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Catalan police, news media could be taken over by Spain under PM Rajoy’s plan

Today 14:32 GMT

The Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation said Sunday it “stands firm by its mission to offer all the citizens of Catalonia …. a public service of the highest quality, committed to ethical, democratic and pluralistic principles.”

Under Rajoy’s plan, Spanish authorities will oversee the running of Catalonia’s public television and radio stations, which have been major proponents of secession.

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Trump's sexual harassment accusers hope president goes way of Weinstein

Today 14:33 GMT

They are Cathy Heller, who told the Guardian last year that in the late 1990s Trump forcibly kissed her on the lips the first time they had ever met; Kari Wells, a former model and Bravo Actress, who said Trump aggressively propositioned her in 1992 while he was dating her friend; and Jessica Leeds, who said Trump assaulted her on a plane in the early 1980s when he allegedly groped her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

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North Korea is a ‘critical and imminent’ threat, Japan says

Today 16:23 GMT

The minister, Itsunori Odonera, said that this rising threat means his country, along with South Korea and the United States, have to collectively take what he called “different responses.”

Onodera noted that North Korea has recently launched ballistic missiles that have overflown Japanese territory and said it cannot be ruled out that a recent underground nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb.

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Source: DW

Catalan parties mull next steps as Spain prepares to impose direct rule

Today 14:33 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. The Catalan parliament will meet on Thursday to discuss how to respond to the Spanish government's threat it would impose direct rule, a lawmaker with the ruling separatist coalition said Monday.

The Catalan parliament will meet Thursday their response after Spain announced unprecedented measures to stop secession.

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Source: The Guradian

Mitch McConnell waiting for steer from Trump before pushing healthcare bill

Today 16:23 GMT

Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was waiting to hear what Donald Trump “might sign” before he put a bipartisan deal on healthcare up for a vote in the Senate. The White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, quickly indicated the wait for action by Congress would go on, saying the deal “in its current form probably isn’t far enough yet”.

Trump told Fox News his attacks on Republican senators over their legislative failures were meant to be motivational, to push a divided party towards success on healthcare and tax.

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Source: ABC News

Fallen soldier's widow speaks out about 'anger' at Trump’s call

Today 16:23 GMT

La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger earlier this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on "Good Morning America," saying she was "very angry" about President Donald Trump's condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to "remember my husband's name."

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke to Myeshia Johnson, who criticized Trump's handling of the phone call that started a firestorm of controversy.

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Source: CBS News

Khizr Khan says Gen. Kelly should have "refrained" from weighing in on Gold Star family controversy

Today 16:23 GMT

Gold Star father Khizr Khan said White House chief of staff John Kelly should have "refrained" from weighing in on the controversy surrounding Gold Star families, in the wake of President Trump's claim that other presidents did not call the families of fallen soldiers. "We acknowledge his [Kelly's] sacrifices and service and his family's service.

Gen. Kelly told reporters Thursday that he was "stunned" to hear that Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., had listened to a phone call between Mr. Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt.

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Source: The Guradian

Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to close on fourth world title

Today 12:44 GMT

This was a dramatic route to an expected result, as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel traded places early on before the championship leader took charge for yet another victory at the United States Grand Prix.

Results in Austin mean that Mercedes have secured the constructors’ championship for the fourth time in a row; their star driver will surely soon be celebrating another title, too.

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Source: Global News

Russian journalist in coma after being stabbed in throat by unidentified attacker

Today 16:23 GMT

A well-known journalist for Russia’s top independent radio station was stabbed in the throat Monday by an unidentified attacker who burst into her studio — the latest in a string of attacks on journalists and opposition activists in Moscow.

Columnist Oleg Kashin, who survived in a brutal attack in 2010 that was never properly investigated, told the Dozhd television station that Felgenhauer’s “blood is on the hands of people from Rossiya 24, too.”

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Source: New York Times

Italian Regions of Lombardy and Veneto Vote for More Autonomy

Today 16:23 GMT

The citizens of two northern Italian regions voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favor of greater autonomy in closely watched referendums that come on the heels of Catalonia’s tortuous attempts to secede from Spain.

The polls closed at 11 p.m. on Sunday, and with most votes counted by early Monday, the results in Lombardy and Veneto suggested that millions of voters had cast ballots to “give a message” to the central government in Rome, Luca Zaia, president of the Veneto region, said at a news conference.

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Source: Global News

US-allied coalition force takes Syria’s largest oil field from ISIS

Today 16:23 GMT

The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.

Syrian, Russian government forces bomb U.S.-backed militias in eastern Syria. Omar Abu Layla, a Europe-based activist from Deir el-Zour who monitors the fighting through contacts there, said SDF forces have seized control of the oil field but are still clashing with militants in the adjacent housing complex.

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Source: Common Domain

Obama stumps for Democrats and takes a few swipes at that guy who succeeded him

Today 12:45 GMT

Barack Obama returned to the campaign stage on Thursday to denounce the politics practiced by his successor, President Trump, as unbefitting a nation yearning for unity rather than division.

Speaking in New Jersey and Virginia on behalf of Democratic candidates for governor in next month’s off-year elections, Obama never mentioned Trump’s name in his first political activities since leaving office.

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Source: The Guradian

Gunmen kill 13 Niger police in attack near Mali border

Today 06:05 GMT

Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

The assailants crossed over the border from Mali and drove up to the village of Ayorou, about 40km (25 miles) inside, before springing their attack, the security sources said.

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Source: New York Times

Astros Push Past the Yankees and Head to the World Series

Today 06:05 GMT

That long view was largely absent on Saturday night when the Yankees’ season came to a disheartening end with a 4-0 loss to the Houston Astros, who will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

If the Yankees, months ago, had been offered one do-or-die game to advance to the World Series, Headley said, there was not a player in the clubhouse who would have rejected the proposition. It was a reminder of the team’s modest goals at the start of this season, when General Manager Brian Cashman was simply hoping that his promising young players would gain maturity in 2017 and move a step closer to being a dynamic club down the road.

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Source: The Guradian

The Walking Dead season eight, episode one – Mercy

Today 16:23 GMT

Another reason fans will find themselves coming back, for one week at least, is that – despite boring and pointless episodes, ridiculous After Effects tigers, preposterous trash-tribes and dutch-tilting Negans – one thing The Walking Dead tends to do well is rip-roaring season openers.

Nevertheless, the first half was a welcome exercise in turning the screw – not in tension, but in something The Walking Dead has been sorely lacking in recent years: excitement.


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