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Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the pros
To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her

To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he — unwittingly — went straight to the top.
WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

GENEVA — After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador.
54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

CAIRO — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday.
Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

VALLETTA, Malta — Malta's government on Saturday offered an "unprecedented" 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.
Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month.
Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358

Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week aft
Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

NEW YORK — The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets' home opener took a knee at the end of her performance. Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish.
Man with knife attacks 8 people in Munich; suspect arrested

Man with knife attacks 8 people in Munich; suspect arrested

BERLIN — A man with a knife attacked eight people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. The suspected assailant, a local German already known to police for theft and other offences , was arrested a few hours later.
China supports Myanmar 'safeguarding peace and stability'

China supports Myanmar 'safeguarding peace and stability'

BEIJING — China supports Myanmar in "safeguarding peace and stability" and won't join other nations in condemning what many consider a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, an official with the ruling Chinese Communist Party said Sat