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Maxine Waters' campaign committee wrote off $10,000 spent on 'Hamilton' tickets as a fundraiser expense

Rep. Maxine Waters' campaign committee reportedly paid $10,000 for tickets to the Broadway smash hit "Hamilton" and wrote the payment off as a fundraiser expense. Citizens for Waters paid for tickets on Aug. 26, according to a Federal Election Commission report of receipts and disbursements. A representative of the California Democrat, a strident opponent of President Trump, told the Washington Examiner it was "not unusual" for members of ... Full story

Unemployment down by 52,000, figures show

Unemployment fell by 52,000 between June and August to 1.4 million, official figures show. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Full story

Butchery of a black rhino wins Wildlife Photographer award

Memorial to a Species captures a black rhino with its horn hacked off in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park. More than 1000 rhinos are killed every year for their horns. Cracking down on this has been difficult, with the illegal trade driven principally by the false belief that rhino horn can cure ailments from kidney stones to cancer. For the criminal syndicates that sell it, profits are greater than for gold or cocaine. Photographer Brent Stirton ... Full story

Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS. SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering levying its own sanctions on North Korea as the isolated state ramps up tension with its missile and nuclear ... Full story

Nafta Negotiators Extend Talks, Delaying Its Potential Demise

The Mexican presidential race will begin in earnest leading up to a July 1 election, raising the risk that President Trump’s proposals for revising Nafta will become a sensitive topic that Mexican candidates will shy away from supporting. In the United States, legislation will expire in July that gives the Trump administration more extensive authority to negotiate trade deals and then submit them to Congress for a simple up or down vote, ... Full story

With midnight raids and chat-room traps, Egypt launches sweeping crackdown on gay community

Hamed Sinno, center, the lead singer of the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, performs at the Dubai International Marine Club. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images). A crackdown on gay people in Egypt intensified over the weekend as security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s gay community underground. More than 60 people have been arrested, said human rights activists, since a ... Full story

Man resided in woods for 10 years because wife nagged him too much

A British man ran away from his home and live in the woods for 10 years -- all because his wife nagged him too much. Malcolm Applegate, 62, of Birmingham, opened up about his new life -- and his old one -- in a blog entry posted on the Emmaus Greenwich website. Emmaus is a “homeless charity” that gives people a home “for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in our social enterprise,” according to its website . Applegate wrote he was ... Full story

Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm

HATILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class. They've been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm. Fifteen-year-old Arroyo reads or helps her mother clean the ... Full story

Iraqi oil minister asks BP to develop Kirkuk oilfields, oil ministry says

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has asked BP '‘to quickly make plans to develop the Kirkuk oifields,‘’ an oil ministry statement said on Wednesday. Iraqi government forces on Monday took control of the oil-rich region of Kirkuk from Kurdish peshmerga fighters who had occupied the area in 2-14, in the course of ... Full story

Trump says fallen soldier knew what he signed up for

US REP: TRUMP SAYS FALLEN SOLDIER KNEW WHAT HE SIGNED UP FOR US REP: TRUMP SAYS FALLEN SOLDIER KNEW WHAT HE SIGNED UP FOR. MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that he "knew what he signed up for," according to a Florida congresswoman. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, when ... Full story