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US election 2016: Trump momentum forces new Clinton effort
As opinion polls suggest Donald Trump is gaining support, Hillary Clinton has been holding rallies in states that had been considered safe for the Democrats. A BBC correspondent says both teams are now concentrating more on getting their supporters to vote, rather than swaying those undecided. Thirty-seven million early ballots have already been cast. US authorities say they are assessing the credibility of information on a possible al-Qaeda terror attack. New York, Texas and Virginia are be...
Jakarta protest against governor 'blasphemy' draws thousands
Tens of thousands of hard-line Muslims are marching against the governor of Jakarta, demanding he is prosecuted for blasphemy. Basuki Tjahja Purnama, a Christian, is the first ethnic Chinese to hold the governor's post in the capital of majority Muslim Indonesia. Protesters gathered at the Istiqlal Mosque and are heading towards the presidential palace. Police are bracing for the possibility of religious and racial tensions. In 1998, a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment led to mobs looting and b...
Turkey HDP: Blast after pro-Kurdish leaders Demirtas and Yuksekdag detained
The two co-leaders of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party, People's Democracy (HDP), have been detained along with at least nine other MPs. Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were detained at their respective homes as part of a counter-terrorism inquiry, security sources told Turkish media. Hours after the arrest of Mr Demirtas in Diyarbakir, a suspected car bomb exploded there, injuring 20 people. Diyarbakir, in the south-east, is Turkey's largest Kurdish-majority city. Ambulances co...
US election 2016: Battlegrounds targeted as polls tighten
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have made renewed attacks on each other's fitness for office as polls suggest the race for the White House is tightening. Mrs Clinton - who has seen her national opinion poll lead shrink in recent days - targeted her Republican rival's temperament and attitude to women. Mr Trump said she would be followed into the White House by criminal investigations. He has gained ground on Mrs Clinton in some swing states, polls suggest. Thursday's campaigning included a ...
S Korea scandal: Former aide to president detained
A former aide to South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has been detained by prosecutors, say officials. Ahn Jong-beom is the second aide to be detained in a scandal which is threatening the president's position. He and Ms Park's long-time friend and mentor Choi Soon-sil are suspected of using their presidential connections to persuade corporations to donate funds to foundations they were involved with. Ms Choi was detained on Monday and is still being held. Mr Ahn had told reporter...
Mosul battle: Tape 'from IS leader Baghdadi' urges no retreat
The so-called Islamic State group has released an audiotape which it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If true, it would be the first public message from him in more than a year and would dispel rumours that he was dead. The voice on the audio calls on Iraqis to defend the city of Mosul against the Iraqi army, which is attempting to re-take it from IS. Baghdadi is believed to be inside Mosul alongside thousands of IS fighters. It has not been independently verified that the voic...
US election 2016: Obama warns fate of world at stake
President Barack Obama has urged Democrats of all ethnic backgrounds to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton, warning that the fate of the US republic - and the world - is at stake. He said her Republican opponent Donald Trump was a threat to hard-earned civil rights. President Obama was speaking at a rally in North Carolina. Mr Trump said Mr Obama should stop campaigning for Mrs Clinton and focus on running the country. "The bottom line is, no-one wants four more years of Obama," he told su...
Arrest sought for President Park's friend Choi in S Korea corruption row
South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for a friend of President Park Geun-hye amid a scandal that threatens to bring down her administration. Choi Soon-sil was detained on Monday, accused of influence peddling and interfering in state affairs. Eight banks have also been raided in connection with the scandal, South Korean media reported. The scandal has prompted widespread anger. Critics say Ms Choi used her closeness to the president to solicit corporate mo...
Mosul battle: Iraqi special forces 'break front line'
Iraqi forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul have broken through the front line without suffering any losses, a spokesman says. Sabah al-Numan told the BBC that many IS fighters had been killed. Government forces entered the city's outskirts for the first time on Tuesday since the city was seized in June 2014. Wednesday is the 17th day of the anti-IS operation, which involves 50,000 personnel including Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Sunni Arab tribesmen. Elite troops seized co...
MH370: Report suggests flight was not preparing for landing
Wreckage analysis suggests Flight MH370 did not make a controlled descent into the Indian Ocean, says a new report. The Boeing 777 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board in March 2014. The report from Australian investigatorssuggests the aircraft's wing flaps were in a "cruise" position when it hit the ocean surface. It casts further doubt on the theory supported by some analysts that someone was in control of the plane's descent. Among more than 20 it...
US election 2016: Clinton accuses Trump of bullying women
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has stepped up her attacks on rival Donald Trump, labelling him a "bully" for criticising women for their looks. Mrs Clinton said Mr Trump had a 30-year history of "demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting" women. Meanwhile, Mr Trump has branded Mrs Clinton "corrupt" and said she would "destroy American healthcare forever". He told early Clinton voters with "buyer's remorse" they could change their vote in four states. The clashes came as the fractiou...
Brazilian schoolgirl's speech on education funding goes viral
A 16-year-old Brazilian girl has given evidence to a Senate committee analysing the impact of deep government cuts in education funding. Ana Julia Ribeiro has become a media sensation after the speech she made to legislators in her home state of Parana defending student rights went viral. Hundreds of schools across the state have been occupied by students angry over government's plans to freeze education funding. The protest has spread to other states. Ana Julia was applauded when she critic...
South Korea scandal: President Park's friend Choi detained
The woman at the centre of a political scandal threatening the position of South Korea's president has been detained. Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of President Park Geun-hye, is accused of influence peddling and interfering in state affairs. She was interrogated on Monday after apologising for an "unpardonable crime". Prosecutors have 48 hours to decide if they will formally arrest Ms Choi. She was placed under emergency detention late on Monday with prosecutors saying they feared ...
Turkey detains opposition Cumhuriyet journalists
Turkish police have detained the editor and several writers of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet amid a crackdown on media after the failed July coup. The journalists are suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of plotting the coup, as well as Kurdish militants. Cumhuriyet is Turkey's oldest secular paper. At the weekend, 15 other media outlets were closed and 10,000 civil servants were dismissed. Those targeted include academics, teachers, health workers, prison guards ...
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