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Italy's 2 richest regions seek more autonomy from Rome

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Milan, Oct 22 (AP) - Voters in the wealthy northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are heading to the polls to decide if they want to seek greater autonomy from Rome, riding a tide of self-determination that is sweeping global politics.
While the twin referendums Sunday are non-binding, a resounding "yes" vote would give the presidents of the neighboring regions more leverage in negotiations to seek a greater share of tax revenue and to grab responsibil-ity from Rome. The leaders want...

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

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Barcelona, Oct 22 (AP) - Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist lead-ers, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to...

Trump plans to help pay aides' legal costs for Russia probes

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Washington, Oct 22 (AP) - President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian elec-tion meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday.

IS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack

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Kabul, Oct 21 (AP) - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the capital as Afghan officials on Saturday raised the number of casualties from the attack to at least 39 dead and at least 41 wounded.
In a statement on its website late Friday, IS...

WHO chief selects Mugabe as ‘goodwill ambassador’

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Geneva, Oct 21 (AP) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime Afri-can leader a "goodwill ambassador."
With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros...

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