MADRID, Oct 11: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded on Wednesday that the Catalan leader clarify whether he has declared independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the region’s autonomy if he has.

BEIJING, Oct 11:  China is protesting the sailing of a U.S. Navy ship near its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying it will continue to take measures to protect Beijing's interests in the vital waterway claimed by several nations.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has underscored the need for supporting the power of girls before, during and after crises to build better futures for themselves and their communities.

ROME, Oct 10:  The head of Iran's nuclear agency warned the United States on Tuesday against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington's international standing would suffer as a result.

SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct 10: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes northern Chile, on border with Peru.

SRINAGAR, India Oct, 10:  Four rebels and an army soldier were killed in three gunbattles in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.

SANTA ROSA, Oct 10: Wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California’s wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and forcing some 20,000 people to flee.

STOCKHOLM, Oct 9: The Nobel economics prize has been awarded to American economist Richard H. Thaler of University of Chicago for his contributions to behavioral economics.

MISSISSIPPI, Oct 9: Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

PARIS, Oct 9: UNESCO’s executive board is choosing a new leader to replace departing director Irina Bokova, whose tenure was marred by funding troubles and tension over its inclusion of Palestine as a member.