Dueling votes in Madrid, Barcelona over Catalan independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain faced a territorial showdown Friday with dueling votes over the future of Catalonia. Lawmakers in the regional parliament voted to secede and establish an independent Catalan Republic — an extraordinary move met moments later by a Spanish Senate vote to authorize the government to take control of the prosperous northeastern region.

  • Written by By ARITZ PARRA and CIARAN GILES , Associated Press

Kenya fears more bloodshed as delayed voting to proceed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition appealed to election officials not to conduct voting in four restive counties on Saturday, saying it will only lead to more bloodshed after at least five people died in clashes between police and protesters.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and TOM ODULA , Associated Press

Cuba presents detailed defense against sonic attack charges

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba presented its most detailed defense to date against U.S. accusations that American diplomats in Havana were subjected to mysterious sonic attacks that left them with a variety of ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions.

  • Written by By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ , Associated Press

Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders

NEW YORK (AP) — CoverGirl executive Ukonwa Ojo was struck when the team from an ad agency entered the room to pitch ideas for revamping the cosmetic company's image. For the first time in Ojo's more than 20-year career in business, she found herself working with an African-American creative director.

Diverse Advertising G Krou

  • Written by By ALEXANDRA OLSON , Associated Press