Catalonia leader threatens to declare independence if Spanish govt suspends autonomy

Preview President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont says the region will push for independence if dialogue with Madrid fails. In response, the central authorities vowed to revoke the region’s independence, which is to be officially announced on Saturday.
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Brazilian MPs throw out multimillion-dollar bribery charges against President Temer

Preview The Brazilian parliament’s congressional committee voted to dismiss the graft charges leveled at the country’s president, Michel Temer, for his alleged role in a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme, involving Brazil’s meatpacking giant.
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Palestinian media raided, shut down by Israel on suspicion of inciting terrorism

Preview Israeli security forces have raided eight Palestinian outlets, closed two broadcasting stations and arrested two people in an overnight, large-scale counterterrorism operation across the West Bank, according to an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement.
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French police arrest 10 suspected extremists, plotting attack on mosques, politicians – reports

Preview Ten people said to have far-right links were detained in a series of raids conducted by French anti-terrorist police in the Paris and Marseille areas on Tuesday. Their intended targets were reportedly mosques, migrants and a former presidential candidate.
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88yo ‘Nazi Grandma’ gets 6 months in jail for denying Holocaust… again

Preview A German court has found Ursula Haverbeck, also known as ‘Nazi Grandma’, guilty of inciting hatred by saying that Holocaust is fiction and there were no gas chambers in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The octogenarian was handed a six-month jail sentence.
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Baghdad sends military to ‘secure’ Kirkuk from Kurds

Preview The Iraqi military has been deployed to “impose security” in the resource-rich province of Kirkuk. Iraqi troops have seized control over several key Kurdish Peshmerga-held positions near Kirkuk and continue their advance, Reuters reports, citing the Iraqi military.
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‘Cold creepiness’ – Assange on Clinton after she calls WikiLeaks ‘Russian intelligence subsidiary’

Preview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused Hillary Clinton of “constant lying,” after the former US presidential candidate told Australia’s ABC TV that his organization was just a “subsidiary of Russian intelligence.”
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N. Korea threatens Australia with ‘disaster’ for engagement in US ‘war preparations’

Preview Pyongyang has threatened Australia with “disaster” unless the island nation abandons its allegiance with the US interests. Canberra however said it will not be “cowed” by threats and will continue to do everything to “protect and help” its allies.
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Philippines’ Duterte winds down drug war to please ‘bleeding hearts & media’

Preview President Duterte says he’ll no longer lead the crusade against drugs after suspending the Philippine National Police operations against narcotraffic earlier this week. The country’s Drug Enforcement Agency will now singlehandedly lead the ‘War on Drugs’.
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Syrian Idlib chemical incident ‘likely staged,’ requires real investigation – Moscow

Preview Moscow is inclined to believe that the Idlib chemical incident in April, which was used by the US as a pretext to strike Syria’s Shayrat Airbase, was staged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, stressing the need for a thorough and impartial investigation.
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Erdogan says Turkish forces have ‘own game plan’ in Idlib, Syria

Preview Turkish military forces have been deployed to Syria’s Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones in the war-torn country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He emphasized however that they are “not bounded by just resistance or defense.”
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RT explores remnants of ISIS quasi-state in liberated Syrian village (VIDEO)

Preview Traveling with the Syrian Army, an RT crew witnessed the remnants of a semi-functional terrorist quasi-state inside a recently liberated Syrian village, where ISIS terrorists tried to impose their own monetary system and other governing institutions.
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Dozens of grenades & 1,000s of bullets stolen from IDF base, 2nd heist in two weeks

Preview Thousands of bullets and at least 2 dozen grenades for underbarrel launchers have been stolen from an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) base in the Upper Galilee. It’s the second such incident this month, with a base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights targeted two weeks ago.
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Tear gas used in Paris as strike against Macron’s labor reforms grips France (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Preview Police used tear gas in Paris on Tuesday to disperse a demonstration, part of nationwide strike against President Emmanuel Macron’s labor reforms. The reforms especially affect public sector workers, and over 200,000 hit the streets across the country.
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Catalans ‘a bit disappointed’ by another delay after ‘300 years’ of waiting for independence (VIDEO)

Preview Catalans have expressed mixed feelings over the regional leadership’s failure to steam ahead and unilaterally split from Madrid, after its declaration of independence was immediately placed on hold pending talks with the central government.
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Spain’s ruling party warns Catalan head to ‘end up like’ jailed & executed ex-leader

Preview Just ahead of a highly anticipated speech in which the Catalan leader is expected to declare the region’s independence from Spain, the Spanish ruling party has resorted to making threatening allusions to a previous independence bid.
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US ‘simulates’ anti-ISIS fight in Iraq as terrorists cross into Syria – MoD

Preview The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the US-led international coalition of “simulating” the fight against ISIS in Iraq. The coalition conducted fewer airstrikes in Iraq in September while well-armed terrorists crossed into Syria, Moscow added.
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Iran says its reaction would be ‘crushing’ if US designated Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group

Preview Iran has vowed a “firm and crushing” reaction should Washington decide to include the elite wing of its army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on its list of terrorist organizations, according to the country’s foreign ministry.
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Erdogan: Turkey’s working with Syrian rebels to secure Idlib peace zone

Preview Turkey has been implementing the Russian-backed deal to curb violence in Syria’s Idlib province, together with Free Syrian Army anti-Assad rebels, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, noting that the operation has so far been going smoothly.
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‘Treasured sword of justice’: N. Korea praises ‘deterrent’ nukes amid rising tensions

Preview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the country’s nuclear weapons “a powerful deterrent” from US “nuclear threats” for itself and the whole world. The statement came as President Trump once again dismissed the idea of talks with Pyongyang.
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Federal police stay, no talks & no independent Catalonia – Spanish PM

Preview Madrid will use all legal means to stop Catalonia’s secession, PM Mariano Rajoy said, ruling out talks with separatists and vowing to keep federal police in the region, where 800 people were injured in a crackdown on last week’s independence referendum.
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Taliban leader reverses stance on ISIS, says groups should not fight each other – report

Preview The leader of the Taliban extremist group in Afghanistan has reportedly ordered his militants to stop fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) because the two share common goals. The two groups have been sworn enemies since 2015.
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Asteroid the size of Chelyabinsk meteor to fly past Earth at 1/8 of distance to moon

Preview A huge space rock approaching Earth is set to make a relatively close pass next week when it flies by our planet at about one-eighth of the distance to the moon. NASA said it would use the opportunity to test its ability to tackle the asteroid threat.
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Catalan leader vows to proclaim independence within days as King Felipe VI blasts ‘disloyalty’

Preview The president of Catalonia has said he will put the results of the independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid, into effect by next week, and urge Madrid not to intervene. It comes as Spain’s King Felipe VI has vowed to uphold constitutional order.
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Nuclear clouds & flames: More sabre-rattling from N. Korea, threatening ‘suicidal’ Japan

Preview North Korea vowed to make “nuclear clouds” over Japan, which had called for more pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. It has also said that in case of a nuclear war, Japan will be immediately “engulfed in flames.”
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