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November 2, 2017 1:46 PM Catalonia crisis a 'political win' for Rajoy as party sees popularity rise

Although the pro-independence movement in Catalonia has been a thorn in the side of the Spanish government for decades, tensions came to a head in October when the Catalan government held a referendum on independence despite a ban by Spain's constitutional court and attempts by Madrid to stop the vote. The vote took place regardless and there were violent 25

November 1, 2017 10:35 PM Asylum seekers barricaded in Papua New Guinea camp call for aid

SYDNEY: Asylum seekers refusing to leave a detention centre in Papua New Guinea began digging wells on Thursday to try find water as their food supplies dwindled, in a stand-off that human rights groups warn could become a humanitarian crisis. Australia and PNG are trying to close the Manus Island centre, one of two remote Pacific camps that Canberra 4

November 1, 2017 12:19 PM New York terror attack probe expands to Uzbekistan as investigators probe suspect's possible militant links

NEW YORK (WASHINGTON POST) - Investigators in Uzbekistan combed through records and intelligence reports on militant factions in the Central Asian nation on Wednesday (Nov 1), seeking to fill out the portrait of a 29-year-old immigrant who brought Halloween death and bloodshed to a Manhattan bike path. The Uzbek probe came as US officials also dug deeper 3

November 1, 2017 12:17 PM Why ISIS May Not Claim the New York Attack, Taken Straight Out of Its Playbook

The attack in New York on Tuesday bore many of the hallmarks of the type of killings inspired by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). The attacker used an everyday object—a rented truck—as a deadly weapon to target innocent civilians and tourists, plowing down a cyclist path in Lower Manhattan and crashing into a school bus. The suspect 1

October 31, 2017 9:01 PM Malaysian FA fined $40,000 after 'dog chant' by fans at SEA Games

Malaysia's football body was fined US$30,000 (S$40,000) yesterday, after the national team's fans chanted "dogs" at supporters from Singapore and Brunei during August's SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian supporters chanted "Brunei dogs should just be killed" during their side's 2-1 victory over their neighbours on Aug 14, the Asian Football Confederation 8

October 31, 2017 9:01 PM Trump Voters Want Him in the White House Even If Russia Collusion Is Proved, Poll Shows

Supporters of President Donald Trump don’t seem to care whether his campaign team colluded with Russia during the presidential election: A new poll says a majority of them would want Trump in the White House even if collusion is proved. A survey from Public Policy Polling released on Tuesday shows Trump’s base is firmly backing him as the probe into Russia’s 3

October 31, 2017 11:39 AM Malaysia fined S$40,900 over ‘dog’ chants at SEA Games

MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s football body was fined USS$30,000 (S$40,900) on Tuesday (Oct 31) after the national team’s fans chanted “dogs” at supporters from Singapore and Brunei during matches at the South-East Asian (SEA) Games. Malaysian supporters chanted “Brunei dogs should just be killed” during their side’s 2-1 victory over the neighbouring country 9

October 30, 2017 2:39 PM Spanish prosecutors go after Catalonia's axed leaders

BARCELONA: Spanish prosecutors on Monday (Oct 30) demanded that Catalonia's dismissed leaders be charged with rebellion after the regional parliament declared independence last week and the central government in Madrid moved to take control of the region. Upping the ante in the EU country's biggest crisis in decades, Spain's chief prosecutor said he was seeking 3

October 30, 2017 12:10 PM Spanish attorney general says Catalan separatist leaders should be tried for rebellion, but no arrest orders

BARCELONA (NYTIMES) - The Spanish attorney general said on Monday (Oct 30) that Mr Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan leader, and other top regional officials should be prosecuted for rebellion after illegally declaring independence from Spain. The attorney general, Mr Jose Manuel Maza, stopped short of ordering the immediate arrest of Mr Puigdemont 3

October 30, 2017 7:20 AM Najib eyes swing voters in budget as election window narrows

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Prime Minister Najib Razak made targeted allocations to potential swing voters in the final budget before a general election, an attempt to boost disposable incomes for Malaysians facing rising living costs. Calling it the "mother of all budgets", the premier on Friday (Oct 27) offered goodies - tax cuts for the middle class 8