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2018: The year in pictures

FOX News

World leaders, from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe as part of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the November 11, 1918, armistice, which ended World War I in Paris November 11, 2018.


India ends government subsidies for Hajj pilgrimage

Al Jazeera

New Delhi, India - The Indian government has announced the end of a decades-long policy of giving subsidy to thousands of Muslims heading to the holy city of Mecca to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage.


Catalan leader accuses Spain of 'totalitarian' actions

Al Jazeera

Catalonia's president has accused Spain's central government of "totalitarian" behaviour, after police arrested the region's junior economy minister and 12 others in raids of Catalan government offices in the run-up to a planned independence referendum. Carles Puigdemont, the regional leader, denounced Wednesday's operation as "a coordinated aggression by the Spanish government's police force" in order to stop the Catalans from going ahead with the October 1 vote. "The Spanish state has by all rights intervened in Catalonia's government and has established emergency rule," Puigdemont said in a televised address. "We condemn and reject the anti-democratic and totalitarian actions of the Spanish state," he said, adding that Catalans should still turn out in force to vote in the referendum on a split from Spain that the central government in Madrid has declared illegal. Besides arresting Josep Maria Jove, the junior economy minister, police also entered the local governmental offices of the economy, interior, foreign affairs, welfare, telecommunications and tax, Catalan government sources said.


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U.S. News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it was watching developments in the disputed region of Kirkuk and was "very concerned" about reports of a confrontation, after Iraqi government forces clashed with Kurdish Peshmerga.


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U.S. News

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The timing of the next meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump has not yet been discussed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RIA news agency in an interview on Monday.