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Iraqi Forces Enter Central Kirkuk

Iraqi forces take over key buildings in Kirkuk three weeks after an independence referendum.

Also on the programme: the fate of the American soldier who wandered away from his unit, was captured by the Taleban, and later swapped for foreign fighters by President Obama, pleads guilty to desertion; and the investigative journalist on the island of Malta, killed when her car blew up earlier today.

(Photo: Iraqi children step on a Kurdish flag as forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty)

Iraqi Army in Major Kirkuk Offensive

The Iraqi army says it has taken over Kirkuk airport and military base during a major operation to seize control of the city from Kurdish forces. There has been artillery and gunfire in some areas as pro-government troops have moved in to secure key roads and oil and gas installations. We get the latest from there.

Also in the programme, the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. We speak to Somalia's Information Minister. And the runway in the middle of the Atlantic, at St Helena finally gets regular flights.

(Image: Iraqi forces flash the sign for victory as they advance in the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Afp/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Austria Election Results

Austria's conservative People's Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country's general election. Also in the programme: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu - the worst terror attack in Somalia in a decade; and learn the language of the Faroe Islands.

(Photo: Leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party Sebastian Kurz. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Western-Backed Forces Begin Raqqa Final Assault

Raqqa has been the de-facto capital of the state that so-called I-S tried to create, and the loss of the city will be a huge symbolic blow to the militants.

Also in the programme: Why Germany is suffering a shortages of monks and a report from Austria on today's election there.

(Picture: Kurdish and Arab fighters Credit: Reuters)

Kurds 'Given Deadline' in Kirkuk by Iraqi Government

Kurdish Pershmerga fighters in northern Iraq say the government in Baghdad has demanded they withdraw from key locations in the disputed city of Kirkuk within hours.

Also in the programme; we tell the story of the Canadian family released after five years of brutal captivity in Afghanistan, and veteran Hollywood star Tippi Hedren has a message to today's victims of sexual harassment.

(Photo: Iraqi forces sit on a river bank across from Kurdish Peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Credit: Getty images.)

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Clash in Kirkuk

Key allies in the fight against Islamic state engage in an armed standoff in Iraq. A Kurdish official in the UK says Kurds are prepared to defend themselves.

Also in the programme: Austria's Freedom Party prepares for election and Dolly Parton

(Photo: A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter is seen in the Southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 13, 2017. Credit REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)