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    General strike grips Catalonia

    Agence France-Presse . Barcelona, Spain | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Spain’s protest-hit northeast was gripped by a general strike Friday as thousands of ‘freedom marchers’ converged on Barcelona for a mass show of dissent over...

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    Protest against austerity continues in Lebanon

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Hundreds of protesters blocked major highways in Lebanon Friday, after thousands angry at proposed tax increases thronged the streets overnight demanding the government’s resignation in...

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    Cartel fighters oust Mexican security forces, free drug lord

    Reuters. Mexico City | Updated at 11:21am on October 18, 2019

    Heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded security forces and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s sons, whose brief apprehension triggered intense...

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    Internet shutdown fuels Kashmir fake news battle

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 04:44pm on October 18, 2019

    A communications blackout in India’s powder keg Kashmir region is fuelling a fake news war with Pakistan, as both sides unleash a deluge of disinformation...

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    Sudan peace talks resume after deadlock

    Agence-France-Presse . South Sudan | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebels resumed Friday in neighbouring South Sudan after a rocky start saw one of the main groups threaten...

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    General Mattis takes swipe at Trump

    Agence France-Presse . New York | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Former US defense secretary James Mattis said he was honored to be the ‘world’s most overrated general’ in a swipe at his former boss Donald...

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    Japan’s emperor declares enthronement

    Reuters . Tokyo | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Japanese emperor Naruhito is set to proclaim his enthronement next week in a centuries-old ceremony attended by some 2,000 people, including heads of state and...

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    Pakistan denies entry of CPJ  leader

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:00am on October 19, 2019

    Rights organisations have slammed Pakistani authorities after a member of a leading media watchdog was denied entry to the country, calling the move a ‘slap...