Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote

Media captionVoters get to say Yes or No to independence People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticised by foreign powers. Polls are open in the three northern provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by […]

Two jailed for life over 2015 Egyptian stadium deaths

Two jailed for life over 2015 Egyptian stadium deaths

Fans used fireworks to set vehicles on fire after the clashes An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo in February 2015. At least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans as they tried to […]

German election: AfD vows to fight ‘invasion of foreigners’

German election: AfD vows to fight ‘invasion of foreigners’

Media captionLeaders and protesters react to the election result Germany’s right-wing, nationalist AfD party has vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into the country, after winning its first parliamentary seats. “We want a different policy,” co-leader Alexander Gauland said following the historic surge. But splits have already emerged between AfD leaders on the party’s […]

Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi apologises after London ban

Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi apologises after London ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dara Khosrowshahi took over as Uber boss last month after co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned The Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, has apologised for the “mistakes we’ve made” after the taxi-hailing firm lost its London licence. He said in an open letter that Uber would appeal against the city’s decision, […]

Jared Kushner used private email for White House business

Jared Kushner used private email for White House business

Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used a private email account to carry out official White House business, his lawyer said. Mr Kushner is a senior presidential adviser and is married to Ivanka Trump. His lawyer confirmed the existence of the personal email account in a statement on Sunday. During his campaign, […]

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter, Scottish Power has estimated. The energy firm said electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring. Its chief executive also said there would have to be a major investment in the wiring necessary to handle rapid […]

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abe’s polling figures have risen after several months in the doldrums Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early and will dissolve parliament on Thursday. Mr Abe said he was seeking a fresh mandate to overcome “a national crisis” amid rising threats from North Korea. […]

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Bali residents have been evacuated to town halls and schools The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs […]

‘Mass Hindu grave’ found in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

‘Mass Hindu grave’ found in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hindus have also been displaced by the violence in Rakhine and have sought refuge in Bangladesh The Burmese authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave. The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men […]

Former ‘heaviest woman’ Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

Former ‘heaviest woman’ Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

Image copyright Saifee Hospital Image caption Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty rose to the world’s attention after an online campaign to help her An Egyptian woman once believed to be the world’s heaviest has died in the United Arab Emirates. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had travelled to India earlier this year for bariatric weight […]