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Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Madrid - Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

Deadline abandoned in marathon Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne - The US abandoned late Tuesday a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran but insisted that "enough progress" merited extending marathon talks into Wednesday.

When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z

Lausanne - Drowning in a radioactive sea of nuclear jargon, mixing up Bushehr and breakout, plutonium and Parchin, centrifuges and code 3.1?

Court charges Nemtsov suspects with contract killing

Moscow - All five suspects being held over the brazen murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov have been charged with taking part in a contract killing, a Moscow court said Tuesday.

China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses

Bejing - China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time.

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups, described by the UN as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief said on Tuesday he would lift martial law but only after replacing it with a new order retaining sweeping powers for the military.Critics said the move would "deepen dictatorship" in the kingdom.

In Greece, folk music and patriotism soothe wounded national pride

Atenas - With its dignity battered by six years of "humiliation" at the hands of its international creditors, cash-strapped Greece is turning to folk music and patriotism to restore its injured national pride.

Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

Singapore - A Singaporean teenager arrested after posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings.

'High chances' on deadline day for Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne - Marathon talks aimed at stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons went into a final nail-biting day Tuesday, with Russia saying the chances were "high" of reaching a historic framework deal by midnight.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Tsipras seeks 'honest compromise' as Greece wrangles with creditors

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said he wanted an "honest compromise" as the cash-strapped country wrangled with eurozone creditors over a new package of reforms needed to unlock vital bailout funds.

Saint John Paul II cast as poster-boy for Polish unity

Varsovia - A decade after John Paul II's death, dozens of controversial posters have gone up in his native Poland, showing the canonised pope sporting a suit and tie urging "togetherness" in an election year."Karol Wojtyla, your candidate in your daily choices.

French lawmakers debate punishing prostitutes or clients

Paris - French senators will on Monday debate whether the law should punish prostitutes or their clients, as France resumes a divisive discussion on how to crack down on the world's oldest profession.

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government.

Singapore teen behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video arrested: Police

Singapore - Singapore police said Monday they have arrested a teenage boy who posted an expletive-laden video on YouTube attacking Christianity and the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, but the exact charges were unclear.

Nuclear deal would reward Iran for Yemen 'aggression': Israel

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned world powers on Monday that any nuclear deal they strike with Iran would be seen as a reward for Tehran's alleged "aggression" in Yemen.

Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Skopeia - Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU membership.

Campaign kicks off for tight British election

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters they face a "stark choice" in May's tight general election as he kicked off campaigning Monday after a ceremonial visit to Queen Elizabeth II.

'Yes or no' time as Iran nuclear talks near deadline

Lausanne - Global powers raced against the clock Monday on the eve of a deadline to nail down the final pieces of a framework deal aimed at putting any Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach.

Ex-PM Olmert found guilty in corruption case: Israel media

Jerusalem - A Jerusalem court found former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption Monday over allegations that he received envelopes of cash from a US businessman, Israeli media reported.

Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday ask Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve parliament, kicking off formal campaigning for one of the most unpredictable elections in decades.

Iranian negotiator says nuclear deal 'doable'

Lausanne - A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was "doable", Tehran's lead negotiator said in crunch talks in Switzerland on Sunday, with "two or three" issues still to be resolved.

Iran nuclear talks race towards deadline

Lausanne - Foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers as well as the European Union's foreign policy chief began crunch nuclear talks on Monday in Switzerland, an AFP reporter said.

Tentative accord on key parts of Iran deal: Diplomats

Lausanne - Iran and six world powers have reached tentative agreement on key parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats said Sunday while cautioning that the pact is by no means done.

Greece seeks 'happy ending' as creditors mull loan deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks published Sunday he hoped key talks with international creditors would yield a "happy ending" in the standoff over the country's crippling debt crisis.

Turkey charges two policemen in Erdogan spying case

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Sunday charged two former policemen with illegally eavesdropping on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their extradition from Romania, state-media said.

'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared.

For Britain's poorest, food aid becomes a way of life

Camborne - Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain's poorest corners -- his sixth visit in a few weeks.

Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

Singapore - Tens of thousands of Singaporeans gave founding father Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning in the city-state he led from poverty to prosperity.
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