"“This is a Christian country... If you go to Turkey or Saudi Arabia and start to discredit Islam, the reaction will be the same”"
Student who fled to Austria from Chechnya
"This study shows how governments in Europe ... are fuelling dangerous climate change and air pollution with taxpayers’ money.""
Overseas Development Institute
"Thousands of seeds of a single species can be kept alive for tens or hundreds of years""
Maria Manuela Sim-Sim
Curator, Seed Bank A. L. Belo Correia
"He has independence at his core. It is not something that he has improvised"
Friend of Carles Puigdemont
"There will be no cheating. The process is set in a way that you can't cheat. Even at the precinct, the walls of the precinct or the doors of the polling places we will have the results posted."
"“My family are talking about Catalan independence in a WhatsApp group and it’s like hmmmm, I’m going to shut up,”"
"Sound needs to endure"
Music Director, Berlin Staatsoper
"It is so important for me, I have got the gold medal!"
Asian Games swimming champion, China
Kurds in northern Iraq voted in large numbers in a referendum on independence on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, Turkey, Iran and the international community.
All you need to know about Kurdistan's bid to split from Baghdad.
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The human rights lawyer said the vote at the United Nations General Assembly represents an opportunity for victims of the militant group to "finally get their day in court".
World powers are worried independence for Iraq's Kurdish region could stir tensions.
The UN Security Council has expressed concern about the "potentially destabilising impact" of the vote
President Erdogan of Turkey says the vote could lead to further instability in an already vulnerable region.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi describes plans for a vote on independence as "playing with fire"
Shi'ite pilgrims were targeted in a series of attacks in the south of the country
At least 50 people have been killed and 80 injured in three suicide attacks claimed by ISIL in southern Iraq
The self-proclaimed Islamic State group has taken responsibility for suicide attacks that killed at least 50 people and injured more than 80 in a southern Iraqi city
Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, has said the controversial vote will go ahead despite the Iraqui Parliament branding it "unconstitutional"
Hundreds of ISIL families detained in Iraq
Iraqi Kurds launch referendum campaign ahead of independence vote on September 25
Muslims from around the world have been celebrating the feast of the sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha.
Peshmerga troops round up fleeing ISIL fighters after Tal Afar but hundreds mount defence nearby
The Iraqi army enters the centre of Tal Afar, ISIL's last major urban centre in Iraq.
The quick collapse of Islamic State in Tal Afar confirms Iraqi military reports that the militants lack command and control structures in the areas west of Mosul
A month after liberating Mosul from Islamic State, Iraqi government forces have broken through the militant's lines inside Tal Afar reaching the old city centre and the neighbourhood around the Ottoman-era citadel,
Self-styled Islamic State is under attack on two fronts as the collapse of its so-called caliphate continues.
In Iraq security forces have begun an