Political Unrest
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Catalan majority votes for independence despite police raids

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/17, 09:22 am

Catalonia’s leader said the autonomous Spanish region has earned the right to independence after Catalans overwhelmingly voted Sunday in favor of separation, despite violent police raids intended to stop the process. Preliminary results show 90 percent of the 2.26 million votes counted were in favor of independence. The counted ballots did not include those confiscated by Spanish National Police during raids that closed 319 of the 2,300 polling stations, according to Catalan authorities. Videos showed Spanish police using batons and rubber bullets against voters.

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Kurdish independence vote prompts flight ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/28/17, 11:28 am

Several Middle Eastern airlines have halted flights to Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, beginning Friday, after Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence. The Kurdish electoral commission on Wednesday said more than 92 percent of voters approved the region’s move for independence from Iraq. Tuesday’s referendum took place across the autonomous region’s provinces despite threats from the Iraqi government and concerns communicated by other international leaders.

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Fire at Ukrainian ammunition depot blamed on possible sabotage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/27/17, 08:39 am

A Ukrainian emergency response agency evacuated 30,000 people from their homes in central Ukraine after a huge fire late Tuesday set off several explosions at a military ammunition depot. Officials on Wednesday said the government has closed the airspace over the region and will investigate the fire as possible sabotage. The explosions occurred at a military base near Kalynivka, 120 miles southwest of Kiev. The fire damaged four residential buildings, and Ukraine’s emergency service reports of at least one injury.

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