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Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large crowds gathered in the centre of Barcelona on Sunday evening Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday’s contentious referendum which was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence. Hundreds of people were injured as Spanish police ...

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With kids in tow, Catalonia’s pro-independence parents occupy polling stations in mass act of civil disobedience  

SABADELL, Spain — In a mass act of civil disobedience, organized by Whatsapp groups, encrypted messages and clandestine committees, a small army of parents and their children occupied hundreds of polling stations across Catalonia on Saturday, hoping to thwart efforts by the central government to shut down an independence referendum that Madrid calls illegal. The remarkable occupation of elementary and high ...

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The European destinations you should travel to instead

AUSTRALIANS may adore travelling around Europe, but that love is not always reciprocated. This year has seen furious backlash against tourists across the continent, with many European countries complaining that the armies of foreign visitors are overcrowding their streets, disrupting the lives of locals, putting a strain on resources, driving up prices and destroying their culture. Some 75.3 million people ...

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European shares score strong month but Catalonia weighs on Spain

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) – European shares ended with the best monthly gain this year on Friday, helped by a weakening euro, but uncertainty over the Catalan crisis weighed on Spanish stocks. A weakening euro has taken pressure off Europe’s equities and especially the exporter-heavy DAX .GDAXI, helping investors find renewed enthusiasm for the asset class after the slow summer months. Both ...

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Tom Price and his wife flew on US military jets to Europe

Tom Price. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Tom Price, the US Health and Human Services Secretary, traveled overseas on military planes at least twice this year, Politico reported on Thursday evening. The White House had twice given Price permission to use military jets for trips to Africa, Europe, and Asia, Politico said. Price’s wife, Betty, joined him on those flights, which cost ...

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Despite Brexit, London skyscrapers draw highest rents in Europe

(Reuters) – Rents for office space in London skyscrapers are still the highest across Europe, a report showed on Thursday, indicating that the capital remains one of the most sought after business hubs despite Britain’s looming exit from the European Union. Prime rents in London buildings over 30 storeys stood at $110 per square feet over the first half of ...

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Grave of Europe’s 1st Moon Orbiter Finally Found

Discovery of SMART-1 impact site on high resolution Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images. The field is 50 metres wide (north is up). SMART-1 touched down from north to south at a grazing speed of 2 kilometres per second. This image, with west illumination, clearly shows a linear gouge of 15 metres length in the surface. Credit: P Stooke/B Foing et al ...

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French president Macron outlines ambitious plan for Europe

In an impassioned speech on Europe before students at the Sorbonne on Tuesday, French president Emmanuel Macron called on European countries to volunteer to participate in an avant-garde “group for the refoundation of Europe”, to forge ahead with concrete proposals for a more sovereign, unified and democratic EU. “Audacity” was the word that recurred most often. The atmosphere was electric, ...

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