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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, offers a press conference after the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul (Turkey) on December 13, 2017. The leaders of the OIC meet in Istanbul after the US President Donald J. Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 6. EFE / Sedat Suna

After President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to renounce the Oslo Agreements reached with Israel in 1993 and assured that the United States is no longer a mediator in the peace process.

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Catalan deposed president is in Belgium after he is charged for rebellion

 10/30/2017 - 10:44
El presidente cesado, Carles Puigdemont, durante su comparencia el sábado en la que no se daba por cesado como presidente de la Generalitat y en la que pidió "paciencia, perseverancia y perspectiva" a los catalanes para "defender las conquistas conseguidas hasta hoy" y mantener una "oposición democrática" a la aplicación del artículo 155 de la Constitución.EFE/Generalitat de Cataluña

Spanish authorities announced that they would seek to prosecute Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders for rebellion and sedition, crimes that could lead to 30 years in jail. Madrid has also called for regional elections on December 21 to end up with uncertainty and put Catalonia back on the "legal" track.  While Pugidemont takes "refuge" in Belgium, his party, PdCAT, announced that it would run in regional elections.  

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Colombian artist makes paintings to make sure that his country doesn't forget political tragedies

 10/30/2017 - 06:13
Colombian artist Jorge Julian Aristizabal speaks about one of his works at the Bogota International Art Fair on Oct. 29, 2017. EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

Just as Picasso portrayed the horror of the Spanish Civil War in his famous "Guernica" mural, artist Jorge Juan Aristizabal does so for the Colombian conflict in works that begin with a pencil sketch that he later fleshes out with different colors and, ultimately, to which he adds clippings from daily newspapers and album sheets.

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The Catalan Parliament declares the independence of Catalonia

 10/27/2017 - 16:25
Some 12,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, are concentrated around the Ciudadela Park - where the Parlament is located - to follow the plenary live today through three giant screens installed in Paseo Pujades. EFE / Marta Pérez

Through the secret ballot, the Catalan Parliament has approved the declaration of independence of Catalonia. The opposition parties have left the Chamber on the grounds that the proposed declaration of independence is unconstitutional. The Spanish state has threatened criminal charges against the Catalan president and his government.

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The President of Catalonia moves to Parliament the decision to whether declare independence or not

 10/27/2017 - 16:11
The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, during the appearance on Wednesday afternoon at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, where he has left the free way for the Parliament to approve a declaration of independence, having not obtained "guarantees" by the state government to hold early elections in Catalonia without applying Article 155, which annuls the autonomy of the region. EFE / Toni Albir

Confusion continues to reign in the Catalonia-Spain conflict. After keeping the citizens in suspense all morning, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced Wednesday that he would delegate to the regional parliament the decision to declare independence or not in the face of Madrid's imminent use of Article 155, which will suspend the Catalan government and the autonomous powers of the separatist region to force the convocation of regional elections. Parliament is expected to announce its decision on Friday.

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El Parlamento catalán declara la independencia de Catalunya

 10/27/2017 - 10:01
Unas 12.000 personas, según la Guardia Urbana, están concentradas rodeando el parque de la Ciudadela, donde se encuentra el Parlament, para seguir en directo el pleno de hoy a través de tres pantallas gigantes instaladas en el Paseo Pujades. EFE/Marta Pérez

En una votación a voto secreto, el Parlamento catalán ha aprobado la declaración de independencia de Catalunya. Los partidos de la oposición han abandonado el hemiciclo alegando que la propuesta de declaración de independencia es inconstitucional. El estado español ha amenazado con querellas penales contra el presidente catalán y  su gobierno.

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El presidente de Catalunya traslada al Parlamento la decisión de declarar o no la independencia

 10/27/2017 - 02:56
El presidente de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, durante la comparecencia realizada el miércoles por la tarde en el Palau de la Generalitat, en Barcelona, en la que ha dejado vía libre para que el Parlament apruebe una declaración de independencia, al no haber obtenido "garantías" por parte del Gobierno estatal para celebrar unas elecciones anticipadas en Cataluña sin aplicar el artículo 155, que anula la autonomía de la región. EFE/Toni Albir

La confusión sigue reinando en el conflicto Catalunya- España. Después de mantener en vilo a la ciudadanía durante toda la mañana, el presidente catalán Carles Puigdemont anunció el miércoles que delega en el Parlamento regional la decisión de declarar o no la independencia ante la inminente aplicación por parte de Madrid del artículo 155, que suspenderá el gobierno catalán y los poderes autonómicos de la región separatista para forzar la convocatoria de elecciones regionales.  Está previsto que el Parlamento anuncie su decisión este viernes.

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