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Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia

Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia Fri, 27 Oct, 2017

The upper house of Spain's parliament on Friday authorized the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to rule Catalonia directly from Madrid, minutes after the restive region declared independence from Spain.
Catalan parliament declares independence as Spanish government imposes direct rule

Catalan parliament declares independence as Spanish government imposes direct rule Fri, 27 Oct, 2017

The Spanish government moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia on Friday, stripping the region of its autonomy less than an hour after its parliament declared independence in a stunning show of defiance.
Catalan leader suspends call for independence to allow talks with Spain

Catalan leader suspends call for independence to allow talks with Spain Tue, 10 Oct, 2017

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday he had accepted the "mandate of the people" for his region's independence from Spain but suspended the declaration to allow more time for talks with Madrid.
Spain apologises to injured Catalans

Spain apologises to injured Catalans Fri, 06 Oct, 2017

A Spanish government official on Friday offered the first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote, as the sides showed tentative signs of seeking to defuse the crisis.
At least 19 killed as train hits bus in Russia

At least 19 killed as train hits bus in Russia Fri, 06 Oct, 2017

 At least 19 people were killed on Friday when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing east of Moscow, authorities said.
Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Fri, 06 Oct, 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, warning of a rising risk of nuclear war and the spread of weapons to North Korea, awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms.

Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Fri, 06 Oct, 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, warning of a rising risk of nuclear war and the spread of weapons to North Korea, awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms.

Spain in crisis after Catalan independence vote

Spain in crisis after Catalan independence vote Mon, 02 Oct, 2017

Spain vowed Monday to stop Catalonia from declaring independence after a banned referendum that saw riot police use batons and rubber bullets, as the country grappled with its deepest crisis in decades.
Defiant Catalans vote on split from Spain despite crackdown

Defiant Catalans vote on split from Spain despite crackdown Sun, 01 Oct, 2017

Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. 
Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Germany celebrates first gay marriages Sun, 01 Oct, 2017

Germany celebrates its first gay marriages Sunday as same-sex unions become legal after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn't over yet.
Tens of thousands evacuated from Ukraine arms depot 'sabotage' blasts

Tens of thousands evacuated from Ukraine arms depot 'sabotage' blasts Wed, 27 Sep, 2017

Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people Wednesday from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of "sabotage".

Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament

Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament Sun, 24 Sep, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany's election Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard right AfD, the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II.
Frankfurt evacuates 60,000 people before defusing massive WWII bomb

Frankfurt evacuates 60,000 people before defusing massive WWII bomb Sun, 03 Sep, 2017

Tens of thousands of residents of Germany's financial capital Frankfurt evacuated their homes on Sunday ahead of the planned defusing of a massive World War Two bomb discovered on a building site.
Russia balks at France's UN proposal for Mali sanctions

Russia balks at France's UN proposal for Mali sanctions Fri, 01 Sep, 2017

 Russia on Friday voiced reservations over a French proposal to set up a UN sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who are obstructing a 2015 peace deal.
Hamilton wins in Belgium to trim Vettel's F1 lead

Hamilton wins in Belgium to trim Vettel's F1 lead Sun, 27 Aug, 2017

Lewis Hamilton completed his 200th Grand Prix in victorious style on Sunday when he claimed a much-needed win for Mercedes to trim Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.
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