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  • Puigdemont stays away as ousted Catalonia deputies attend court

    November 2, 2017 10:39 AM 153

    Some sacked members of Catalonia's regional government have appeared in Spain's high court for questioning, accused of rebellion and sedition in the wake of October's disputed independence referendum. Nine officials turned up, while ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four others stayed away. The deposed leader, who is in Belgium, said: "This

  • Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence

    November 2, 2017 8:55 AM 101

    EDINBURGH - A group of pro-independence lawmakers in Scotland have presented a motion calling for international recognition of Catalonia's parliamentary vote for independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland's leader to endorse the movement. According to the website of the Scottish parliament, the motion called on "the international community

  • South Korea to restrict anti-Trump rallies: Report

    November 2, 2017 8:18 AM 111

    SEOUL: South Korean police will restrict public rallies near the country's presidential palace during Donald Trump's first visit as head of state, a report said Thursday (Nov 2) reducing his chances of being exposed to opposition. It is the first time that Seoul has imposed limits on public gatherings since President Moon Jae-In, a former human rights

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'urges people not to quarrel' on visit to Rakhine

    November 2, 2017 6:35 AM 113

    SITTWE, Myanmar: Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people "not to quarrel" as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile

  • China's Xi sends rare message to North Korea's Kim

    November 2, 2017 6:31 AM 111

    SEOUL: Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message, Pyongyang's official news agency reported Thursday (Nov 2), in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year. The note signalled a possible improvement in their strained relationships, which has soured over Pyongyang's growing

  • Iraq's Kurdistan offers joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at crossing with Turkey

    November 2, 2017 6:00 AM 105

    BAGHDAD - Iraq's Kurdistan region on Thursday offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing with Turkey, with participation of observers from the U.S.-led coalition helping fight Islamic State. The deployment was meant "as a goodwill gesture and trust-building exercise that ensures a limited and temporary arrangement until an agreement

  • Japan 'serial killer' said to be quiet child turned sex trade scout

    November 2, 2017 5:34 AM 122

    TOKYO: Takahiro Shiraishi, the Japanese man who has reportedly confessed to murdering and hacking up nine young people in his Tokyo bathroom, was said to be a quiet schoolboy who would grow up to work on the fringes of the sex industry and become a suspected serial killer. Pictures of the 27-year-old show an ordinary-looking man with neat, dark hair and glasses

  • At least three dead in shooting inside suburban Denver Walmart

    November 2, 2017 5:15 AM 103

    THORNTON, Colorado: At least three people were killed in a shooting inside a Walmart store on Wednesday (Nov 1) in suburban Denver, where police said they had not yet taken anyone into custody. Police in Thornton, Colorado, did not immediately release any information about the circumstances of the shooting or who was responsible for the gunfire

  • Manus Island refugees 'dig for water' in Australia camp

    November 2, 2017 4:25 AM 145

    Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed. About 600 men at the centre on Manus Island do not want to leave, saying they fear being attacked outside. Meanwhile, New Zealand has reiterated its offer to accept

  • Australia has stranded hundreds of refugees on a remote island

    November 2, 2017 3:46 AM 116

    For four years, Australia has detained hundreds of refugees on a remote island belonging to Papua New Guinea. From the start, those refugees, who had attempted to reach Australia illegally by boat from all over the world, protested the detention center's terrible conditions. They clamored for the center's closing, and many in Australia took to the streets