Seeking independence ‘is not a crime,’ Barcelona protesters say

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people waving pro-independence flags and holding pictures of jailed Catalan separatist leaders took to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday to call for self-determination for the northeastern Spanish region. Chanting “Freedom!” and “Independence!”, around 200,000 people, according to local police, took part in …

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Far-right activists stage torchlit march in Bulgarian capital

SOFIA (Reuters) – More than 2,000 far-right activists from several European countries staged a torchlit procession through Sofia on Saturday to honor a Bulgarian pro-Nazi general, despite opposition from the Balkan country’s political parties and Jewish groups. Members and supporters of several nationalist organizations take part in a march in …

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More U.S. aid for Venezuela touches down amid distribution uncertainty

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) – A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed. A second U.S. Air Force plane carrying humanitarian …

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Over 100 drug dealers surrender in Bangladesh crackdown | Bangladesh News

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Over 100 Bangladeshi drug dealers have surrendered to the authorities at a pre-scheduled ceremony in a coastal town seeking clemency and vowing to go back to a normal life. The unprecedented event on Saturday was prompted by a Philippines-style massive anti-narcotic crackdown, which led to the killing of …

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Iran rejects ‘laughable’ anti-Semitism allegations by Pence | USA News

Iran has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism levelled against the Islamic Republic by US Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respects Judaism but opposes Israel. Foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that Iran had a “historic respect” for “divine religions”, dismissing claims by Pence that Tehran is in favour …

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