Around one million people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demand Catalonia’s independence from Spain and call for the release of jailed secessionists. The annual celebration is the first since Catalonia’s failed attempt to break away from Spain last October. September 11 marks La Diada, the day Barcelona lost the battle to troops loyal to King Philip V in the 1714 War of Spanish Succession.
Imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Tuesday, ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month’s election. The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence. Lula had stepped aside to allow running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency.
Russia kicked off what it says are its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday, as it hosted a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the far eastern city of Vladivostok. Tuesday’s meeting between the two leaders comes amid continued US-led sanctions against Russia and an escalating US-China trade war.
The US could impose sanctions against Chinese officials and companies linked to alleged human rights abuses over Beijing’s ‘worsening crackdown’ on the nation’s minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The State Department on Tuesday expressed concern following reports of mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, which has prompted international outcry.
The Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, is defending its choice to publish an editorial cartoon of Serena Williams that many critics have called racist. The cartoon by Mark Knight depicted the tennis star having a tantrum on the court at the US Open after she lost to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The Australian newspaper reprinted the controversial cartoon on its front page along with the headline: ‘Welcome to PC world’.