World Bulletin/News Desk
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday expressed her support for the Spanish government which is trying to block a Catalan vote on independence, adding that there was a difference between giving regions autonomy and allowing a country to break up.
Catalan President Artur Mas says people in the northeastern region have the right to decide on breaking away from Spain and he is forging ahead with plans for a Nov. 9 referendum that Madrid vows to block on constitutional grounds.
"We're in favour of the territorial integrity of all states but that's completely different to regions becoming independent and organising themselves," Merkel told a news conference in Berlin, responding to a question from a Spanish journalist.
She pointed to the federal system in Germany, saying it gave states and municipalities a lot of scope to go their own way but added that this was "completely different to overall territorial integrity".
"So I share the opinion of the Spanish government, and other than that I won't get involved in domestic Spanish matters," Merkel said.
Catalonia, which accounts for around a fifth of Spanish economic output and 16 percent of its population, has its own language and a long history of fighting for greater autonomy.
Ferguson has been on edge for weeks as residents await the grand jury's decision.
Iran and the six major powers - the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany - decided on Monday to extend the talks until June 30, 2015
Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has killed roughly 5,420 people, mostly in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Herzog said Netanyahu had failed on the economic and security levels, and also in terms of the peace process with the Palestinians.
Hagel resigned from his post following a difficult tenure in which he reportedly struggled to fit in with the U.S. administration’s national security team.
The election monitoring project, "Eye on Elections," said its observers had documented 68 violations during the first round of elections
Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari said that discussions over the motion would be postponed until conflicts between MPs were settled
Darren Wilson, who may be indictmented as early as Monday, married a fellow Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, says the New York Times.
Author of article that led to jailing of website editor says law is 'excuse for repression'
Israeli officials came to examine the homes and take measurements in what appeared to be a prelude to demolition operations, according to eyewitnesses.
Under the accord, Iran agreed to halt its most sensitive nuclear work in exchange for some sanctions easing.
It is unclear where next month's talks will take place, he said, noting that during the extension period, Tehran will be able to continue to access around $700 million per month in sanctions relief.
Abu Jameh, head of the so-called Palestinian Salafist Scholars Association, is the third individual to have his Egyptian citizenship revoked since President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi assumed power in June.
Jens Stoltenberg calls on Alliance members to 'face up to challenges' of 'violence and extremism'
A number of public buses and private vehicles were swept away by floods in different parts of southwestern Morocco
South Africa and Palestine are expected to sign several agreements, including one for the establishment of a new joint cooperation commission.