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Catalonia Spain: Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region’s government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament. The Catalan parliament will meet on Thursday to decide on its response. The pro-independence leaders could decide to formalise a ...

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Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

Media playback is unsupported on your device More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own. Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by creating drug-resistant superbugs. PHE says patients have “a part to play” in stopping the rise of infections. It is estimated: 5,000 people die in England each year as a result of drug-resistant ...

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NFL officials are ejecting guys for not throwing punches. Why?

12:00 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 In a span of 15 days, three NFL players were ejected from games for throwing punches. None of them threw a punch. And even if they had, here’s something you should know: Punching does not carry a mandatory ejection under NFL rules. So what exactly is going on here? Why are NFL officials apparently hyperfocused on an issue that is hardly new in the context of football? ...

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Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size of products reduced or ingredients changed in food and drinks bought in supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants. The targets are expected to be set by Public Health England within a year. They will be voluntary, although officials at the government advisory ...

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NFL plans to hire up to 24 full-time game officials

NFL’s 1st female ref once told CNN: ‘I want to go unnoticed’ The NFL is making some big changes. Not only will it be streaming games on Amazon(AMZN, Tech30) this season and cutting down on the length of games, but now it’s bringing on as many as 24 full-time officials. The NFL is the only pro sports league without full-time officials. It announced plans to hire 17 full-time officials in December but decided to up the number before the start of the season. The new positions come after the NFL ...

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European officials probe claims of huge German car cartel

When will hybrids and electric cars really take over? Storm clouds are gathering again over Germany’s biggest industry. Antitrust officials confirmed Saturday that they are investigating claims that the country’s major carmakers may have been operating a cartel since the 1990s, colluding on everything from vehicle development and engines, to suppliers and diesel emissions systems. “The European Commission and the Bundeskartellamt [German cartel office] have received information on this matter, which is currently being assessed by the commission,” the European Commission said in a statement. “It is premature at this ...

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U.K. officials find 'significant failings' at Fox News over sex harassment claims

Stelter: Fox & Friends is a Trump infomercial U.K. media regulator Ofcom has found evidence of “significant failings” at Fox News as part of an investigation into whether 21st Century Fox — run by the Murdoch family — should be allowed to control Sky TV. Ofcom published a report on Thursday that included an examination of recent high-profile scandals at Fox News. It ruled that Murdoch and 21st Century Fox(FOX) qualified as “fit and proper” holders of a U.K. broadcast license. (The British government on Thursday withheld approval for the ...

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Turkey slams EU officials in row over Netherlands campaigning

The Turkish foreign ministry has rejected a call by top EU officials to show restraint in a row with the Netherlands over political campaigning. It described as “worthless” an appeal by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The row erupted after the Dutch barred Turkish ministers from campaigning among expatriates for a referendum. The referendum would controversially boost the Turkish president’s powers. In response to the Dutch move, Turkey barred the Dutch ambassador from returning to Ankara and suspended high-level political talks, while Turkish ...

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UKIP officials quit in Hillsborough row

Two UKIP officials have resigned from the party, claiming leader Paul Nuttall and donor Arron Banks showed “crass insensitivity” about the Hillsborough disaster. Mr Nuttall said last week he was “sorry” over false claims that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy. Mr Banks later tweeted he was “sick to death” hearing about Hillsborough. Liverpool and Merseyside branch chairs Stuart Monkham and Adam Heatherington called the actions “unprofessional”. Ninety-six fans died after the crush at the FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ...

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Russian officials admit to vast doping 'conspiracy'

8:35 AM ET ESPN.com news services Russian officials have acknowledged for the first time the existence of a systematic, far-reaching campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country’s athletes and tainted some of the world’s most exalted international sporting events. The officials were asked over several days of interviews with The New York Times whether they still disputed credible evidence of an organized Russian doping program for Russian athletes centered on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and they said they could no longer do so. “It was an ...

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