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Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government

The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. The measures on Saturday morning came after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on Friday. An official state bulletin handed control of Catalonia to Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Earlier, Catalonia’s …

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Dubai Property Show heads to Mumbai

Dubai Land Department is taking its Dubai Property Show to Mumbai for the third year running. Indian citizens have long been the largest non-GCC buyers of Dubai property, the Land Department said in a press statement. Land Department Director General Sultan Butti Bin Mejren said, “Indians have long since understood …

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Catalan VP says Spain ‘gives us no option’ but to secede

Spanish authorities are leaving separatists in Catalonia no option but to push ahead with declaring independence and proclaiming the region as a new republic, the region’s vice president asserted Wednesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Vice President Oriol Junqueras said his party —one of two in the separatist …

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Emirates’ US flights will be subject to further security screening

Emirates airline confirmed on Wednesday that passengers on board its flights to the US will be subject to further security screening from Thursday to comply with American government requirements. An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News that the enhanced security screening, which follows new guidelines received from the US government, could …

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Fire destroys two Sharjah warehouses

Two warehouses were destroyed in a fire in Sharjah’s industrial area 18 on Wednesday, Civil Defence officials said. The warehouses affected by the blaze were used to store party decorations. Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Gulf News that the fire started at around …

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Iraqi Kurds Offer to Freeze Independence Referendum Results

Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said it’s prepared to freeze the results of last month’s independence referendum that triggered deadly clashes with government troops and hurt oil exports. The KRG also proposed an immediate ceasefire and talks with the central government in Baghdad “on the basis of the constitution.” “As …

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GCC summit likely to be postponed by 6 months: Reports

Kuwait has reportedly called for postponing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit scheduled in December in the northern Arabian Gulf country. “There is a possibility that the summit be postponed in view of the lack of progress in resolving the Gulf crisis,” Gulf diplomats were quoted as saying by Kuwaiti …

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You can thank Oliver Stone’s sensationalized 1991 movie for the JFK document release

If and when the last remaining government documents about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are made public next week, historians may have to hold their noses and thank “JFK” — a 1991 blockbuster that conflated the historical record with conspiratorial fantasies. Oliver Stone’s barely factual retelling of a prosecutor’s effort to prove the CIA killed Kennedy grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, and pushed …

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