Spain Pardons Jailed Catalan Separatist Leaders

MADRID — Spain’s government on Tuesday approved pardons to a group of separatists serving long prison sentences for their involvement in a failed attempt to form a breakaway state in the northeastern region of Catalonia, a major olive branch in a conflict that has long divided the country.

The pardons, approved by the Spanish cabinet and announced at a news conference, made good on recent promises by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to reconcile with a separatist movement that in 2017 rocked Spain with an independence referendum. Spain’s courts declared the vote illegal and the government ordered a crackdown, confiscating ballots

32 Scorching Hot Menswear Deals from Retailers Not Named Amazon

Think the very best clothing deals are all happening at Amazon right now? Many of them are, it’s true. But there’s a whole lot of quality sales happening in other corners of the internet as well. 

As you have probably heard, from our newsletters or our homepage or our social feeds, Amazon Prime Day 2021 is in full swing. Perhaps you spent some time this morning scrolling through the vast sea of sizable discounts—on tech stuff and homewares and clothing and more—and simply decided: Meh. Not for me. Perhaps you are still in the mood to shop after whetting your …

World’s most expensive city in a place you might not guess

(CNN) — Ashgabat in Turkmenistan is the most expensive city in the world for overseas workers, according to this year’s Mercer Cost of Living Survey.

The annual report ranks 209 cities based on the comparative cost of expenses including housing, transportation, food and entertainment, with New York City used as a baseline comparison.

The Turkmenistan capital, which was number two on last year’s list, is something of an outlier in the top 10, which mostly features business hubs like Hong Kong (last year’s priciest city and this year’s second priciest), Tokyo (number four for 2021), Zurich (number five for 2021)