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Spain-Catalonia standoff set to intensify as leaders take hard lines

MADRID Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.

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'We're not Catalonia': Italy's separatists tread softly toward autonomy

MILAN, Italy As nervous investors retreat from Catalonia, afraid the wealthy region may secede from Spain, another European region whose politicians once campaigned for independence is looking to attract some of them -- by talking of autonomy, not secession.

Spain 2:21am EDT

Turkey's Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment: Hurriyet

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq "at any moment" after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

Turkey, Iraq 2:54am EDT

China says hopes U.S. can abandon bias, view China objectively

BEIJING China said on Thursday it hopes the United States can abandon its bias and see China objectively, following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for a broader alliance to check instances of Beijing's "disadvantageous" influence in Asia.

United Nations 3:57am EDT

Philippines says 'big possibility' Malaysian militant leader killed

MARAWI CITY, Philippines The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a "big possibility" that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in a battle overnight.

3:59am EDT

Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

YANGON One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

Myanmar 2:10am EDT

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