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Catalan crisis: Carles Puigdemont ‘welcome’ to run in poll – BBC News

Media captionSarah Rainsford met protesters in Madrid who are calling for a united Spain The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections. The central government in Madrid has ordered that fresh elections for the regional parliament of Catalonia should take place in December. It […]

Tropical Storm Selma Hits El Salvador; Philippe Eyes Florida – Bloomberg

San Salvador, El Salvador (AP) — Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on El Salvador’s coast Saturday with heavy rains and dangerous ocean swells, while Tropical Storm Philippe formed in the Caribbean and was expected to dump heavy rains across South Florida and the Keys after soaking Cuba. The National Hurricane Center said late Saturday that […]

North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons – New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned for a military buildup against the threat from the North, and Japan sits on a stockpile of nuclear material that could power an arsenal of 6,000 weapons. Last Sunday, he won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution. This brutal calculus […]

Mogadishu car bombs leave at least 19 dead – CNN

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Nuclear sub sailors fired after ‘absolutely disgraceful’ parties with a prostitute and cocaine – Washington Post

Royal Navy security personnel stand guard on HMS Vigilant at Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Clyde, Scotland in 2016. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) The British sailors who spend their lives in submarines safeguarding the nation’s nuclear missiles are, without hyperbole, contenders for the most important job in the world. The gravity of their mission is even […]

Mattis Visit to DMZ Highlights the North Korean Threat to Seoul – New York Times

But even if the United States and South Korea were able to do so, American defense officials acknowledge that North Korea would still have a significant retaliatory capability, including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as well as conventional forces. It would be virtually impossible, the officials said, to destroy all of North Korea’s offensive capabilities […]

Meet the first-ever robot citizen — a humanoid named Sophia that once said it would ‘destroy humans’ – Business Insider

Sophia the robot is the first robot in history to be granted full citizenship of a country.Graham Flanagan/Business Insider Sophia the robot might not have a heart or brain, but it does have Saudi Arabian citizenship. As of October 25, Sophia is the first robot in history to be a full citizen of a country. Sophia was developed […]

The Latest: Hundreds against independence rally in Barcelona – Washington Post

BARCELONA, Spain — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Not everyone in Catalonia is pleased with their regional government’s vote to declare independence from Spain. Hundreds of people against independence marched Friday night in downtown Barcelona, waving Spanish flags. In response to the Catalan move, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano […]

Moscow decries ‘hostility’ as Trump moves toward new Russia sanctions – Chicago Tribune

The Russian government on Friday accused the United States of displaying “hostility” as the Trump administration belatedly took the first steps toward imposing new sanctions to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. In early August, after considerable delay and with minimal fanfare, President Trump signed into law a measure that required the […]

A new reminder that we may never know Hurricane Maria’s full toll on Puerto Rico – Washington Post

President Trump takes part in the distribution of food and supplies at a church in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) It has been more than a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. A little less than three-quarters of the island still lacks electricity; earlier this week, the island’s former governor […]