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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.
Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao after change to China constitution

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao after change to China constitution Tue, 24 Oct, 2017

China's ruling Communist Party enshrined President Xi Jinping's political thought into its constitution on Tuesday, putting him in the same company as the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, and cementing his power ahead of a second five-year term.
Opposition calls on Iraqi Kurd leader to resign

Opposition calls on Iraqi Kurd leader to resign Sun, 22 Oct, 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan's main opposition party called Sunday for the autonomous region's president to resign after Baghdad seized swathes of disputed territory from Kurdish forces in response to an independence vote.
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.
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.

Congress delays vote on gun silencers after Vegas massacre

Congress delays vote on gun silencers after Vegas massacre Tue, 03 Oct, 2017

The US Congress on Tuesday shelved a controversial plan to make it easier to purchase gun silencers, as President Donald Trump signalled a future debate about the nation's gun laws was possible.
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. 
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.
Thousands join fresh protests in Togo amid 'crackdown'

Thousands join fresh protests in Togo amid 'crackdown' Thu, 21 Sep, 2017

Thousands of protesters in Togo Thursday joined demonstrations around the country for a second day against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty.
Mozambique opposition eyes peace deal by November

Mozambique opposition eyes peace deal by November Fri, 01 Sep, 2017

Mozambique's opposition chief Afonso Dhlakama said Friday he expected to sign a peace deal with President Filipe Nyusi by November, as the two sides look to end years of unrest.

Disarmed, Colombia's FARC seek political rebirth

Disarmed, Colombia's FARC seek political rebirth Sun, 27 Aug, 2017

Colombia's leftist FARC rebels seek political rebirth on Sunday as they move to transform into a party to seek elected office after disarming to end a half-century war.
Venezuela 'congress in resistance' rejects new super-assembly

Venezuela 'congress in resistance' rejects new super-assembly Sat, 19 Aug, 2017

Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Saturday rejected the self-proclaimed law-making authority of a new legislative superbody elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro.

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Bosnian Croat Slobodan Praljak dies on drinking poison

A convicted war criminal from Croatia swallowed what he said was poison and died Wednesday after a United Nations court in the Netherlands upheld his ...

Barcelona terror attack

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Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia on first foreign trip

Dogged by controversy at home, Donald Trump opened his first foreign trip as president in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, looking to shift attention from a ...

Venezuelan women protest against President Maduro

Dressed in white and chanting "Liberty!", tens of thousands of women opposed to Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro marched on Saturday, pr ...

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The European Commission's Strategy for the Western Balkans

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