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Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. | Video

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Czech vote winner Babis wants active EU role, not favoring government with extremists

PRAGUE The Czech Republic must seek partners beyond the central European Visegrad Group to find common ground on issues including migration and food quality, Czech parliamentary election winner Andrej Babis told Reuters.

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Gunmen kill 13 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

NIAMEY Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

Africa, Mali 4:09pm EDT

Portuguese protest over deadly forest fires, government pledges aid

LISBON As thousands of Portuguese protested on Saturday over the government's handling of massive wildfires that have killed 108 people since June, government ministers pledged to spend over 400 million euros ($470 million) in aid.

Natural Disasters 4:25pm EDT

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

Syria, Israel, United Nations 10:37am EDT

Malta offers 1 million-euro reward to find journalist's killers

VALLETTA Malta's government said on Saturday it was offering a reward of 1 million euros ($1.2 million) for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the death of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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