BBC News - Home | 17 Sep 00:02

Israelis vote in second general election in five months

PM Benjamin Netanyahu fights for a fifth term after failing to form a coalition during the summer.

Quartz | 17 Sep 07:00

Netanyahu’s bid to avoid corruption charges could undermine Israeli democracy

The Israeli prime minister hopes to pass a bill that would give him immunity from corruption charges. To get there, he's putting the peace process and Israeli democracy at risk.

The Guardian | 17 Sep 06:29

Spain braces for fourth election in as many years as deadline looms

Sánchez has until next Monday to form government or election takes place on 10 November Spain is bracing for its fourth election in as many years as the deadline looms for the formation of a government following April’s inconclusive vote . Although the Spanish socialist party (PSOE), led by the acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, won the most votes five months ago, it fell well short of a majority in the country’s 350-seat congress. Continue reading...

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 03:47

Israel's Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a battle for political survival in a closely fought election on Tuesday that could end his 10-year domination of national politics.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 01:48

Israel's Netanyahu fights for record fifth term in do-over election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a battle for political survival in a closely fought election on Tuesday that could end his 10-year domination of national politics.

Al Jazeera English | 17 Sep 00:44

Voting begins in Israel election seen as referendum on Netanyahu

Analysts say Benjamin Netanyahu unlikely to be able to secure majority, raising prospect of unity government.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 17 Sep 00:30

Israelis return to polls to decide Netanyahu's fate

Israelis will vote on Tuesday in the second national election in five months, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition following weeks of negotiations.

The Guardian | 17 Sep 00:00

Israel election: voters head to the polls for second time this year

Netanyahu campaign has demonised Israel’s Arab minority and vowed to annex much of Palestinian territories Israelis have begun voting in the country’s second election this year, following a campaign dominated by Benjamin Netanyahu and his vows to implement a far-right, ultranationalist agenda in exchange for a record fifth term as leader. Facing the prospect of criminal corruption indictments and hoping to extend his unmatched stint in the prime minister’s office, Netanyahu has promised to declare up to a third of the occupied Palestinian territories as part of Israel if he is re-elected. Continue reading...

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 04:27

China condemns attacks on Saudi oil facilities

China on Tuesday condemned an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, in a toughening of its language from the previous day, but again without saying who it believed was behind it.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 05:33

Russia has not been asked to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran: Kremlin

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it had not received a formal request from any party for Moscow to act as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Iran following an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 02:47

Saudi energy minister to hold press conference on Tuesday

Saudi Arabia's energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman will hold a press conference on Tuesday following the attacks on Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais which have cut the company's crude oil supply by about 50 percent, the media ministry said.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 01:49

UAE official: Saudi Aramco attacks are a dangerous escalation

Attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia are a dangerous escalation and the international community should stand by Riyadh and ensure regional stability, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 01:48

Japan's Abe says he will meet Iran's Rouhani this month in New York: NHK

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the end of the month, as regional tensions rise in the Middle East after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 00:43

UAE minister says international community should stand by Saudi Arabia after attacks

The attack on Saudi Arabia is a dangerous escalation and the international community should stand by the Gulf country and ensure regional stability, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Tuesday.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 16 Sep 21:00

Cooper: Trump is just making stuff up about Iran

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses the threat President Donald Trump directed at Iran over the suspicion that the country is behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 20:53

Oil trims gains but Middle East risks keep stocks on back foot

Oil futures shed some of their massive gains on Tuesday as the United States flagged the possible release of crude reserves, but the threat of military action over the attacks on Saudi oil facilities kept prices elevated and stocks under pressure.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 05:30

Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul, six killed

A blast in the centre of Afghanistan's capital Kabul killed at least six people on Tuesday, police officials said.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 06:19

Taliban militant group claims Afghan blasts, says dozens dead

The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

NYT > Top Stories | 17 Sep 05:13

Blast at Rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Kills at Least 24

The blast narrowly missed Mr. Ghani, officials said. The bombing in northern Afghanistan comes in an election season that has labored under threats of violence by the Taliban.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 05:12

Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, aide says president unhurt

An explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others, a health official said, but Ghani was unhurt according to an aide.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 05:10

Explosion hits Afghan capital city Kabul, three killed

A blast in the center of Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Tuesday killed at least three people, police officials said.

Al Jazeera English | 17 Sep 04:40

Bomb blast hits Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's campaign rally

Campaign spokesman says president was present at time of explosion in Parwan province, but is safe and unharmed.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 06:09

Factbox: Will Supreme Court force British PM Johnson to recall parliament?

The UK Supreme Court began hearing legal arguments on Tuesday about whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit was illegal.

The Guardian | 17 Sep 04:43

Brexit: Minister refuses to rule out Boris Johnson suspending parliament again - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including day one of the supreme court hearing to decide on claims that the suspension of parliament was unlawful Boris Johnson likely to lose supreme court case, says Labour 9.43am BST A revived Stormont assembly could be part of the Brexit solution, the Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith has said. In Dublin where he met the deputy prime minister Simon Coveney and a delegation from Sinn Fein, he was asked if Stormont would have a say on regulatory alignment on both sides of the border if Brexit talks collapsed. He replied: I think it would be very helpful if the assembly was back up and running. I think there are opportunities through the consent mechanisms from the Good Friday agreement and I think the assemb...

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 03:28

Britain's Supreme Court hears cases that PM Johnson's parliament suspension was illegal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government will try to persuade Britain's top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.

