Catalonia parliament votes for October 1 referendum on split from Spain

Catalonia parliament votes for October 1 referendum on split from Spain

Lawmakers are confident the orders will be accepted due to pro-independence parties having a majority representation in the regional parliament, Reuters reported. The vote on the bill is expected later Wednesday. If the region pushes through with the referendum, it will move even further on its path towards a collision course with the national government, which has repeatedly argued that any attempt to break away from Spain is illegal and will not be recognised. Read More

Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

She was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen outside her residence in Bengaluru . "There is a definite pattern in the murder of rationalists and free thinkers and those who question the government - Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi and now Lankesh", said Congress spokesmen Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Read More

Facebook: Russian-linked accounts bought $150000 in ads during 2016 campaign

Facebook: Russian-linked accounts bought $150000 in ads during 2016 campaign

Facebook has told investigators that it discovered thousands of political ads published on its platform over the past two years were linked to fake accounts based in Russian Federation. One question that has emerged is whether there's a connection between the Russian efforts and ads purchased on Facebook. Facebook said it was cooperating with inquiries by Congress into whether Russian Federation sought to influence the election. Read More

US Open 2017: Coco Vandeweghe beats Karolina Pliskova to make semi-finals

US Open 2017: Coco Vandeweghe beats Karolina Pliskova to make semi-finals

Kanepi is only the second player after being qualified of the modern era to be part of the last eight players competing in the worldwide of the United States, after the American Barbara Gerken in 1981. Pliskova had come into the match with a tournament-leading 31 aces, but the Czech would add only two more as she struggled to establish control. Nadal is trying for his first U.S. Read More

Gauri Lankesh murder: A long night of the trishuls is upon us

Gauri Lankesh murder: A long night of the trishuls is upon us

Bengaluru police commissioner Suneel Kumar told TNM on Wednesday that they were still going through the CCTV footage . Editor of the well-known Kannada weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrike , Gauri , 55, was shot at the entrance of her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in the western suburbs of Bangalore around 8pm after she appeared to have got off her vehicle. Read More

Hurricane Irma Is the "Most Powerful Storm Ever Recorded in Atlantic Ocean"

Mapp ordered a 36-hour curfew starting Wednesday at 6 a.m. local time. "Traffic is heavy", Thomas said. Hurricane Irma as seen on satellite imagery on the morning of September 6, 2017 . Speaking to the Nassau Guardian , Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis described Irma as a " monster " and said anyone who did not evacuate was " foolish ". Read More

Putin: We 'Reserve the Right' to Expel Additional US Diplomats From Russia

Putin: We 'Reserve the Right' to Expel Additional US Diplomats From Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is not the "bride" of President Trump and slammed the USA political establishment as "uncivilised" amid a simmering diplomatic feud between the two countries. China, which accounts for roughly 90 percent of North Korea's worldwide trade, has slammed Trump's suggestion, calling it " unacceptable " and " unfair ". Read More

Redskins' Su'a Cravens reportedly pondering retirement at 22

Redskins' Su'a Cravens reportedly pondering retirement at 22

Cravens, in the group message, praised each of his teammates for their skills and expressed gratitude for them and their role in his life. ESPN reported that Cravens informed a handful of teammates the prior day that he meant to notify the team of his retirement. Read More

North Korea nuke test poses threat to United States, says Trump

North Korea nuke test poses threat to United States, says Trump

Pyongyang claims that it has had to carry out only small tests because it does not have the facilities or space that the United States, China or Russian Federation had for their nuclear tests - North Korea is a small country, and claims that if it tested a larger device underground, it would create risks for the country itself. Read More

North Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'

North Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'

Pressuring North Korea over its nuclear missile programme is "misguided and futile", Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday, arguing that only a dialogue without pre-conditions could resolve the crisis. However, non-nuclear escalation is always a threat and the United States should show Pyongyang that while it may be able to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea , it will not tolerate risky behavior and escalation towards the U.S. Read More

