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MEX­ICO CITY: Trop­i­cal Storm Norma surged to hur­ri­cane strength late Fri­day off Mex­ico’s Pa­cific coast which was pounded just hours ear­lier by Trop­i­cal Storm Max. Norma looked likely to churn to­ward the Los Ca­bos re­sort area, ac­cord­ing to the US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter in Mi­ami. At 0300 GMT, Norma was 270 miles ( 435 km) south of Cabo San Lu­cas, pack­ing top sus­tained winds of 75 mph ( 120 km/ h). It was ex­pected to strengthen in com­ing days the NHC said. Af­ter bar­rel­ing into Mex­ico’s Pa­cific coast as a Cat­e­gory One hur­ri­cane, Max was down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm Thurs­day. That storm, still pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 110 kilo­me­ters ( 70 miles) per hour, was mov­ing in­land over south­ern Mex­ico at ap­prox­i­mately 13 kilo­me­ters per hour, ac­cord­ing to the US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.


LOS ANGELES: Harry Dean Stanton, whose griz­zled looks and ac­claimed act­ing tal­ent earned him a pro­lific Hol­ly­wood ca­reer play­ing mainly sup­port­ing roles, died at a Los Angeles hos­pi­tal on Fri­day. He was 91 years old. He “passed away from nat­u­ral causes” at Cedars-Si­nai med­i­cal cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to his agent John S Kelly. De­spite over 150 tele­vi­sion and film ap­pear­ances span­ning six decades, in­clud­ing roles in the Alien, The Green Mile, Pretty in Pink and The Avengers, Stanton was not a house­hold name— though his weath­ered, droop­ing face is in­stantly rec­og­niz­able. One of his rare lead­ing roles came in the 1984 road movie Paris, Texas where his turn as a fa­ther suf­fer­ing from am­ne­sia helped di­rec­tor Wim Wen­ders win the 1984 Palme D’Or. A close friend of Hol­ly­wood lu­mi­nar­ies Jack Ni­chol­son, Sean Penn and Mar­lon Brando, the drinker and smoker worked with David Lynch on TV’s Twin Peaks. Stanton’s more re­cent work in­cludes play­ing po­lyg­a­mist pa­tri­arch Ro­man Grant in TV’s Big Love and a voice role in an­i­mated fea­ture Rango with Johnny Depp. Born July 14, 1926 in Ken­tucky, Stanton was the el­dest of three chil­dren of a hair­dress­ing mother and a to­bacco- grow­ing Bap­tist.


MADRID: Spain’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment launched its lat­est salvo against Cat­alo­nia on Fri­day, tight­en­ing con­trol over re­gional spend­ing and brush­ing aside a last-ditch sep­a­ratist de­mand for di­a­logue to al­low a banned ref­er­en­dum. “The rule of law works. Maybe some have not no­ticed, and it would be best if they no­ticed, Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy told a meet­ing of his con­ser­va­tive Pop­u­lar Party in Barcelona. “The state will keep act­ing, be­cause that is its duty,” he added to ap­plause from the au­di­ence, which gave him a stand­ing ova­tion at the end of his speech. State au­thor­i­ties have piled pres­sure on Cat­alo­nia, threat­en­ing to ar­rest may­ors if they fa­cil­i­tate the ref­er­en­dum and or­der­ing po­lice to seize any item that could be used in the vote in a re­gion sharply di­vided over whether it wants in­de­pen­dence. Madrid went a step fur­ther Fri­day by tight­en­ing con­trol over Cat­alo­nia’s spend­ing to pre­vent the re­gion from us­ing money to or­ga­nize the ref­er­en­dum. Bud­get Min­is­ter Cris­to­bal Mon­toro said Spain’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment would take over the pay­ments of es­sen­tial ser­vices and public work­ers’ salaries in the re­gion to make sure the cash went just to them.


REYK­JAVIK: Ice­land’s prime min­is­ter on Fri­day called for a sec­ond snap elec­tion in less than a year af­ter a party quit the coali­tion gov­ern­ment be­cause he hid his fa­ther’s in­volve­ment in seek­ing a clean record for a con­victed pe­dophile. Prime Min­is­ter Bjarni Benedik­ts­son said he pre­ferred the elec­tion to be held in Novem­ber, just over a year af­ter the last snap vote which was trig­gered by the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal. “It came as a con­sid­er­able dis­ap­point­ment that we seem to be in the same place as af­ter the gen­eral elec­tions in 2016,” Benedik­ts­son told a news con­fer­ence in Reyk­javik. The gov­ern­ment col­lapsed on Fri­day af­ter Bright Fu­ture left the three-party, cen­ter-right coali­tion, strip­ping it of its one-seat par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity. “This sit­u­a­tion was un­called for but we will have an elec­tion... to let the vot­ers de­cide,” Benedik­ts­son said. “It is im­pos­si­ble to put to­gether a strong ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment which is what Ice­land needs now,” Benedik­ts­son later told Agence France-Presse.

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