Catalan independence leaders given lengthy prison sentences by Spanish court

Three other defendants were found guilty of disobedience, fined and banned from public office for 20 months. ### Nine of the 12 group members were accused of rebellion, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, but found not guilty. ### Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president of Catalonia, received the longest […]

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Ireland has a hate crime problem and its legislation is not fit to deal with it

The man on the line told Noonan he didn’t agree with Muslims in general, or want them in Ireland. He said he didn’t want Irish culture to change and that he belonged to a far-right group, according to Noonan. ### The caller went on, telling Noonan he had attended a meeting where people said they […]

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Hostage-taking, a gold stick and Black Rod. What to look out for in the Queen’s Speech

The event — which marks the monarch’s symbolic association with the British legislature — includes a grand carriage procession, a particularly heavy crown, and a part where the sovereign must read out a speech that the government writes on her behalf. ### The latest version of the jamboree, which takes place on Monday, has an […]

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Ireland has a hate crime problem and its legislation is not fit to deal with it

The man on the line told Noonan he didn’t agree with Muslims in general, or want them in Ireland. He said he didn’t want Irish culture to change and that he belonged to a far-right group, according to Noonan. ### The caller went on, telling Noonan he had attended a meeting where people said they […]

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UK says diplomatic immunity for US suspect in teen’s death ‘no longer pertinent’

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat in Britain, allegedly struck and killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn, in August while driving on the wrong side of the road. ### Sacoolas was originally cooperating in the case, police have said, but she left the country despite assuring them she would remain in the UK. ### “The […]

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The climate activists preparing for arrest

Two days into a hunger strike, the 31-year-old software engineer admits he is more emotional than usual. But though tired and hungry, it is the looming environmental catastrophe that’s really affecting his spirit. ### One of thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered in the heart of London for a planned two-week shutdown, Latimer has hope, […]

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German synagogue shooter confesses, says motivated by anti-Semitic views

Named as Stephan B, the man appeared before an investigative judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, Germany. Markus Schmitt, press officer of the prosecutor at the court, said: “Stephan B. has admitted to the accusations and specifically to his anti-Semitic as well as right-wing extremist motives.” ### A gunman killed two people […]

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Glimmer of hope for Brexit deal as EU and UK promise to ‘intensify’ talks

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, debriefed ambassadors of all 27 member states on Friday following a “constructive meeting” with Steve Barclay, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. ### The optimistic words followed bad-tempered exchanges earlier in the week. Those indicated relations between the two sides were becoming strained with the […]

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An illustrated history of the WAG; or, how Coleen Rooney broke Britain

The catalyst was not another development in the country’s unending Brexit saga, which had dominated newsstands for three years but instantly fell into irrelevance on that autumnal day. ### Instead, the landmark moment arose from a single tweet from the wife of a star footballer. ### “This has been a burden in my life for […]

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Parents of teen killed in car crash will travel to US to call for suspected driver’s return to UK

Harry Dunn, 19, died in a crash August 27 in Croughton, Northamptonshire, home to a Royal Air Force station controlled by the US Air Force. UK police say the other driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road when their car collided with Dunn. ### Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger tweeted Friday that […]

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