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- Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to call a snap election in a bid to persuade Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to impose direct rule on the region. Reported by regional newspaper La Vanguardia and confirmed by Reuters, Puigdemont plans to schedule the elections for December 20, however he cancelled an announcement speech, stirring concerns that he might change his mind. Rajoy said last week that he would impose direct rule on the region following its disputed referendum on independence held without Madrid’s permission last month.
- A protester has been killed and others injured as clashes continue between police and opposition supporters in Kenya. A rerun of the presidential election is going ahead today despite being boycotted by the main opposition leader. The supreme court overturned the initial results – which awarded victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 8.
- Thailand will begin its royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej after a year-long mourning period. The ceremony, held in Bangkok’s old royal quarter, is said to have drawn in as many as 250,000 people from across Thailand. The revered king reigned for seven decades.
- Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi rejected the Kurdish government’s offer to freeze the result of its independence referendum, saying that Baghdad won’t accept anything short of canceling the vote’s result. The Kurds had proposed a dialogue with Baghdad and a halt to all military operations following days of clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
What we’re reading
- According to a New York Times op-ed, “dubious” independent news sites and partisan blogs have been publishing content supporting current president Rodrigo Duterte since his election.
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