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  • 'Independent' Catalonia Braces For Pro-Unity Rally

    October 29, 2017 9:29 AM 37

    Pro-unity protesters will gather in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona Sunday, two days after lawmakers voted to split the wealthy region from Spain, plunging the country into an unprecedented political crisis. As Madrid moved to quash the independence bid, secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont was defiant Saturday, calling for “democratic opposition” to the central

  • For Spanish and Catalan economies, no winners from standoff

    October 29, 2017 9:01 AM 33

    MADRID — Xavier Gabriel can take some credit if the tiny Catalan mountain town of Sort is one of the most famous in Spain. He runs a lottery shop called La Bruja de Oro, or The Golden Witch, in a town whose name, aptly, means “Luck” in Catalan. Its fortune in having sold many prize-winning tickets has made it a household name and a successful online

  • The Latest: EU official says no one will recognize Catalonia

    October 29, 2017 3:33 AM 38

    The European Parliament’s president says no one will ever recognize Catalonia as an independent country. Antonio Tajani says Catalonia’s independence referendum was illegal and state of law should be restored. He also spoke against EU mediation, saying the crisis is an internal Spanish issue. Catalonia’s separatist leader on Saturday called on Catalans

  • Sacked Catalonia Leader Calls for Opposition to Madrid's Rule

    October 28, 2017 8:26 PM 33

    (MADRID/BARCELONA) – Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. Puigdemont, whose regional government was dismissed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, accused Madrid

  • The Latest: Somalia attack toll now 23; baby shot in head

    October 28, 2017 8:26 PM 33

    Police say the death toll in a truck bombing at a hotel in Somalia’s capital is now 23 after rescue workers found the bodies of a woman and three children, including a baby. Police say attackers entered the hotel after the bombing in Mogadishu, and a gunbattle with security forces continued there late Saturday. Police have said more than 20 people, including

  • Somalia Mogadishu: Explosions rock capital

    October 28, 2017 7:22 PM 34

    Two explosions have killed at least 14 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, two weeks after a bomb killed 350. The first blast was caused by a car bomb being driven into a hotel. Militants then stormed the building. The second explosion took place near the former parliament house nearby. Officials say at least 14 died. The Islamist militant group

  • Bonnke’s Farewell Crusade: What he told TheNEWS about his life, ministry

    October 28, 2017 5:01 PM 86

    Reinhard Bonnke, the German Pentecostal Evangelist and head of Christ for All Nations (CFaN), whose proselitising territory is Africa, will, between 8 and 12 November, storm Lagos, Nigeria in what has been regarded as his final crusade. According to CFaN officials, headed by the African Director, John Darku, more than 10 million people are expected at the Isheri

  • Late Gen. Victor Malu buried

    October 28, 2017 3:25 PM 28

    The remains of late Gen. Victor Malu, a former Chief of Army Staff between 1999 and 2001 were committed to mother earth at about 12:23p.m. on Saturday in his country home, Tongov. The late general died on Oct. 9 in Cairo, Egypt, after a protracted illness. Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue promised after due consultation with the State House of Assembly, that the late general

  • Spain Takes Control Of 'Independent' Catalonia

    October 28, 2017 11:38 AM 34

    The firing of Josep Lluis Trapero, the highest-ranking officer of the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police, follows Friday’s dismissal of Catalonia’s president, his deputy, all ministers, and the entire parliament. Moving to quash what he termed an “escalation of disobedience”, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called December 21 elections in the region under

  • Nigerians should develop their country to avoid deportation – Economist

    October 28, 2017 10:42 AM 26

    Lucy George, a development economist and former staff of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, has advised Nigerians to remain in Nigeria and contribute to its national and economic development. George gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday. She said Nigerians should pay attention to the overwhelming number of Nigerians