Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:57
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing.

Portuguese protest over deadly forest fires, government pledges aid

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:25
LISBON (Reuters) - As thousands of Portuguese protested on Saturday over the government's handling of massive wildfires that have killed 108 people since June, government ministers pledged to spend over 400 million euros ($470 million) in aid.

U.N. ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:59
TUNIS (Reuters) - Month-long U.N.-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections.

Yemeni PM says fishermen have seized Iranian vessel, sailors

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:53
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian vessel with 19 sailors on board has been seized near a Yemeni island by local fishermen, Yemen's prime minister said on Saturday.

Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to rule

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:50
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself.(For a graphic of the Czech election click

Trump: Raqqa fall 'critical breakthrough', end of Islamic State in sight

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as "a critical breakthrough" in a worldwide campaign against the militants.

Malta offers 1 million-euro reward to find journalist's killers

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:19
VALLETTA (Reuters) - Malta's government said on Saturday it was offering a reward of 1 million euros ($1.2 million) for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the death of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Madrid to impose direct rule in Catalonia to quash independence bid

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:21
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, firing the regional government and forcing a new election, it said on Saturday, unprecedented steps that brought thousands of pro-independence protesters onto to the streets.

Turkey bank regulator dismisses 'rumors' after Iran sanctions report

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:46
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's banking regulator urged the public on Saturday to ignore rumors about financial institutions, in an apparent dismissal of a report that some Turkish banks face billions of dollars of U.S. fines over alleged violations of Iran sanctions.

Ramping up rhetoric, Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over democracy

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:24
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed no retreat from a diplomatic row with the United States on Saturday, castigating Washington for what he said an "undemocratic" indictment against his security detail.

U.N. fails to bridge differences in month-long Libya talks in Tunisia

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:00
TUNIS (Reuters) - The United Nations has failed to bridge differences between rival Libyan factions at month-long talks in Tunisia aimed at stabilizing the oil producing nation and paving the way for elections.

Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:27
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker rammed a car full of explosives into a bus leaving Afghanistan's top military training center in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, including cadets and their trainers, officials said.

Spain to sack Catalan government in bid to end secessionist crisis

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:09
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will sack Catalonia's secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it said were needed to prevent the region breaking away.

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:37
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

Gunmen kill 13 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:19
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:19
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday at the start of a six-day trip which will also take him to Qatar, a fellow Gulf Arab state which is in a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia.

Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: defense ministry

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:08
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives on Saturday outside Afghanistan's top military training center in Kabul, killing at least 15 soldiers, a military spokesman said.

Turkish banks could face big U.S. fines over Iran: report

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:30
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Six Turkish banks face billions of dollars of fines from U.S. authorities over alleged violations of sanctions with Iran, the Haberturk newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior banking sources.

Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: defense ministry spokesman

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:26
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives outside an Afghan military training center in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 16 soldiers, a military spokesman said, the latest attack in a particularly deadly week for Afghanistan's security forces.

German police rule out terrorism in Munich knife attack

REUTERS - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:51
MUNICH (Reuters) - German police ruled out a political or religious motive behind a knife attack in the city of Munich on Saturday and said a detained man suspected of injuring eight people had mental health problems.


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