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Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

MADRID (AP) — Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont faced additional obstacles Monday in his attempt to stand for his old job from his bolt hole in Belgium. Legal advisers told the Catalan parliament on Monday that Puigdemont can’t be sworn in unless he shows up in person in the chamber, while Spain’s prime minister vowed to maintain Madrid’s direct rule ...

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Sri Lanka court dashes president’s hope of longer term

Sirisena’s bid for an extra year in office has been rejected Sri Lanka’s top court has rejected a controversial attempt to extend President Maithripala Sirisena’s term in office by an extra year, further souring the ruling party’s relations with its coalition partners. Sirisena had asked the Supreme Court whether a limit on…

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‘People’s support must to end child marriage’

RANCHI: As per the data of the 4th National Family Health Survey, Jharkhand figures in the top three states plagued by the curse of child marriage including Bihar and West Bengal with 38% of the total marriages in the state involving an under-age spouse. Not less than 27 lakh child marriages has taken place in Jharkhand after the state’s formation ...

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US wants to cut money for Palestinian refugees

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials. ……

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China and Russia’s absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the United States, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. ...

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