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The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a coordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK.It is said to be the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.More than 20 countries have aligned with the UK, expelling more than 100 diplomats.Russia vowed to retaliate to the "provocative gesture".

Puigdemont in German court, as arrest ignites Catalan protests

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is to appear in court today, following his arrest in Germany, which triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia where thousands of separatists clashed with police. German police arrested Puigdemont yesterday, under a European warrant issued by Spain. The arrest comes five months after Puigdemont went on the run, as Spanish prosecutors sought to charge him with sedition and rebellion in the wake of a vote by the Catalan parliament to declare independence.
He will be brought before a German judge today and a court will then decide if he is to remain in custody pending extradition proceedings.

Russia and Taliban deny a US allegation of collusion.

Russia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting, and even supplying weapons to, the insurgent group. Gen John Nicholson told the BBC last week he had seen "destabilising activity by the Russians". The Russian embassy in Kabul in a statement dismissed the general's claim as "baseless" and "idle gossip". A Taliban spokesman said they had not "received assistance from any country".

Trump announces 60 billion US dollars in China tariffs.

The US plans to impose tariffs on up to 60 billion dollars in Chinese goods and limit the country's investment in the US in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft. The White House said the actions were necessary to counter unfair competition from China's state-led economy. It said years of talks had failed to produce change. China said it was ready to retaliate with "necessary measures". Beijing also said it would "fight to the end" in any trade war with the US.

Trump prepares China trade sanctions, Beijing vows retaliation

US President Donald Trump is poised to unveil sanctions against China today, for what he describes as "theft of US intellectual property and fueling fears of a trade war". The Chinese Commerce Ministry issued a pre-emptive warning, saying Beijing "will certainly take all necessary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests".


Ringo Starr receives knighthood

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted for his services to music. The Duke of Cambridge bestowed the honour on the Liverpool-born star at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The honour comes 53 years after the Beatles were all awarded 'Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire' - 'MBE'.


Warrant sought for Cambridge Analytica

The UK's Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm: Cambridge Analytica. The London-based company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members, to influence the US presidential election in 2016. Its executives have also been filmed suggesting it could use 'honey traps' and 'potentially bribery' to discredit politicians.
Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks.

The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks. They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of "destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure". He said the sanctions would target "ongoing nefarious attacks" by Russia.

Indian Chief Justice says "press cannot write anything they imagine about anyone"

Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra says, "journalism has descended into a scenario, where the press thinks they are 'sitting on some pulpit' and can write anything they imagine about anyone".
He added, “that is not real journalism, that is irresponsible reporting, sometimes whatever is written amounts to sheer Contempt of Court”


At least 8 martyred, several injured in Raiwind suicide blast on police check post in Pakistan

At least eight persons, including five policemen, lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore. Police confirmed that it was a suicide blast which ripped through a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima of Tableeghi Jamaat is held. The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

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