Tuesday, October 31, 2017

World News Briefs -- October 31, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Ousted Catalan leader agrees to election, summoned to Madrid court

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont agreed on Tuesday to a snap election called by Spain’s central government when it took control of the region to stop it breaking away, but he said the fight for independence would go on.

Spain’s High Court issued a summons for Puigdemont and 13 members of his sacked administration to testify in Madrid on Thursday and Friday as the court starts processing charges of rebellion, sedition and breach of trust against them.

Under Spain’s legal system, a judge will then decide whether Puigdemont should go to jail pending a comprehensive investigation and potential trial.

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U.S. General's slip spotlights US troop numbers in Syria.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agree to plan for Syria 'congress'.

Syria: Russia sees end in sight at peace talks.

Iraq 'to take control of Kurdistan border crossings'.

Tillerson: US could stay in Iraq to fight ISIS, wanted or not.

Tensions rise after Israel blows up tunnel from Gaza.

Yemen cholera: MSF closing most clinics as cases decline.

Saudi FM says Iran major obstacle to peace efforts in Yemen.

Academics flee Turkey for Germany as Erdogan targets teachers.


U.S. welcomes China, South Korea bid to improve ties despite anti-missile dispute.

Kabul Green Zone attacked by suicide bomber.

Taliban fighters mass in western Afghan province.

Taliban warn US that hostage Kevin King is dangerously ill.

200 dead in tunnel accident at N.Korea nuclear test site: report.

China, South Korea pledge to mend ties, hold talks.

US lawmakers push for action on Myanmar atrocities.

South Koreans to protest against 'war maniac' Trump.

Marawi residents report military abuses during jihadist siege.

Japan police investigate possible serial killer in Tokyo suburb.


Deadly plague slowing down in Madagascar: authorities.

At least 12 killed in east Libya air strike: medical source.

Kenyan president declared winner of disputed election rerun.

Kenya's Odinga rejects 'sham' election, pledges to fight on.

Egypt says air force kills militants after attack.

US State Department issues travel warning for Niger.

Mogadishu bombings: Daytime ban on trucks to stop attacks.

South Sudan is on the brink of more chaos.


Britain accelerates Brexit plans, divorce talks also to speed up.

Kremlin slams reports about alleged preparations for Putin-Trump meeting as ridiculous.

Failing at home, Catalan leader takes his fight to Europe.

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to stay in Belgium for 'safety'. Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont flees to Belgium amid accusations of sedition from Spain.

Catalonia: 'Rajoy will not make concessions to anyone'.

Eurozone growth exceeds expectations.

French President Emmanuel Macron signs controversial anti-terror law.

'Not one piece of evidence' Russia interfered in US polls: Lavrov.

Vladimir Putin assassination plot suspect wounded, wife killed in attack. Vladimir Putin assassination plot: Wife of accused Chechen shot dead near Kiev.

Reformation: Four things about the 500th anniversary celebrations.


Trump admin to defend Cuba embargo at UN, reversing Obama.

With first charges, Mueller sends warning to Trump, aides.

Trump calls former campaign aide who pleaded guilty a 'liar'.

White House says Trump has ‘no intention’ to fire Mueller.

Trump won't go to DMZ during S.Korea visit: White House.

US Fed to meet as Yellen era appears set to close.

Venezuela: Leading opposition parties will boycott December vote.

Canada's economy shows more signs of cooling.


Several people killed as truck drives down New York City bike path. 8 killed by New York motorist in ‘cowardly act of terror’.

Qatar agrees to crack down on terrorism financing following Mnuchin visit.

Benghazi attack: US captures man in Libya over 2012 raid.

Syrian man 'planned bomb attack' in Germany. German police arrest Syrian suspect, avert 'major terrorist attack'.


Stocks rise: S&P 500 closes seventh straight month of gains.

Facebook, Twitter, Google defend security measures.

Bitcoin digital currency smashes all-time high of $6,300.

Russia-backed Facebook posts 'reached 126m Americans' during US election.

China's Xi meets Zuckerberg, Cook in Beijing.

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