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Warsaw nationalist march draws tens of thousands

Tens of thousands of people joined a nationalist march in Warsaw on Saturday, organised to coincide with Poland’s independence day. Marchers chanted religious slogans such as “God, honour, country” and some called out racist chants including “Pure Poland, white Poland”. An “anti-fascist” counter-protest attracted about 2,000 people. Police estimated that …

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Egypt, IMF reach agreement on $2b loan instalment

Egypt has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund for an instalment of about $2 billion more from a three-year, $12 billion loan programme, the IMF said in a statement on Friday. The payment, which is still subject to IMF executive board approval, will bring total disbursements under …

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Rights groups challenge Quebec niqab ban

Muslim and civil rights groups on Tuesday challenged a Quebec ban on officials or anyone receiving public services from covering their faces, arguing it infringes on women’s and Muslim religious rights. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims asked the Quebec Superior Court to …

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French minister on Macron’s UAE visit

The upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on November 11 demonstrates the advanced level reached by the UAE-France strategic relations in cultural and educational fields, said Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French Minister of National Education. ”The distinct bilateral ties, close co-ordination in …

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Spain issues arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader

Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence. A Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates …

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Egypt critical of ‘hasty’ pyramid announcement

Egypt’s antiquities authorities on Friday criticized what it described as a hasty public announcement by an international team of finding a big void inside the Great Pyramid in Giza near Cairo. “The Antiquities Ministry believes that the research team should not have hastily addressed public opinion at this stage,” Secretary …

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Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence

Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers have presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement. Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticized Madrid’s handling of the crisis with its northern region but refrained …

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UK defense minister Fallon resigns, citing past behavior

British defense minister Michael Fallon resigned from his position on Wednesday saying he accepted his conduct in the past had fallen below high standards. Fallon was named in an a newspaper article earlier this week which said he had touched a radio presenter’s knee in 2002. The BBC reported on …

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Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to misleading investigators about Russia contacts; Manafort indicted on conspiracy

George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, pleaded guilty this month to making false statements to FBI agents about his correspondence with Russian nationals and attempts to arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials. Interested in Russia Investigation? Add Russia Investigation as an interest …

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Sisi names new chief of staff

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Saturday named a new armed forces chief of staff, AFP reported. He appointed former defense ministry secretary general Mohammed Farid Hegazy to the post, the presidency announced, without providing a reason for the change. His predecessor Mahmoud Hegazy, who had held the post since …

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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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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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