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A handout photo made available by the Santa Barbara County Fire department shows Kerry Mann navigate the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend who has not been seen since the early hours of 09 January following heavy rains in Montecito, California, USA, 10 January 2018.

The number of confirmed deaths from flooding and mudslides in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, is currently standing at 17, as Californian authorities on Wednesday are stepping up their search for at least 20 missing persons.

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Ai Weiwei criticizes refugee crisis through public art project in New York

 10/12/2017 - 04:33
Ai Weiwei (c), artista internacional y activista de derechos humanos chino, presenta en Washington Square Park en Nueva York (EE.UU.), su exposición "Las buenas cercas hacen buenos vecinos", hoy, miércoles 11 de octubre de 2017. EFE/ALBA VIGARAY

 The citywide exhibition, which will be featured on the streets of New York until Feb. 11, 2018, contemplates on the various governments' dealings with the ongoing international migration crisis and draw attention to the global rise of nationalism and national borders.

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El referéndum independentista en Catalunya entra en la recta final

 09/30/2017 - 10:07
Decenas de agricultores catalanes circularon con sus tractores por las calles de Barcelona en protesta por las medidas represivas del gobierno central de Madrid para impedir un referendum por la independencia de Catalunya este domingo 1 de octubre. El referendum ha sido convocado unilateralmente por el gobierno catalán y ha sido declarado inconstitucional.  EPA-EFE/Quique García

El gobierno catalán ha convocado este domingo 1 de octubre un referendum por la independencia de Catalunya, a pesar de que la votacion ha sido declarada inconstitucional y no cuenta con legimitación de la comunidad internacional. Madrid ha tomado medidas represivas, entre ellas el envío de centenares de policiías a la región, así como el cierre de los colegios electorales, donde numerosos ciudadanos y voluntarios han decidido encerrarse para asegurar que la votación podrá realizarse.   


Spain P.M arrives in Washington amid tensions over Catalonia Referendum

 09/26/2017 - 03:46
A handout photo made available by the Spanish Government shows Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy disembarking from a plane as he arrives at Andrews Air Base in Washington, DC, USA, 25 September 2017, a day ahead of his meeting with US President Donald J. Trump. EPA-EFE/SPANISH GOVERNMENT/DIEGO CRESPO 

On Tuesday Mariano Rajoy will be meeting with Trump to discuss bilateral relations and international issues such as cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the threats from North Korea and the current situation in Venezuela. The situation in Catalonia is not part of the agenda, although it will be an issue to which both will refer.

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UN Human Rights chief warns that Rohingyas in Myanmar face ethnic cleansing

 09/12/2017 - 03:51
A Rohingya boy stands on a street carrying bottles of water in front a newly built camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 11, 2017. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Top U.N. human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, accused Myanmar of a “brutal” campaign against Rohingya Muslims,denouncing illegal killings, rape and other human atrocities. The Dalai Lama also joined other international leaders, including the White House, in condemning the violence in Myanmar, a Buddhist majority country. 

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