
_98158334_4bc1930e-5c11-4c2d-b7b6-e480f00fca66 Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move
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, BBC report. The court said such a move would be "a breach of the constitution". Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia's regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday. Catalan leader Carles..
_97749699_burninggawdutharya-1040587 Suu Kyi does not fear global ‘scrutiny’ over Rohingya crisis
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear "international scrutiny" of its handling of the growing Rohingya crisis, BBC report. It was her first address to the country about the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh. Ms Suu Kyi has faced heavy criticism for her response to the..
a North Korea will be ‘destroyed’, US ambassador threatens
The US ambassador to the UN warned North Korea will be destroyed if it continues its "reckless behavior" and forces the United States and its allies to defend themselves against any attack, Al Jazeera report. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Sunday the UN Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme - and the US may now turn to the..
a Qatar presses UN to take action against Saudi bloc
Qatar's foreign minister says the blockade by neighbouring Gulf countries violates international law and human rights and the United Nations needs to take action against the Saudi-led bloc, BBC report. Speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar faced numerous challenges because of the "illegal imposition" by..
a Nato chief says global response needed to North Korea
Nato's general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, has said North Korea's nuclear programme "is a global threat and requires a global response", according to BBC. "That of course also includes Nato," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. But he refused to say whether an attack on the US overseas territory of Guam would trigger the military alliance's collective defence pact. Article 5 of the Nato..
a Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call
Saudi Arabia says it has suspended dialogue with Qatar, shortly after a phone call between the Qatari leader and the Saudi crown prince, BBC report. The two sides had discussed holding talks to resolve the Qatar crisis, which has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. However, Saudi Arabia then accused Qatar of distorting facts about the call, and said it was ending..
a NK missile test caused landslides
North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath, BBC report. Sunday's test took place underground at the mountainous Punggye-ri site. Analysis group 38 North published pictures which show "more numerous and widespread" disturbances than before. The test unleashed a powerful..
a Donald Trump warns ‘all options’ on table over North Korea missile test
US President Donald Trump has said North Korea's latest missile launch signals "contempt" for its neighbours and the UN, BBC report. He said the North would only increase its isolation and that "all options" were on the table. The missile flew over northern Japan's Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean. Pyongyang says it is being provoked by US-South Korea..
IMG_6027 Military response to North Korea would be “horrific” says Trump advisor
A military response to North Korea would be "horrific" but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments while visiting China. He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea's nuclear programme. Tensions have flared between the US and..
a Racist messages cause anger in Australia
Racist graffiti targeting Chinese students has prompted anger after it was found at two locations in an Australian university, BBC report. The words "kill Chinese" were inscribed above a swastika in restrooms at the University of Sydney. The university condemned the graffiti and said "any and all remnants" would be removed. Last week, racist flyers directed at Chinese students were posted..
_97116955_mediaitem97116954 North Korea launches new missile
North Korea has conducted a new missile test, Japan and South Korea say, according to BBC. The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the sea off Japan, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said. On 4 July, Pyongyang said it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time. The latest missile appears to have flown further and for..
_97087978_mediaitem97087977 Trump bans Transgenders in US military
US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in "any capacity" in the military, BBC report. He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption". The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month..
No compromise in dispute with Qata, says Egypt
Egypt has said that the four Arab states will accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that Doha supports "terrorism", Al Jazeera report. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with the European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Tuesday, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United..
a Trump son-in-law denies collusion with Russian officials
President Donald Trump's son-in-law has said neither he nor anyone in the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian officials over the US election, BBC report. Jared Kushner said he had no improper contacts and did not rely on Russian funds to finance business activities. Mr Kushner released his opening statement ahead of giving testimony before a Senate panel on Monday. The Senate, the..
a Miniskirt video of woman creates debate in Muslim country
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge, BBC report. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country. Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code. But the public prosecutor has now closed the case,..