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Spain gears up to revoke Catalan autonomy in secession spat

FILE - In this Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017 file photo a woman wearing an estelada or independence flag walks along a street covered with referendum ballots thrown by pro-independence demonstrators, during a rally in front of the Spanish Partido Popular ruling party headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Spain's government on Thursday set in motion plans to take away Catalonia's local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence.

Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge

Angry protesters march near the scene of Saturday's massive truck bomb attack in which over 300 people were killed in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, as two people were arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing that killed more than 300.

Somali intelligence officials shared a detailed account of the country's deadliest attack, while thousands marched Wednesday in Mogadishu in a show of defiance against the extremist group blamed for Saturday's truck bombing that left more than 300 dead.


Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

Apple Inc. says it will investigate underpayment of bonuses after workers staged a night protest at an iPhone supplier in eastern China.


Convicted war criminal to teach at Serbia's military academy

A former Serb general convicted of war crimes and two other commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy, Serbia's defense minister said Thursday.


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BP chairman who presided over Gulf spill crisis to retire

Energy firm BP announced Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire.


EU leaders to May: match Brexit promises with real proposals

European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December.


Tourist killed by falling masonry in Florence church

Falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches killed a 52-year-old tourist from Spain on Thursday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.


Pakistan's ex-premier Sharif indicted on corruption charges

A Pakistani court on Thursday indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm.


Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes to perform at MTV Europe Awards

Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's EMAs in London.


British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honor

The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.


Former French intelligence chief testifies at terror trial

A French ex-intelligence chief said Thursday he believes Mohammed Merah acted alone during his 2012 shooting rampage that saw seven people killed, but that he received outside help during his preparations.


Albanian prosecutor seeks to lift former minister's immunity

The Albanian prosecutor general's office says it has asked parliament to lift the immunity of a former interior minister suspected of being involved with a drug trafficking ring.


MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine is appealing for information about a photograph that prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board.


Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

The Islamic militants came on motorcycles toting rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing four American service members after shattering the windows of the unarmored U.S. trucks.


The Latest: Syria's Assad, visiting Iran general hold talks

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Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews protest army draft

Israeli police say they have arrested 40 people in protests by a fringe group within Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.


2 arrested in northern Greece on Macedonian wiretap charges

Two Macedonian men appeared in a court in northern Greece Thursday after being arrested on an international warrant issued by their country on charges related to an illegal wiretapping scandal.