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Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push. Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push.
Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region's autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, he signed an independence declaration but then suspended it, asking for dialogue. Reports suggest he will press ahead on independence if Madrid moves to take direct control...
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China's Communist Party congress begins in Beijing China's Communist Party congress begins in Beijing
China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Chinese president Xi Jinping has been addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for about three hours now. The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term. Mr Xi, who became the leader ...
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Somalia attack: Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast. Somalia attack: Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast.
At least 276 people have died in a massive bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. A Turkish military plane has arrived with medical aid. It will then evacuate about 40 of the injured to Turkey for medical treatment. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. One of the victims was a medical student who...
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Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops
Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban. Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while in captivity. They were rescued after a US tip-off during an operation near the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said. US President Dona...
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Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont to address region's future Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont to address region's future
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is due to announce his plans for the future of the province amid growing pressure to drop plans to break away from Spain. There is speculation he may announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed referendum. His address to the regional parliament is scheduled to take place at 18:00 (16:00 GMT). Catalan police have been posted outsi...
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Spain Catalonia: France snubs independence bid. Spain Catalonia: France snubs independence bid.
The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU. European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned 1 October referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesda...
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Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs' independence move. Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs' independence move.
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be "a breach of the constitution". Earlier Prime Minister Mario Rajoy warned Catalonia's regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had ind...
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Sydney and Melbourne could face 50C days 'within decades'. Sydney and Melbourne could face 50C days 'within decades'.
Australia's two biggest cities could swelter through 50C (122F) days within a few decades, a study has found. Sydney and Melbourne are likely to endure such summers even if global warming is contained to the Paris accord limit of a 2C rise above pre-industrial levels, scientists said. Limiting warming to below that would make 50C days less likely, they said. Sydney reached a record 45.8C ...
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Egypt 'escalates LGBT crackdown' after rainbow flag display Egypt 'escalates LGBT crackdown' after rainbow flag display
Egyptian authorities have arrested at least 22 people in the past four days as part of a campaign against LGBT people, Amnesty International says. Thirty-two men and one woman have now been detained since rainbow flags were displayed at a pop concert in Cairo last month, according to activists. Anal examinations have been reportedly carried out on five of those arrested. The flag-raising ...
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Syria's war has deadliest month this year - monitor group. Syria's war has deadliest month this year - monitor group.
September has been the deadliest month in Syria's civil war so far this year, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said more than 3,300 people had died in September, including 995 civilians. Of those civilian deaths, it said about 70% were caused by Russian, Syrian government, or coalition air strikes. The group bases its casualty reports on...
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