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Hundreds of thousands protest Catalan independence move

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took part in a massive rally in Barcelona this Sunday to protest against the regional Catalan government’s declaration of independence from Spain. The event was organized by the anti-independence group Societat Civil Catalana, which said more than a million people marched in the protest. But in the deeply-fractured northeastern region of Spain, even counting has become politicized, and local police said around 300,000 showed up. The pro-unity protest with the slogan “we are all Catalonia, common sense for co-existence” comes in response to the Catalan government’s dramatic declaration of independence last Friday. However, for the first time in Spain’s democratic history, the central government in Madrid has activated an article of the constitution that gives it direct control of the rebellious region. Political leaders have now been fired, although the region’s President Carles Puigdemont said Saturday that he does not recog

UK's May speaks out amid lawmaker harassment claims

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for action after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and impropriety surrounding some of the country's lawmakers looks set to grow. Theresa May has written to House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, asking his office to “assist me in doing all we can to ensure the reputation of parliament is not damaged further by allegations of impropriety". May’s letter came after dozens of lawmakers, including 20 ministers, were accused of inappropriate behavior in a secret list reportedly compiled by party aides, researchers and office staff at parliament. Trade minister Mark Garnier has admitted asking a former assistant to buy sex toys and using inappropriate language to her. Former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb -- a one-time contender for leadership of the Conservatives -- has apologized for sending explicit messages to a young woman after a job interview at Westminster in 2013, according to a report by the Sunday

Hundreds protest Myanmar in front of White House

Hundreds gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to protest the ongoing violence targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim American Society (MAS) and many others took their grievances to the U.S. capitol. Civil society representatives from various backgrounds called on the Myanmar authorities to end the bloodshed and urged the Trump administration to act more effectively on the persecution in Rakhine state as well as use its influence on the Myanmar government. Since Aug. 25, 603,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. The refugees are fleeing a military operation and Buddhist mobs that killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. "If this is not a genocide, I do not know what is,&