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Spain police break up refugee kidnap gang

(AFP) – Spanish police said Thursday they had broken up a gang suspected of kidnapping migrants shortly after they arrived in Spain by boat from Morocco and holding them for ransom. The gang allegedly waited for refugee boats to land on beaches near the southern port of Algeciras, and then ...

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New Catalan leader shuns constitution as sworn in

(AFP) – Quim Torra, Catalonia’s new separatist leader, was sworn in Thursday during a brief ceremony without central government representatives in which he avoided promising to obey the constitution and pledged instead to follow “the will of the Catalan people”. The ceremony marks the end of nearly seven months of ...

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With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief

SOFIA (AFP) – The European Union’s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his “capricious assertiveness” and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. EU president Donald Tusk urged leaders meeting in Bulgaria to form a “united European front” against ...

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