BBC news with Stewart Macintosh.
The latest official to quit the Trump administration, the Health Secretary Tom Price, has resigned after a scandal over travel on government business. Mr. Trump had said he was disappointed with Mr. Price after it emerged he had used private jets at taxpayer's expense.
Syrian activists say dozens of people have been killed in airstrikes in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Reports from the town of * appears to show the aftermath of heavy raids by Syrian or Russian planes.
Preparations are underway for the start of an agreed ceasefire in Colombia between government forces and the National Liberation Army, or ELN. Rebel fighters have been told to obey the ceasefire from Sunday until mid January.
Cube says Washington acted hastily by deciding to pull out most of its staff from its embassy in Ha following mystery sonic attack on its diplomats. The Cube Foreign Ministry said the measure would affect bilateral relations. Havana strongly denies involvement in the incidents and Washington hasn't directly accused it.
The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington doesn't recognize the result of independence of referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan. But Mr.Tillerson called for calm, saying no one will benefit from threats and recriminations. Iraq, Iran and Turkey have all said they will take punitive actions against the regional authority in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Thousands of Catalan separatists have held a final rally ahead of Sunday's referendum on independence from Spain, a vote outlawed by Madrid. The head of the regional government Carles Puigdemont said Catalan will soon become a sovereign nation.
And a French court has given three jewelry thieves prison sentences up to 50 years for two robberies in Paris. In the first robbery in 2013, criminals made off with millions of dollars worth of jewelry from a shop. But a second attempted robbery at another store more than a year later went to riot, and ended a gunfire with police. Prosecutors said similarities of the raids led investigators to charge two of the men with the earlier crime.