Spain bars exiled ex-Catalan leader from European election

Spain’s electoral commission barred former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from running in the European Parliament elections in May, he said on Monday, a day after a general election where the region’s separatism has been a pivotal issue.div class=”feedflare”
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Sri Lanka bans face veils after attacks by Islamist militants

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants.div class=”feedflare”
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Six killed in church attack in northern Burkina Faso

Unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, authorities said, the first attack on a church in a country that has seen an upsurge of Islamist violence this year.div class=”feedflare”
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Spain’s Sanchez weighs options after election win, outlook murky

Spain’s ruling Socialists were weighing options for forming a new government on Monday after they won a national election but fell short of a majority in a deeply fragmented parliament that could spell prolonged political uncertainty.div class=”feedflare”
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Centre-right Ciudadanos claims leadership of Spain’s opposition

(This April 28 story has been refiled to fix reference to Podemos in last paragraph to far left, not far right.)div class=”feedflare”
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Kosovo president sees Washington as key to solve conflict with Serbia

The United States is key to settling the ongoing conflict between Kosovo and Serbia, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said on Monday, pointing to the inability of major European countries to reach a unified position on the issue.div class=”feedflare”
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Global military spending at new post-Cold War high, fueled by U.S., China – think-tank

Global military expenditure reached its highest level last year since the end of the Cold War, fueled by increased spending in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, a leading defense think-tank said on Monday.div class=”feedflare”
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Angry protests erupt in Tunisian city demanding development

About 5,000 Tunisians protested on Monday in central Sidi Bouzid city against marginalization and deteriorating conditions, two days after the deaths of 12 female rural workers in a traffic accident.div class=”feedflare”
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Major opposition figures not among those given back Bahraini citizenship

Major opposition and activist figures who were stripped of Bahraini citizenship are not among hundreds of people whose nationality will be restored under an amnesty announced last week, a Reuters review of the list shows.div class=”feedflare”
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France in a rush to train skilled workers to restore Notre-Dame

France is in a hurry to rebuild world famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Romain Legoube, an 18-year-old apprentice carpenter, hopes to be among those chosen for the prestigious task of restoring its centuries-old roof.div class=”feedflare”
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