Spain to sack Catalan government, hold new elections

​ The Spanish government will sack Catalonia’s secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it said were needed to prevent the region breaking away. The plan, which requires parliamentary approval, is Madrid’s bid to resolve the country’s worst political crisis in four decades, but it risks… Read More Spain to sack Catalan government, hold new elections

Twitter to impose strict guidelines on online sexual harassment, sensitive media

​ Twitter Inc. plans to toughen its rules on online sexual harassment and impose stronger penalties for misconduct, according to an email it sent to a group of safety advocates, academics and researchers that helps the social media service set its policies. The new rules, which will likely be introduced in the next few weeks,… Read More Twitter to impose strict guidelines on online sexual harassment, sensitive media

General Motors shuts down Australia car manufacturing plant

​ Australia’s near 100-year automotive industry ended on Friday as GM Holden Ltd, a unit of U.S. carmaker General Motors Co., closed its plant in South Australia to move manufacturing to cheaper locations. The closure comes a year after Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. similarly moved out, eliminating thousands of manufacturing jobs. It… Read More General Motors shuts down Australia car manufacturing plant

Software company Emonster files trademark lawsuit against Apple over iPhone X animoji feature

​ A Japanese software company is suing Apple Inc. in a U.S. court over the trademark for the term ‘animoji’, alleging the U.S. technology company stole the name to use on a feature of its iPhone X. Tokyo-based Emonster kk sued Apple on Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, saying it holds the U.S.… Read More Software company Emonster files trademark lawsuit against Apple over iPhone X animoji feature

Dozens killed as suicide bomber attacks mosque in Afghanistan

​ No fewer than 30 persons have been feared killed after a suicide bomber hit Shi‘ite mosque in Kabul on Friday. The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul, Afghanistan, as Shi‘ite worshippers gathered for prayers. A senior security official said that the exact number of casualties was unknown… Read More Dozens killed as suicide bomber attacks mosque in Afghanistan

Dozens of soldiers killed as Taliban militants attack military base in southern Afghanistan

​ The Afghan Taliban stormed a military base in the south of the country killing at least 43 troops on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said, with the militants saying they had killed 60. Of 60 soldiers manning the base in the province of Kandahar, 43 were killed, nine were wounded and six were missing after… Read More Dozens of soldiers killed as Taliban militants attack military base in southern Afghanistan

Spain set to suspend Catalonia autonomous status, impose direct rule as independence ultimatum deadline elapses

Spain’s central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. In a move unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would… Read More Spain set to suspend Catalonia autonomous status, impose direct rule as independence ultimatum deadline elapses