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Zimbabwe crisis: Soldiers 'take over broadcaster ZBC'

Soldiers are reported to have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster, ZBC, amid a growing political crisis. Heavy gunfire and artillery have also been heard in northern suburbs, although the situation is unclear. There has been no word so far from 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s ambassador in South Africa, Isaac Moyo, dismissed any talk of a coup and said the government was “intact”. The worsening situation came after Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused the country’s army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he warned of possible military intervention. General ...

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Tillerson warns against Lebanon proxy wars after Hariri crisis

Media playback is unsupported on your device US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned other countries against using Lebanon for proxy conflicts, following a crisis triggered by the resignation of its prime minister, Saad Hariri. Iran and its Lebanese ally, the militant Shia group Hezbollah, claim the Saudis detained Mr Hariri and forced his resignation. Mr Tillerson said he had received assurances that Mr Hariri is free. Mr Hariri resigned a week ago while in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for ...

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Catalonia crisis: Protests as ex-ministers held in Spanish custody

Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of Catalans have protested against the detention of eight regional ministers sacked over Catalonia’s push for independence from Spain. The officials – who appeared in Spain’s high court – are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Prosecutors are also seeking a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who did not show up in court and is now in Belgium. The request also covers four other ex-ministers who ignored the summons. Spain has been gripped by a ...

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Catalonia crisis: Sacked ministers held by Madrid court

Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region’s push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid. They are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. The state prosecutor has requested a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up in court in Madrid as requested. Catalonia crisis ...

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Catalan crisis: Carles Puigdemont 'welcome' to run in poll

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections. The central government in Madrid has ordered that fresh elections for the regional parliament of Catalonia should take place in December. It stripped Catalonia of its autonomy after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence. Mr Puigdemont is urging “democratic opposition” to direct rule from Madrid. He condemned the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy and promised to continue to “work to build a free country”. ...

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Catalan crisis: Spain PM Rajoy demands direct rule

Media playback is unsupported on your device Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on senators to approve direct rule over Catalonia, amid an escalating crisis over the region’s push for independence. He said he wanted to dismiss Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his vice-president and all regional ministers. Mr Rajoy’s speech was met with applause in the Spanish senate, where his Partido Popular has a majority. Earlier this month Catalonia held a disputed referendum on the issue. Mr Rajoy said he was calling for exceptional measures because there was no ...

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Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

Catalonia’s parliament is debating the regional government’s push for independence, a day before Spain is expected to reassert control. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont opted not to call regional elections as a way of breaking the deadlock with Madrid, asking MPs to discuss the way forward. The Spanish government plans to strip Mr Puigdemont of his powers. The Senate in Madrid is expected to approve the move on Friday under Article 155 of the constitution. Large crowds gathered outside the regional government building in Barcelona, ahead of Mr Puigdemont’s much-anticipated statement. ...

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Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation. “There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action,” he said. He was speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Catalans voted to secede in a 1 October referendum, which was outlawed by Spain and has prompted mass demonstrations. Mr Tusk’s remarks came hours after Spain said it was beginning the process of imposing direct rule on the autonomous region. ...

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Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”. Catalans voted to secede in a referendum outlawed by Spain. Some fear the latest moves could spark further unrest after mass demonstrations before and since the ballot on 1 October. Spain’s supreme court declared the vote illegal ...

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