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Tensions high in run-up to Catalonia independence vote

Tensions high in run-up to Catalonia independence vote

World
Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tensions continued to run high with Spain's national government pledging to block Sunday's planned independence referendum in Catalonia.Last week, Spain's national police confiscated 9 million ballots from a warehouse outside Barcelona that Catalonian officials had planned to use to carry out a controversial independence referendum set for Sunday.The dramatic turn of events, first reported by Catalan News, was an opening salvo by the Spanish government to prevent what it regards as an illegal vote from taking place. The government has ordered police and the Guardia Civil, or Spanish Civil Guard, to confiscate all election-related materials, including the actual ballot boxes. Polling supervisors have been threatened with fines of up to 300,000 euros if they help facilitate...
Colin Firth becomes Italian after Brexit vote

Colin Firth becomes Italian after Brexit vote

Entertainment
Film star Colin Firth has taken Italian citizenship in the wake of the Brexit vote, it has been revealed.The 57-year-old actor, famous for his roles in movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones' Diary and Kingsman, is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, who is applying for a British passport.The couple live in the UK with their two sons, and have been married since 1997.It has previously been reported that Firth had applied to become Italian following the result of last year's EU referendum.Image:Firth is currently starring in the second Kingsman movieThe news was revealed in a statement by the interior ministry, which described Firth as a "very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film the King's Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declar...
Sports Direct 'abusive' as AGM vote looms

Sports Direct 'abusive' as AGM vote looms

Business
Sports Direct is facing battles on several fronts ahead of a crunch investor vote that could result in its under-fire chairman heading for the exit.Twenty four hours before shareholders vote on Keith Hellawell's future, dark clouds were gathering above its controversial Shirebrook warehouse amid opposition to his reappointment and new allegations relating to the retailer's treatment of staff.The Unite union claimed the company had reneged on a promise to offer workers on zero-hours contracts guaranteed hours - a pledge it had made following last year's storm over its treatment of workers amid claims of "Victorian" conditions.Image:The Sports Direct warehouse at Shirebrook was at the centre of the company's working practices scandal:: Sports Direct appoints first employee representativeUnit...
Senate GOP leaders hope for health care vote next week

Senate GOP leaders hope for health care vote next week

Health
Republican leaders are hoping to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week, though internal rifts over divisive issues like coverage requirements and Medicaid cuts leave the timing and even the measure's fate in question. "We need to start voting" on the GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters Monday. Some Republicans said a revised version of the bill could be introduced Thursday, and Cornyn said the "goal" was for a vote next week. Cornyn cited seven years of unresolved Republican debate over how to replace the 2010 statute during which "we gain a vote, we lose a vote." That underscored a sense among top Republicans that they had little to gain by letting their disputes drag on much...
Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

World
Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island's political status. "The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!" Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood. But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday's results, let alone accept them b...