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Brexit: Talk Of Deadlock Is Exaggerated, Says Donald Tusk

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Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, paving the way for talks with the UK, possibly in December. Theresa May ... Read More »

Catalonia Crisis: Spain Plans For Elections As Independence Row Grows

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Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, as its leader threatens to declare independence. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will announce measures to impose direct rule after a cabinet meeting on Saturday. A referendum, outlawed ... Read More »

Afghan Suicide Mosque Attacks Kill Dozens Of Worshippers

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At least 40 people have been killed in two separate attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered the Imam Zaman mosque in the capital Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing more than 30 worshippers. A second attack in Afghanistan’s Ghor province killed at least 10 people. No group has so far said it carried out the attacks, ... Read More »

Trump Sends Family $25,000 After Claim Of Broken Promise

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The White House says President Donald Trump has sent a personal cheque to a dead soldier’s family after they said he had not kept his promise to do so. The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan said Mr Trump offered $25,000 (£19,000) of his own money during a June phone call. The White House said it was “disgusting” that the media would exploit the ... Read More »

Brexit: EU Leaders Seek Brexit Talks Progress

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EU leaders have urged Theresa May to do more to break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations as they gather at a crunch Brussels summit. Dutch PM Mark Rutte said “a lot more clarity” on the UK’s financial offer was needed before talks could progress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs but that progress so far was “not sufficient” to open trade ... Read More »

Catalonia Crisis: Spain Moves To Suspend Autonomy

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Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”. Catalans voted to secede in a referendum outlawed by Spain. Some fear ... Read More »

23 dead in ‘catastrophic’ California wildfires

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More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 23 people dead and thousands homeless. “This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” California fire chief Ken Pimlott told reporters. “We’re not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come.” ... Read More »

Delays over DR Congo’s election set to fuel tension

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Beset by ethnic divisions, political tensions and bloody fighting in its east, Democratic Republic of Congo faces fresh challenges in the coming months over feared delays to eagerly-awaited presidential elections. Concern about the timetable has created “tensions and a climate of uncertainty,” the UN’s envoy to DR Congo, Maman Sidikou, warned the Security Council on Wednesday. “The impact of the deterioration of the security situation ... Read More »

US Withdraws From UNESCO

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The United States announced Thursday that it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, accusing the body of “anti-Israel bias.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency. The United States was angered in 2011 when UNESCO members granted Palestine full membership of the body, despite opposition from its ally ... Read More »

Spain To Hold Crisis Talks After Catalan Independence ‘Suspended’

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Spain’s government prepared to hold crisis talks on Wednesday after Catalan leaders signed a suspended declaration of independence and called for dialogue with Madrid. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will chair an emergency cabinet meeting in response to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s announcement on Tuesday that he had accepted “the mandate of the people for Catalonia to become an independent republic” following a banned referendum earlier ... Read More »

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