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Spain will sack Catalan government, call regional election


MADRID The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new election, saying it had to take the unprecedented step to prevent the region pushing ahead with independence. | Video

Storm Brian clobbers Ireland and British coastal towns, buildings damaged 12:00pm BST

TENBY, Wales Storm Brian battered towns in Ireland and along the western coast of England and Wales on Saturday, with gusts and high seas causing heavy damage to buildings.

May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead 7:11am BST

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signalling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. | Video

German police rule out terrorism in Munich knife attack 1:52pm BST

MUNICH German police ruled out a political or religious motive behind a knife attack in the city of Munich on Saturday and said a detained man suspected of injuring eight people had mental health problems.

China's Communist Party says still talking to North Korean counterpart 5:59am BST

BEIJING China's ruling Communist Party continues to hold talks and maintain contacts with its North Korean counterpart, a senior official said on Saturday, describing the two countries friendship as important for regional stability.

Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52 killed - sources 10:20am BST

CAIRO At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said.

Czech voters expected to hand power to billionaire businessman Babis 1:05pm BST

PRAGUE Czech officials tallied votes on Saturday in a parliamentary election likely to bring a billionaire businessman to power on promises to cut taxes, weed out political corruption and stand firm against immigration.

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire 1:52pm BST

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

China says no excuses for foreign officials meeting Dalai Lama 7:48am BST

BEIJING Foreign leaders can't think they can get away with meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama just because they are doing it in a personal capacity, as they still represent their government, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday.

Critics urge WHO to reverse 'wrong' choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy 11:47am BST

GENEVA/LONDON The World Health Organization (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong.