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Catalonia to hold independence referendum in October

Leader of Spain’s Catalonia region Carles Puigdemont says an independence referendum will be held on October 1. The announcement came despite Madrid’s firmly opposition to such a move. Catalans will be asked to answer the question: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a …

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US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting. Philippine troops are struggling to defeat hundreds of fighters, who rampaged through Marawi on May 23 …

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Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain put on hold

US president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests • Support our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter or making a contribution Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with …

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Theresa May’s top advisors quit after election failure

Theresa May’s top two aides have quit after the Conservative Party’s poor showing in the UK election. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, both May’s co-chiefs of staff, announced they were resigning after the Tories failed to win a majority. May is fighting for her political life after calling the snap …

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Raqqa: US-backed forces advance in IS ‘capital’

US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State’s “capital” of Raqqa, they and a monitor report. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the move had opened up a second front inside the Syrian city. They entered the eastern part earlier this week. Its fighters were …

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