Fifty nations ink nuclear ban treaty hailed by them as historic but opposed by big powers
President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on 18 September to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfil its mission. But he pledged US support for the world body he had excoriated as a candidate, and his criticisms were more restrained than in the year past. The US president urged the UN to focus "more on people and less on bureaucracy" and to change "business as usual and not be beholden to ways of the past which were not working."
An independence vote is seen as a threat for split in most of the neighbouring states
Iraq's Supreme Court last Monday ordered the suspension of the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, set for 25 September, saying it had to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said last Wednesday that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had taken more than 90% of Raqqa. The IS militants seized the city in early 2014.
 
Baghdad to deport wives and children of IS extremists
Iraq is preparing to deport more than 500 wives of Islamic State jihadists along with over 800 children, according to local officials cited by AFP. The group were reportedly moved on 16 September from a camp south of Mosul, run by international aid agencies, to a detention centre in Tal Kayf.
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