Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by the supreme court. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont argues that the referendum result gave him […]

China's Communist Party's high-ranking officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

China's Communist Party's high-ranking officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

Beijing: Several high-ranking members of the China’s Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping, a top Chinese official has claimed, contradicting the party’s “unified” image. The party members involved in the plot have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Xi, who appears set for a […]

Top senator expects US will exert ‘unprecedented pressure’ to influence Russian presidential polls

Top senator expects US will exert ‘unprecedented pressure’ to influence Russian presidential polls

The Chair of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee expects that the US will seek to influence the country’s presidential election next year, saying Washington will only settle for victory by a pro-Western candidate. “The United States recognizes elections as fair and democratic only when they are won by pro-western candidates,” Senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on his […]

White House chief of staff John Kelly defends Trump over widow remarks

White House chief of staff John Kelly defends Trump over widow remarks

Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House chief of staff has launched an impassioned attack on a “selfish” congresswoman who said President Trump made a war widow cry. General John Kelly said he was “broken-hearted” by the Democrat’s criticism of the president’s condolence call to Sgt La David Johnson’s wife. Sgt Johnson […]

Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action has backed a congresswoman’s claim that President Donald Trump showed insensitivity during a phone call to her son’s widow. Representative Frederica Wilson said he had told Myeshia Johnson: “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.” Mr Trump […]

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Media playback is unsupported on your device China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party congress. The closed-door summit determines who […]

European Human Rights Court sees no politics in Navalny brothers embezzlement case

European Human Rights Court sees no politics in Navalny brothers embezzlement case

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 11:45 Edited time: 17 Oct, 2017 12:07 The European Court of Human rights (ECHR) has refused to recognize the embezzlement case against Russian activists Aleksey and Oleg Navalny as politically-motivated. The ECHR’s decision in the case of the Navalny brothers against Russia was released on the court’s website on Tuesday. […]

Tom ‘two-dinners’ Watson joins Guantanamo solidarity hunger strike

Tom ‘two-dinners’ Watson joins Guantanamo solidarity hunger strike

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 11:45 Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has gone on a hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Watson will go without food and will drink only water as he protests against the treatment of Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qasim in the US-controlled prison in Cuba. According to reports, […]

Malta blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia dies in car bomb attack

Malta blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia dies in car bomb attack

A prominent blogger in Malta, who had accused the island’s government of corruption, has died in a car bomb attack, according to police. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was reportedly killed when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta. Local media say one of her sons heard […]

Two Catalan separatists in Spanish custody

Two Catalan separatists in Spanish custody

A Spanish judge has remanded two key members of the Catalan independence movement in jail. Jordi Sánchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, leader of Omnium Cultural, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. The men are seen as leading figures in organising a 1 October […]