The UN has responded to reports of houses destroyed, with people forced to flee. It's after the Iraqi government re-took control of most of the territory in the north of the country. Also: the Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region's President refused to abandon a push for independence, and the actor Tom Hanks speaks out over the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The Spanish government says it will start stripping Catalonia of its autonomy from Saturday. Also: China's state news agency Xinhua says the president, Xi Jinping, may be given his own political theory, and how Venezuela's political crisis is impacting sport.
A new religious body in Medina will vet interpretations of Islamic teachings that are used to justify terrorism. Also, the mother of a US soldier killed in action says President Trump showed "disrespect", and the computer that's taught itself to master the world's most complex game.
The Chinese president tells the Communist Party congress in Beijing it is time for the country to 'take centre stage'. Also: Kenyan official flees to US before poll and Japan's lunar orbiter discovers the dimensions of a moon cave.
Syrian Democratic Forces say they've taken Raqqa from IS after five-month assault.
Also, Kurdish fighters withdraw from Iraqi city of Sinjar, son of murdered Maltese journalist hits out at 'mafia state', Philippines city is declared 'liberated' from radical Islamists, and how Turkish women feel about 'female-only' buses.