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Barcelona: A Global City in the Eye of a Separatist Storm

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:50:03 GMT

The flag of the Catalan independence movement on display in Barcelona, Spain. In many ways, the issue of Catalonia’s independence is more complex for residents of Barcelona than for those in other parts of the region.The question of Catalan independence has proved a more complex question for those in Barcelona than for Catalans living outside the regional capital.


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Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Sudden Star, Gets Set to Govern

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:31:36 GMT

Jacinda Ardern at Labour’s headquarters at Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, in August. She became the head of the party just 10 weeks ago, and now, at 37, she’s about to lead the country.A policy “geek” promising a fairer deal took over a foundering party and, at 37, rode progressives’ ardor to national power in a matter of weeks.


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China’s Party Congress Brings Crackdown on Critics, Nightclubs and Airbnb

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:03:31 GMT

Police officers guard a subway entrance in Beijing on Thursday. Controlling access around government sites has led to long queues and crowding at subways.Extremely tight security during an important Communist Party meeting reflects President Xi Jinping’s vision of an all-powerful government.


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This Is What Victory Over ISIS Looks Like

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:55:54 GMT

Kobani, Syria, after an invasion by the Islamic State was repelled in 2015.Cities in Syria and Iraq have been wrested from the Islamic State at a terrible cost. They are ghosts of their former glory.


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South Korea Will Resume Reactor Work, Defying Nuclear Opponents

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:28:00 GMT

Workers cheering Friday at the state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company complex near Ulsan, South Korea, after a state panel advised resuming construction on two unfinished nuclear reactors.The decision to restart two stalled projects reverses a campaign promise by President Moon Jae-in and disappoints supporters seeking a phaseout of nuclear power.


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Suspecting Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote, Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:32:46 GMT

Arron Banks was a major supporter of Leave.EU, the unofficial campaign for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.The former Labour minister, Ben Bradshaw, points to reports that question whether a major donor could have afforded the millions he gave to the campaign.


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As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:14:00 GMT

American-backed forces have largely driven the Islamic State from Raqqa, above. The big question is who will rule it next.The Syrian war did not begin or end with the Islamic State. Who will control the cities and territories where ISIS was evicted is an open question.


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Australia Mourns the End of Its Car Manufacturing Industry

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:56:20 GMT

Former Holden employees sit on the back of their Holden Ute outside the company’s plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on Friday as fans of the Australian-made vehicle mark the shutdown of the production line.On Friday, Holden employees bid farewell to Australia’s last car factory, wondering if the government could have done more to save it.


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The Interpreter: Myanmar, Once a Hope for Democracy, Is Now a Study in How It Fails

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:35:56 GMT

Supporters of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Oct. 10 in Yangon, Myanmar, at what was billed as an Interreligious Gathering of Prayers for Peace.Nationalism, an unchecked ethnic majority and support for authoritarian values have put Myanmar well down the road to becoming an “illiberal democracy.”


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Malta in an Uproar Over Killing of an Investigative Journalist

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:50:59 GMT

A memorial in Valletta, Malta, for Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who was killed by a car bomb on Monday.Daphne Caruana Galizia, who uncovered nepotism and corruption in Malta and was killed in a car bombing on Monday, had many enemies.


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Canada Letter: Wolves in Captivity and Gord Downie’s Last Album

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:03:04 GMT

James Gorman, a science writer for The Times, in Nicolet, Quebec, while reporting on the differences between dogs and wolves.In the Canada Letter this week: A quandary over captive wolves, the death of a singer who defined Canada, and growing trade friction.


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China Wrongly Detained 3 Human Rights Activists, U.N. Experts Say

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:04:49 GMT

Xie Yang with his wife, Chen Guiqiu.Hu Shigen, Zhou Shifeng and Xie Yang were imprisoned for subversion. U.N. experts say their rights were violated.


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U.S.-Turkey Visa Standoff Disrupts Business and Tourism

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:23:30 GMT

The United States Consulate in Istanbul. Turkey’s detention of employees of the consulate led to the suspension of visas services by both sides.As the diplomatic dispute lingers, Turks and Americans are struggling with the effects, and the United States is demanding protection for its consular staff.


