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December holidays in Kazakhstan

In December Kazakhstanis and permanent residents of the country will have 3 additional holiday.

December holidays in Kazakhstan
Catalonia independence threat could benefit PM in polls
Catalonia independence threat could benefit PM in polls

Catalonia may have voted to kick off a process towards independence but the wealthy region is far from breaking up with Spain, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy could actually benefit in upcoming elections.

Catalonia independence threat could benefit PM in polls
Catalan parliament begins process of secession from Spain
Catalan parliament begins process of secession from Spain

Lawmakers in Catalonia officially kicked off a process to secede fromSpain by 2017, despite impassioned pleas against independence, in an unprecedented showdown with Madrid's central government.

Catalan parliament begins process of secession from Spain
Catalan parliament to vote on secession in showdown with Madrid
Catalan parliament to vote on secession in showdown with Madrid

Catalonia's pro-independence regional parliament is expected to launch a secession process in Spain's wealthiest region, in a showdown with the central government in Madrid.

Catalan parliament to vote on secession in showdown with Madrid
Spain PM vows to use 'all political, legal means' to block Catalan independence bid
Spain PM vows to use 'all political, legal means' to block Catalan independence bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed to use "all political and legal means" to block a Catalan independence bid after separatist parties submitted a bill on secession to the regional Catalan parliament.

Spain PM vows to use 'all political, legal means' to block Catalan independence bid
Catalan parliament opens with pro-independence majority
Catalan parliament opens with pro-independence majority

The Catalan regional assembly opened a new session dominated for the first time by a secessionist majority that has vowed to break away from Spain within 18 months.

Catalan parliament opens with pro-independence majority
Catalan separatists in court over independence vote
Catalan separatists in court over independence vote

Spanish judges started questioning Catalan officials charged with breaking the law by holding a vote last year on their contested drive for independence from Spain.

Catalan separatists in court over independence vote
Catalan leader slams lawsuit over breakaway vote
Catalan leader slams lawsuit over breakaway vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas accused the Spanish government of suing him because its "pride was hurt" by his bids to let his region vote on independence from Spain.

Catalan leader slams lawsuit over breakaway vote
Separatists win absolute majority of seats in Catalan vote: exit poll
Separatists win absolute majority of seats in Catalan vote: exit poll

Separatists pushing to make Catalonia independent from Spain were on track to win an absolute majority of parliamentary seats in a regional election.

Separatists win absolute majority of seats in Catalan vote: exit poll
Sarkozy backs 'united Spain' amid Catalan independence bid
Sarkozy backs 'united Spain' amid Catalan independence bid

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy appealed for a "united Spain" in Barcelona as campaigning wrapped up for a regional election in Catalonia framed as an indirect vote on independence.

Sarkozy backs 'united Spain' amid Catalan independence bid
Scottish leader warns Cameron a year after vote
Scottish leader warns Cameron a year after vote

Scotland's First Minister warned that a united Britain was "on borrowed time" unless Prime Minister David Cameron devolved more powers to Edinburgh.

Scottish leader warns Cameron a year after vote
1.4 mn people at Catalan independence demo: city police
1.4 mn people at Catalan independence demo: city police

Some 1.4 million people joined a march demanding independence for the Catalonia region from Spain, Barcelona city police said.

1.4 mn people at Catalan independence demo: city police
Catalan leader vows vote can steer 'political future'
Catalan leader vows vote can steer 'political future'

Catalan leader Artur Mas kicked off campaigning for a regional election billed as an indirect poll on independence from Spain by urging voters to determine their "political future".

Catalan leader vows vote can steer 'political future'
Catalans to hold mass rally in push for independence from Spain
Catalans to hold mass rally in push for independence from Spain

Catalan separatists hold a massive rally in Barcelona in favour of independence that will kick off campaigning for a regional election billed as a de facto referendum on secession from Spain.

Catalans to hold mass rally in push for independence from Spain
Catalonia head says parliament majority enough to secede from Spain
Catalonia head says parliament majority enough to secede from Spain

Catalonia's president vowed to begin seceding from Spain if pro-independence parties win a majority of seats -- not votes -- in regional parliament elections set for later this month.

Catalonia head says parliament majority enough to secede from Spain
Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France
Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam's president urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France
Malaysia PM criticises upcoming demonstration
Malaysia PM criticises upcoming demonstration

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak criticised organisers of a weekend protest demanding his ouster, saying the timing and venue of the demonstration would clash with independence day parade rehearsals.

Malaysia PM criticises upcoming demonstration
Pakistan foils Independence Day bomb plot: military
Pakistan foils Independence Day bomb plot: military

Pakistani security forces said they had foiled a plot to bomb Independence Day celebrations in Karachi after arresting a Taliban gang in the city.

Pakistan foils Independence Day bomb plot: military
Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge
Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region signed a decree calling early parliamentary elections on September 27 which he has said will act as proxy vote on independence.

Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge
Catalonia poised to call early election as proxy independence vote
Catalonia poised to call early election as proxy independence vote

Catalonia is poised to call on Monday an early regional election that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from the rest of Spain, raising tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Catalonia poised to call early election as proxy independence vote