Politics

Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence

Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence

Pro-unity demonstration held in city centre two days after Catalan parliament voted for independence and Madrid took hold of region. Hundreds of thousands have gathered in central Barcelona to call for Spanish unity two days after the Catalan parliament voted for independence and the Spanish government took control of the region. Sunday’s demonstration, which began at […]

China, Cuba sign agreements to expand economic, trade ties

China, Cuba sign agreements to expand economic, trade ties

HAVANA — China and Cuba on Wednesday signed five cooperation and legal agreements, which reaffirm the willingness of both nations to strengthen and expand their economic and trade relations. According to local media, Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, and Chen Xi, the Chinese ambassador to Cuba, signed the documents, including a […]

Catalonia’s leader rules out snap election, crisis deepens

Catalonia’s leader rules out snap election, crisis deepens

MADRID/BARCELONA – Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain, sharpening a political crisis that could turn into direct confrontation. Puigdemont had been expected to announce an election to head off moves by Madrid to […]

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution. The symbolic move […]

Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy amid independence disagreement

Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy amid independence disagreement

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont has missed the deadline to offer a final answer on whether the region is declaring independence. Now, Spain is deciding whether it will enact a rule that would allow it to directly control the currently autonomous Catalonia. Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, gave Puigdemont until 10 a.m. local time […]

World Bank chief says China’s poverty reduction effort is historic

World Bank chief says China’s poverty reduction effort is historic

WASHINGTON – World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Thursday that China’s effort to help 800 million people out of poverty is historic. “This is one of the great stories in human history, frankly,” said Kim in a press conference marking the start of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings, when […]

Oposição avisa May de que irá bloquear ‘brexit’ sem acordo

Oposição avisa May de que irá bloquear ‘brexit’ sem acordo

A primeira-ministra britânica levantou a possibilidade de o país ter de sair sem acordo. O parlamento britânico irá bloquear qualquer saída da União Europeia sem acordo com Bruxelas, avisou hoje um responsável do Partido Trabalhista britânico. Com as negociações entre o governo de Theresa May e a União Europeia sobre o “divórcio” num impasse, a […]