Spain to impose direct rule on Catalonia as deadline passes

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has led to Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years. The announcement of the unprecedented measure came after the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree […]

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Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

Catalonia’s president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region’s secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify if he did or didn’t actually declare independence earlier this week. Puigdemont told Catalan lawmakers Tuesday that he had “accepted” a mandate for independence based on […]

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Iran nuclear deal: What you need to know

Later this week, President Trump is expected to announce his decision to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the arrangement isn’t in the best interests of the United States. The world has been bracing for this decision since Trump won the election in November. He has repeatedly derided the Iran accord as a stupid, loser deal, one of the worst he has ever seen. […]

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Iran warns of tough response if Trump scuttles nuclear deal

Iran on Wednesday warned of a tough response if President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told lawmakers during a closed session of parliament that Iran “will never renegotiate” the deal brokered with the U.S. and five other world powers, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The […]

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NATO chief: ‘We don’t want a new Cold War’ with Russia

NATO doesn’t want a “new Cold War” with Russia despite members’ concerns about the Russian military buildup close to NATO’s border, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. “We are concerned by …. (Russia’s) lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises,” […]

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Hundreds of thousands rally against Catalonia secession

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in downtown Barcelona to protest against the plans of Catalonia’s regional government to secede from the rest of Spain. The march was the largest pro-union showing since the rise of separatist sentiment in the prosperous northeastern region that has pushed Spain to the brink of a national crisis. Barcelona police said 350,000 people […]

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