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EU swings behind Madrid in escalating Catalan crisis

The EU closed ranks behind Spain in the Catalan crisis Thursday, saying there was “no space” for outside intervention by the bloc as France and Germany voiced strong support for Madrid.

Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43

The death toll from forest fires, which ravaged swathes of land in central Portugal in recent days, has risen to 43 after the discovery of another corpse, authorities said Thursday.

CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US

The United States should assume Kim Jong-Un’s regime is “on the cusp” of getting a nuclear missile capable of striking US targets and work to prevent this, the head of the CIA said Thursday.

Japan braces for election-day typhoon rains

A typhoon is expected to lash Japan with heavy rains Sunday, potentially weighing on turnout as millions of voters head to the polls in the world’s third-biggest economy.

‘Czech Trump’ poised to win vote that risks chaos

A billionaire populist dubbed the “Czech Trump” looked poised to win the country’s two-day general election which starts Friday, as polls suggest anti-EU parties could make gains that analysts warn could plunge the country into chaos.