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Catalan leader slams EU for backing 'coup'

Catalan leader slams EU for backing 'coup'

The disputed President of Catalonia has told a crowd of 200 mayors from the region that he will “defeat at the ballot box the Spanish government’s repression” of the region’s wish for independence. In his first public appearance since he was called before...
Cult leader arrested after triple murder

Cult leader arrested after triple murder

A polygamist and suspected cult leader wanted on paedophile charges has been arrested as part of a triple murder investigation. US national Orson William Black Jr was detained in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua over the weekend, alongside his four wives and 22...

Ousted Catalan leader hands himself in to police

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four colleagues have handed themselves in to police in Belgium. The Brussels prosecutor’s office confirmed that the region’s former president and his sacked ministers surrendered after Spain issued a warrant for...

Spain issues EU arrest warrant for Catalan leader

A Spanish judge has issued European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four other separatist leaders. Mr Puigdemont and the four ex-members of his cabinet travelled to Belgium on Monday after being accused of rebellion, sedition and...
Judge 'orders arrest' of ousted Catalan leader

Judge 'orders arrest' of ousted Catalan leader

A Spanish judge has reportedly issued a European arrest warrant for Catalonia’s ousted leader and four of his former ministers. La Vanguardia reports that the order was made after Carles Puigdemont and members of his cabinet failed to comply with a summons...
Myanmar leader visits violence-hit district

Myanmar leader visits violence-hit district

Aung San Suu Kyi has visited areas of Myanmar hit by ethnic violence for the first time since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims began fleeing the country. The Myanmar leader boarded a military helicopter at Sittwe, Rakhine state capital, and will travel to the...
Sacked Catalan leader will not appear in court

Sacked Catalan leader will not appear in court

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will defy an order to appear before a Madrid court on Thursday, according to his lawyer. Paul Bekaert – hired by Mr Puigdemont after he travelled to Brussels this week – said: “He will not go to Madrid and I...
Ousted Catalan leader not seeking asylum

Ousted Catalan leader not seeking asylum

Catalonia’s ousted president has said he will not seek asylum in Belgium after Spain threatened to charge him with offences that could put him in prison for decades. Carles Puigdemont said he had travelled to Brussels for “freedom and safety” and...
Sacked Catalan leader not seeking asylum

Sacked Catalan leader not seeking asylum

31 October 2017 From the section Europe Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont says he has not travelled to Belgium to seek asylum This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the...
Catalan leader will make speech in Brussels

Catalan leader will make speech in Brussels

Catalonia’s disputed president will make a public appearance in Brussels later, after Spain’s state prosecutor called for him to face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert confirmed Carles Puigdemont was in...
Catalan leader heads to Brussels and hires lawyer

Catalan leader heads to Brussels and hires lawyer

Catalonia’s disputed president has travelled to Brussels after Spain’s state prosecutor called for him to face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. On the first working day since his regional government was sacked, Mr Puigdemont and...
Catalan govt dissolved as leader faces charges

Catalan govt dissolved as leader faces charges

Spain’s state prosecutor has called for disputed Catalan leader to face charges after the region’s struggle to declare independence. Carles Puigdemont faces charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. His cabinet minister face the same...
Crucial day in Catalonia could see leader charged

Crucial day in Catalonia could see leader charged

Papers are expected to be lodged at courts in Madrid today levelling possible charges against ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders. It is believed offences of rebellion and misuse of public funds are being considered and Mr...
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to step down

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to step down

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to step down 29 October 2017 From the section Middle East Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Massoud Barzani played a prominent role in creating an autonomous Kurdish state Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is to...
Opposition leader plunges Kenya into crisis

Opposition leader plunges Kenya into crisis

Kenya’s opposition leader has plunged the country into an unprecedented crisis by announcing a “people’s assembly” as a parallel government on the eve of presidential elections. Raila Odinga, a veteran politician and leader of the National...
Philippine leader: I will shoot criminals myself

Philippine leader: I will shoot criminals myself

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would be willing to shoot criminals himself after reining back the police’s powers. Since Mr Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 7,000 people have been killed in a brutal crackdown on illegal substances,...

Catalan leader fails to declare independence

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has failed to give a clear answer about whether he has declared independence for Catalonia. He has written a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy requesting a meeting within the next two months. Mr Rajoy had demanded a...
Spain PM Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

Spain PM Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

Spain PM Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader 11 October 2017 From the section Europe Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he has asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has declared independence. He said this was necessary...
Catalan leader puts independence on hold

Catalan leader puts independence on hold

Catalonia’s leader has put independence from Spain on hold to allow for talks with Madrid. In a highly anticipated speech, Carles Puigdemont told the regional parliament in Barcelona he accepted the “mandate of the people” for a split. But he asked...

Kenya opposition leader withdraws candidacy

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn his candidacy in the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court. His party – the National Super Alliance (NASA) – had vowed not to take part in the poll re-run unless the election commission...
Ex-Catalan leader fears unrest if army sent in

Ex-Catalan leader fears unrest if army sent in

Artur Mas has warned of possible civil unrest if the Spanish government strips the region of its autonomy and sends in the army following the referendum on Catalonian independence. The former Catalan president, who was barred from public office for two years after...
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