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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses the media after a cabinet's meeting after a extraordinary plenary session where the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution was approved, at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 27, 2017. EPA-EFE/Juanjo Martin
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Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Friday he would dismantle the government of Catalonia and convened new regional elections, just hours after Catalan Parliament declared independence.

The Catalan Parliament declares the independence of Catalonia

 10/27/2017 - 16:25
Some 12,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, are concentrated around the Ciudadela Park - where the Parlament is located - to follow the plenary live today through three giant screens installed in Paseo Pujades. EFE / Marta Pérez

Through the secret ballot, the Catalan Parliament has approved the declaration of independence of Catalonia. The opposition parties have left the Chamber on the grounds that the proposed declaration of independence is unconstitutional. The Spanish state has threatened criminal charges against the Catalan president and his government.

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The President of Catalonia moves to Parliament the decision to whether declare independence or not

 10/27/2017 - 16:11
The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, during the appearance on Wednesday afternoon at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, where he has left the free way for the Parliament to approve a declaration of independence, having not obtained "guarantees" by the state government to hold early elections in Catalonia without applying Article 155, which annuls the autonomy of the region. EFE / Toni Albir

Confusion continues to reign in the Catalonia-Spain conflict. After keeping the citizens in suspense all morning, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced Wednesday that he would delegate to the regional parliament the decision to declare independence or not in the face of Madrid's imminent use of Article 155, which will suspend the Catalan government and the autonomous powers of the separatist region to force the convocation of regional elections. Parliament is expected to announce its decision on Friday.

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Trump backs Spanish Government, says Catalonian independence would be foolish

 09/27/2017 - 06:14
US President Donald J. Trump and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hold a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, Sept. 26, 2017. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The region is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on Sunday, despite fierce opposition from Madrid and the Justice. Mariano Rajoy’s government has ordered the LAw Enforcement Agencies to take control of polling stations to avoid people going to vote.

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Barcelona attack: Ripoll, the Pyrenees town that spawned a terrorist cell

 08/21/2017 - 08:07
Varias mujeres familiares de los jóvenes de Ripoll (Girona) presuntos autores de los atentados de Barcelona y Cambrils (Tarragona), durante la concentración que ha realizado la comunidad musulmana esta tarde en la plaza del Ayuntamiento para expresar, "rotos" de dolor, el rechazo a lo ocurrido y guardar un minuto de silencio por las víctimas. EFE/Robin Townsend

 The Spanish authorities said that the attacks that killed at least 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared to be part of a terrorist cell’s extensive plot led by the imam of a the small mountain town of Ripoll. He may have died a day before the attacks when explosives that the group was manufacturing accidentally detonated.

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Muere el filósofo y poeta Ramon Xirau, voz del exilio español en Mexico

 07/28/2017 - 06:18
Spanish-born philosopher and poet Ramon Xirau is seen at his Mexico City home in a photo taken Jan. 20, 2014. EFE/Mario Guzman/File

El poeta llegó a México con sus padres cuando tenía 15 años, tras la caída del ejército republicano en la guerra civil española. Considerado uno de los máximos exponentes de la poesía y el pensamiento mexicanos, Xirau fue, según su amigo Octavio Paz, "un puente entre América y Europa."  

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Spain P.M arrives in Washington amid tensions over Catalonia Referendum

 09/26/2017 - 03:46
A handout photo made available by the Spanish Government shows Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy disembarking from a plane as he arrives at Andrews Air Base in Washington, DC, USA, 25 September 2017, a day ahead of his meeting with US President Donald J. Trump. EPA-EFE/SPANISH GOVERNMENT/DIEGO CRESPO 

On Tuesday Mariano Rajoy will be meeting with Trump to discuss bilateral relations and international issues such as cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the threats from North Korea and the current situation in Venezuela. The situation in Catalonia is not part of the agenda, although it will be an issue to which both will refer.

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