Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy

Spain’s government yesterday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia’s leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he’d make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented

Offbeat | Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues. They create a blue halo, apparently to attract the bees they need for pollination, scientists reported Wednesday.

This Day in History | 1973 – Dalai Lama makes first UK visit

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama, has arrived in Britain for the start of a 10-day tour during which he will “administer vows to people

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SPAIN’s government yesterday set in motion plans to take away Catalonia’s local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence.

The Buzz | Investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed yesterday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that

Las Vegas shooting | Guard describes getting shot before massacre

The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard in a hallway who promptly radioed for help,

Education | IPM students attend three-week course in Australia

Over the summer, the Macao Polytechnic Institute (IPM) organized the “Overseas Study Program”, sending students to Melbourne, Australia, where they attended a three- week intensive course

AP Investigation | UN, US failed to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ in South Sudan

  When South Sudan’s Yei region turned violent in the midst of the country’s civil war last year, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders

Offbeat | Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office

A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop. A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville. The

This Day in hHistory | 1987 – Shares plunge after Wall Street crash

The world’s stock market has collapsed after shares on Wall Street suffered a wave of panic selling. The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted by a record

The Buzz | Pink diamond once among French crown jewels to be auctioned

Christie’s says, for the first time in 130 years, it will auction a legendary 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to French rulers including King Louis XIV and

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US Just hours before President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has

Portugal’s interior minister resigns over wildfires response

The Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services resigned yesterday after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year. Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa

Hurricane Ophelia’s remnants batter UK, Ireland; three dead

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 130 kph yesterday , killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting

USA | Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president

Offbeat | Ohio! Man builds 2-story ‘Star Wars’ vehicle replica for Halloween

A two-story, “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud. Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged

This Day in History | 1976 – Funeral of Mafia boss held in NY

The funeral of Carlo Gambino, the ‘boss of the bosses’ in the Mafia, has taken place in New York. Mr Gambino, considered the most powerful of

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