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Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s leader fired the government of the rebellious Catalonia region Friday, dissolved the regional parliament and ordered new elections after Catalan lawmakers illegally declared an independent nation. The showdown escalated the biggest political crisis in decades to hit Spain, which is just emerging from a prolonged economic ...

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Government Spying Allegations in Mexico Spur Calls for Inquiry

MEXICO CITY — After reports this week that sophisticated government-owned surveillance software was used to spy on some of Mexico’s most prominent journalists and activists, victims and others have demanded an independent inquiry into the allegations. The calls came in response to an article by The New York Times and ...

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Their Government in Chaos, Brazilians Fear the Joke Is on Them

RIO DE JANEIRO — Cartoonish depictions of Brazil’s president are so popular that his office is trying to restrict access to his pictures — so they don’t get turned into lampoons on social media. Some Brazilians joke that a bold outsider — like Tite, the coach turning around the fortunes ...

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West Bank Settlers Prepare for Clash, With Israeli Government

AMONA OUTPOST, West Bank — Thousands of Israeli police officers stormed this hilltop settler outpost in the occupied West Bank to raze nine illegally built homes. Settlers and their supporters hurled cinder blocks at the officers, who charged on horseback and beat protesters with batons. The homes were torn down, ...

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