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The Philip­pine gov­ern­ment has de­nounced 39 mostly West­ern na­tions, in­clud­ing the United States, Bri­tain and France, which have urged it to end thou­sands of killings un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s anti-drug crack­down and al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tions in co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs said Fri­day that its di­plo­mats told the coun­tries, which is­sued a joint state­ment in Geneva ex­press­ing se­ri­ous con­cern over hu­man rights con­di­tions in the Philip­pines, “to re­spect Manila’s do­mes­tic pro­cesses.” The gov­ern­ment, through its diplo­matic mis­sion to the United Na­tions in Geneva, said it takes “grave ex­cep­tion to the sweep­ing and politi­cized state­ment” de­liv­ered by Ice­land on be­half of 38 other coun­tries dur­ing a meet­ing of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva this week, the de­part­ment said. In their state­ment, the coun­tries said they “re­main con­cerned about the thou­sands of killings and cli­mate of im­punity as­so­ci­ated with the war on drugs,” and cited Philip­pine com­mit­ments to in­ves­ti­gate these crimes and ob­serve due process.

SPAIN eastern Cat­alo­nia re­gion were on a col­li­sion course, with the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum still slated for Sun­day de­spite ef­forts by the courts and po­lice to stop it. The trac­tors car­ried the Cata­lan proin­de­pen­dence flag, called the “este­lada,” to the of­fice of the na­tional gov­ern­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Barcelona. Sim­i­lar trac­tor protests were be­ing held across Cat­alo­nia. The re­gion’s big­gest farm­ers’ union said the demon­stra­tions were part of their fight for “democ­racy and lib­erty.” With weeks of an­tag­o­nism and ten­sion com­ing to a head, nei­ther side was show­ing signs of back­ing down from a con­fronta­tion that has pitched Spain into a po­lit­i­cal and con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis. The Madrid-based Span­ish gov­ern­ment has main­tained the bal­lot can­not and will not hap­pen be­cause it con­tra­venes the con­sti­tu­tion, which refers to “the in­dis­sol­u­ble unity of the Span­ish na­tion.” Any vote on Cata­lan se­ces­sion would have to be held across all of Spain, the gov­ern­ment says.

FLORIDA by Hol­ly­wood po­lice and the Florida De­part­ment of Law En­force­ment into the Sept. 13 mass tragedy.


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