Austria Election: 31-Year-Old Sebastian Kurz Tipped As Next Leader

Austria Election: 31-Year-Old Sebastian Kurz Tipped As Next Leader

Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Social Democrats are competing for second place. The FPÖ is thought to have its best chance in years of […]

Trump Threatens Broadcaster NBC After Nuclear Report

Trump Threatens Broadcaster NBC After Nuclear Report

US President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of challenging media licences for NBC News and other news networks after unfavourable reports. He took aim at NBC, which made him a star on The Apprentice, after it reported he wanted to boost America’s nuclear arsenal almost tenfold. Mr Trump labelled the report “fake news” and […]

Pressure Mounts On Catalan Leader

Pressure Mounts On Catalan Leader

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament. There has been speculation that he could announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed referendum. France and Germany have both expressed support for a united Spain. The mayor of […]

Trump Rolls Back Access To Free Birth Control

Trump Rolls Back Access To Free Birth Control

Donald Trump’s government has issued a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to millions of Americans. The rule allows employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”. Fifty-five million women benefited from the Obama-era rule, which made companies […]

Trump: This Is The Calm Before The Storm

Trump: This Is The Calm Before The Storm

US President Donald Trump has said it is the “calm before the storm” as he met military leaders, without giving further details. The cryptic comments came hours after reports he was planning to withhold support for the Iran nuclear deal. But the “storm” could also refer to heightened tensions with North Korea. He had earlier […]

EU Orders Amazon To Pay €250m In Back Tax

EU Orders Amazon To Pay €250m In Back Tax

The European Commission (EC) has ordered online retail giant Amazon to pay €250 million in back tax to Luxembourg. The commission, after investigation, ruled that Amazon had received illegal tax benefits. According to the EC, Amazon received tax breaks between 2006 and 2014. Amazon, in a statement, rejected the EC’s ruling and may appeal. “We […]

Three US Soldiers ‘Killed’ In Niger Ambush

Three US Soldiers ‘Killed’ In Niger Ambush

Three US soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali, reports say. Several Nigerien soldiers are also said to have died in the attack. US Africa Command said the patrol had come under “hostile fire” and was working to confirm the details. The US army […]

Catalonia Independence ‘In Matter of Days’

Catalonia Independence ‘In Matter of Days’

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC. In his first interview since Sunday’s referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”. Meanwhile, Spain’s King Felipe VI said organisers of the […]

Catalan Referendum: Regional Strike Threatened After Vote

Catalan Referendum: Regional Strike Threatened After Vote

A general strike threatens to bring large areas of Catalonia to a standstill, following the Spanish region’s disputed referendum. The strike was called by Catalan trade unions and associations due to “the grave violation of rights and freedoms” seen during Sunday’s ballot. Madrid had deemed the referendum illegal. However, more than 2.2m people reportedly voted […]

UN Failures On Rohingya Revealed

UN Failures On Rohingya Revealed

The UN leadership in Myanmar tried to stop the Rohingya rights issue being raised with the government, sources in the UN and aid community told the BBC. One former UN official said the head of the UN in Myanmar (Burma) tried to prevent human rights advocates from visiting sensitive Rohingya areas. More than 500,000 Rohingya […]