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Catalan parties discuss next move after Spain raises stakes

Barcelona - Catalan parties were due to meet Monday to discuss their next steps at the start of a week that will see Spain dismiss the region's government to stave off its threat to break away from the country.

Brazil's teflon president to survive latest threat: analysts

Bras - He may be Brazil's most unpopular president in decades and charged with serious crimes, but Michel Temer, the ultimate teflon leader, is expected to breeze through a congressional vote on whether he should stand trial.

Abe targets N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide "super-majority" in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hardline nationalist immediately pledging to "deal firmly" with North Korea.

Italy regions back 'big bang' autonomy

Milan - Two of Italy's wealthiest northern regions on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy in the latest example of the powerful centrifugal forces reshaping European politics.

Slovenian President Pahor wins election but heads for run-off

Ljubljana - Slovenian President Borut Pahor won Sunday's first round of presidential elections but is heading for a run-off on November 12, partial results showed.

Trump tells Paris, Berlin to 'keep making money' via trade with Tehran

Washington - US President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump says US 'totally prepared' for potential NKorea threat

Washington - The United States is "totally prepared" to respond to threats from Pyongyang, US President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday, while also emphasizing his "exceptional relationship" with China's leader.

President to tap 'Czech Trump' for PM after vote win

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman said Sunday he would ask billionaire Andrej Babis to form the next government, a day after his populist ANO movement cruised to victory in the general election.

Iraq's Abadi: 'hero' who tackled mission impossible

Baghdad - When Haider al-Abadi was tasked with forming a new Iraqi government in August 2014, just weeks after a lightning offensive by the Islamic State group, many believed he would fail.

Former US president Carter says would travel to Pyongyang: report

Washington - Former US president Jimmy Carter says he has offered to go to North Korea on behalf of the White House to try to allay rising tensions, but has not been asked, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Key events since Catalonia's independence vote

Madrid - As Catalonia's independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month's referendum on splitting from Spain.

WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following widespread uproar against the appointment.

Thousands march in Berlin against far-right AfD

Berlin - Thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday in Berlin, in protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany's debut in parliament next week.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto were voting Sunday in referendums on autonomy, against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

Catalan separatists weigh options ahead of crucial week

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatists weighed their options Sunday ahead of a week that will see Spain take the drastic step of sacking the region's government as well as calling fresh elections to try and stop the country breaking up.

EU parliament chief 'fears' spread of small nations as Italy regions vote

Rome - European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should "fear" the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

Georgia elects ex-football star Kaladze mayor of capital

Tbili - Georgia announced Sunday that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.The country's election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51 percent of the vote in Saturday's municipal election.

Freed Russia opposition leader Navalny back on campaign trail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free on Sunday after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin.

'Merkel understood nothing': AfD's fury in east Germany

Cottbus - Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'

Bejing - While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.

Journalist murder sparks push to heal politically-polarised Malta

Valletta - Citizens mourning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for Malta's deeply-ingrained tribal politics to be put aside so the shaken island nation can begin healing its wounds.

Russian opposition chief Navalny says released from jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Sunday he had been released from the Moscow detention centre where he had served a 20-day term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin."Hi.

Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

College Station - All five of America's living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean.Former presidents Barack Obama, George W.

Former US presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

College Station - All five of America's living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern US and Caribbean.Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W....

France charges eight over plot targeting politicians

Paris - France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris.

WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'contradicts UN ideals': US

Washington - The United States on Saturday sharply criticized the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador, saying it "contradicts United Nations ideals.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'unacceptable': Canada PM

Ottawa - The appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization is "absolutely unacceptable" and "ridiculous," Canada's premier said Saturday."When I heard of Robert Mugabe's appointment...

Catalan leader accuses Spain of 'worst attack' since Franco

Barcelona - Catalonia's leader accused Madrid on Saturday of waging the "worst attack" on his region since dictator Francisco Franco after the central government took drastic measures to stop it from breaking away.
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