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EU holds ground after May’s Brussels trip

European Union ministers told Britain it must offer more concessions on leaving the bloc before the other 27 states will begin trade talks, signalling that Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to Brussels had failed to bring a breakthrough.

Reuters, Oct 18 2017

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madrid’s 3-day ultimatum to catalan secessionists

Madrid on Monday warned Catalonia’s separatist leader that he has only three days left to “return to legality” after he refused to say whether he would follow through on a threat to declare independence from Spain.

Agence France-Presse, Oct 18 2017

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Ready to help oust Kurdish fighters: Turkey

Turkey has said it is ready to help the Iraqi government oust Kurdish fighters from the disputed city of Kirkuk.

Oct 18 2017

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Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk guv’s office, oil field

Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor’s office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum.

Agence France-Presse, Oct 18 2017

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China congress to enshrine Xi’s philosophy in constitution

China’s Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political philosophy in its constitution at its five-yearly congress, which will end on October 24, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Agence France-Presse, Oct 18 2017

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Bangladesh asked to move refugees stranded at border

The UN refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees “stranded” near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safer and better conditions.

Reuters, Oct 18 2017

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