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Article 155: The ‘Nuclear Option’ That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:21:43 GMT

A Catalan flag reflected in a window in Barcelona.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy holds a cabinet meeting Saturday to decide on emergency measures for the independence-minded region.


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Spain’s Opposition Backs Effort to Suspend Catalan Autonomy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:26:43 GMT

A demonstrator with a Catalan flag during a protest in front of the Spanish central government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Thursday.The main opposition party confirmed on Friday that it would support measures to dissolve the Catalonian Parliament in order to head off secession.


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Suicide Bombing Attack on Shiite Mosque in Kabul Kills at Least 32

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:37:22 GMT

Witnesses said the number of casualties could be as much as 50 dead, and people protested the Afghan government’s inability to protect the country’s Shiites.



Russia-U.S. Diplomatic Dispute Could Endanger Syria Investigation

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:25:08 GMT

Victims of a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, in April.The two sides appear headed for a United Nations showdown over a panel investigating who was behind a deadly sarin attack in Syria last April.


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Theresa May Wants Brexit Trade Talks. The E.U. Wants More Money.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:44:05 GMT

“I am ambitious and positive for Britain’s future and these negotiations,” Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said. “But I know we still have some way to go.”The stalemate over Britain’s departure remains, but some European leaders hinted this week that negotiations on future relations might begin in December.


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The Saturday Profile: Selling the Porsche to Promote Iranian Art

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:09:45 GMT

Hamidreza Pejman’s nonprofit foundation has been buying Iranian art and supporting dozens of Iranian and foreign artists for the last two years.Hamidreza Pejman, an Iranian entrepreneur, has poured his money into an exhibit space that he hopes will lift Tehran’s art scene to a global level.


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Power, Corruption and Murder Roil Little Guyana

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:04 GMT

The storefront of a boutique that sells religious artifacts in Richmond Hill, Queens.A gruesome crime in Guyana has threatened a tightly knit immigrant community in Queens, pitting Hindu against Muslim, rich against poor, and cousin against cousin.


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Food Inequality in Venezuela: Dining Out

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Venezuela's economic crisis has left more than 80 percent of its citizens in poverty. But some upper class pockets can still afford to eat out. Inside Casa Bistro, the chef explains how business continues despite the rising inflation.



Ousted Chinese Official Is Accused of Plotting Against Communist Party

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:57:07 GMT

Sun Zhengcai, then the Communist party secretary of the city of Chongqing, in Beijing in March.Allegations offer new details of charges against Sun Zhengcai and pit him against not just the Communist Party but China’s leader, Xi Jinping.


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Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:57:43 GMT

Younger workers have benefited from Japan’s steady, albeit modest, economic growth. That was expected to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands to benefit in Sunday’s elections because wage growth and a tight job market have demoted the economy as a campaign issue.


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Body Found in Argentine River Shakes Up Election

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:02:39 GMT

In August, demonstrators in Buenos Aires held up photographs of Santiago Maldonado, an indigenous rights activist who had been missing for a little over a week at the time.The discovery of a body near the site where an indigenous rights activist vanished two months ago has raised questions about the government’s investigation.


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Canada Welcomed Refugees, but Now Struggles With Backlog

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:03:48 GMT

Asylum seekers at a processing center at the Canadian border in Quebec in August.Partly because of an influx of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally into Quebec this year, tens of thousands of people are caught in a bureaucratic limbo.


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U.S. Works to Keep Palestinians’ Talks on Track to Aid Peace

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:17:00 GMT

Saleh al-Aruri of Hamas, seated left, and Azam al-Ahmad of Fatah signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo last week.As Egypt works to bring together two rival Palestinian factions, President Trump’s special Middle East envoy visited Cairo to help move those talks along.


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Key ISIS Operative in Philippines ‘Taken’ in Gunfight, President Says

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:21:56 GMT

Soldiers walking past damaged houses in Marawi, a southern city in the Philippines, on Thursday.Mahmud Ahmad had acted as a link to the group’s central command in Syria, helping funnel money and foreign fighters who ransacked a city in the south.


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Burqa Bans: Which Countries Outlaw Face Coverings?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:56:58 GMT

A protest in Montreal in 2013 against a proposal to outlaw public sector employees from wearing face veils. Quebec enacted a face veil ban on Wednesday.Austria. France. Part of Canada. More regions are considering or adopting laws that restrict such garments in public.


