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Catalan MPs elect separatist speaker as sacked leader eyes comeback

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers on Wednesday elected a separatist as parliamentary speaker, the first stage of a plan by pro-independence deputies to get regional leader Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, back into power.

Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committee

Washington - Former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon Tuesday refused to answer questions from a congressional committee probing the president's campaign links to Russia, saying he was under orders from the White House not to.

Czech cabinet resigns after losing confidence vote

Prague - The minority Czech cabinet of Andrej Babis resigned on Wednesday, a day after losing a confidence vote as lawmakers turned their backs on the tycoon who is fighting charges of EU subsidy fraud.

Nine members of National Parks board quit in protest

Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles led a mass resignation of nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board on Monday, in a protest over the Trump administration's priorities regarding the national parks system.

British MPs to vote on landmark Brexit bill

London - British MPs will vote Wednesday on a key Brexit bill whose turbulent passage through parliament has dealt damaging defeats to Prime Minister Theresa May, and which still faces stiff opposition in the upper house.

Trump warns of immigration threat to national security

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America's current immigration system weakens national security, as his administration sought Supreme Court backing to lift protections shielding 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

US and allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

Vancouver - The United States and its allies on Tuesday vowed tougher measures to halt North Korean sanctions busting, including naval security operations to prevent maritime smuggling.

Polish Supreme Court slams 'unconstitutional' govt reforms

Warsaw - Poland's Supreme Court justices on Tuesday denounced the right-wing government's controversial judicial reforms as "unconstitutional", adding their voice to a chorus of criticism at home and abroad.

Pro-separatist Catalan parties back ex-leader for top job

Barcelona - The two largest pro-independence parties in Catalonia said Tuesday they had agreed to nominate sacked regional leader Carles Puigdemont for president, despite his self-imposed exile in Belgium and Madrid's insistence he cannot rule remotely.

US attorney general: immigration system undermining national security

Washington - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that national security is being undermined by an immigration system that has allowed hundreds of terrorists to enter, as the White House pressed for a sweeping changes to who can enter the country.

Romania's ruling left sinks own govt for second time in a year

Bucharest - Romania's left-wing Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after losing the backing of his party due to internal power struggles, barely seven months after his predecessor suffered the same fate.

Netanyahu hails new era in ties with India

New Delhi - Benjamin Netanyahu hailed a "new era" in ties with India on Monday as he signed a series of deals during the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister in 15 years.

Russia's Lavrov calls on US to 'recognise reality' on Iran

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday called on Washington to "recognise reality" on the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive.

The Donald Trump show dazzles and shocks in first year

Washington - Donald Trump's first year in office has been a gripping spectacle of scandal, controversy and polarization that has utterly transformed the way Americans and their president interact.

Key moments in year one of the Trump presidency

Washington - Here is a look at several key moments in the first year of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency:- Travel ban: the legal saga -Out of the blue, one week after taking office, Trump decreed a 90-day ban on arrivals of people from seven Muslim majority coun...

Germany's SPD at odds over coalition plan

Frankfurt Am Main - Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats voiced scepticism Sunday over a preliminary coalition agreement reached with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, days after the hard-fought deal was hailed as a breakthrough.

Trump pushes back over Trump N. Korea quote

Washington - US President Donald Trump pushed back at a report that he had suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, saying he had been misquoted.

Whistleblower Manning seeks US Senate seat

Washington - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election to the US Senate in the state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says.

Jiri Drahos, the singing scientist running for Czech president

Prague - Jiri Drahos, a Czech presidential candidate who will face-off against pro-Russian incumbent Milos Zeman in a run-off in 15 days, is a pro-European scientist with a life-long passion for music.
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