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Catalan Referendum: Catalonia Has ‘Won Right To Statehood’

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. He said the door was open to a unilateral declaration of independence after Catalan officials said voters had backed secession with a 42.3% turnout. Spain’s government has warned it could suspend Catalan autonomy. The constitutional court banned the vote and almost 900 ... Read More »

Women Plead Not Guilty To Murdering North Korea Leader’s Half-Brother


Two women pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, at the start of their trial in Malaysia over the Cold War-style assassination that shocked the world. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who arrived at the heavily guarded court in handcuffs and wearing bulletproof vests, entered their pleas through interpreters as proceedings got under way. The defendants were ... Read More »

Two Dead, 24 Injured In US Mass Shooting

At least two people were killed and some 20 wounded when a gunman went on a shooting spree on the famous Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, police and US media reports said. Police said that the shooter was taken “down” after officers swarmed over the famous boulevard following reports of multiple shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay casino resort towards thousands of fans at a country music ... Read More »

Afghan Airstrike Kills 10 Security Forces In Helmand

An Afghan airstrike killed 10 security forces in volatile Helmand on Sunday, an official said, as the country’s military attempts to oust Taliban insurgents from a stronghold. At least nine Afghan police were wounded in the “erroneous” airstrike in the southern province’s Gereshk district and an investigation is under way, Helmand governor Hayatullah Hayat told AFP. “The airstrike happened as Afghan forces were pushing to ... Read More »

Fatal Knife Terror Attack At Marseille Train Station

Two people have been killed in a knife attack at Marseille’s Saint Charles train station. The assailant has been shot dead by security forces in the southern French city. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism, media report. “Two victims have been stabbed to death,” regional police chief Olivier de Mazieres told AFP. France’s Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb, said he was immediately ... Read More »

Trump Policies At Stake In US Supreme Court Session

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The US Supreme Court on Monday opens its 2017-2018 session, facing thorny issues that include gay and labor rights, voter restrictions and limits on gathering private information. On many of these issues the Republican administration of President Donald Trump has taken the exact opposite position from that of the previous Democratic administration under Barack Obama. Unlike in its last session, when the nine-justice court operated ... Read More »

Trump Says US To Target Firms Doing Business With North Korea


US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime. Tightening an economic noose around the Pyongyang regime, Trump said he had signed an executive order allowing sanctions against “individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.” The measure could force Chinese banks or ... Read More »

EU Agrees On New Sanctions Against North Korea


The EU agreed Thursday on new sanctions against North Korea, diplomatic sources told AFP, as the international community steps up efforts to punish the pariah state for its nuclear weapons programme. The bloc has agreed a new package of measures, including a ban on investments in North Korea and on European Union exports of oil, the sources said on condition of anonymity. EU members also ... Read More »

Six Dead At Florida Nursing Home Without Power Since Storm

Six residents of a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma have died and more than 100 have been evacuated, officials said Wednesday. “It’s a sad event,” said Tomas Sanchez, the police chief in Hollywood, the city north of Miami where the retirement facility is located. “We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in ... Read More »

Suicide Bombers Kill 7 In Attack On Iraq Power Plant


Suicide bombers dressed as members of the Iraqi security forces killed seven people and wounded 12 in an attack on a power plant north of Baghdad on Saturday, officials and a survivor said. Wearing military uniforms and armed with grenades, the three attackers entered the facility in Samarra, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital, said General Qassem al-Tamimi, head of a police ... Read More »

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