VENEZUELAN LAWMAKERS SEEK TRIAL OF MADURO AFTER REFERENDUM FAILS
A majority of lawmakers in the National Assembly voted in favor of a motion to launch a "political and criminal trial" against Maduro after he blocked their drive for a referendum on removing him. They voted to summon Maduro to appear before the assembly on November 1 to answer charges of "criminal and political responsibility and of abandoning his post.” It is unclear what impact the vote will have. The Supreme Court -- which the opposition claims Maduro controls -- has ruled the National Assembly's decisions invalid.
US AUTHOR BECOMES FIRST EVER TO WIN MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his book "The Sellout", a stinging satire of race and class in the United States. Beatty’s work has drawn comparisons to both US comedian Chris Rock and literary giant Mark Twain. Judges said Beatty's provocative book was a satire to rank with the classics, and as timely as the evening news.
IRAQI FORCES CLOSE IN ON MOSUL, BATTLING SNIPERS AND SUICIDE ATTACKERS
Iraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country. Iraqi special forces on Monday began shelling Islamic State (IS) group positions northwest of Bartella. Reporting from Erbil, FRANCE 24’s James Andre said anti-IS group forces were closing in on Iraq’s second-largest city from the east in an arc.
FRANCE STARTS EVACUATING ‘JUNGLE’ MIGRANT CAMP IN CALAIS
Tensions are running high at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais Monday as authorities begin a major operation to evacuate the notorious shantytown and relocate migrants to alternative accommodation sites. Migrants carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions started queueing up in the early morning darkness at the official meeting points for transportation to reception centres across France.
POST-BREXIT SPIKE IN EU CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS BY BRITONS
European Union countries have recorded a surge in citizenship applications from Britons in the wake of the country's vote to leave the bloc, figures gathered by the Guardian newspaper showed Thursday. More than 2,800 Britons applied for citizenship in the 18 countries who provided data during the first eight months of 2016 - a 250 percent increase on the same period in 2015. Denmark recorded the sharpest post-referendum spike, noting a tenfold increase in applications from 30 to 300.