20 Sep

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French president Francois Hollande about to deliver his speech about air strikes inside Iraq against

French planes carry out air strikes on Isis targets in Iraq

Military move comes as US prepares to attack terror group targets in neighbouring Syria


Catalonia's leader Artur Mas

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas gestures after the parliament approved a regional consultation law in Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/REUTERS

Catalonia’s parliament paves the way for November vote on independence

Catalan leader denies Scotland’s referendum result is a setback as Spain’s PM says vote planned for November will be illegal


A displaced girl from Helmand Province

Kabul, Afghanistan A displaced girl from Helmand Province stands outside an adobe house

Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Photo highlights of the day

   The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world




Matthew Miller during his trial at the supreme court in Pyongyang.

American jailed in North Korea invited arrest deliberately, state media says

News agency KCNA says Matthew Miller wanted to become a ‘second Edward Snowden’ and negotiate the release of missionary Kenneth Bae


Vladimir Putin

G20 nations want Vladimir Putin at summit despite Ukraine tensions

Russian president set to attend the G20 leaders’ summit in Australia despite anger about MH17 and conflict in Ukraine


Russia's ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma and the OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini announce the deal in Minsk.

Ukraine negotiators agree to buffer zone to separate warring parties

Deal is intended to solidify the ceasefire agreed two weeks ago and give civilians respite from shelling


barack obama

White House staff return to building following evacuation

President Barack Obama had just left for Maryland when an intruder was spotted jumping over the White House fence


Susan Hunt, Cynthia Moss

Family of Utah man shot dead ‘from behind’ by police call for federal inquiry

Private autopsy suggests Darrien Hunt, 22, was shot six times in confrontation with officers in Saratoga SpringsFossil fuels 15hr 1min agoUniversity of California rejects student call to divest from fossil fuels19 Sep 2014: Straying from the precedent set by Stanford and Harvard, university’s board of regents will continue to invest in fossil fuels

New York 11hr 50min agoAnti-Islam ad campaign to run on New York City buses and subways19 Sep 2014: Blogger paid $100,000 to place ads, one of which was rejected by MTA on grounds it could ‘incite or provoke violence’

Texas court upholds right to take ‘upskirt’ pictures19 Sep 2014: Judges strike down part of statute, saying ‘inherently expressive’ medium of photography is part of right to free speech



Scottish Referendum Vote

Irvine Welsh: ‘The Scots have shown the western world that the corporate-led, neo-liberal model for the development of this planet has a limited appeal.’ Photograph: Martin Alan Smith/PacificPress/Barcroft IndiaIrvine Welsh: this glorious failure could yet be Scotland’s finest hourForget Bannockburn or the Scottish Enlightenment, the Scots have reinvented and re-established the idea of true democracy

They came out in their droves, in a last-ditch, stoic defence of the union, to staunch the seemingly irresistible tide towards independence. The no voters should take a bow: they delivered the UK establishment a reprieve the enervated, confused and weak campaign of their masters certainly didn’t deserve. They have bought time for the union, and many of them, people who will habitually support the status quo at almost any cost, will simply be relieved. Others in this disparate group, who want change, but decided to give the establishment one more chance, will be keenly looking south to see what is on offer. The Westminster parties now have to look closely at who the no voters are, especially the devo max ones they made the late pitch for. Many of them must now be at the limits of their patience, and they won’t be remaining silently in that camp after any more fudges and broken promises.At the start of the campaign, a narrow win for the political-class-led no would have been a nightmare result for the establishment. They originally expected a rout – the rationale behind Cameron leaving devo max off the ballot paper, before he had a humiliating rush north, in realisation that his abiding political legacy might be the end of the union………………………………………..

Al Jazerra

Thousands of African asylum seekers protested earlier this year against Israel’s use of indefinite detention [EPA]InternationalIsrael ‘coercing African migrants to leave’HRW report alleges Israel has used an ‘unlawful coercion policy’ to deport nearly 7,000 African asylum seekers


The Israeli authorities have employed an “unlawful coercion policy” to force almost 7,000 African asylum seekers to leave Israel, putting them at risk of imprisonment and torture upon returning to their home countries, a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has alleged.





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