Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
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Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The crisis over Catalonia’s quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain’s central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession. In his latest display of brinkmanship, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont sent a letter to Spanish Prime … Continue reading

2 Americans confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits
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2 Americans confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, the State Department said Friday, Mar. 23, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium’s counterterrorism efforts against “carping” by critics. Speaking after meeting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Kerry said the … Continue reading

American Muslims decry Cruz community surveillance comments
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American Muslims decry Cruz community surveillance comments

  DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Some American Muslims feel they are once again on the defensive following presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s suggestion that Muslim-dominated neighborhoods should be subject to increased surveillance in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels claimed by the Islamic State militant group. “We’re targeted even if it’s not our fault,” … Continue reading

Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance
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Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance

BRUSSELS (AP) — Foreign ministers from NATO countries were expected to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance despite Russia’s objection to the move, diplomats said, the latest sign of discord between the West and Moscow even as they both battle the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Montenegro’s accession was one of several … Continue reading

Brussels stays on high alert over serious, imminent threat
International News / Middle East

Brussels stays on high alert over serious, imminent threat

BRUSSELS (AP) — With hundreds of troops patrolling Brussels for a second day and authorities hunting one or more suspected militants, the Belgian government chose Sunday to keep the capital on the highest state of alert into the start of the workweek to prevent a Paris-style attack. Citing a “serious and imminent” threat, Prime Minister … Continue reading

Experts raise concerns over lopsided EU-Africa migrant deals
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Experts raise concerns over lopsided EU-Africa migrant deals

BRUSSELS (AP) — Forced into action by its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union is pressing some northern African nations to sign lopsided deals that would send thousands back without sufficient protection, African diplomats and migration experts are warning. Concern is growing that the EU will use its considerable political and … Continue reading

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NATO ministers to meet on Russia, upgrading response force

  BRUSSELS (AP) — With NATO officials calling Russia more unpredictable now than during the Cold War, alliance defense ministers on Thursday are expected to approve further measures to enhance the organization’s ability to deter and, if necessary, respond to military threats from Moscow, officials said. Adam Thomson, Britain’s permanent representative to NATO, predicted “an … Continue reading