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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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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 Oct 19 2017

Typhoon bears down on Japan, will hinder voting in national election

TOKYO Typhoon Lan with heavy rains and destructive winds is expected to hit southern Japan on Sunday when the nation holds a national election, forcing officials in Okinawa to stage voting a day early on some remote islands.

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South Korea to stress safety of Pyeongchang Olympics to diplomats, companies

SEOUL South Korea's foreign ministry will stress the Pyeongchang Olympics will be safe from North Korean provocations in a briefing to diplomats and executives at foreign companies in the country on Friday, as concerns persist over tensions with the North.

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.

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