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Spain PM asks Catalan leaders to admit referendum ‘won’t happen’

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders Saturday to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week.

Pope Francis congratulates Angolan present-elect

The head of the Catholic Church in the world, Pope Francis, has congratulated Angolan president-elect João Lourenço.

Angola’s UNITA drops parliament boycott threat

The leading opposition party in Angola said Saturday its lawmakers would take their seats in parliament, withdrawing a threat to boycott the assembly to protest last month's election outcome.

Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Spain's public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.

Nadal speaks out against Catalan independence

Spanish tennis world number one Rafael Nadal has criticised plans for an independence referendum called by Catalonia’s pro-separatist government for October 1.

Catalonia’s Puigdemont vows to see through independence vote

The president of Spain's Catalonia region has called for mass demonstrations next week, vowing to press ahead with an independence referendum - a move that the central government in Madrid insists would be illegal.

Angolan opposition parties file complaint on election result

Three Angolan opposition parties on Friday filed a complaint against the outcome of nationwide elections on August 23 that asserted the 42-year grip of the ruling MPLA party.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia’s independence vote

Spain's constitutional court has suspended the call for a referendum on Catalonia's independence after agreeing to review an appeal by central authorities in Madrid.

Teargas ends Togo’s second day of anti-Gnassingbe dynasty protest

Togolese security services fired teargas late Thursday night to disperse thousands of protesters in the streets of the capital Lome who were determined to stay all night to demand the departure of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Angola president-elect reaches out to the opposition

Angolan president-elect João Lourenço has called for dialogue with the opposition parties.

Indonesian judge jailed 8 years for corruption

An Indonesian Court on Monday sentenced a Constitutional Court judge to eight years in prison for corruption.

Catalan separatists to take border control if voters opt to separate in referendum

Authorities in Catalonia will take immediate control of regional borders if voters opt to separate from Spain in a referendum planned for October 1 but opposed by Madrid, pro-independence lawmakers said Monday.

Guatemala court blocks expulsion of UN anti-graft chief

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has blocked President Jimmy Morales' order to expel the head of a UN anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign financing.

South Africa’s Zuma survives attempt to oust him

South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has survived an ouster attempt in the country's National Assembly.

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Police raid Ore forest to clear kidnappers’ hideouts

The Ondo State Police Command has cleared several hideouts of kidnappers in Ore as parts of the force’s determination to tackle rising cases of kidnapping in the area.

Lebron James slams Trump over comments on NFL players

United States President Donald Trump received backlash from Basketball sensation, Lebron James, over comments on NFL players and disinvite to the White House.

Parker sets sights on Joshua unification bout

New Zealand's Joseph Parker said he had the skills to exploit Anthony Joshua's "weaknesses" after beating Hughie Fury by a majority points decision to defend his WBO world heavyweight title.

NAF has eradicated Boko Haram frontline leadership, logistics bases – CAS

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, saturday said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has eradicated Boko Haram frontline leadership and several of the terrorist group’s logistics bases.

Those seeking to scrap NGOs are enemies of democracy – Group

The Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, a justice reform and human rights organisation, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to shun the proposed Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, regulation bill in the works at the National Assembly, describing it as “draconian, wicked and dangerous.”

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