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Rifts, recriminations among Catalonia's separatists

Barcelona - Catalonia's secessionist politicians have admitted that the region's independence declaration failed and recriminations have started to fly.

Spanish minister says EU backs Madrid in Catalonia crisis

Barcelona - Spain's economy minister Luis de Guindos said Tuesday that Madrid has the full support of the European Union in its response to the independence crisis in Catalonia.

Crux day for Spain as Catalan leader decides on independence

Barcelona - Spain's separatism crisis faced a decisive moment Tuesday with Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont to address regional lawmakers in a speech his supporters hope will be a unilateral declaration of independence.

Barcelona mayor calls for EU mediation in Catalonia

London - Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau on Thursday called for European Union mediation in the standoff over Catalonia's planned independence referendum in an opinion piece in Britain's Guardian daily."It is my obligation as mayor...

Anti-independence Catalans keep quiet before vote

La Canonja - A Catalan flag marked with a "No" flies from the balcony of Luis Filgueras, stating his rejection of independence in a region where leaders are bent on holding a referendum on October 1.

Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row

Hong Kong - Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses.

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

New Delhi - India is strong enough to defend its borders against any threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech as the nation faces a frontier showdown with China and aggravated tensions with Pakistan.

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of airpower, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast.

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, air show

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with fireworks and plans for the country's largest air display, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast.

Scottish leader set to rally troops for referendum

Aberdeen - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will ramp up pressure on the British government to grant a new secession referendum as she rallies her independence-hungry footsoldiers on Saturday.

Scottish leader set to rally troops for referendum

Aberdeen - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will ramp up pressure on the British government to grant a new secession referendum as she rallies her independence-hungry footsoldiers on Saturday.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

Hong Kong's ousted anti-China lawmakers make final appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two ousted pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers on Wednesday announced they were making a final bid to overturn a controversial Beijing-linked ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament.

25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

- In 1991, as one provincial Kazakh town embarked on a journey through independence that would see it transformed into a state-of-the art capital, another hurtled towards collapse.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Anti-China lawmakers disqualified from Hong Kong parliament

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday ruled to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers from parliament, a week after Beijing said it would not allow the pair to be sworn into office as fears grow of the city's liberties coming under threat.

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday in support of China's decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city's freedoms being under threat.

Pro-independence lawmakers brawl in Hong Kong parliament

Hong Kong - Two lawmakers who want Hong Kong to split from China wrestled with security in parliament Wednesday, with one of them dragged from the chamber and security staff left injured, as fears grow Beijing will step in over the saga.

Hong Kong pro-independence students protest over pamphlet ban

Hong Kong - Secondary school students pushing for Hong Kong's breakaway from China have threatened protests after staff stopped them from handing out political pamphlets, as the government puts pressure on independence activists.

China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Hong Kong - Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend elections.

Hong Kong anti-China activists celebrate vote victory

Hong Kong - A new generation of young Hong Kong politicians advocating a break from Beijing became lawmakers for the first time Monday in a result likely to rattle China.

Young activists take on China in key Hong Kong election

Hong Kong - Young Hong Kong independence activists calling for a complete break from China stood for the first time Sunday in city-wide legislative elections, the biggest polls since mass pro-democracy protests in 2014.

Hong Kong student leader blasted in China govt video

Hong Kong - A key figure in Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" has been blasted as a US-backed agent intent on sowing dissent and discord in a new propaganda video from the Chinese government.

Anger as Hong Kong pro-independence leader barred from polls

Hong Kong - A high-profile Hong Kong pro-independence leader said Tuesday he had been barred from standing in upcoming parliamentary elections -- the latest candidate backing separation from mainland China to be disqualified.

150 killed as South Sudan marks independence anniversary

Juba - The streets of South Sudan's capital were charged with tension on Saturday, the nation's fifth independence anniversary, after an outbreak of heavy fighting on the eve left at least 150 soldiers dead.

Tension, confusion as South Sudan marks independence anniversary

Juba - The streets of South Sudan's capital were charged with tension on Saturday, the nation's fifth independence anniversary, after two days of sporadic fighting between government and former rebels that raised fears of high casualties.

South Sudan cancels independence celebrations

Juba - South Sudan marks five years of independence on Saturday with celebrations cancelled in the face of a deepening hunger crisis and fears the world's youngest country could slide back into war.

Hong Kong independence 'inevitable' says campaign leader

Hong Kong - For the majority of Hong Kongers, the notion of breaking away from mainland China is far-fetched -- but pro-independence leader Andy Chan insists it can become a reality as fears grow Beijing is tightening its grip.
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