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BBC News. Hello, I'm Jerry Smit.

The British government says it's launched its biggest ever peacetime repatriation effort following the collapse of the world's oldest travel firm Thomas Cook. In total, around six hundred thousand people have been left stranded across the globe. Tom Burridge reports.

There were sixteen thousand people booked to fly back to the UK with Thomas Cook today. By tonight, the Civil Aviation Authority hopes to have brought at least fourteen thousand of them home. It has forty-five chartered aircraft at its disposal, equivalent in size to the UK's fifth largest airline. Many of the planes have been sought from major airlines, one of them an Airbus A380 has been brought in from Malaysia. A small number of passengers will be brought back on commercial flights. This operation has been codenamed Matterhorn. It will last roughly two weeks. Thomas Cook's German airline Condor says it will keep flying and has applied for a bridging loan.

Spanish police say they've arrested nine Catalan separatists suspected of planning a series of violent attacks. They were detained in the early hours of Monday in various locations across the region. With more details, here's Mike Sanders.

Police say the suspects were planning attacks to mark the second anniversary of Catalonia's unauthorized independence referendum on October 1st. There's also tension ahead of the verdicts on twelve Catalan separatist leaders who organized the drive for independence. They deny sedition and rebellion. Reports say those arrested are in what are known as the Technical Response Team seen as the most militant arm of the Republican Defense Committees that separatists set up a month before the referendum to carry out its implementation. Police say they found material for making explosives. Separatists say there's been no violence in their campaign.

Indonesian police are struggling to restore order in Wamena the biggest town in the easternmost province of Papua after riots broke out involving high school students. Here's Michael Bristow.

A number of buildings, including government offices were reported to have been set on fire. Wamena's airport, the main point of access for this isolated town has also been closed. Video footage showed soldiers firing warning shots. The unrest is thought to have been sparked by allegations at a local teacher racially insulted a school pupil. A similar incident involving Papua university students studying on the island of Java also led to violent protest last month. Many people in Papua resent being part of Indonesia.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a new security plan for the Gulf when he speaks at the United Nations this week. The foreign minister Javad Zarif said it would be a coalition for hope instead of a coalition for war, a reference to US plans for joint patrols to protect shipping. Saudi Arabia, the US and Britain have all blamed Iran for the recent missile and drone attack on oil facilities.

You're listening to world news from the BBC.


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