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Europe Edition: Kabul, Russia, Grammy Awards: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press • Heavy snow brought relief and joy to many in drought-struck Iran. [The New York Times] • Legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust has prompted furious condemnation from Israelis across the political spectrum. [The New York Times] • Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled that Carlos Puigdemont, the Catalan separatist leader who remains wanted on possible sedition charges, would have to return to Barcelona to be chosen as Catalonia’s new leader. […]

Spain Will Remove Catalan Leader, Prime Minister Announces

Mr. Rajoy said the Catalan government had never offered real dialogue with the central government in Madrid but had instead tried to impose its secessionist project on Catalan citizens and the rest of the country in violation of Spain’s Constitution.He said his government was putting an end to “a unilateral process, contrary to the law and searching for confrontation” because “no government of any democratic country can accept that the law be violated, ignored and changed.”Mr. Rajoy said he planned to remove the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and the rest of his separatist administration from office.The central government was also poised to take charge of Catalonia’s autonomous police force.Mr. Rajoy did not ask to dissolve the Catalan Parliament, but instead said that the president of the assembly would not be allowed to take any initiative judged to be contrary to Spain’s constitution for a period of 30 days, including trying to propose another leader to replace Mr. Puigdemont.Mr. Rajoy said that his goal was to arrange new Catalan elections within six months, so as to lift the measures taken under Article 155 as soon as possible.However, it’s unclear how such elections would be organized or whether they would significantly change Catalonia’s political landscape, let alone help to resolve the territorial conflict.In fact, the steps announced by Mr. Rajoy run a serious risk of further inflaming an already volatile atmosphere in Catalonia, where tens of thousands braved Spanish national police wielding truncheons to vote for independence during the barred Oct. 1 referendum.Continue reading the main storyMr. […]

Hurricane Harvey, Samsung, Tappan Zee Bridge: Your Friday Briefing

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Solar Eclipse, Spain, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Briefing

• Quotation of the day. “The Negro has a callus growing on his soul, and it’s getting harder and harder to hurt him there.” — Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights activist who died on Saturday, writing about being beaten in an Alabama jail in 1963. Continue reading the main story Back Story After striking noon today, Big Ben in London fell silent for up to four years, part of a $37 million maintenance program […]

What We Know About the Attacks in Spain

The authorities say they foiled what would have been a larger attack. But the suspects, who had fake explosives strapped to their bodies, were able to drive their car into a crowd of people, injuring six civilians. A police officer was also hurt.Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s interior minister, told a local radio station that the second event “follows the same trail,” adding: “There is a connection.”Who is suspected?The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack, but the authorities have not yet confirmed the group’s involvement.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.The police arrested two men on Thursday, neither of whom is accused of driving the van. […]

The Interpreter: As Vehicle Attacks Rise, an Ordinary Object Becomes an Instrument of Fear

To find reassurance, we look for strategies that make it possible to answer those questions in a reassuring way.After the attacks of Sept. 11, for instance, many avoided flying. People who worked in small, anonymous offices could comfort themselves that only buildings as high-profile as the World Trade Center or the Pentagon were at risk of being targeted.But cars, trucks and vans are all around us. There is no set of rules or limits, short of withdrawing entirely from public life, that would fully protect against an attack like this.The risks of being killed in this kind of attack are low. In the United States alone, car accidents kill 30,000 to 40,000 people a year. Worldwide, terrorist attacks using cars or other vehicles have killed a tiny fraction of that number.But that calculus cannot reason fear away. The possibility of an accident feels different from the possibility of being deliberately, if randomly, targeted for murder.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Still, the story of cities has always been one of managing seemingly widespread dangers, including terrorism.In the early 1990s, after Provisional I.R.A. terrorists placed a bomb in a garbage can in London’s Victoria train station, the city removed many of the bins. […]

Van Hits Pedestrians in Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

There have been other deadly attacks using vehicles that were not related to Islamist extremists. A British man rammed a rental van into a congregation of Muslims leaving prayers in North London during Ramadan, and a man who was part of white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., drove his car into a crowd Saturday, killing a woman.In March 2004, a series of bombs ripped through commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800. The bombings were carried out by a group of North African Islamists that intersected with a band of petty criminals.Leaders of European countries and cities that have suffered attacks quickly expressed support and solidarity with Barcelona.In Germany, which has been on alert for potential terrorist threats ahead of the general election on Sept. 24, members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet expressed their solidarity with the Spanish people, following the news from Barcelona.“I am deeply shaken by the terrible news from Barcelona,” said Thomas de Maizière, the country’s interior minister. “Once again, terror has shown its grotesque face.”Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said on Twitter that Barcelona and Paris “are cities of sharing, love and tolerance. Such values are stronger than this despicable and cowardly terrorism.” Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said his city “stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.”Reporting was contributed by Rukmini Callimachi, Michael Wolgelenter, Silvia Taulés, Eric Schmitt, Yonette Joseph, Raphael Minder and Mark Walsh.Continue reading the main story […]