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MADRID: Spain’s government kicked off a crisis cabinet meeting on Saturday as it prepares to seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist executive in an unprecedented move aimed at stopping the northeastern region’s independence drive. During the meeting, which started around 10 a.m. (0800 GMT), Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his ministers…

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LOS ANGELES: A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein on Friday (Saturday in Manila) of unzipping his pants and forcing himself on her, as a separate alleged victim was preparing to go public with rape allegations. Heather Kerr, who appeared on 1980s US sitcom The Facts of Life, claims Weinstein attacked…

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BRUSSELS: EU leaders threw British Prime Minister Theresa May a lifeline in Brexit talks on Friday (Saturday in Manila), agreeing at a Brussels summit meeting to start preparations for the next stage of negotiations. EU President Donald Tusk said reports the talks were in deadlock were “exaggerated,” hailing a speech…

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LONDON: Higher food prices, grounded flights and City job losses: catastrophic predictions of Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal in place abound despite the more upbeat tone from Friday’s EU summit. Prime Minister Theresa May has not ruled out walking away from the talks and some hardliners…

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BERLIN: Several people were injured Saturday morning in the southern German city of Munich by a man wielding a knife who fled the scene, said police, adding possible motives were unknown. A man “injured several people with a knife” in the center of Munich and “is still on the run”,…

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SEOUL: Choi Siwon, a member of popular K-pop boy band Super Junior, on Saturday apologized over the death of a renowned restaurateur who died after being attacked by his family’s pet dog. The 53-year-old woman, surnamed Kim, who ran a famous Korean restaurant, Hanilkwan, in Seoul, died in hospital of…

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CAIRO: At least 35 Egyptian police officers have been killed in an ambush by Islamist fighters near the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert, security and medical sources said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. The interior ministry said security forces hunting down Islamist militants in…

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Malacañang on Saturday scored the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) plan to send a trial observer to monitor and report on the proceedings against detained Sen. Leila de Lima over drug allegations. In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the IPU cannot interfere with the internal affairs of the Philippines.…

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Remaining hostages and members of the Islamic State-linked Maute Group have been “mixing up” within the main battle area in Marawi City, prompting the military to order segregation, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said on Thursday night. Año disclosed that the military’s intelligence…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division has postponed the arraignment of former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio, who is facing graft charges for allegedly attempting to persuade his younger brother, a former magistrate, to help a litigant in 2008. The court reset the arraignment to October 27 because…