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  • Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images(MADRID) -- A top Catalan independence leader left jail on Friday after posting bond.Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena had ruled Thursday that five Catalonian legislators could be freed on bail, including Carme Forcadell, a pro-independence activist and former speaker of the Catalonia Parliament.Forcadell left jail this afternoon after posting the 150,000 euro (U.S. $175,000) bond, according to her lawyer, Andreu Van der Eynde.Forcadell was one of the key figures in the push for independence in Catalunya and read the group's declaration of independence from Spain on Oct. 27 in Barcelona.On Oct. 30, a Spanish judge asked that 20 Catalan politicians be investigated for rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds over the push for independence that challenged Spain's central government.Spain is currently going through one of the worst political crises in decades after a referendum in Catalunya Oct. 1 saw millions of people take to the streets to demand the right to vote. According to the Catalunya government, 90 percent of people there voted in favor of independence. Violent clashes between protesters and police injured some 900 people.In his decision to grant the five independence leaders bail, Llarena wrote: "All the accused ... have expressed they would either renounce future political activity or those who will remain active, will do it within the (Spanish) constitutional framework."Two pacifist activists, Jordi Sanchez, the president of the Catalunya National Assembly (ANC) and Jordi Cuixart, the president of Omnium Cultural, are currently being held in prison as part of the same inquiry. Eight former Catalan government members have also been detained since last week. They are not part of the group granted bail by Llarena Thursday.For some pro-independence Catalans who consider these detainees political prisoners, these arrests are an emotional reminder of the days of fascism in Spain.The Catalonia Parliament was dissolved by Madrid after the declaration of independence.Catalans are scheduled to vote in new regional elections on Dec. 21.Meanwhile, Spanish prosecutors are still pushing for the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and five of his former ministers. They fled to Belgium after Spanish prosecutors said they would investigate them for rebellion, which carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years. They are scheduled to appear in court in Brussels on Nov. 17.
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  • ABC News(DANANG, Vietnam) -- It's become a tradition of sorts for world leaders at Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits to don matching jackets for a "family photo."Leading up to the summit, there was a question of whether President Donald Trump, who is rarely seen in public without his signature suit and tie, would partake in the tradition.But he put that speculation to rest on Friday as he walked into the APEC gala wearing a dark-blue, silk button-down shirt. He shook Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand before posing with 20 fellow world leaders for a "family photo."World leaders have Bill Clinton to thank for starting the annual tradition back in 1993, when he hosted the summit in Seattle and gifted world leaders in attendance with matching bomber jackets.The next year, the tables turned on Clinton, and it was his turn to don a traditional Indonesian shirt selected by the summit's subsequent host country.Since then, the trend has continued with many other hosting countries also following suit in continuing the tradition.Former President George W. Bush had a reputation for embracing the lighthearted tradition in good humor. He donned everything from a poncho during the 2008 summit in Lima, Peru, to a traditional blue silk "ao dai" at the 2006 APEC summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, over the course of his eight years in office.The tradition has remained strong ever since.President Barack Obama made no secret of the fact that he wasn't such a fan of the tradition with his decision to nix it when it was his turn to host the APEC summit on his home turf of Hawaii in 2011, after previously threatening in jest that he would make world leaders wear aloha shirts or grass skirts.“I had looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and some of the garb that had appeared previously, and I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break,” Obama said at the time. “We gave them a shirt, and if they wanted to wear the shirt, I promise you it would have been fine. But I didn’t hear a lot of complaints about us breaking precedent on that one.”Though Obama may have managed a temporary break from the tradition, some fashion habits die hard.At the 2014 APEC summit in China, Obama donned a deep-red silk jacket for the group photo that drew comparisons to Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(TOULOUSE, France) -- A driver was detained in a suburb of Toulouse, France, Friday after an incident that left some students injured, officials said."Very shocked by the aggression against students at Blagnac," Toulouse Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc wrote in French on Twitter. "We bring them all our support as well as to their loved ones."French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed on Twitter that the driver was detained."Support for injured young people in Blagnac, immediately taken care of by our emergency services," Collomb wrote in French on Twitter. "I salute the responsiveness of the [national police] who detained the driver. It is the investigation that will determine the nature of his act."Local police are in charge of the investigation for now, the Paris prosecutor's office told ABC News.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- The U.S. military said it killed "several militants" while conducting an airstrike in Somalia on Thursday against al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al Shabab.The strike targeting al-Shabab occurred at approximately 3 p.m. local time in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. U.S. forces carried out the operation in coordination with Somalia's federal government, according to a press release from the United States Africa Command.Al Shabab, which is based in Somalia and pledged allegiance to al Qaeda in 2012, "is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world" and "has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region," the press release stated."U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats," the press release added.The operation comes one week after U.S. forces conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia. However, the main target of U.S. airstrikes in Somalia is al Shabab.U.S. forces have conducted well over a dozen airstrikes targeting al Shabab this year since U.S. President Donald Trump signed a directive in March giving the military authorization to conduct offensive counterterrorism airstrikes in Somalia against the jihadist group. Previously, the U.S. military had only been able to launch airstrikes against al-Shabab fighters in self-defense situations when African Union or Somali government troops accompanied by American advisers were under attack.Clan warlords battling for power carved up Somalia following the collapse of a military dictatorship in the early 1990s. After years of interim authority, an internationally backed federal government was installed in 2012. In February, the East African country elected its first president in decades, whose victory offered a ray of hope for residents.But the federal government has failed to assert central authority over the entire nation, which, combined with high youth unemployment, has created an opening for piracy and for armed groups such as al Shabab, whose name means "the youth."Al Shabab, which emerged in 2006 from the now-defunct Islamic Courts Union, launched its own insurgency against major cities in Somalia in 2009, seizing the capital and much of southern Somalia until it was pushed out by domestic and international forces around 2012.Although the group lost control of most cities and towns, al Shabab continues to dominate in many rural areas of southern Somalia and is reportedly becoming increasingly present in the northern region. However, Somalia experts have told ABC News that the group is struggling to recruit new members.Al Shabab has been blamed for carrying out the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history last month, though there was no official claim of responsibility. The massive truck bombing in the capital left more than 350 people dead and hundreds of others wounded. The Oct. 14 attack could be an indication of the power the extremist group still wields over the Horn of Africa nation.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(DANANG, Vietnam) -- President Donald Trump marked Veterans Day by spending time with seven American veterans of the Vietnam War, whom he called "great, great warriors" and a "national treasure.""You are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation. And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well," Trump said in an event held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC)."They are definitely tough, smart cookies. We like them," Trump said of the group. "I think they like me too. I'm not sure, but I think they do."Trump, who is making his first visit to Vietnam as president, said the U.S. would not rest until all 1,253 veterans still missing in action from the conflict are recovered and returned home. More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives in the war.The president signed a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, part of a 13-year-long celebration honoring troops that began May 28, 2012, and runs through Nov. 11, 2025."We just want to thank you and all of the thousands and thousands and all of the people that served with you and in all of the other wars," Trump said.Vietnam is the fourth stop on a five-country tour through Asia that is the longest of an American president in the last quarter-century."I assume that by now you’re pretty exhausted," Trump said, motioning to reporters. "The media must be absolutely exhausted, looking to home. But we have had a tremendous time."Veterans Day is Nov. 11, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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