Catalan protesters block roads over Spanish cabinet meeting

Protesters have blocked a major highway and dozens of roads leading to and from the Spanish city of Barcelona, as anger grows over a planned cabinet meeting in the want-away region. Led by a coalition of pro-secession parties, thousands of protesters rallied on Friday to show their disgust at Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s decision to…

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Climate, energy collide in annual UN meeting

The world’s dual attempts at addressing climate change and increasing access to energy are set to clash at an annual United Nations conference. Driving the news: A seminal report released Oct. 8 by a UN scientific body ahead of the December confab underscored the urgency of climate change and what drastic efforts should be taken…

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India, Pakistan Resume Sniping at UN After Meeting Falls Through

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House Republicans block Democrats’ request for Trump-Putin meeting details

House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans have rejected Democrats’ request that the State Department turn over documents that would explain what President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in their July one-on-one meeting in Helsinki. Why it matters: Lawmakers and Americans still don’t know the substance of what was discussed during Trump’s meeting with Putin,…

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Vatican pushes back against Vigano on Pope Francis’ Kim Davis meeting

The Vatican’s former spokesman issued a statement Sunday challenging claims made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano regarding Pope Francis’ 2015 meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates, reports the AP. Why it matters: Vigano has also claimed that Francis knowingly covered up sexual misconduct allegations against Cardinal Theodore…

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Papadopoulos claims Trump encouraged Putin meeting efforts

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos claims President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions encouraged him to continue efforts to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reports. Why it matters: Papadopoulos’ account conflicts with what Attorney General Jeff Sessions original told the House Judiciary Committee. Sessions said he pushed…

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Cohen’s Lawyer Walks Back Claim Trump Knew of Russia Meeting

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Kavanaugh calls Roe vs. Wade “settled law” in meeting with Collins

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) during a meeting Tuesday, the ruling on Roe vs. Wade granting women the right to choose to have an abortion is “settled law,” the New York Times reports. Why it matters: Collins is a potential swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation and previously said she would…

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Qatari emir vows $15bn investment in Turkey after Erdogan meeting

Fast Facts Since 2015, the volume of trade between both has exceeded $4.4bn The total of Qatari investment in Turkey amounts to $8.2bn The total of investments and trade between both amounts to $15.7bn Source: Qatar’s Government Communication Office Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said Qatar is standing by its “brothers in Turkey” as he…

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