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Catalan Separatists Plan Show of Strength on Barcelona Streets

Catalan separatists will seek to put on a show of strength and unity at celebrations of the region's "national day" Tuesday, nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain.

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ICC Says 'Undeterred' after U.S. Sanctions Threat

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said it would continue its work "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its officials if they charge Americans with war crimes committed in Afghanistan.

"The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law," the court said in a statement.

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At Least 19 Killed in Suicide Attack on Afghan Protesters

A suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 19 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections.  

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Drugs Ruled Out in Paris Knife Rampage

A man being held after a knife attack that injured seven people along a canal in Paris was not under the influence of drugs at the time, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday.

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Trump Receives 'Very Positive' Kim Letter Seeking 2nd Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said.

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Russia Launches Biggest Ever War Games

Russia on Tuesday launched what it has called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West.

The week-long war games dubbed "Vostok-2018" (East-2018), "have kicked off" in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean, the defense ministry said in a statement.

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U.S. Threatens to Sanction ICC Judges

The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of U.S. service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation."

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Dutch Investigators Search for Missing WikiLeaks Associate in Norway

The Norwegian police on Monday said Dutch investigators were helping them search for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's associate Arjen Kamphuis, who mysteriously disappeared in northern Norway three weeks ago. 

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Putin Says 'Naive' to Expect Quick Settling of Japan Island Dispute

Russia's territorial dispute with Japan over the Kuril islands was unlikely to be settled soon, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, seeming to pour cold water on his Japanese counterpart's more optimistic forecast.

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Merkel 'Outraged' by Nazi Chants in Far-Right Rally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced anger Monday against Nazi chants by far-right demonstrators marching over the death of a German man following a fight with two Afghans.

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