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Jailed Catalan separatists let out for parliamentary hearing

Barcelona - Six Catalan separatists serving long jail terms for a failed 2017 independence bid were let out on Tuesday to testify at a hearing in the regional parliament.

Iran president urges huge election turnout

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Tuesday for a massive turnout in next month's parliamentary election, which look set to be challenging for the coalition government.

Asian nations try to shield against deadly outbreak

Manila - Asian nations were ramping up defences against a deadly viral epidemic Tuesday, sealing borders, shuttering public places and clamping down on visitors from China.

Renault set to name ex-Seat chief as CEO: source

Paris - French auto giant Renault will on Tuesday name Luca de Meo, a former top-ranking Volkswagen director, as its new chief executive as it seeks to regain its footing after a year of turmoil sparked by the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, a source close to the comp...

Netanyahu says drops request for immunity from graft charges

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he had dropped his request for parliamentary immunity from corruption charges, in a move likely to speed the opening of his trial.

Japan confirms virus in man who had not been to China

Apo - Japanese authorities said Tuesday a man with no recent travel to China has contracted the novel strain of coronavirus -- apparently after driving tourists visiting from Wuhan, where a deadly outbreak began.

UK's Prince Andrew urged to cooperate with US over Epstein

London - Lawyers representing alleged victims of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday urged Britain's Prince Andrew to help US investigators, after a prosecutor said he had given "zero cooperation".

Fig leaf or first defence? Deploying flimsy masks against virus

Bangkok - As fears of a deadly virus sweep the globe, panicked members of the public are depending on a flimsy first line of defence -- surgical masks that are coveted, but in short supply and of limited use.

Fugitive Colombian ex-senator Merlano captured in Venezuela

Caracas - Fugitive Colombian former senator Aida Merlano, who was jailed for vote buying, has been captured in Venezuela almost four months after she escaped during a trip to the dentist, Venezuelan police said.

French police clear hundreds from Paris migrant camp

Paris - Police moved hundreds of migrants from a makeshift camp in northern Paris early on Tuesday, the latest attempt to discourage asylum seekers from living in the streets of the French capital.

France to ban systematic culling of male chicks: minister

Paris - France is to ban from the end of 2021 the hugely controversial but widespread poultry industry practice of systematically slaughtering male chicks, Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said Tuesday."The aim is to oblige firms...

US bombing of Afghanistan hits 10-year high

Kabul - American warplanes dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than at any other time in at least a decade, according to the US Air Force, as Washington intensified attacks in the country amid withdrawal talks with the Taliban.

Netanyahu says drops request for immunity from graft charges

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he had dropped his request for parliamentary immunity from corruption charges.

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Bejing - A virus similar to the SARS pathogen has claimed 106 lives since emerging in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and spread around the world.

GEOTAB's key trends for fleet vehicles revealed

Geotab, the largest telematics provider in the world has presented key trends and insights at CONNECT 2020, where more than 1,500 fleet, auto, government, security, and tech influencers gathered in San Diego.

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

Mexico - Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States.

Millions quarantined as China scrambles to halt virus

Bejing - China has quarantined millions of people and urged its citizens to delay overseas travel as it scrambles to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further.

Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Washington - The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several months, researchers estimate based on the first available data.

GM's Cruise to spend $2.2 billion on Detroit-Hamtramck EV plant

Detroit - Just last week Cruise, a subsidiary of GM that is developing a self-driving car, unveiled its first self-driving vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dan Amann promised to reveal production details in days to come.

New Zealand PM Ardern calls September election

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called a general election for September, in a vote that will test whether her widespread popularity overseas is matched by support at home.
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