Terrorist groups planning another 9/11-style attack, top US official warns
Islamic State and other terrorist groups are planning to target aircraft as they aim to carry out another major attack on the scale of 9/11, a top US security official has said.

Spain to trigger direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes
The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has led to Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years.

Haley to UN Security Council: Don't turn a blind eye to Iran
The UN Security Council must not ignore Iran's aggressive behavior, its ballistic missile testing and its violation of this body's resolutions regarding its military activity, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

U.S. wants quick vote on Syria chemical weapons inspectors
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United States is circulating a resolution that would extend by another year the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help.

Catalan lawmakers protest jailing of secession leaders
About 50 Spanish and Catalan party lawmakers have held up posters in Spain's parliament demanding the release of two pro-Catalonia independence movement leaders, describing them as political prisoners. [1 Comment]

ISIS cleared from Syria's Raqqa
US-backed militias have completely taken Syria's Raqqa from ISIS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

Call for athletes to be fitted with microchips in fight against drug cheats
Athletes need to be fitted with microchips, in a similar way that dogs are, in the fight against drug cheats in sport, according to a leading representative of international sports people. [1 Comment]

Super Typhoon May Develop Later This Week and Threaten Japan
There is a chance for Lan to become a super typhoon between Friday and Sunday as it passes east of Taiwan and Japan’s Ryukyu Islands.

US Navy Seals tasked with North Korea 'decapitation' strike could be part of exercises
A unit of US special forces tasked with carrying out 'decapitation' operations may be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine docked in the South Korean port of Busan, the nation’s newswire reported on Monday, citing a defense source.

Ophelia: Ireland recovers from worst storm on record that killed three
Three people are dead and hundreds of thousands still without power following the worst storm in recorded history on the island of Ireland.

Russian, Iranian Diplomats to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal This Week: Ifax
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi in Moscow this week to discuss the situation around the Iran nuclear deal, the Interfax news agency quoted the Russian as saying on Tuesday.

Trump says 'total termination' of Iran deal possible
President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, while holding out the possibility that fixes to the accord may prevent an American pullout.

North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula 'has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.'

US strikes kill ‘dozens’ at Islamic State training camps in Yemen
The US military said Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters at the group’s training camps in central Yemen, in the first such strikes in the country’s conflict.

Iran 'behind cyber attack' on British lawmakers in June
Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers earlier this year, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident.

Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic
England’s chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Vietnam braces for typhoon Khanun after floods kill 72
Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country’s north and center last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said. [1 Comment]

Ireland and UK on alert as Storm Ophelia nears
Storm Ophelia is set to bring 'potentially deadly' gusts of up to 80mph from the Atlantic to Ireland and parts of the UK.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces clash in oil-rich Kirkuk
Clashes have broken out between Iraqi and Kurdish forces south of the city of Kirkuk.