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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty of tax fraud

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty of tax fraud

Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has been found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates.  A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on.  The jury returned the decision on Tuesday after deliberating…
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reaches plea deal: reports

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reaches plea deal: reports

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of US President Donald Trump, is expected to plead guilty to to charges stemming from a federal investigation of his buisness dealings and possible campaign finance violations, the Associated Press has reported.  There was no initial confirmation of the plea deal reported by several other media outlets, including NBC…
Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019

Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019

Russia will begin S-400 missile system deliveries to Turkey in 2019 - a year earlier than previously announced. The move comes amid a growing rift between Turkey and its NATO allies in the West. "The contract on the S-400 to Turkey is being executed within the agreed timeline," said Alexander Mikheyev, chief of Rosoboronexport, Russia's…
IAEA: No indication of halt in North Korea’s nuclear programme

IAEA: No indication of halt in North Korea’s nuclear programme

The UN's nuclear watchdog said it hasn't seen any indication that North Korea's nuclear activities have ceased despite pledges to denuclearise and it's causing "grave concern". A new report published late on Monday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) listed ongoing efforts at various nuclear facilities, including the Yongbyon power plant that is believed to produce…
Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) last month claimed responsibility for its first attack in Tajikistan, the poorest ex-Soviet state that shares a border with Afghanistan. On July 29, a grey saloon car repeatedly ran over a group of Western tourists cycling towards the Pamir Mountains.  The attackers…
Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha as pilgrims conduct Hajj

Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha as pilgrims conduct Hajj

Muslims across the world are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha, which coincides with the final rites of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. While many will celebrate on Tuesday, millions of others, including in South Asia, will celebrate the start of the religious holiday the day after. Eid al-Adha, which in Arabic literally means the…
Erdogan: Attack on economy same as attack on call to prayer

Erdogan: Attack on economy same as attack on call to prayer

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed his country will not be brought to heel amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis with the United States. Without naming the US directly, the Turkish leader on Monday said that there was no difference between attacks on the country's economy and attacks on "our call to prayer and our…
Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

Iran has unveiled a new domestic fighter jet, with President Hassan Rouhani saying that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and was aimed at creating "lasting peace". Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition…
Afghanistan: Rockets hit Kabul diplomatic area, clashes ongoing

Afghanistan: Rockets hit Kabul diplomatic area, clashes ongoing

At least nine rockets hit near the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where President Ashraf Ghani was delivering a speech to mark the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday. Afghan officials on Tuesday said fighting broke out between security forces and armed groups in the city's old quarter, in which at least two…
French energy giant Total quits lucrative Iran gas project

French energy giant Total quits lucrative Iran gas project

French energy giant Total confirmed it is withdrawing from a multibillion-dollar gas project in Iran after it failed to obtain a waiver from US sanctions. Total signed a deal worth $4.8bn in July 2017 to develop a field off Iran's southern coast as the lead partner alongside the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Iran's Petropars.…

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