Britain clinched a last-minute Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, but still faced a challenge in getting it approved by parliament. It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is a testament to our commitment to find solutions,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a tweet a few hours before an EU summit in Brussels.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter “in the bin”, the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Turkish presidential sources told BBC Turkish that the letter was “thoroughly rejected” by Mr Erdogan.
Street violence escalated in Barcelona late on Wednesday, as protesters set cars on fire and threw acid at police officers in a third night of unrest following the imprisonment this week of nine pro-independence leaders for their roles in the failed 2017 push for regional independence. Protestors were mostly young and seemed ready to confront the police. Chanting “oppressors out” and “the streets will always be ours”.
More than 500 boys and young men have been rescued after they were chained to walls, beaten up and sexually assaulted in an Islamic school in northern Nigeria. The raid in Katsina was the third such operation in less than a month, bringing the total of people freed from abusive conditions to around 1,000. The youngest victims were around five years old, and the oldest were in their late teens.
A bus crash in the Saudi city of Medina killed 35 foreigners and wounded four others on Wednesday evening, a police spokesman cited by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. The privately chartered bus collided with a heavy vehicle, the Medina police spokesman said. The victims were Arab and Asian expatriates, he added. The Prophet Mohammed’s mosque is in Medina, making it the second-holiest site in Islam after Mecca.