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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. | Video

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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry

GENEVA U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

NZ Prime Minister-elect Ardern focuses on final touches in coalition deal, NZ dollar sinks

WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said she would spend Friday ironing out issues and ministerial posts with coalition partner New Zealand First, one day after becoming the Pacific nation's youngest leader in more than 150 years.

10:00pm EDT

Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

BAGHDAD Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad.

Iraq, United Nations 2:25pm EDT

Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state: UNICEF

GENEVA Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

United Nations 8:18pm EDT

Japan's Emperor Akihito likely to abdicate at end-March 2019: Asahi

TOKYO Japan's Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in April, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday.

Japan 10:03pm EDT

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