Global Outcry Growing Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

Global Outcry Growing Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

Late in August, violence broke out in Northwestern Myanmar , wherein the military was accused of conducting massive operations to kill Rohingya Muslims, forcing over 58,000 to flee across the border into Bangladesh. Also complex is the shift in attitudes to Aung San Suu Kyi, long a lighting-rod for civil rights and the rights of minorities. Protests have also been held and on Monday Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met Ms Suu Kyi to discuss the crisis. Read More

BRICS Summit: Chinese Prez Jinping meets PM Modi, recounts Panchsheel, its principles

BRICS Summit: Chinese Prez Jinping meets PM Modi, recounts Panchsheel, its principles

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday broke their months-long silence after the controversial Doklam standoff, with the Chinese premier calling for "healthy and stable" ties between the countries. The ten noble commitments suggested by Modi include creating a safer world by "organised and coordinated action on at least three issues: counter terrorism, cyber security and disaster management". Read More

Trump agree with South Korea Moon on revising bilateral missile treaty

Trump agree with South Korea Moon on revising bilateral missile treaty

President Donald Trump has told members of his administration to prepare to exit a free trade agreement with South Korea , though he has yet to announce whether he will go through with the plan. Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Read More

Kenya court nullifies president's win, calls for new vote

Kenya court nullifies president's win, calls for new vote

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta says he will respect the Supreme Court's overturning of his election victory, even though he disagrees with it. Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election had not been "conducted in accordance with the constitution" and declared it " invalid, null and void ". Read More

Kenyatta urges for calm after Supreme Court ruling

Kenyatta urges for calm after Supreme Court ruling

The decision to cancel the result, the first of its kind in Kenya's history, sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga . "We clearly have a problem", he said, referring to the judiciary. He says the judges should know they are dealing with an incumbent president. And the European Observer Mission said that they had not observed any signs of "centralized or localized manipulation" of the vote. Read More

US Open: Serena Williams' coach lobs back insult at Maria Sharapova

US Open: Serena Williams' coach lobs back insult at Maria Sharapova

Sharapova , the 2006 US Open victor, was able to find the positives after making 51 unforced errors to to only 14 by Sevastova, whose 21 winners were half the 30-year-old Russian's total. All five months were very tough. All those cuts, chips and just plain junk that make up Sevastova's repertoire were useful Sunday, though she knew the chance she was taking in trying to meet Sharapova's power with guile. Read More

Angela Merkel wants to end Turkey EU membership talks

Angela Merkel wants to end Turkey EU membership talks

But she and her centre-right CDU are not alone in having cosy ties with the auto sector, the backbone of the German economy. Merkel's tough stance came after Turkey arrested two more German citizens this past week "for political reasons", infuriating Berlin . Read More

China says Trump's trade threat over N. Korea 'unacceptable'

The Washington Post reported earlier on Saturday that Mr Trump had ordered his advisers to prepare plans to withdraw from the pact, and that the formal process to leave could start as soon as this week. Terminating a symbolic free trade pact with South Korea , however, would not be that easy as it could send the wrong message to North Korea about the alliance between South Korea and the United States at a time when North Korea has pushed brinkmanship over nuclear and missile programs to ... Read More

White House Orders Closure of Russian Consulate, 2 Annexes in US

White House Orders Closure of Russian Consulate, 2 Annexes in US

On August 31, the United States authorities demanded Moscow close its consulate general in San Francisco , trade mission in Washington and its office in NY by September 2. A senior State Department official said US officials and Russian embassy personnel were conducting walk-throughs of the properties on Saturday to ensure they were vacated and to "secure and protect the facilities". Read More

North Korea says it has developed hydrogen bomb to suit ICBM

North Korea says it has developed hydrogen bomb to suit ICBM

It is being reported that North Korea may have conducted another nuclear test. North Korea's state-run broadcaster said a "special" announcement would be made at 3 p.m. Another threat is deemed to be looming ahead as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted inspecting a new, ultra explosive hydrogen bomb. Read More