‘Long-Desired Step’: Catalan Parliament Declares Independence from Spain

Following a secret ballot, MPs in the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain, with the regional leader Carlos Puigdemont saying the people had completed “a long-desired step.” Lawmakers opposed to independence boycotted the vote. The assembly’s speaker announced that the motion was passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against, and two blank ballots, according …

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‘Europe is Lost’: Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Move to Israel

In the aftermath of this week’s terrorist attacks in Barcelona, the city’s chief rabbi has warned his community that Jews in the region are doomed because of the threat of radical Islam. At least 14 people were killed and over 100 injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the nearby coastal town of …

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Water Cannon & Burned Out Cars: Violent Riots Continue in Hamburg After G20 Summit

Violent confrontations between police and protesters continued in Hamburg in the early hours of Sunday morning, even after all of the G20 leaders had left. Police said they had to deploy water cannon against demonstrators who were burning vehicles. The violent riot took place in the Schanzenviertel area of the center of Hamburg, police said …

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900,000 Brits Too Fat to Work, Study Claims

Almost 900,000 people in Britain are out of work because they are overweight, according to a new study. The figure is five times higher than official records suggest. According to Professor Dame Carol Black, a former rheumatologist consultant, the actual number of people claiming welfare payments because of obesity is around 880,000, many times more …

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Thieves Break into German Military Compound, Steal Weapons from Armored Carrier

Unidentified thieves stole weapons from inside a Fox armored personnel carrier after breaking into a military facility in northern Germany, the Bundeswehr confirmed to local media. The perpetrators stole two G36 assault rifles, one P8 pistol, one flare gun, two magazines without ammunition, two radio devices, and a pair of binoculars, Die Welt reported, adding …

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Top British Universities Found Producing ‘Fake Research’

Hundreds of allegations of “fake research” conducted at some of the UK’s top universities were reported between 2011 and 2016, figures show. According to figures released by 23 of Britain’s 24 Russell Group universities following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by the BBC, the scale of fraudulent research is much higher than official Research …

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Has There Been a “Nuclear Incident” in the Arctic?

There have been rumblings regarding some sort of nuclear incident—or possibly incidents—in the Arctic over the last month. Multiple reports, some of them from official monitoring organizations, have reported iodine 131—a radioactive isotope often associated with nuclear fission—has been detected via air sampling stations throughout the region. The first detection of the isotope came during …

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5 Strange Things about the Berlin Terror Attack

As the investigation and manhunt for the truck driver continue, here are five things to consider. 1) Merkel’s reaction. A horrendous terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening left 12 people dead and 48 injured. Chancellor Merkel, however, only addressed the public next day, some 15 hours after the tragic event. …

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