SPAIN: Ex-Catalan leader to head campaign for election from Belgium

Carles Puigdemont told El Punt-Avui television from Brussels that he is handpicking a list of candidates to run under him in Dec. 21 elections for Catalonia’s

USA | Las Vegas shooting lawsuits stack up with 14 more filed

Legal action following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were

Sonangol boss fired | Angolan leader targets dos Santos clan

Africa’s richest woman was relieved of her post along with the entire board of Sonangol, according to a presidential statement. Later Wednesday the government ordered the state television

Zimbabwe | Mugabe is urged to go peacefully

Mugabe has been in military custody and there is no sign of the recently fired deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled the country last week. The

Offbeat | Oh, man! Town drops ‘men’ from name of its governing board

A Massachusetts town has removed the word “men” from the name of its governing body. Brookline approved changing the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board at

This Day in History | 1989 Police crush Prague protest rally:

More than 15,000 people, mostly students, took part in the demonstration, the biggest show of public dissent for two decades. They called for the resignation

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CAMBODIA’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s main opposition party (leader pictured) to be dissolved yesterday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in

Leonardo da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record USD450M

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record USD450 million (380 million euros) at auction yesterday , smashing previous records

Science | Health: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure

Zimbabwe | Army has Mugabe, wife in custody, controls capital

Zimbabwe’s army said yesterday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and is securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest

Offbeat | Pope auctions Lamborghini to rebuild Christian Iraq

Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini yesterday — but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it. Instead, the special

This Day in History | 1983 – England fans rampage in Luxembourg

The fans are being held for drunkenness, fighting and stealing after England was knocked out of the European Championship in spite of beating Luxembourg.

Football | Ex-marketing executive: Fox Sports involved in bribes

Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights

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ANGOLA The Portuguese news agency Lusa is reporting that recently elected President Joao Lourenco yesterday removed Isabel dos Santos (pictured), the daughter of former President Jose Eduardo

Briefs | Syria: Death toll from airstrikes on market climbs to 61

The Observatory said it couldn't determine whether Russia or the Syrian government was behind the attack. The opposition Syrian National Coalition accused Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad' chief

EU bans arms sales to Venezuela, takes aim at officials

The European Union on Monday banned arms sales to Venezuela and set up a system to slap asset freezes and travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials as it sought to

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MYANMAR's military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces committed atrocities during "clearance operations" in the west of the country. The report contradicts consistent statements from ethnic

The Buzz | Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which

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