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Top aide defends Trump over widow remarks

Image copyright EPA Image caption General Kelly’s son died in Afghanistan in 2010 The White House chief of staff has launched an impassioned attack on a congresswoman who said President Trump made a war widow cry. General John Kelly said he was “broken-hearted” by the Democrat’s criticism of the president’s …

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Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead to unrest in Catalonia Spain is to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on Saturday, as its leader threatened to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it …

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Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCongresswoman Frederica Wilson: “How insensitive can you be?” The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action has backed a congresswoman’s claim that President Donald Trump showed insensitivity during a phone call to her son’s widow. Representative Frederica Wilson said …

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Trump denies ‘insensitive’ remarks to soldier’s widow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump has been criticised for the alleged remarks US President Donald Trump has said a lawmaker’s claim he made a soldier’s widow cry is “totally fabricated”. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said she was shocked by the president’s comments to the bereaved wife of a …

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China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Communist Party’s messages are plastered all across Beijing China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Party leader and Chinese president Xi Jinping is addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital. The closed-door …

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Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSyrian fighters celebrate at Raqqa’s infamous al-Naim square A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said …

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US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk The US has called for “calm” after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to “avoid further …

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Iraqis enter heart of Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved …

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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraq’s central government said the operation aimed to “secure bases and government facilities” Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters. A military statement said units had taken control of the K1 military base, the Baba Gurgur …

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Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. Mr Kurz is on course to become the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to …

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