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Senior separatists detained as Madrid piles pressure on Catalonia

MADRID, OCT 17 (DNA) –  A Spanish court has ordered two powerful Catalan separatists to be detained, threatening a further escalation of the political crisis on Tuesday as both sides refuse to budge in their high-stakes standoff over the region’s independence bid. Protests broke out in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Monday as news spread that Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez were being kept behind bars on sedition charges. The pair are the leaders of pro-independence citizens’ groups Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) respectively, both of which count tens of thousands of members and have emerged as key players in the Catalonia crisis.

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Japan zoo mourns death of love-struck penguin

TOKYO, OCT 14 (DNA) – An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21. Officials at Tobu zoo in Saitama, north of Tokyo, said Grape passed away after a brief illness with the object of his desire right by his side. He would have been around 80 in human years. Earlier this year, the Humboldt penguin became smitten with a cut-out of Hululu — a character from the Japanese anime “Kemono Friends” — after being dumped by his former mate, a female called Midori. A love-sick Grape found solace in Hululu and would stare at her for hours on end.

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Spanish ambassador hosts grand reception to celebrate national day

ISLAMABAD, OCT 13 (DNA) – Ambassador of Spain Carlos Morales hosted a grand reception to celebrate national day of Spain. Federal Commerce Minister Pervez Malik was the chief guest. The ambassador while speaking on the occasion said, politically, we have held three rounds of bilateral consultations at Foreign Secretary level in the last three years. The next one is scheduled for early next year in Islamabad. As a member of the EU we also actively participate and engage in the wide range of European Union-Pakistan dialogues, as the Joint Commission that has been taking place in Brussels this week.

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Gloves off as Japan election campaign starts

Tokyo’s popular governor Yuriko Koike launched a bitter attack on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday as the gloves came off for the official start of a snap election campaign in the world’s third-largest economy. Conservative premier Abe, 63, is facing an unexpected and fierce challenge from the media-savvy Koike, who has upended the sleepy world of Japanese politics with her upstart “Party of Hope.” Addressing hundreds of commuters at a busy Tokyo station via loudspeaker, Koike called on supporters to “end the politics of Abe,” lashing out at the long-serving premier over recent scandals that have weighed on his popularity.

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Former Pak-Indo spy chiefs urge both nations to start dialogue

LONDON, OCT 08 (DNA) – Former spy chiefs of Pakistan and India have said that the diplomatic talks and communications between the two countries are essential and helpful for the national interest of both countries. Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general General (r) Ehsanul Haq and former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Amarjit Singh Dulat took part in a public debate at the London School of Economics’ Sheikh Zayed Theatre, which was organised by South Asia Centre, LSE’s Pakistan Development Society and the South Asia Future Forum.

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World leaders ask UN to resolve Kashmir conflict

NEW YORK, OCT 08 (DNA) – In a memorandum submitted to the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Azad Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhary, and the secretary general of the World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, urged the United Nations to play the leadership card in resolving the 70-year-old Kashmir conflict. The memorandum read that the Kashmir conflict is perhaps the most dangerous conflict in the world, because of the spiraling nuclear and missile race between India and Pakistan, coupled with historical enmities that have occasioned three wars between the two rivals.

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Florida: Police claim ‘clown murder’ mystery solved after 27 years

TALLAHASSEE, SEPT 29 (DNA) – Homicide investigators in Florida believe to have solved the 27-year-old bizarre murder case of a young woman shot dead in May of 1990 by a balloon-carrying clown who knocked at her door. Believed to have cracked the cold case, the authorities said on Thursday that the victim Marlene Warren was shot dead by Sheila Keen, who following her affair with Warren’s husband, later became his second wife.