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Barcelona: The regional government of Spain's Catalonia autonomous community Tuesday suspended its campaign for the Nov 9 referendum on independence, after the country's Constitutional Court accepted an appeal filed by the Spanish government against the initiative.

The move followed a decision Monday by the Constitutional Court to consider the appeal, thus automatically freezing temporarily the referendum plans by one of Spain's richest and most industrialised regions.


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday vowed to "chalein saath saath - together we go forward" with a new agenda to realise the full potential of a renewed US-India partnership for the 21st century.

"As nations, we've partnered over the decades to deliver progress to our people... Still, the true potential of our relationship has yet to be fully realised," they said in a joint op-ed piece published on the Washington Post website.


Hong Kong: Student demonstrators have decided to step up their street protests and are planning to eventually take over and occupy government offices, leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students said Tuesday.

"We will increase the intensity of protests starting as of this Thursday, Oct 2," Chow Wing Hong, one of the general secretaries of the federation, and Chan Kin Man, co-founder of the 'Occupy Central' movement, told reporters.


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have begun bilateral talks at the Oval Office in the White House.

Modi drove straight from Blair House to the famous West Wing of the White House to hold talks with Obama, first in restrictive format followed by delegation level.

International issues including defence, security, trade and situation in West Asia in view of threat by Islamic State militants will be part of the talks, PTI reports.

After the meeting they will issue a joint statement.


Washington: US President Barack Obama hailed Tuesday as "a historic day" as the US and Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement that allows the residual American troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

"Today we mark a historic day in the US-Afghan partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan," Xinhua quoted a statement issued by Obama as saying.


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday said it was time to set a new agenda that realises benefits for their citizens and asserted that the two countries would deepen their relationship.

In a joint op-ed piece published on the website of Washington Post, Modi and Obama said the true potential of the bilateral relationship was yet to be fully realised.


Jerusalem: Dozens of Jewish settlers, escorted by heavy police force, took over at least seven empty buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem Tuesday.

The buildings are located in the Wadi Hilweh neighbourhood of Silwan, only some 300 metres across from the volatile area of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound and the Jewish Western Wall, Xinhua reported.

A few Palestinian youths hurled stones at the force.

One of them attempted to enter one of the seized buildings, but failed.


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, media reported Tuesday.

The authorities also did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter into the holy site because they were not licensed to carry pilgrims, Arab News reported.

Police seized 85 vehicles for violating other Haj-related regulations.

Makkah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah inspected checkpoints and checked the operations at other major entry points to the city.


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said his meeting with US President Barack Obama was "wonderful" and they talked about a wide range of issues.

"With President Barack Obama. We had a wonderful meeting and talked about a wide range of issues," posted Modi on his Facebook account.

"Both President Obama & I share a vision for a partnership in which our nations work together for the benefit of the entire humankind," Modi added.


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Cairo: A court in Egypt Monday decided to release 21 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about $140) each, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The defendants were convicted of torching police cars, inciting violence and ransacking state institutions after the dispersal of Nahda and Rabaa sit-in camps by Morsi loyalists.