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Spain gives ultimatum to Catalonia: Back down or be punished
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MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities gave Catalonia's separatist leader five days to explain whether his ambiguous statement on secession was a formal declaration of independence and warned Wednesday that his answer dictated whether they would apply never-used constitutional powers to curtail the
Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to licenses
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening NBC's broadcast licenses because he's not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren't likely to lead to any action. The network itself doesn't need a license to operate, but individual stations do.
Trump's jibe deepens feud with Tillerson; he was joking?
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to "compare IQ tests," delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking. Trump
S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North Korean leadership. The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to
Trials begin for more than 1,600 Boko Haram suspects
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The trials of more than 1,600 suspected Boko Haram members have begun behind closed doors at a military barracks in northern Nigeria, the largest mass trial in the Islamic extremist group's history. Nigeria's government is trying to show it is making progress against the
Catalan leader stakes claim to independence, then delays it
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan separatists on Tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain to cheers and applause in the regional parliament. Catalonia's president said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance. Spain, however,
UK leader challenge: 'explain or change' race disparity
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LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May challenged British institutions and employers on Tuesday to "explain or change" racial disparities in society, as she published data showing ethnic-minority Britons are more likely to be unemployed and less likely to rise to the top in the public sector
Pakistan ex PM fails to appear in court, son-in-law arrested
    1 weeks 13 hours ago
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif failed to appear on Monday before an anti-graft tribunal where he was to be indicted on corruption charges along with several family members and co-defendants in the case. Meanwhile, authorities arrested Sharif's son-in-law, also a
Red Cross scales back over attacks in northern Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross announced on Monday that it will soon close two offices in Afghanistan's northern Faryab and Kunduz provinces and also reduce its activities in Balkh province following deadly attacks on its staff in the north. Since last
Ban on sale of fireworks in Indian capital as festival nears
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of fireworks in New Delhi and nearby towns 10 days before the Hindu festival of Diwali, in a move to curb the capital's deadly air pollution. The ban is effective immediately and lasts until Nov. 1. Millions of highly
India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots
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NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Monday commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died. The 11 will now face life in prison. The Gujarat High Court
Liberia faces key poll to replace Africa's 1st female leader
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia heads to the polls Tuesday for elections that for the first time in more than 70 years will see one democratically elected government hand power to another as a Nobel Prize-winning leader steps aside. It is a turning point for the West African country whose
UAE official says Qatar giving up World Cup may end 'crisis'
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati security official has said the only way for "Qatar's crisis" to end is if Doha gave up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, his comments coming amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the energy-rich nation and four Arab countries. Dubai
Reports: Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives
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NEW YORK (AP) — Russian operatives likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports. Accounts connected with the Russian government spent $4,700 on search and display ads, while another $53,000 was spent on ads
Spain on edge before possible Catalan secession declaration
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The focus of the deepening clash between Catalan separatists and Spanish authorities is shifting to the regional parliament for a key session likely to include a historic declaration of independence that Spain has pledged to crush. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont
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