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  • Spanish PM announces plan to wrest control from Catalonia leaders

    October 21, 2017 4:10 PM 18

    The Spanish government announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new regional election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede. After a special Cabinet session, Spanish Prime Minister

  • Trump calls congresswoman 'wacky' in dispute over remarks to soldier's widow

    October 21, 2017 2:35 PM 9

    Funeral set for soldier at the centre of president's fight with Florida Democrat Mourners were expected to pack a church Saturday to honour a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between U.S. President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman. Family, friends and neighbours of Sgt. La David T. Johnson will attend his funeral

  • Bannon faults George W. Bush for ‘destructive’ presidency

    October 21, 2017 2:20 PM 12

    Former White House adviser Steve Bannon depicted former U.S. President George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House. Bannon’s scathing remarks on Friday night amounted to a retort to a Bush speech in New York earlier this week, in which the 43rd president denounced

  • Man with knife attacks 8 people in Munich; 33-year-old arrested

    October 21, 2017 1:41 PM 11

    Victims mainly had superficial stab wounds and in at least one case had been hit, police said. Police also said they believe it was not a terror attack. BERLIN—A man with a knife attacked eight people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. The suspected assailant, a local German already known to police for theft and other offences, was arrested

  • Spain's PM seeks senate permission to dissolve Catalonia's government

    October 21, 2017 1:18 PM 7

    Catalan activist groups call for another protest in Barcelona over jailing of 2 pro-independent leaders Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he wants his country's senate to give him direct power to dissolve the regional Catalan government and to call an early election as soon as possible. Rajoy said after meeting with his cabinet on Saturday that the central

  • Egyptian officials say 54 police killed in Egypt attack

    October 21, 2017 12:24 PM 13

    CAIRO -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday. It was one of the largest losses of life for Egyptian security forces since militants began targeting government forces after the 2013 military ouster of Islamist

  • Spanish Cabinet meets to revoke self-government in Catalonia

    October 21, 2017 11:19 AM 13

    BARCELONA, Spain -- The Spanish government moved to activate a previously untapped constitutional article Saturday so it can take control of Catalonia, illustrating its determination to derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Cabinet was meeting to outline the scope

  • WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'

    October 21, 2017 9:43 AM 10

    WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador' Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador." With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus announced

  • Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52

    October 21, 2017 9:34 AM 12

    At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said on Saturday. Sources had said late on Friday at least 30 police were killed. Egypt is battling an Islamist insurgency concentrated in the Sinai peninsula

  • In Russia, a Bribery Case Lifts the Veil on Kremlin Intrigue

    October 21, 2017 8:04 AM 10

    In fact, the conversation was anything but friendly. Mr. Sechin, for his part, now contends that Mr. Ulyukayev had solicited a bribe to smooth approvals for an oil deal. In Mr. Ulyukayev’s telling, he had accepted the gift basket of sausages and a bag of wine only to later discover, to his surprise, $2 million in cash tucked in among the other goodies