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Pacific territory of New Caledonia to remain part of France

Pacific territory of New Caledonia to remain part of France

The Pacific territory of New Caledonia voted Sunday to remain part of France, French President Emmanuel Macron announced hours after polls closed in a referendum on independence.

EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence

EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence

The European Union referred Poland to its top court on Monday for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments.

Taiwan coffee chain vanishes from China food platforms

Taiwan coffee chain vanishes from China food platforms

85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs following a visit to one of its stores in Los Angeles this week by Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan.

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

The Spanish court also dropped European arrest warrants for five other Catalan pro-independence leaders living abroad.

With Brexit clarity, Scotland will look again at independence: Sturgeon

With Brexit clarity, Scotland will look again at independence: Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she would again consider another vote on independence for Scotland when the British government offers some certainty over Brexit.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

At least one woman was arrested Tuesday for ‘rebellion’ and ‘terrorism’ in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Scuffles in Hong Kong at key vote for democrats

Scuffles in Hong Kong at key vote for democrats

Beijing has become incensed at the emergence of activists advocating independence and views calls for self-determination as part of a dangerous splittist push.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

A Supreme Court judge in Madrid began questioning separatist leaders Friday who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive, in what they hope could signal their release.

Breakaway Somaliland votes for new president

Breakaway Somaliland votes for new president

Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland voted Monday in its third presidential poll, hoping to prove its democratic credentials and strengthen the case for independence from troubled Somalia.

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

A day after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona to demand the release of separatist officials, Mariano Rajoy also urged businesses not to flee the wealthy northern region.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region's tumultuous independence drive.