Soccer coach Guardiola leads Catalan independence rally

On Friday, Catalonia regional government leader Carles Puigdemont made a decision to hold the vote later this year, in defiance of the government and contravening a ruling by Spain's Constitutional Court. Guardiola said: "We are here today to make it clear that on October 1 we are going to vote in a referendum to decide our future". So far, the Spanish government has stood firm against the demand for a referendum, even though the Catalan administration declared on Friday it will hold a poll ...

Merkel urges European Union to stick together after Brexit talks launched

EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said he hoped they could agree on a format and timetable on Monday. "In order to work on this subject we need to be enlightened more on the nature of future relations which obviously will have repercussions for the content and the dimensions of such transition periods", Barnier said.

Six killed in Pakistan blast

The blast occurred near Balochistan province's Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office on Gulistan Road where important government offices are located, reports Dawn news. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security to be expanded the nation over as he censured the attack, saying that no Muslim would ever imagine conferring such an "awful" act.

Bombing in southwest Pakistan kills at least 2, wounds 10

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, director general of police in Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is capital, told Reuters the bomber had detonated a auto packed with explosives. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Quetta .

Auto violence: Clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

MSF's project co-ordinator in Bria, Mumuza Muhindo Musubaho, said fierce fighting erupted in Bria early on Tuesday. NGO Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF) said there was "intense shooting" in the town, adding the situation remained volatile in the country, which has been ravaged by civil war since 2013.

Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti, Eritrea border

The three countries accuse Qatar of financing and supporting terrorism, interfering in its neighbors' internal affairs and approaching Iran , which is Saudi Arabia's main political and confessional rival in the region. So we had a decision to make. USA officials Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have called for the crisis to be de-escalated and on Wednesday while appearing before the House foreign affairs committee, reports CNN .

Federal Bureau of Investigation searching for 'Dollar Store Grandpa Bandit' who robbed MI store

This suspect may be responsible for robberies from upstate NY to Idaho. He threatened two female employees with the stun gun before forcing them into an office and robbing the store's register and safe. He is described as a white male, 50 to 65 years old, between 5-feet-10 and 6-feet tall weighing about 200 pounds. He has white or light-colored neatly-trimmed hair, worn short, and a mustache.

Earthquake Kills Two In Guatemala, Shakes Mexico

A 7.0 magnitude natural disaster has struck off the coast of Chiapas, causing heavy damage to buildings and infrastructure in Mexico's southern state. Most residents are small-scale farmers or run small businesses. Officials said classes in the area would be canceled on Wednesday to allow school buildings to be inspected.

London Van Attack: Brave Imam 'Stopped All Forms' of Assault on Suspect

Osborne, who lived in Cardiff, had been held down by a group of people after the crash. Describing it as "every mother's worst nightmare", she told The Sun: "My son is no terrorist - he's just a man with problems and I don't know how to cope with all this".

Taliban: we control Tora Bora cave complex, not Islamic State

Earlier, IS released an audio recording, saying its signature black flag was flying over the hulking mountain range. The message was broadcast on the militants' Radio Khilafat station in the Pashto language. He emphasised that most parts of Tora-Bora were still under the Taliban control, and added that they had sent reinforcements to carry out a fresh counterattack.

United States congressman Scalise still in critical condition - hospital

Mr Scalise's surgeon said he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", despite being seriously ill when he arrived at hospital after the shooting in Virginia last week. Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in.

Mass food poisoning in Mosul camp: child dies

She would not speculate whether the poisoning might have been intentional. The Hasansham U2 camp , between Mosul and Irbil, houses people displaced by an Iraqi offensive to capture Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS). Irbil police chief Abdulhaleq Talaat said seven people had been arrested in connection with the incident. Camp supervisor Rizgar Obed told Rudaw news agency that outside organizations had previously been banned from bringing in food, but the camp authorities had ...

At least two dozen people killed in multiple Pakistan blasts

Ramadan ends this weekend. Officials said the explosion was loud enough to be heard from a distance and shattered windows of nearby buildings. Sunni hardliners, now operating through different Taliban factions including the Islamic State group, consider them heretics and have often targeted them.

38 killed, 121 injured in Pakistan's Parachinar twin blast

The first attack took place in Quetta , the provincial capital of southwestern Baluchistan Province, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives after his vehicle was stopped at a security checkpoint. Reports suggest four police officers were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the Parachinar blasts. Meanwhile, the dead bodies and injuries were shifted to Headquarter Hospital Parachinar where 30 injured persons were reported by in critical condition.

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

According to a senior health official, the victims included three police officers and one traffic warden. Authorities were taking the wounded and dead to hospitals. The provincial government should provide best medical treatment to the injured. Kakar blamed India for the Quetta blast. In their messages, they expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the bomb blast.

Hundreds of mourners attend Otto Warmbier's funeral

North Korea on Friday accused the United States of waging a " smear campaign " over the death of a student who was sent back home in a coma, denying he was tortured or abused. The 22-year-old student was released from North Korea and handed over to the U.S. authorities on June 13, but he passed away in Cincinnati on June 19.

