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Top investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in Malta car bomb
A Maltese investigative journalist who had exposed her island nation's links with the Panama Papers document leak was killed on Monday when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

EU's Mogherini vows to defend Iran deal despite Trump
The EU's chief diplomat Federica Mogherini announced Monday she will visit Washington early next month to defend the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up.

Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian 'whizz-kid' poised to make history
Who is Sebastian Kurz, the telegenic 31-year-old ‘Wonder Kid’, set to become Europe’s youngest leader after his conservative party came out top Sunday in Austria's national election?

Lower Saxony vote setback for Merkel ahead of Germany coalition talks
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost a closely-watched state poll Sunday, weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month's general election.

Hertha Berlin footballers 'take a knee' in solidarity with NFL peers
Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.

Populists poised to shift Austria toward right
Austria looks likely to move to the right in Sunday's elections. Conservative Sebastian Kurz is predicted to become prime minister, while the nationalist Freedom Party is expected to come second and could become part of the next coalition government.

Sebastian Kurz on track to become Austria's next chancellor
He's been dubbed the "Austrian Emmanuel Macron". Sebastian Kurz is only 31 years old, but he's on track to become Austria's new leader when the country heads to the polls this Sunday. The young politician heads up the centre-right People's Party. But unlike France's Macron, Kurz has taken a hard line on immigration, wooing more and more voters by veering sharply to the right. FRANCE 24 reports from Austria.

Can Spain keep it together? Madrid ponders direct rule in Catalonia
Did Catalonia declare independence or not? Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given the leader in Barcelona until next Monday to answer, dangling the threat of direct rule. Rajoy reacting to the Catalan president’s speech where Carles Puigdemont first pledged to respect "the will of the people" in the wake of the banned October 1st referendum, then declared suspended independence and offered dialogue with Madrid. Has it all gone too far for that?

Spain's Rajoy demands clarity from Catalonia on independence
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has formally demanded the Catalan leader clarify whether independence has been declared, suggesting this will determine whether Spain steps in to suspend the region's autonomy.

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