BBC News - Home | 17 Sep 01:09

News Daily: Supreme Court prorogation appeal and SNL sacks actor

Your morning briefing for 17 September 2019.

BBC News - Home | 17 Sep 00:00

Boris Johnson to 'see what judges say' on recalling Parliament

The Supreme Court will hear two appeals that will determine whether the PM acted lawfully in suspending Parliament.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 23:27

UK Supreme Court hears cases that PM Johnson's parliament suspension was illegal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government will seek to persuade Britain's top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 23:37

Japan seeks to confirm no additional tariffs on auto exports to U.S.: Motegi

Japan plans to reconfirm in the final stage of trade talks with the United States that Washington will not impose additional tariffs on Japanese vehicles and auto parts, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 03:30

U.S., Chinese trade deputy talks to start on Thursday

Deputy-level U.S.-China trade talks are scheduled to start in Washington on Thursday, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said, paving the way for high-level talks in October aimed at resolving a bitter, 14-month trade war.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 00:08

Trump says U.S. reaches trade deals with Japan, no word on cars

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Washington had struck trade agreements with Tokyo that could be implemented without congressional approval, but stopped short of assuring Japan that new tariffs would not be slapped on vital auto exports.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 23:11

Currency provision won't be in Japan-U.S. trade deal: Aso

Japanese finance minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that a currency provision won't be included in a Japan-U.S. bilateral trade deal that the two countries are aiming to conclude by the end of this month.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 22:34

Japan finance minister Aso: currency provision won't be included in Japan-U.S. trade deal

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that a currency provision won't be included in a Japan-U.S. bilateral trade deal that the two countries are aiming to conclude by the end of this month.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 23:32

Hong Kong leader to hold dialogue aimed at easing tensions

Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday she and her team would begin dialogue sessions with the community next week, while reiterating that violence that has roiled the city over three months of protests must end.

Al Jazeera English | 16 Sep 23:08

Hong Kong leader says public dialogue to start next week

Carrie Lam hopes community discussions will help ease tension in the city after months of sometimes violent protests.

BBC News - Home | 16 Sep 23:02

Looking back at 100 days of protests in Hong Kong

How a controversial extradition bill with China sparked months of violent protest.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 22:25

Hong Kong leader says public dialogue aimed at easing tensions to begin next week

Hong Kong's leader said on Tuesday that she would engage directly with her governing team in a dialogue with the community next week, while reiterating calls for an end to the violence that has roiled the city for over three months.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 02:35

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell makes final appeal to overturn sex offense convictions

Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, the High Court said.

CNN.com - RSS Channel - App International Edition | 17 Sep 02:28

Cardinal Pell to take fight against child sex conviction to the High Court

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell will take his case to Australia's High Court in a final attempt to overturn his conviction on five charges of child sexual assault.

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 02:17

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell appeals to Australia's High Court to overturn sex offense convictions

Lawyers for ex-Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, the High Court said.

The Guardian | 17 Sep 01:59

Cardinal George Pell to appeal to high court over child sexual abuse conviction

Former Vatican treasurer has maintained his innocence after the Victorian court of appeal ruled two-to-one against his appeal Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have lodged a special leave application with the high court to try to appeal his historical sex abuse convictions. The high court on Tuesday confirmed it had received the application through its Melbourne registry. Continue reading...

Reuters: Top News | 17 Sep 06:06

Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski to testify at impeachment hearing

Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and close confidant, is due to testify in Congress on Tuesday despite a White House effort to prevent him from talking about Trump's alleged efforts to impede the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Guardian | 16 Sep 22:33

White House tells former Trump aides not to testify at House hearing

Corey Lewandowski told to limit his remarks as sole witness at what committee calls first impeachment hearing The White House has instructed two former aides to Donald Trump not to appear at a House judiciary committee hearing on Tuesday, saying Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter are “absolutely immune” from testifying at what the panel is calling its first impeachment hearing. In a letter sent to the panel and obtained by the Associated Press, the White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the justice department has advised – and Trump has directed – Dearborn and Porter to defy subpoenas because of “constitutional immunity”. Lawyers for both men said they would follow Trump’s orders. Continue reading...

NYT > Top Stories | 16 Sep 21:37

Lewandowski Cleared for Limited Testimony in House Inquiry, as White House Blocks Others

The former Trump campaign chief, who will appear on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, could help bring to life evidence uncovered by Robert S. Mueller III.

Reuters: Top News | 16 Sep 21:25

Trump orders two ex-White House aides not to testify at House hearing on Tuesday

President Donald Trump has ordered two former White House aides not to testify at a House of Representatives committee hearing on Tuesday as the panel considers whether to recommend impeaching Trump.

The Guardian | 17 Sep 06:43

World Rugby admits concerns over proposed CVC and Six Nations deal

• Private equity firm has agreed £300m package in principle • CVC already backs Gallagher Premiership and in Pro14 talks World Rugby officials have expressed their concern at the potential implications of Europe’s major rugby-playing nations signing a game-changing new deal with a private equity firm. A proposed package worth around £300m is said to have been agreed in principle between the Six Nations and CVC, which would also mean the latter owning a 15 % share of autumn and summer tour commercial rights. Related: South Africa reveal scope of random drug testing at Rugby World Cup Continue reading...

The Guardian | 17 Sep 06:35

Brexit weekly briefing: plot twists galore – but no progress

PM said ‘huge progress’ was being made but the EU said there were no grounds for re-opening talks Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here . You can also catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here , and for daily updates, head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog . Continue reading...