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Iraqi government forces capture the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-KURDS-KIRKUK (UPDATE 10, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Maher Chmaytelli and Mustafa Mahmoud, 1,060 words)

– MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-USA, expect by 0300 GMT/11 PM ET, by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, 800 words

Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA – Spain moves closer to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s High Court signals a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organisations. (SPAIN-POLITICS/CATALONIA (UPDATE 8, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Julien Toyer, Angus Berwick and Sam Edwards, 800 words)

Trump declares Obamacare ‘dead,’ urges Democratic help for short-term fix

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump declares Obamacare “dead” and “gone”, but urges Republicans and Democrats in Congress to craft a short-term fix of healthcare markets under the 7-year-old law that critics say he has effectively sabotaged. (USA-HEALTHCARE/TRUMP (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan, 485 words)

May, Juncker call for faster Brexit talks

BRUSSELS – British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agree over dinner that the pace of negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union should be stepped up. (BRITAIN-EU/ (UPDATE 6, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Andrew MacAskill and Alastair Macdonald, 450 words)

– BRITAIN-EU/BANKS, moved, by Huw Jones, 410 words

– BRITAIN-EU/TARIFFS, moved, by David Milliken, 380 words


Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar for Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR/YANGON – Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees cross the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar, Reuters witnesses say, fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. (MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Zeba Siddiqui and Wa Lone, 790 words)

U.S. renews call for Cambodia’s opposition leader release

PHNOM PENH – The United States renews its call on Cambodia’s government to release main opposition leader Kem Sokha from prison after parliament’s vote to make legal changes to re-distribute seats if a party is dissolved. (CAMBODIA-POLITICS/, moving shortly, 440 words)


Colony Capital injects cash, in talks to buy Weinstein Co.

NEW YORK – Weinstein Co. enters talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital, the companies say, as the film production company looks for stability after firing co-founder Harvey Weinstein. (PEOPLE-HARVEY WEINSTEIN/ (UPDATE 6, PICTURES), moved, by Greg Roumeliotis and Jessica DiNapoli, 870 words)

– WOMEN-SOCIALMEDIA/SEXCRIMES (UPDATE 1), moved, by Ellen Wulfhorst, 430 words

Patchwork of destruction left by deadly California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Search-and-rescue teams comb through gutted homes across California’s celebrated wine country looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state’s deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly begin returning home. (CALIFORNIA-FIRE/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Paresh Dave, 620 words)

Trump keeping options open as Republican feud rages

WASHINGTON – Like the deal-maker he says he is, U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be keeping his options open as his Republican Party threatens to erupt into full-scale war. (USA-TRUMP/MCCONNELL (UPDATE 2, PICTURES), moved, by James Oliphant and Roberta Rampton, 565 words)

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft over whether prosecutors should get access to email stored on company servers overseas. (USA-COURT/MICROSOFT (UPDATE 3, PICTURES), moved, by Lawrence Hurley, 690 words)

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step towards resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life. (USA-DEFENSE/BERGDAHL (UPDATE 4, PICTURES), moved, by Colleen Jenkins, 490 words)


Venezuela vote dispute escalates foreign sanctions threat

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition cries foul over the ruling socialists’ win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States calls “an authoritarian dictatorship”. (VENEZUELA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 7, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Alexandra Ulmer and Deisy Buitrago, 740 words)


Anti-corruption blogger killed by huge bomb in Malta

VALLETTA – Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, is killed when a powerful bomb blows up her car, police say, in a case that stuns the small Mediterranean island. (MALTA-CARBOMB/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Chris Scicluna, 610 words)

Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

GALWAY, Ireland – Three people die as Tropical Storm Ophelia batters every corner of Ireland, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves. (STORM-OPHELIA/IRELAND (UPDATE 7, PICTURES), moved, by Clodagh Kilcoyne, 490 words)

Wildfires kill at least 39 in Portugal and Spain

LISBON/MADRID – At least 36 people die in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and another three in neighbouring northwestern Spain. (PORTUGAL-FIRE/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Andrei Khalip and Raquel Castillo, 550 words)

Austria’s conservative shift opens path to power for far right

VIENNA – Austria’s shift to the right in a parliamentary election paves the way for young conservative star Sebastian Kurz to become the next leader and opens a path for the resurgent far right to return to power. (AUSTRIA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV, GRAPHICS), moved, by Francois Murphy and Michael Shields, 830 words)


EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG – The European Union reaffirms its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urges U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/EU (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska, 700 words)

U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria – U.S.-backed militias battle foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State’s one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-RAQQA (UPDATE 5), moved, by John Davison and Rodi Said, 910 words)


After Somalia’s deadliest bombing, a brother’s desperate search

MOGADISHU – When Somalia’s deadliest truck bomb exploded, Abdi Ali Ibrahim raced to the smoking crater just metres from where his beloved sister Asha had a small business selling fuel. (SOMALIA-ATTACKS/FAMILY (PICTURES, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Abdi Sheikh, 670 words)


Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Scientists in the United States and Europe for the first time pair the detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to published research. (SPACE-SCIENCE/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), by Scott Malone, 400 words)

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Xuseen Axmed

Former reporter and currently mareeg media representative in Somalia
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