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Catalonia parliament dissolved; elections announced on Dec 21

BARCELONA -UNS: Catalonia woke up Saturday under the direct control of Madrid as the Spanish prime minister took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the region’s leaders and dissolving its parliament hours after lawmakers declared independence. In a dramatic escalation of a political crisis that …

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Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

Catalonia’s parliament voted on Friday to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a republic, just as Madrid is poised to impose direct rule on the semi-autonomous region to stop it in its tracks. A motion declaring independence was approved with 70 votes in favour, 10 …

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Senior journalist arrested in India

A former BBC journalist has been arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reported BBC. Vinod Verma was picked up early on Friday from his house in Ghaziabad city. Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava told BBC that a case of extortion had been registered …

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Russia hurting U.S. efforts on North Korea nuclear issue:Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russia was hurting U.S. efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons while China had been helpful. In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said it would be easier to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue …

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Russia vetoes UN resolution on extending Syria gas attacks probe

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Russia vetoed Tuesday a US-drafted resolution that would have extended by a year an investigation of who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It was the ninth time Russia has used its veto power at the Security Council to block …

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North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability:CIA chief

WASHINTON-UNS : CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile, reported BBC. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. North Korea …

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Spain pushes to remove leaders,take control of separatist region

The Spanish prime minister has outlined plans to remove Catalonia’s leaders and take control of the separatist region. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region’s parliament but put forward plans for elections. The measures must now …

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Over 74 killed,dozens injured in Kabul Shia mosque blasts

KABUL-UNS /BBC/AFP- Two suicide bomber has killed at least 74 people inside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say. An eyewitness told the BBC the scene at the Imam Zaman mosque, in the west of the city, “looks like a front line”. …

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Brexit: Talk of deadlock is exaggerated, says Donald Tusk

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. …

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Over 8 killed in suicide attack on provincial Afghan police HQ

KABUL-UNS: A suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters on Tuesday, killing at least six people and wounding 30, officials said. At least two attackers were also killed by security forces, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The Taliban claimed …

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