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Parliament of Catalonia to respond Thursday to Spanish govt’s move to control region, possibly vote on independence

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:35
Parliament of Catalonia to respond Thursday to Spanish govt’s move to control region, possibly vote on independence.

Switzerland: 8 people hurt during ax attack in small town

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:20
Swiss police say eight people were hurt, at least one of them seriously, during an ax attack in a small northeastern town that ended with the suspect’s arrest. The alleged assailant, a 17-year-old Latvian boy, lived locally and studied at a vocational school.

Afghan officials: Taliban kill 4 police; rockets hit Kabul

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:48
An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province. In Kabul, two rockets fired from the east of the Afghan capital hit inside the city but caused no casualties.

Pro-independence Catalan party calls for civil disobedience

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:48
A far-left pro-independence party in Catalonia is calling for “mass civil disobedience” in the region following the Spanish government’s unprecedented move to trigger a section of the constitution allowing the central government to intervene in the running of the region.

65 bodies of civilians found in Syrian town taken from IS

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:48
Syrian activists are reporting that at least 65 bodies of civilians have been found in a central town retaken by government forces from the Islamic State group. Most of the victims are believed to have been killed by IS.

UN, AU appeal for peace ahead of tense Kenya vote

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:48
The United Nations and the African Union are appealing for peace as tensions build in Kenya, where the main opposition group says it will boycott a planned presidential election on Thursday.

French authorities get Corsica wildfires under control

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:32
French authorities say firefighters have mostly contained wildfires that spread across the Mediterranean island of Corsica over the weekend.

Syrian activists say bodies of 65 civilians found in town retaken by government troops, many believed killed by IS

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:32
Syrian activists say bodies of 65 civilians found in town retaken by government troops, many believed killed by IS.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:00
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Who killed Kim Jong Un’s half brother? Here’s what we know

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:45
Eight months after the audacious assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother, a Malaysian court is trying to unweave a complicated web of deception, political intrigue and cold-blooded brutality — a scheme allegedly cooked up by a network of North Koreans who have never, and almost certainly never will, set foot in the courthouse.

UN, gov’t officials meet to drum up funds for Rohingya

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:45
U.N. humanitarian officials, government ministers and advocacy group leaders are convening for a conference aimed at drumming up funds to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as the influx from Myanmar has topped 600,000 since late August.

Trump, Abe set golf date for start of US leader’s Asia tour

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:30
Donald Trump will start his first trip to Asia as the U.S. president next month in somewhat predictable fashion: with a round of golf.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says after election win he will pursue “strong diplomacy” to pressure North Korea

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:58
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says after election win he will pursue “strong diplomacy” to pressure North Korea.

Hopes and fears in Hong Kong, Taiwan amid China’s congress

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:10
It wasn’t just the dark-suited delegates in Beijing who were listening intently last week as Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his grand ambitions to launch a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress.

Philippine defense secretary declares the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in Marawi city are “finished”

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:38
Philippine defense secretary declares the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in Marawi city are “finished” .

Iraqi PM, key Iraqi Shiite cleric hold talks in Jordan

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:38
Iraq’s prime minister and an influential Shiite cleric have visited Jordan, just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Iraq and Saudi Arabia to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness.

Why Europe's populists are here to stay

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:22
A new book charts the rise of anti-immigrant populists.

Mementos hold Thais’ fond memories of beloved King Bhumibol

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:06
As Thailand prepares for the cremation ceremony of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, memories of him and his reign live in mementos dear to many Thais. His image is depicted on coins, amulets, statues and pins, and his works on Thailand’s behalf are immortalized in art showing him visiting rural areas and working on development projects he supported. Millions of mourners have prostrated themselves before Bhumibol’s body, which has lain in state at a Bangkok palace for a year. The Associated Press asked Thais about their thoughts on Bhumibol and what mementos they’ve kept to honor the monarch they hail as “Father.” Here are their responses:

US diplomat apologizes after Indonesia general denied entry

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:35
A senior U.S. diplomat has apologized to Indonesia’s government after the top Indonesian general was prevented from traveling to Washington D.C. and says the general is welcome in the U.S.

AP PHOTOS: Hard life, smiles, in abandoned Rio building

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:35
Toddlers roam in diapers or even naked in an abandoned building in Rio de Janeiro that has become home to hundreds of squatters. Mounds of trash create pockets of stench in what used to house the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

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