Hollande, Merkel call on Putin to allow drones on border with Ukraine

EFE | Paris

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to facilitate the deployment of drones to supervise the truce in the pro-Russian separatist territories in eastern Ukraine.

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SPAIN CATALONIA

Catalonia undeterred by Spanish gov't challenge to symbolic independence vote

EFE | Madrid
The leader of the regional administration in Catalonia said Friday that he plans to press ahead with a symbolic vote on independence despite a fresh legal challenge from the Spanish government.
PEOPLE

Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira to erect monument to Ronaldo

EFE | Lisbon
The Atlantic island of Madeira, the birthplace of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, is planning to erect a monument to the Real Madrid soccer star, which will be inaugurated on December 21.
THAILAND AVIATION

Thailand suspends dozens of flights due to lantern festival

EFE | Bangkok
Thai authorities have canceled around 100 flights for safety reasons before a popular festival to be celebrated next week in which thousands of lanterns are released into the sky, the local press reported Friday.
BRAZIL BUSINESS

TI's Brazil unit says it has no knowledge of rivals' purported takeover plans

EFE | Rio de Janeiro
The Brazilian unit of Telecom Italia, TIM Participacoes, said Friday it has no knowledge of purported acquisition plans by its three main rivals, as was reported by a local daily.
SOCCER SPAIN

Luis Enrique: Celta game "is without doubt very special"

EFE | Sant Joan Despí, Spain
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique Martínez acknowledged Friday that the game his team will play against Celta "is without doubt very special" for him as he will be up against his old side and he knows most of the players well.
LATIN AMERICA TECHNOLOGY

78 Pct of young Latin Americans own a smartphone

EFE | Montevideo
Seventy-eight percent of Latin Americans "millennials" - people between the ages of 18 and 30 - own a smartphone, according to the results of the Telefonica Global Millennial Survey 2014, released here Friday.
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