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The regional government in the Spanish region of Catalonia is pressing ahead with preparations for a referendum this Sunday on independence from Spain. The Spanish government insists there won’t be one.
Also in the programme: international flight blockade to Iraqi Kurdistan to go into effect; and former Chinese construction worker wins prestigious pole-dancing prize.
Picture: People raise their fist and wave pro-independence Catalan flags during a campaign meeting for a banned independence referendum. Credit: Getty Images
As the number of Rohingya who've fled Myanmar into Bangladesh exceeds half a million - an investigation by the BBC raises serious questions about how the United Nations has handled the emergency.
Also on the programme: The latest from devastated Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma. And the living goddesses of Nepal.
(Photo: Refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
In a world first, a team of Chinese researchers have performed precise ‘chemical surgery’ on human embryos to prevent disease. But is it safe?
Also in the programme: A UN visit to Myanmar’s Rakhine State has been postponed by the Burmese government due to "bad weather"; and Hugh Hefner, the American founder of Playboy magazine, has died at the age of 91.
(Picture: Embryo Research. Credit: Getty Images)
The people of Iraqi Kurdistan have voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum. The Iraqi government has reacted strongly by announcing they will be sending troops to the disputed areas of the region and applying economic pressure. So can the two sides still negotiate? Or is this a precursor to armed conflict?
Also in the programme: The San Francisco statue upsetting Japan. And the world's newest continent reveals its secrets.
(Photo: Kurds wave the Kurdish flag in support of the independence referendum. Delil Souleiman/Getty Images)
After months of fighting the battle to retake the IS stronghold of Raqqa enters its final weeks, but at what civilian cost?
Also in the programme: Saudi women drivers and the US imposes tariffs on Bombardier.
(Picture: A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa, Syria September 25, 2017. Credit: Reuters)
President Erdogan accuses the Kurds of "treachery" a day after an independence referendum was held in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. He warned that the push for independence risked dragging the region into war.
Also in the programme: assessing risks of anti-epilepsy drugs to pregnant women and three Israelis killed in West Bank attack
(Picture: Soldiers hold a Turkish and Iraqi national flag while standing in the turret of a Turkish armoured vehicle participating in a military exercise near the Turkish-Iraqi border in the Silopi district, in Sirnak City, Turkey, 26 September 2017 Credit: EPA)