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Spain PM urges Catalan parliament formation in January

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on the new regional parliament to hold its maiden session in mid-January. Speaking in an end-of-year address to the nation on Friday, Rajoy urged the new Catalan parliament to convene on January 17, Madrid’s first step in reinstating local government after it fired the ...

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UK snow storm bring power outages, travel disruption

Britain suffered power outages and travel disruption Wednesday, with flights delayed because of brief runway closures as adverse weather swamped the country. More than 73,000 homes were left without power in central and southern English regions through the morning, due to snow and high winds. Western Power Distribution – serving ...

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Russia slams Japan’s deployment of US missiles

Russia has slammed Japan’s plans to deploy more US missile systems, saying the move hurts ties between Moscow and Tokyo and amounts to a breach of an arms control treaty with Washington. Last week, the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to buy two US-built Aegis Ashore missile ...

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Ugandan forces kill more than 100 rebels in DR Congo

Uganda’s armed forces have killed more than 100 Uganda-based rebels during a high-scale offensive in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Ugandan army said in a statement Wednesday that several other rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were wounded in aerial attacks and artillery raids. The ...

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Putin submits documents for 2018 Kremlin race

Russian President Vladimir Putin has handed in the required documents to run for re-election in Russia’s 2018 presidential vote. Putin, who has dominated Russia’s political landscape as either president or prime minister over the last 17 years, paid a visit on Wednesday to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and personally ...

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