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Spain blocks Catalan independence vote, threatens charges

Spain’s central authorities moved on Thursday to crush plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum and took steps to prosecute regional lawmakers backing the ballot. A long-running campaign for independence by a group of Catalan politicians, who hold a majority in the regional parliament, came …

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Facebook says it sold $100,000 in ads to fake Russian accounts during presidential election

Facebook revealed Wednesday that fake accounts linked to a Russian company bought more than $100,000 worth of political ads during the presidential election, adding a new dimension to the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian election interference. Most of the ads did not mention a specific presidential candidate or the election, but …

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U.N. mulls U.S. push for North Korea oil embargo, textile export ban

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban the country’s exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The U.S. ambassador to …

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Trump Is ‘Not My Bride,’ Putin Says

President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to be in top form during a news conference in China on Tuesday, answering a question about President Trump by saying the American leader is “not my bride, and I am not his groom.” While the comment could be interpreted as a subtle jab by …

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2 Russian troops killed in shelling in Syria

The Russian defense ministry says two Russian troops have been killed in shelling in Syria’s east. The ministry’s statement quoted by Russian news agencies late on Monday said the two men died when a convoy escorting Russian cease-fire monitoring staff came under mortar fire outside the eastern city of Deir …

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The Latest: Swiss president eyes mediation of NKorea crisis

The Latest on North Korea’s nuclear test and the world reaction (all times local): 6 p.m. Switzerland’s president says her country could help mediate the standoff between North Korea and other countries over its nuclear and missile programs. Doris Leuthard said Monday the small, proudly neutral Alpine country that has …

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North Korea says conducts ‘perfect’ hydrogen bomb test

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime’s stand-off with the United States and its allies. The announcement from Pyongyang came a few hours after international seismic …

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In payback mode, US demands Russia close 3 facilities

Escalating a diplomatic tit-for-tat, the United States abruptly ordered Russia on Thursday to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close offices in Washington and New York, intensifying tensions between the former Cold War foes. Washington gave Moscow 48 hours to comply. The Trump administration described its action as retaliation for …

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Fox News pulled off the air in Britain

The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, has announced that the controversial news channel will no longer be broadcast in the U.K. after failing to attract an audience. The network has also become a lightning rod for critics seeking to spoil the Murdochs’ planned $15 billion takeover of Sky, the …

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Blast hits bank in Kabul close to U.S. embassy

An explosion hit a bank in an area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday close to the heavily protected U.S. embassy compound, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the blast occurred at the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch, not far from the embassy. There was no …

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Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force

Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang. Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS …

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