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Voters like David Hornos drove separatist parties to success in Catalonia's last election in 2015, giving them an absolute majority of seats in the Spanish region's parliament for the first time.

Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.

Trump signs defense bill that warns of dangers of climate change

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, setting policy for the US military for the coming fiscal year. The bill also states that climate change is a major threat to U.S. national security.

North Korea's ambassador meets with UN official after visit

North Korea's UN ambassador on Thursday met with a senior UN official who made a recent trip to Pyongyang to push for talks on ending the crisis over the reclusive country's nuclear and missile tests.

Little Christmas cheer for struggling Marine Le Pen

Criminal charges, banking problems and the loss of her right-hand man: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen insists she is not going anywhere after her presidential defeat, yet her woes are mounting.

Mutiny in the ranks: May's weakness in five points

A rebellion in Britain's parliament over Brexit legislation spells trouble ahead for Prime Minister Theresa May as she heads to an EU summit Thursday, hobbled by divisions within her party.

Kurz eyes Austrian government before Christmas

Austria's political "wunderkind" Sebastian Kurz, 31, said Thursday he hopes to form a coalition with the far-right before Christmas, with media speculating a deal could be done this weekend.

Don't sleepwalk into war over N. Korea, warns UN boss

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres Thursday warned the world against "sleepwalking into war" over North Korea, as he called for diplomatic efforts to banish nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

Fortified by family and China cash, Cambodia's strongman digs in

Secured by family and party ties, Chinese cash and his own ruthless political instincts, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen has taken a wrecking ball to the kingdom's fragile democracy in a campaign to extend his 32-year rule.

Embittered in crisis, Catalan separatists raise spectre of Franco

As their crucial regional election nears, separatists in Catalonia are accusing the Spanish government of acting like the late dictator Francisco Franco, in a country that has yet to heal the wounds of his regime.

Putin says Russians will reject opposition 'coup' at annual press conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the opposition was hoping for a "coup", during a marathon press conference that marked his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in elections next year.

EU leaders back May over Brexit talks

EU leaders voiced support for embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit on Thursday but warned there was work to do on the next phase of Brexit talks.

Bannon fuels Republican ire after Alabama Senate loss

As Democrats reveled in a stunning Senate win in Alabama, mainstream Republicans wasted no time in blaming a powerful strategist for the party's disastrous political setback: anti-establishment rabble-rouser Steve Bannon.

US envoy Haley to present 'irrefutable evidence' on Iran

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present "irrefutable evidence" that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday.

Ukraine, Poland in effort to defuse historical dispute

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said they would work to defuse recent tensions over the wartime killing of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists.

Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

Leaders from the the world's main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.

British PM facing rebellion over key Brexit bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May was Wednesday facing a rebellion from her own MPs over whether parliament will have a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal in what would be a damaging defeat.

US urges talks with North Korea 'without preconditions'

The United States is ready to talk to North Korea "without preconditions" but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

German chancellor, centre-left in talks to break stalemate

Chancellor Angela Merkel met Social Democrat leaders on Wednesday, in a new bid to end a political stalemate nearly three months after elections left Germany in limbo.

Q&A: Tillerson changes tune on North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may have opened the way to negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear programme, saying Washington was ready to talk "without preconditions".

Benazir Bhutto's untested son takes up his Pakistani destiny

A decade after Pakistan's first female leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, her son Bilawal is striving to reclaim his mother's mantle, the latest act in a Shakespearean saga of tragedy and power.

South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China

South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing.

Alabama Senate victor Doug Jones a civil rights champion

Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning upset victory in Alabama's nail-biter Senate contest on Tuesday, is considered a champion for civil rights in a state that played a seminal role in the 1960s movement for racial equality.

Islamic leaders urge East Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process.

Kim vows to 'win victory in the showdown' with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to "win victory in the showdown" against the US with his rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, state media said Wednesday, after the country's latest missile test heightened global tensions.

Brazil court to rule on Lula jail sentence Jan 24

Brazil's leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will learn in January whether a prison sentence against him is upheld, officials said Tuesday, potentially knocking him out of next year's presidential election.

Russia pledges to help negotiate an end to Libya crisis

Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Polish TV channel fined over coverage of protests

Poland's media regulator has fined a major news channel over alleged biased coverage of anti-government protests in December 2016, with the broadcaster TVN24 vowing Tuesday to appeal.

Stoltenberg reappointed as NATO chief until 2020

NATO on Tuesday reappointed Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general to serve until 2020, as the alliance undergoes its biggest revamp since the Cold War to counter the perceived threat posed by Russia.

EU warns Britain against Brexit deal 'backtracking'

The EU on Tuesday warned Britain against "backtracking" as it rounded on a top minister for suggesting that London could back out of its Brexit divorce promises if it does not get a trade deal.

Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan

Former UN chiefs Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon have lashed out at the state of global leadership in the age of Donald Trump, warning a nuclear war could be triggered by accident.

Fugitive wins seat in Nepal parliament

A fugitive wanted over a deadly attack on police won a seat in Nepal's national parliament Tuesday, despite being in hiding and not once appearing in public during his campaign.

Anger brewing in German SPD against Merkel power pact

To many German Social Democrats it sounds like a monster that will destroy their party if not democracy itself: the GroKo.

Alabama Democrat in shock Senate win over Trump-backed Republican

Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory Tuesday in an intense US Senate race in conservative Alabama, dealing a humiliating blow to President Donald Trump whose chosen candidate failed to overcome damaging accusations of sexual misconductTh...

Erdogan says officials to meet to 'finalise' Russia defence deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish and Russian officials would meet in the coming days to finalise the deal for Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara.

Ex-banker Morawiecki sworn in as Poland's new PM

Polish Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, replacing Beata Szydlo who will be his deputy in a rightwing government at odds with the EU over judicial reforms.

Iran protesters say Trump speeding up the end of Israel

A few hundred diehard Iranian conservatives rallied on Monday against Israel and said US President Donald Trump had hastened its demise with his decision to recognise Jerusalem as its capital.

EU defends Brexit 'deal between gentlemen'

The EU said Monday that last week's Brexit agreement was a "deal between gentlemen" and not legally binding, but insisted that it had the full backing of the British government.

'New sense of optimism' in Brexit talks: PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell lawmakers Monday there is a "new sense of optimism" around Brexit talks, despite a spat with Ireland over last week's interim deal with the EU.

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia's troops from the war-torn country.

Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region.