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Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large crowds gathered in the centre of Barcelona on Sunday evening Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday’s contentious referendum which was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration …

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Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice storm Catalan referendum polling station Catalonia’s independence referendum has descended into chaos, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s …

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Catalan referendum: Police step up efforts to stop vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pro-independence activists have occupied designated polling stations More than 160 schools in Catalonia have been occupied by activists trying to keep them open ahead of the region’s banned independence referendum, Spain’s central government says. Police visited 1,300 of the 2,315 schools in Catalonia designated as …

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US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump joked in July that if Tom Price failed on the Republican healthcare plan he would be fired US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business. He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since …

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US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least 21 employees at the US embassy in Havana fell ill The US is withdrawing more than half of its staff at its embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious attacks which left its diplomats unwell. Washington is also warning Americans not to visit …

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Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCommuters tried to rescue the trapped and injured A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during the morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report. The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the …

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Has the UN failed Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh The UN leadership in Myanmar tried to stop the Rohingya rights issue being raised with the government, sources in the UN and aid community told the BBC. One former UN official said the …

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China to shut down North Korean companies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pyongyang has held a series of anti-US rallies China has told North Korean companies operating in its territory to close down as it implements United Nations sanctions against the reclusive state. The companies will be shut by early January. Joint Chinese and North Korean …

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects Trump bias claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. The US president accused the social network of “collusion” on …

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