Catalan referendum: MSPs call for independence vote to go ahead

Spanish authorities must allow a referendum on Catalan independence to go ahead, a cross-party group of MSPs has said as tensions in the province rise.

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Donald Trump has attracted criticism from athletes. Picture: Getty

Various sport stars condemn Donald Trump’s comments amid NFL row

US president Donald Trump has denounced protests by NFL players in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation from league executives and star players alike.

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Students march in Pyongyang yesterday in support of leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: AFP/Getty

North Korea ups stakes with threat of hydrogen bomb test above ground

Fears have been raised that North Korea’s next nuclear test could involve a thermonuclear missile being flown over Japan, after its foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

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In Quebec, around 78 per cent of people class themselves as Francophone, while 42.6 of the local population are bilingual. Quebecois want to preserve their French culture, but rules are being relaxed.

Jane Bradley: Quel relief, it’s OK to parlez Franglais

Quebec’s language police have had to call off the dogs after a row over an Italian restaurant being forced to drop the word ‘pasta’ from its menu says Jane Bradley

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President Trump used a forum for peace to threaten to annihilate a nation of 25 million people.

Nicholas Kristof: Meet the world leaders – in hypocrisy

There is plenty posturing in the spotlight but little is being done to tackle humanitarian crises, says Nicholas Kristof

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The busiest border crossing in the United States, between San Diego and Tijuana, will close to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. Picture: AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Long delays expected as America’s busiest border crossing shuts

The busiest border crossing in the world will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass between California and Mexico every day.

Supporters of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party demonstrate against the German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel at a CDU election campaign stop. Picture: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Angela Merkel set to win fourth term as Germans go to the polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel appears all but certain to win a fourth term when Germans vote tomorrow after a humdrum campaign produced few divisive issues but saw smaller parties gain support - including the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany.

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An escalating war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un ratcheted up a notch as the US president dubbed North Korea's leader a "madman".
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Donald Trump says Kim Jong Un is ‘obviously a madman’

Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea and renewed his rhetorical offensive against Kim Jong Un, calling the reclusive leader “obviously a madman”.

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50 countries have just banned nuclear weapons

Dozens of country have signed a pact to ban nuclear weapons, despite most of the world’s nuclear powers arguing against it.

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Thousands gathered yesterday at the gates of Catalonias judicial body in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Catalan pro-independence protesters call for release of officials

Thousands gathered yesterday at the gates of Catalonia’s judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.

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Susheila Nasta MBE: Indians have added spice to British life for centuries

People of Indian heritage now form Britain’s ­largest ethnic minority but ­surprisingly little is known about the diverse history of their settlement.

The Strip in Las Vegas. One end of this famous thoroughfare is dominated by the presence of the Trump Hotel, one of the most expensive places in town to book a room.

Jim Duffy: Trump’s bold stance is a power game driven by economics

I’m spending a few days here in Las Vegas, the true feel of America is played out everywhere. The American corporate companies will do anything to generate a buck and relieve you of your cash. And that’s not simply on the casino floor.

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at Pyongyang Airport. Picture: AP

North Korean minister echoes Pedro Caixinha’s ‘dog and caravan’ phrase

North Korea’s foreign minister echoed comments made by Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha when he was asked to comment on remarks made by US president Donald Trump.

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Google is buying the HTC team that made its Pixel smartphone. Picture: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Google strikes $1.1bn deal with smartphone maker HTC

Google is buying a major division of smartphone maker HTC for $1.1 billion (£815 million) to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services.

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Spain responds to Scottish Government statement on Catalonia

The Spanish Government has rejected a statement by Scottish ministers over the proposed Catalonian independence referendum.

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Jake LaMotta, right, fighting Marcel Cerdan in Briggs Stadium in Detroit in 1949. Picture: AP

Jake LaMotta passes away aged 95

Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film Raging Bull, has died aged 95.

Erik Paartalu in action for Melbourne FC in Australia. Picture: Getty Images

Ex-Morton and Gretna player describes ‘surreal’ match in North Korea

A footballer who spent time at Morton, Gretna and Stirling Albion has talked about the ‘surreal’ experience of playing a competitive match in North Korea.

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John A Macdonald. Picture: Creative Commons

Scot who founded Canada removed from banknotes over ‘genocide’

The Scot who founded Canada is to have his face removed one of the country’s banknotes amid a row over “cultural genocide”.

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Bethany Haines and her father David.

Abusive partner of David Haines' daughter defaced scrapbook she kept of father

The daughter of a British aid worker murdered by Islamic State (IS) terrorists was left "scared and belittled" by her controlling partner who defaced a scrapbook she kept to remember her father, a court has heard.

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People holding 'Esteladas' flags protest during a police raid on offices of Catalonia's regional government. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Police arrest 12 in raids on Catalonia government offices

Spanish police have arrested 12 people in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia as a crackdown intensifies on the region’s preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal.

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