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Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests10/18/2019 3:38:38 PM Tens of thousands of demonstrators waving Catalan flags and chanting "Independence!" and "Freedom for political prisoners!" poured into Barcelona on Friday, the fifth day of protests against the jailing of separatist leaders.
Former Hercules Capital CEO to plead guilty to U.S. college admissions scam10/18/2019 3:38:24 PM A former chief executive of specialty finance lender Hercules Capital Inc has agreed to plead guilty to participating in what authorities say is the largest college admissions scam uncovered in the United States, prosecutors said on Friday.
Spanish judge orders closure of Catalan protest group website10/18/2019 3:38:12 PM A Spanish judge on Friday ordered the closure of web pages linked to Democratic Tsunami, a secretive Catalan group behind huge protests against the jailing of secessionist leaders, police said.
Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers10/18/2019 3:36:45 PM Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said.
White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid10/18/2019 3:36:41 PM President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim - debunked as a conspiracy theory - about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
U.S. energy chief says departure has 'absolutely nothing' to do with Ukraine10/18/2019 3:36:41 PM U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Friday the controversy over the Trump administration's handling of Ukraine had nothing to do with his resignation, adding he did not know whether he would cooperate with House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
Brexit on a knife edge as PM Johnson stakes all on 'Super Saturday' vote10/18/2019 3:36:12 PM Britain's exit from the European Union hung on a knife-edge on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to persuade doubters to rally behind his last-minute European Union divorce deal in an extraordinary vote in parliament.
Brexit basics: What is Brexit and why does it matter?10/18/2019 3:36:12 PM The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union at 2300 GMT on Oct. 31. Below is an explainer of the Brexit basics:
Chicago teachers strike enters second day as union presses broad list of demands10/18/2019 3:34:26 PM A teachers strike in Chicago entered its second day on Friday as union leaders reported some headway at the bargaining table, where negotiators were trying to resolve differences that have idled the third-largest U.S. school district.
White House aide's words on Ukraine upend impeachment strategy, rattle allies10/18/2019 3:33:48 PM A top White House aide's suggestion that President Donald Trump sought a political favor from Ukraine in exchange for military aid has upended the administration's impeachment strategy and left his Republican allies flummoxed and frustrated.
Gun with a chip: U.S. Army contracts may lead to a smarter firearm10/18/2019 3:32:27 PM A carbine that can call in an airstrike. A computer-aided scope on a machine gun that can turn just about anyone into a marksman.Even firearms that measure and record every movement, from the angle of the barrel to the precise moment of each shot fired, which could provide law enforcement with a digital record of police shootings.
Exclusive: Aramco makes relatively little from foreign refining - documents10/18/2019 3:30:32 PM Documents from Saudi Aramco show that the world's largest oil firm earns only a limited proportion of its profit from foreign refining ventures, an area in which the company plans huge investment.
UK lawmaker Letwin says his amendment designed to block accidental no-deal10/18/2019 3:22:03 PM British Lawmaker Oliver Letwin said on Friday he wanted to make sure Britain did not leave the European Union without a Brexit deal by mistake, explaining a proposal that could prevent a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Saturday.
Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son10/18/2019 3:14:47 PM Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover.
Mexican president hails decision to release Guzman son; critics slam security policy10/18/2019 3:14:47 PM Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended security forces on Friday over their handling of a shocking outbreak of drug violence, saying they had saved lives by releasing a son of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his bungled arrest.
Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite, graft grows10/18/2019 2:43:36 PM Tens of thousands of angry protesters blocked roads and burned tyres across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the demise of a political elite they say looted the economy to the point of breakdown.
Wall Street treads water as earnings counter China data gloom; J&J falls10/18/2019 2:37:22 PM Wall Street struggled for direction on Friday as upbeat earnings reports calmed nerves about the global economy after China expanded at its weakest pace in almost 30 years, with Johnson & Johnson also weighing on the blue-chip Dow index.
Shells fall in northeast Syria despite five-day ceasefire agreement10/18/2019 2:18:43 PM Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
France's Macron criticizes NATO reaction over Turkish offensive10/18/2019 2:18:43 PM France's president on Friday bemoaned Turkey's offensive into northern Syria as "madness" and decried the North Atlantic Organisation's (NATO) inability to react to the assault as a "serious mistake."
Lebanon's Bassil urges reforms, no new taxes amid protests10/18/2019 2:13:25 PM Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Friday that the government must not impose any new taxes, work to stop corruption and enact long-delayed reforms but warned that mass protests may lead to strife.