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_98408636_ddad4234-9d51-49ba-a718-0ff8e4fc38f3 Spain preparing to impose Catalonia direct rule
The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia,according to BBC. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by the supreme court. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont argues that the referendum result gave him a mandate..
_97155956_10854303-23e2-4243-8d75-d7dcba250980 Missing California hikers died
A California couple who went missing in July in the Joshua Tree National Park are believed to have died in a murder-suicide pact, police have said, according to BBC. Rachel Nguyen, 20 and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were first discovered on 15 October by a search and rescue party that included Mr Orbeso's father. Police said evidence at the scene suggested that Mr Orbeso shot Ms Nguyen before turning..
_98407328_mediaitem98407326 WHO names Mugabe as goodwill ambassador
The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a "goodwill ambassador" to help tackle non-communicable diseases, BBC report. New WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics say Zimbabwe's health care system has collapsed, with the president and many of his senior ministers going abroad for..
Tents pitched at Camp IV for the National Geographic explorer going on Lhotse South Face Expedition. Photo courtesy: Trekking Camp Nepal Three Sherpa climbers taken ill on Mt Lhotse and Mt Manaslu
At least three Sherpa climbers were taken ill on Mt Lhotse and Mt Manaslu as renowned South Korean climber Sung Taek Hong (51) fixed Camp IV for the toughest Mt Lhotse South Face expedition, expedition organisers have said, according to THT. According to Temba Tsheri Sherpa, Managing Director at Sherpa Khangri Outdoor, a rescue team has been sent to Mt Manaslu to evacuate Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa..
_98393504_combo Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership, according to BBC. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. They were speaking separately. Neither mentioned..
_98393675_f5e2c862-70cb-492e-8718-cabf8f1e1cef China President consolidates power with new ideology
China's President Xi Jinping has created his own political ideology, in a step towards entrenching his position at the top of the Communist Party, BBC report. Top officials have made multiple mentions of "Xi Jinping Thought" at the Communist Party Congress. The party is widely expected to rewrite its constitution to enshrine this theory by the congress' end next week. The move would..
_98360523_mediaitem98360519 China enters “new era”, President Xi Jinping says
China has entered a "new era" where it should "take centre stage in the world", President Xi Jinping says, BBC report. The country's rapid progress under "socialism with Chinese characteristics" shows there is "a new choice for other countries", he told the Communist Party congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term. Mr Xi..
_98365471_gettyimages-862213858 I was placed in ‘nude line-up’: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to stand in a nude line-up and told to lose weight by film producers at the start of her career, BBC report. Speaking at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, the 27-year-old said she felt she didn't have any power in the situation as an unknown actress. She said she found that fame protected her from assault as her career went on. "I will lend my voice..
_98360001_c6cfc804-ae0c-464f-b55e-5509ff004e9f Six fishermen missing in Australian coast
Six fishermen are missing after their trawler capsized and sank off the east coast of Australia, BBC report. A seventh man managed to survive being stranded for about 12 hours in waters near the Queensland town of Seventeen Seventy, according to authorities. He survived by clinging to the boat's hull before treading water until he was seen by a passing yacht, local media said. Search teams..
_98345650_hi042417792 Murdered journalist Caruana Galizia’s son hits out Malta
The son of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta has denounced what he called the country's "mafia state", BBC report. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, died in an explosion shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta, on Monday. She was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption. "My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule..
_98333292_2eb9f08f-db77-4c49-a02b-13049ef45500 Iraqi government forces enter disputed city
Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters, BBC report. Witnesses told they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands of residents fled the city. It comes three weeks after the Kurdistan..
_98328639_cc08a75f-1713-4eb5-9457-1b0d6335c5fb Philippines military ‘kills Islamist leader’
Troops in the southern Philippines say they have killed Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant seen as Islamic State group's leader in southeast Asia, BBC report. Hapilon, who is on the US list of "most wanted terrorists", was killed in Marawi along with another wanted militant, Omar Maute, the army said. The city has been partly held by insurgents since a rebel attack in May. The..
_98337087_mediaitem98337086 Hurricane Ophelia kills two people in Ireland
A woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles, BBC report. As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland, the woman died when a tree fell on her car. The man died in a chainsaw accident in Co Tipperary while attempting to remove a tree downed by the storm. About 120,000 homes in the Irish Republic, and 4000..
At least 30 dead in Mogadishu blasts
A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 people, police say, according to BBC. Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Police say two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city. It is not clear who staged the attacks. Mogadishu is a regular..
_98315816_mediaitem98315815 Oscar to review Harvey Weinstein’s membership
The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to review Harvey Weinstein's membership at an emergency meeting, BBC report. The 54-member board is made up of actors, directors, and film executives, including Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, and Steven Spielberg. The academy, which organises the Oscars, previously called Mr Weinstein's actions "abhorrent". The..
UML-CPN-Maoist-Centre-Naya-Shakti-Party-Nepa-unification-750x450 Naya Sakti Party-Nepal exits left electoral alliance
Naya Shakti Party-Nepal has decided to go it alone in the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections and exited the left electoral alliance, THT report.   The extended meeting of the party’s Provincial Secretariat today decided to contest the polls with its own symbol of the ‘eye’. In a statement issued after the meeting, the party said it took the decision after alliance..
siemens-gamesa-inaugurates-first-blade-manufacturing-plant-in-africa-the-middle-east-250x140 Global powers stand by pact despite US threat
Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart, BBC report. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the pact was "in our shared national security interest". The EU said it was "not up to any single country to..
_98294677_hammond3 ‘EU’s Brexit negotiators are enemy : Philip Hammond
The chancellor has labelled the European Union's Brexit negotiators as "the enemy" - a remark he subsequently described as a "poor choice of words", BBC report. During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators "the opponents" and said they should "behave like grown-ups". But he tweeted later: "I was making the point that we are united at home. I regret I used a poor..
_98283614_harveyweinstein_gettyimages-687430878 US and UK police launch investigations against film producer Harvey Weinstein
Police in the US and UK have launched investigations into allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, BBC report. The New York Police Department is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and is reviewing whether there are any additional complaints. London's Metropolitan Police has received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s. Weinstein has..
_98282213_17cd38c6-d9cd-4459-8c8e-402b1f244549 Less progress to move to the next stage of Brexit
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has not been enough progress to move to the next stage of Brexit talks as the UK wants, according to BBC. He said there was "new momentum" in the process but there was still "deadlock" over how much the UK pays when it leaves, which he called "disturbing". Brexit Secretary David Davis said he still hoped for the go-ahead for trade talks when..