Spanish Judge Drops Extradition Requests for 6 Catalans

A Spanish Supreme Court judge has dropped his extradition requests for six Catalan separatist politicians wanted on rebellion charges. They include Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ex-regional president who fled to Belgium to avoid arrest and then went to Germany.   The moves comes after a German court recently ruled Puigdemont couldn’t be sent back to Spain …

Montenegro Says it Embraces Peace and Stability

Montenegro says it “contributes to peace” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent claim that the “very aggressive people” of the the small Balkan country could start World War III. In a statement released Thursday, the Montenegrin government said it “contributes to peace and stability not only on the European continent, but worldwide, along …

Critics See Japan Anti-Smoking Law as Lax

Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen by critics as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for a smoke-free event. But ruling party lawmakers with …