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Sevastopol Journal: Crimean Winemakers Look to Shed the Rot Gut Label

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:17:39 GMT

The vineyard of the Russian winemaker Pavel Shvets, outside Sevastopol.Pioneer boutique winemakers around Sevastopol are seeking to convince Russian consumers that quality wine does not have to come from France.


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Japanese Carmakers Call Kobe Steel’s Products Safe Despite Scandal

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:30:31 GMT

The headquarters for Kobe Steel in Tokyo. Positive safety reviews of its products by Toyota, Honda and Mazda could help lift a cloud over the company, which has said its inspectors falsified data.A round of positive findings from Toyota, Honda and Mazda could help lift a cloud over the Japanese supplier, which has said its inspectors falsified data.


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Food Inequality in Venezuela: Children in Crisis

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Food shortages and the lack of affordable goods has led to growing malnutrition rates in Venezuela. A nonprofit initiative provides community lunches for children in low-income neighborhoods in an attempt to alleviate the problem.



Afghan Army Unit Nearly Wiped Out as New Taliban Tactic Takes Toll

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:57:08 GMT

A checkpoint on a highway leading to Maywand District in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Thursday.Forty-three soldiers were killed after militants drove stolen Humvees packed with explosives into an army base, mirroring a tactic used in two recent attacks.


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Nawaz Sharif, Ousted Pakistani Leader, Is Indicted in Corruption Case

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:51:07 GMT

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan in front of party supporters in Lahore on Oct. 4.The charges against the former prime minister stem from his family’s ownership of expensive residential property in London.


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Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:32:28 GMT

Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, has requested mediation over his region’s status in Spain.Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s leader, said in a letter to the Spanish prime minister that the regional Parliament could vote to break away if Madrid tried to seize administrative control.


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China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:01:32 GMT

The cultural hub of Guangzhou, China, is Haixinsha Asian Games Park, popular for strolling and shopping. The park is one of a number of recent projects that have helped give the city and surrounding Guangdong Province a reputation for appealing development.A leadership shuffle in the Communist Party could hint at its commitment to an economic overhaul, but Xi Jinping’s growing power may hinder that effort.


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New Zealand to Be Led by Jacinda Ardern, 37, Returning Left to Power

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:57:22 GMT

Jacinda Ardern is poised to become the new prime minister of New Zealand.A minor party’s support has put Ms. Ardern, the Labour standard-bearer, in line to be the country’s youngest prime minister in more than 150 years.


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China’s Economy Grew Steadily, Thanks to Loans and Homes

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:12:56 GMT

Shoppers in Shanghai. Retail spending, housing sales and trade figures suggest an economy growing steadily under the guiding hand of the government.China’s economy expanded by 6.8 percent in the third quarter, but an upswing in credit suggests Beijing is still grappling with an addiction to debt.


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Letter 30: Live Journalism, with Song, History and Taylor Mac in Melbourne

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:48:14 GMT

Taylor Mac bringing the old and young together on stage in Melbourne.This week’s newsletter digs into discussion and events with The New York Times in Australia.


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Struggle Over Kirkuk Puts the U.S. and Iran on the Same Side

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:52:38 GMT

Iraqi security forces in military vehicles in Kirkuk on Tuesday.Kurdish and Iraqi forces, both armed by the Americans, fought each other in Kirkuk. Analysts think Iran played a key role in the dispute’s resolution.


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Former Trump Hotel Partner Charged in Brazil Olympic Bribery Case

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:57:34 GMT

Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, was escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 5.Prosecutors in Brazil say a wealthy businessman paid bribes to get the 2016 Games to Rio and was later rewarded through his stake in a would-be Trump hotel.


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Kenyan Election Official Fears New Vote Won’t Be Credible

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:57:08 GMT

The Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, right, at a rally in Mombasa on Sunday. Mr. Odinga was defeated in a presidential election in August, but the Supreme Court annulled the results. He said he would withdraw from the new election because its fairness could not be guaranteed.The chairman of the electoral commission accused the top political parties of interfering with the election, scheduled for next week.


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