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Catalonia ousted chief Puigdemont asks for 'risk-free' return to Spain

Catalonia ousted chief Puigdemont asks for 'risk-free' return to Spain

The gathering comes just two days after Torrent - who is also pro-independence - proposed Puigdemont as president of Catalonia following a snap election in December in which separatist parties again won an absolute majority. The government in Madrid has ruled out his being allowed to rule from outside the country and even his separatist allies - the leftwing ERC party of Puigdemont's former deputy Oriol Junqueras - are cool in private towards his bid to rule from overseas.


Venezuela: President Maduro Set to Run for Re-Election in 2018 Vote

Venezuela: President Maduro Set to Run for Re-Election in 2018 Vote

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked sure to stand for re-election in a presidential vote due by the end of April where the ruling Socialists hope to trump a squabbling opposition despite an economic crisis and foreign sanctions. Maduro's government also disqualified former Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, the opposition's nominee for the presidency during the last two elections , from running for any office in the country.


Mother charged with murdering her son and daughter

Mother charged with murdering her son and daughter

At the time of the claims, police were not suspicious of the siblings' deaths but an investigation was launched after new information was received, reported Nine News . Inspector Thompson said police will also allege that Crabtree had counselled her son to commit armed robbery prior to his death. She is yet to be charged and is due to face Brisbane Magistrates court today.


USCIRF Welcomes Confirmation of New Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

USCIRF Welcomes Confirmation of New Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the confirmation today by the Senate of a new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Vice President Pence waves while arriving for a swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 3. "I think we're going to get him a vote and I hope that happens very quickly", he said.


Advocacy Groups Sue Feds Over Kentucky's Medicaid Approval

Advocacy Groups Sue Feds Over Kentucky's Medicaid Approval

As president, Trump endorsed Republican bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid . Critics, including many healthcare providers, say Medicaid work requirements will cause a significant number of people to lose access to healthcare, which will harm their health and make it more hard for them to work.


Jim Mattis in Indonesia: Snakes Part of Survival Skills Demonstration

Jim Mattis in Indonesia: Snakes Part of Survival Skills Demonstration

Mattis talked about the meeting today with reporters en route to Vietnam and after visiting Indonesia. " You could imagine how much training went into each individual there, that they were able to do that ", he added. Vietnam and North Korea, at one time both within the influence of the former Soviet Union, maintain traditional diplomatic and political ties. His next stop is Vietnam, where authorities will have trouble following this act, writes Adam K.