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  • Catalan leader Puigdemont surrenders in Belgium

    Catalan leader Puigdemont surrenders in Belgium

    Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has turned himself in to Belgian justice authorities after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues. Puigdemont's office said Friday that he, “in the company of his lawyers, voluntarily appeared before Belgian authorities” in relation to the arrest warrant. It said that Puigdemont rejects the warrant and opposes any attempt to send him back to Spain. It was not immediately clear whether he is still being questioned or held.

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  • Ankara agrees to pause  its offensive in Syria

    Ankara agrees to pause its offensive in Syria

    Although the US and Turkey have agreed on 17 October to a cease-fire of the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, shelling and gunfire were heard around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, by the Turkish border, on Friday. Agencies reported seeing continued fighting in this Syrian town at the centre of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, which have also been reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. There were reports machine-gun firing and shelling could be heard and smoke rose from one part of the Syrian town.

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  • Longest non-stop flight takes off

    Longest non-stop flight takes off

    A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend. In the first of three "ultra long-haul" test flights planned by Australia's national flag carrier this year, researchers will monitor the effects on passengers of the 19-hour non-stop journey.

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  • The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

    The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

    Next year, the long-held dream of repairing satellites already in orbit around Earth will come a little closer to reality. Two new missions - from military contractor Northrop Grumman and a startup called Astroscale - will send spacecraft into orbit to rendezvous with other vehicles zooming around Earth to see if it's possible for two satellites to delicately meet up with each other in space.

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  • New European Commission to be delayed at least for a month

    New European Commission to be delayed at least for a month

    The new European Commission will not start working on 1 November as initially planned, but will be delayed at least for a month, an European Parliament spokesman said last Wednesday after EP leaders meeting. The Parliament is “willing to vote on time to allow new Commission to start 1 December,” Jaume Duch tweeted, adding that for such a development three new commissioners-designate, from France, Hungary and Romania, should be put forward as soon as possible.

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  • Air pollution in Europe causes hundreds of thousands premature deaths

    Air pollution in Europe causes hundreds of thousands premature deaths

    Poor air across Europe caused up to 412,000 premature deaths in 2016, according to an EU report released last Wednesday. According to the European Environmental Agency, city dwellers across the continent are at risk of life-threatening air pollution, and Member States should take rapid action to tackle the issue. The report cited WHO figures that pointed at heart disease and stroke as the most common reasons for premature death due to air pollution, followed by lung diseases and lung cancer.

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