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‘Long-desired step’: Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain


Following a secret ballot, MPs in the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain, with the regional leader Carlos Puigdemont saying the people had completed “a long-desired step.” Lawmakers opposed to independence boycotted the vote.

   

Harvey Weinstein Checks Into Luxury Resort Amid Scandal: He Wants to ‘Use His Cell Phone’


Harvey Weinstein checked into a luxury resort in Arizona after jetting out of Los Angeles on Wednesday, a source tells PEOPLE.

   

N. Korea unlikely to give up nukes if Iran deal fails – German FM


German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned the US against breaking the nuclear deal with Iran, since it would make North Korea unlikely to agree to any international deals concerning its nuclear program.

   

At least 50 dead, 400 injured in Las Vegas shooting; suspect had at least 10 guns


More than 50 people were killed and "well over" 400 were injured when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers from a perch above the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

   

Why Its Time to Prepare for the Worst with North Korea


•  But not time to panic--yet.
•  Why Its Time to Prepare for the Worst with North Korea

   

Why Is Qatar Building a Massive Air Force?


The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has launched a massive buildup of air power for an unclear purpose.

   

Trump arrives in Texas to get briefed on Harvey recovery


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Eager to show he's attentive and on the job, President Donald Trump touched down in storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, taking pains not to interfere with Harvey recovery efforts.

   

How the U.S. Army Will Fight the Next War: New Tanks and New Ammo


AMP also provides two additional capabilities: defeat of enemy dismounts, especially enemy anti-tank guided missile, or ATMG, teams at a distance, and breaching walls in support of dismounted Infantry operations.

   

Chechen leader: There are no gay men here


MOSCOW (AP) — Chechnya's strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.

   

Iceberg the size of Delaware, among biggest ever recorded, snaps off Antarctica


A giant iceberg about the size of Delaware that had been under scientists’ watch has broken off from an ice shelf on the Antarctica Peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea.

   

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s early election call backfires


Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered one of the most dramatic reversals in recent British political history, losing an overall majority in parliament in a snap election she had been predicted to win easily.

   

Trump, Pence press for release of jailed pastor in meeting with Turkey's president


President Trump pressed for the return of a jailed American pastor Tuesday during his first face-to-face meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the White House.

   

$60 million 'Pink Star' diamond goes back on sale next month


LONDON (Reuters) - A 59.60-carat diamond known as "The Pink Star" is returning to auction next month and could fetch a record $60 million, three years since it was sold for even more - only for the buyer to pull out of the deal.

   

Dutch vote in test of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe


The Dutch tested their own tolerance for immigration and Islam on Wednesday in an election magnified by a furious row with Turkey, the first of three polls in the European Union this year where nationalist parties are seeking breakthroughs.

   

Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending


BRUSSELS (AP) — In an ultimatum to America's allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told fellow NATO members Wednesday to increase military spending by year's end or risk seeing the U.S. curtail its defense support — a stark threat given Europe's deep unease already over U.S.-Russian relations.

   

Richest U.S. schools could lose tax status in endowment proposal


A U.S. Congressman is floating an idea that’s likely to find opposition from the wealthiest colleges: devote 25 percent of a school’s annual endowment income for financial aid or lose tax-exempt status.

   

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