Feds support Texas in federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities law

The Republican-backed law in Texas known as Senate Bill 4 calls for jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who fail to cooperate in USA immigration enforcement. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has scheduled a June 26 hearing to consider plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction to stop SB 4 from going into effect as the court case plays out.

How US Senate Republicans plan to dismantle Obamacare

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. This provision has long irked conservative Republicans , who view it as not only costly but also an example of governmental intrusion. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

The Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) Upgraded by Vetr Inc. to "Strong-Buy"

It now has negative earnings. Its Twitter is a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Nwam LLC increased its stake in shares of Twitter by 0.4% in the first quarter. 32,400 were accumulated by Salem Counselors Inc. Institutional investors own 51.67% of the company's stock. Cibc World Markets accumulated 0% or 65,583 shares.

At Least 7 Dead, 59 Injured In Blast At China Kindergarten

An explosion ripped through a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more, according to the country's state-run media. Two people were killed immediately and five others died from their injuries, according to Chinese Central Television . Xinhua reported on Thursday night that eight people were in a critical condition.

Russia Claims to Have Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Russian military announced on Friday that they may have killed the leader of the Islamic State Group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after an airstrike destroyed a meeting at which the terrorist group leader was believed to be in attendance, although official confirmation has not yet been received.

US would like nuclear deal with India to go forward

USA officials expect a relatively low-key visit by Modi, without the fanfare of some of his previous trips to the United States , and one geared to giving the Indian leader the chance to get to know Trump personally and to show that he is doing so.

North Korea denies torture, call itself 'biggest victim' in Otto Warmbier's death

Warmbier at this time of their tragic loss". Warmbier's death has raised red flags about Americans traveling to hostile nations. He died on Monday at a Cincinnati hospital and was buried on Thursday. "I think we should strongly consider it", Corker said. In April, the Warmbier family chose to break their silence. South Korea said the women defected on their own, while North Korea claimed they were deceived and abducted to the South.

At least 29 dead as vehicle bomb hits bank in Afghanistan

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack that targeted a bank in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, earlier today. The powerful bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city when civilian and military government employees were queueing to withdraw their salaries, causing multiple casualties, officials said.

Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

The healthy could buy less expensive plans that cover fewer services. The House bill would let states apply through waivers to let insurance carriers offer skimpier plans. The Senate measure, like the House bill, would phase out the extra money that the federal government has provided to states as an incentive to expand eligibility for Medicaid .

Australia to resume airstrikes against IS in Syria

These troops are battling against the IS group in the Raqqa City, as the United States aircraft shot it down, the Russian revolt against the U.S. "I know the president is fond of secret plans", Goldenberg said. Why did the United States down another Syrian aircraft? Assad and his allies protested but did little else.

Car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills at least 11, wounds 20

Those militant groups include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which is considered a close ally of IS, as well as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which has taken credit for several previous attacks in Baluchistan and elsewhere and has bases in Pakistan's tribal regions.

Senate's version of health care plan is terrible

In the same tweet, Clinton linked to a story by the Center for American Progress , an independent nonpartisan policy institute. No state would be allowed to experiment with different models for protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Fifth Republican Senator Comes Out Against Senate Health Care Bill

Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it. A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill. And if McConnell can push something through, we all get treated to the excitement of a House-Senate conference.

Cruz, Cornyn Split On GOP Senate Healthcare Bill

Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law. After the unveiling, four of the majority party's Senators made their dissent public. Appealing to Congress and the USA people, Mr Obama said the 142-page plan had a "fundamental meanness" at its core and was "not a healthcare bill".

Democratic Losses in Special Elections

Mulvaney beat his last Democratic opponent by 20 points, The Herald reported Tuesday. "I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus", she said . Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race". Co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed with Scarborough, saying the mistake that Democrats make is presuming that just because Trump has low approval ratings , voters will shy away from Republican candidates.

Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest at McConnell's office

The protest was organized by the National ADAPT organization , a national grassroots disability rights organization "fighting to end the institutional bias". Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost. Washington's Republicans want to gut funding for the institution, explaining that providing health care to sick people who don't have employer-sponsored insurance is an "entitlement" that encourages ...

Mourners gather for United States student jailed by N Korea

He died of severe brain damage, which doctors said was likely due to cardiopulmonary arrest. Thousands of friends and relatives gathered at Wyoming High School in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday for a memorial service for Warmbier, who graduated from the school as salutatorian in 2013.

Jason Greenblatt visits home of slain Israeli policewoman, Western Wall

The Israeli government today broke ground on their first new official settlement in the occupied West Bank in 20 years. The settlement, called Amichai, will house the some 300 Jewish residents evicted from the Amona outpost after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the settlement was built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.

North Korea denies torturing American Otto Warmbier

Days after the death of USA student Otto Warmbier following 17 months detention in North Korea, the country's state media claimed his death was a "mystery". Hunziker was detained in North Korea for months in 1996 for illegally crossing the border and committed suicide less than a month after he returned to the United States later that year.