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Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office
Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled. The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July. Australia's constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected. Mr Joyce's exit puts pressure on the gov...
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to deal with North Korea threat Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to deal with North Korea threat
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to "deal firmly" with North Korea after exit polls suggested he won a clear victory in Sunday's election. Mr Abe had called an early election for an increased mandate to deal with "crises" facing Japan, including the threat from Pyongyang. Local media report Mr Abe's ruling coalition has retained its two-thirds majority in parliament. This p...
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Man arrested after knife attack in Munich. Man arrested after knife attack in Munich.
German police have arrested a man in Munich after four people were lightly injured by a knife attacker. Police said the suspect lashed out at five men and one woman around Rosenheimer Platz in the east of the city, but missed two of his targets. A police spokeswoman said the detained man strongly resembled descriptions given by witnesses at the scene. The suspect is said to have started a...
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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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