Who says you can’t mix politics and pleasure? The former chairman of Barcelona’s football (soccer) team has created a new Catalonian separatist party. His strategy is to use the Barcelona team’s fame and the support of the area’s most popular porn star to win an upcoming regional election.
Electoral victories for Dutch-speaking separatists in Belgium have further shaken the fragile unity of the European country. Nationalist movements there continue to gain momentum, and this, analysts say, has pushed Belgium “close to the abyss” of permanent national division.
Even as the Basque separatist ETA signals a willingness to move toward peace, one of its top leaders—whom many are calling the “most senior”—has been arrested in France before a commando operation that allegedly was to be carried out in Spain.
Several apparently coordinated bomb attacks in India’s northeastern state of Assam killed at least 67 people and wounded 210 Thursday, according to The New York Times. Thus far, no parties have taken responsibility for the attacks, which targeted heavily trafficked areas and government buildings in four towns in Assam.