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Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption – BBC News

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Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption

BBC News

The UK is facing gale-force winds and possible flooding from Storm Brian – days after three people died in Ireland in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia. Gusts of up to 70mph are predicted from Saturday morning, with forecasters warning of the

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Catalonia Independence Row Sees Spanish Government Move Closer To Imposing Direct Rule

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The Spanish government is one step closer to imposing direct rule in Catalan after winning the support of the socialist opposition party for plans to dissolve the region’s parliament and hold new elections.

The Socialists, the main opposition, said on Friday they would back special measures to impose central rule on the secessionist-minded Catalan government, Reuters reported.

It is hoped the move will end a crisis that has unsettled the euro and hurt confidence in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy, the party said.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to pave the way for Madrid establishing central control in the region.

The government on Friday would not confirm whether January elections formed a part of the package, with Rajoy saying only that the measures would be announced on Saturday.

But a government spokesman said that regional elections were likely.

The logical end to this process would be new elections established within the law, Inigo Mendez de Vigo said at a weekly press conference.

It will be the first time in Spain’s four decades of democracy that Madrid has invoked the constitution to effectively sack a regional government and call new elections.

Rajoy wants as broad a consensus as possible before taking the step, which has raised the prospect of more large-scale protests in Catalonia.

In recent weeks, pro-independence groups have been able to bring more than one million people out onto the streets.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a former journalist who is spearheading the secession campaign, has refused to renounce independence, citing an overwhelming vote in favour of secession at a referendum on October 1.

Catalan authorities said around 90% voted for independence in the referendum though only 43% of voters participated. Opponents of secession mostly stayed home.

Spanish courts have ruled the referendum unconstitutional, but Puigdemont says the result is binding and must be obeyed.

The prolonged standoff has caused hundreds of companies to move their headquarters outside Catalonia and prompted the Spanish government to cut its economic growth forecast.

The region accounts for a fifth of Spain’s economy.

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London now more dangerous than New York City, crime stats suggest –

London now more dangerous than New York City, crime stats suggest

London is now more crime ridden and dangerous than New York City, with rape, robbery and violent offences far higher on this side of the Atlantic. The latest statistics, published earlier this week, revealed that crime across the UK was up by 13 per

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Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised for “on your knees bitch” comments –

Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised for “on your knees bitch” comments

Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised after footage emerged of him telling someone to get “on your knees bitch”. The video of the Norwich South MP showed him onstage taking part in a mock game show at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference.

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2 dead, 4 injured in Brazil school shooting – Xinhua

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2 dead, 4 injured in Brazil school shooting


RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — A 14-year-old victim of bullying on Friday shot dead two classmates and injured four others in Goiania, capital of the central Brazilian state of Goias, local authorities said. The incident took place a little before

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One killed nine injured in stabbing rampage in Polish shopping centre – Sky News

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One killed nine injured in stabbing rampage in Polish shopping centre

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A knifeman attacks shoppers from behind as they walked in a shopping centre in Stalowa Wola. 22:32, UK, Friday 20 October 2017. A victim is taken away in an ambulance following the stabbing attack in Stalowa Wola. Image: A victim is taken away in an…

Polish Police Rule Out Terror Motive in Deadly Mall

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West Ham 0-3 Brighton: Three problems facing Slaven Bilic – SkySports


West Ham 0-3 Brighton: Three problems facing Slaven Bilic


Three problems facing Slaven Bilic after seeing West Ham fall to a 3-0 home defeat to Brighton. West Ham were the favourites to beat Brighton at the London Stadium on Friday night but were beaten 3-0 and deserved no more from the game. First-half goals…

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