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Argentina workers burn US flags after auto parts maker fires 300 workers

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Workers laid off by an American auto parts company in Argentina have burnt US flags during a protest march on Washington’s embassy in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. The Wednesday evening protest rally was triggered by job losses at a manufacturing plant run by US auto parts maker Lear as the Argentine automotive industry reels from an ailing economy. Hundreds... 

Catalonia president orders independence referendum on Nov. 9

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The president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has signed a decree calling an independence referendum for Nov. 9. The secessionist drive of the Spanish region has been rebuked by Madrid, which vowed to block the vote. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called a government meeting Monday that is expected to provide a legal response to Barcelona’s announcement.... 

Catalan parliament approves November independence vote

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The Catalan parliament has passed a law giving its regional president the power to carry out a non-binding consultation vote on secession from Spain. Catalan nationalists believe this law enables them to hold the long-awaited independence referendum. On Friday, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of the new law, with 106 MPs supporting it and 28 voting against. The... 

Scots demand vote recount after multiple frauds exposed

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Over 150,000 people have demanded a recount in the Scottish independence referendum after videos purporting to show evidence of vote fraud went viral in the aftermath of last week’s polling. As we first reported on Friday, several video clips appear to show sporadic examples of potential vote fraud, feeding into existing suspicions that the British establishment... 

Pro-independence Scots launch new ‘45%’ campaign

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Thousands of pro-independence activists, determined to continue their fight for Scottish statehood, have launched a new campaign called ‘the 45 percent’, despite losing Thursday’s referendum. The campaign draws its name from the 44.7 percent of the Scottish electorate who voted ‘Yes’ to independence. Although the ‘No’ campaign secured a narrow... 

Final-day push before historic Scottish independence vote

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Campaigners on both sides of Scotland’s independence referendum are trying to sway over 4 million registered voters in a last-day push before the historic vote gets underway. Voters in Scotland will head to polls on Thursday to decide whether they want to stay in the 307-year-union with the rest of the UK or become independent. Turnout is expected to... 

Supreme Court justice warns of drones creating ‘Orwellian’ future

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has voiced concerns that, without sufficient protections, the age of unmanned drones and ubiquitous surveillance will usher in an “Orwellian world.” Sotomayor told faculty and students at Oklahoma City University last week that technological capabilities allow devices to monitor “your conversations from miles... 

Nationalist anti-immigrant party ‘real winner’ of Sweden election

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The general parliamentary election in Sweden on Sunday was ‘something of a shock’ to the nation. The far-right Sweden Democrats party managed to table the third highest number of votes on the back of their strong anti-immigration policies. The results of the vote saw a shift to the left after eight years of conservative rule. The Prime Minister Fredrik... 

Scotland to become independent, new poll raises Yes vote at 54%

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A new poll shows that support for Scottish independence has risen by eight percentage points above support for union with the UK, just five days before a referendum vote. The survey, conducted by Britain-based ICM research foundation and released on Sunday, showed that the pro-independence campaign enjoyed 54-percent support compared to the 46 percent for anti-independence... 

Russia’s 2nd Ukraine aid convoy of 200 trucks crosses border

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All 200 trucks in Russia’s 2nd convoy carrying long-awaited humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have crossed the border after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal. “At 08:00 Moscow time (04:00 GMT) the customs procedures for all trucks and goods in them were completed,”... 

​Internet Slowdown Day: Leading web companies fight for Net Neutrality

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Reddit, Netflix, Foursquare, Mozilla, Vimeo, and WordPress are backing the ‘Internet Slowdown’ protest against proposed US regulations that would segregate internet surfing speeds and kill “net neutrality.” The September 10 protest features a revolving icon, symbolizing slow connectivity, illustrating how losing net neutrality would harm websites and... 

Catalan independence vote will go ahead: Mas

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Catalan President Artur Mas says a vote on the region’s independence from Spain will be “impossible” to stop even if Madrid is against the referendum. “If the Catalan population wants to vote on its future, it’s practically impossible to stop that forever,” Mas said in an interview on Wednesday. He said the Spanish government... 

Whatever Scotland decides, old order is dead

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Scotland will be gone within a decade unless there is dramatic change. If Scotland votes for independence next week, it is the British establishment and the establishment alone that is to blame. The yes surge is not being driven by blood-and-soil nationalism, by dewy-eyed Celtic nostalgia or the resurrection of a Braveheart spirit. It is a defiant protest at... 

UK protesters say ‘No’ to NHS privatization drive

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Thousands of British protesters have marched into London’s iconic Trafalgar Square against the government’s program to privatize the UK’s National Health Service, the NHS. The protest march for the NHS was organized by a coalition of activists, political parties and national trade unions. Hundreds of these protesters have been marching for a week... 

At least 51% of Scots to vote Yes in independence referendum

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Support for Scotland’s Yes campaign is on the rise as the country’s independence referendum draws nearer, a new opinion poll shows. According to a poll conducted by YouGov for the Sunday Times, 51 percent of Scottish voters plan to vote yes, while 49 percent will vote no. A similar YouGov poll published on September 2, showed 47 percent of the respondents... 
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