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Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

VALLETTA, Malta -- Malta's government is offering a $1.18 million reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.
The government statement Saturday called the Oct.
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Trump calls congresswoman 'wacky' in dispute over remarks to soldier's widow

Mourners were expected to pack a church Saturday to honour a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between U.S. President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman.
Family, friends and neighbours of Sgt.
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Spain's PM seeks senate permission to dissolve Catalonia's government

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he wants his country's senate to give him direct power to dissolve the regional Catalan government and to call an early election as soon as possible.
Rajoy said after meeting with his cabinet on Saturday that the central government needs to take the unprecedented step of assuming control of Catalonia to "restore order" in the face of a secession effort backed by the regional government.
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Bannon faults George W. Bush for ‘destructive’ presidency

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon depicted former U.S. President George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House.
Bannon’s scathing remarks on Friday night amounted to a retort to a Bush speech in New York earlier this week, in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism,” isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity.
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Why the murder of a journalist in Malta sent ripples as far as Canada

Consider what's happened since Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb that exploded under her car, and you'll get a glimpse into just how influential she was.
In a rare move, Pope Francis sent a letter of condolence to Caruana Galizia's three sons.
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U.S. appeals court blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion

WASHINGTON — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of federal custody.
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Egyptian officials say 54 police killed in Egypt attack

CAIRO -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday.
It was one of the largest losses of life for Egyptian security forces since militants began targeting government forces after the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, whose one-year rule proved divisive.
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Knife wielding man arrested after 8 attacked in Munich

BERLIN — A man with a knife attacked eight people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. The suspected assailant, a local German already known to police for theft and other offences, was arrested a few hours later.
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3 killed, 11 trapped after landslide in northern Malaysia

A landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia on Saturday killed three foreign workers, with rescuers searching for 11 others feared trapped in the mud and rubble, officials said.
Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said a 10-metre-high slope crashed down at the construction site in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination, early Saturday.
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Trump jabs back at 'wacky' congresswoman as spat rolls on

WASHINGTON -- Unwilling to put the tussling behind, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep.
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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presides over a Cabinet meeting in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Pool Photo via AP)
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ISIS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack

KABUL — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the capital as Afghan officials on Saturday raised the number of casualties from the attack to at least 39 dead and at least 41 wounded.
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Spanish Cabinet meets to revoke self-government in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain -- The Spanish government moved to activate a previously untapped constitutional article Saturday so it can take control of Catalonia, illustrating its determination to derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region.
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