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  • Puigdemont 'not returning to Spain': Lawyer

    November 1, 2017 12:44 PM 109

    THE HAGUE: Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain to face a top criminal court on Thursday (Nov 2), as there is a "good chance that he would be detained", his lawyer has said. Speaking to Dutch public newscaster NOS late on Tuesday, Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert said "as far as he told me that's not going to happen"

  • Ireland says ongoing failure of Northern Ireland talks 'deeply concerning'

    November 1, 2017 12:20 PM 107

    DUBLIN - The continuing failure of Irish nationalists and pro-British Unionists to form a government in Northern Ireland is "deeply concerning," Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said after Britain moved to directly set a budget for the region. Britain's minister for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire on Wednesday said he had no choice but to begin

  • New York terror attack probe expands to Uzbekistan as investigators probe suspect's possible militant links

    November 1, 2017 12:19 PM 105

    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

  • Investigators scour Manhattan attack suspect's background and note left in truck

    November 1, 2017 12:17 PM 108

    Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling "God is great" in Arabic as his deadly route of terror ended with a crash, authorities said. Eight people were killed and 11 seriously injured in a Halloween afternoon

  • Why ISIS May Not Claim the New York Attack, Taken Straight Out of Its Playbook

    November 1, 2017 12:17 PM 105

    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

  • Trump to push for more balanced trade ties and free markets in trip to Asia

    November 1, 2017 12:15 PM 117

    SINGAPORE — Mr Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Asia demonstrates his administration’s engagement of the region and his personal interest in helping it grow economically, said senior American officials, adding that the president will push for more equitable trade relations and for countries to adopt free-market principles. “The President’s travel is going

  • Prince Charles and Camilla share an intimate moment in public: What's in a royal kiss?

    November 1, 2017 11:01 AM 111

    As the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall lock lips in Singapore, we reveal why some members of the Royal Family are happy to indulge in public displays of affection while others avoid it at all costs. And yet the image of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s peck on the lips in Singapore has set many commentators’ tongues wagging. For when it comes

  • Australia Bans Climbing on Uluru, a Popular Site Sacred to Indigenous People

    November 1, 2017 10:51 AM 110

    Climbing the 1,141-foot-tall rock in Australia’s Northern Territory will be banned as of Oct. 26, 2019, a historically significant date for the site. On that day in 1985, the government returned ownership of Uluru to the Anangu people. As part of that agreement, the Anangu lease the site back to the government, and the two parties jointly manage it. Uluru

  • Russia's Putin arrives in Iran to discuss Syria, nuclear deal: Iranian TV

    November 1, 2017 10:50 AM 113

    TEHRAN - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran on Wednesday to meet with top leaders as tension between Tehran and Washington mounts over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. State TV reported that Putin would discuss issues with Iranian officials including regional crises such as the Syrian conflict, the nuclear deal and economic

  • Japanese woman arrested for baby otter smuggling

    November 1, 2017 10:17 AM 114

    BANGKOK — A 22-year-old Japanese woman was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 10 baby otters out of Thailand. She claimed she did so out of sympathy with the animals. Don Muang police questioned Kaede Yamaguchi on Tuesday (Oct 31) after she had been arrested with the animals in her suitcase in the departure terminal of Don Mueang airport at about