Catalan President Carles Puigdemont turns down invitation to address senators in Madrid before the week is out, leaving little hope that Spain's power grab can be avoided.
Attitudes hardened at the start of a make-or-break week with Madrid standing firm on plans to replace Catalonia's government while the region's firefighters, teachers and students are warning they will strike in protest.
As Spain announces drastic measures, including dismissal of the Catalonia’s regional government, Catalan leader compares Madrid move to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.
Catalonia's leader faces increased pressure as a Madrid-imposed deadline looms for him to decide whether he is going to defy international pleas for unity by declaring independence or back down and unleash the wrath of his separatist allies.
The suspension came hours after the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he was not afraid of being arrested for organising the referendum on the region's independence from Spain.
Catalan lawmakers announce that they will officially start secession from Spain next week, defying warnings from the country's king that national stability was in danger.
The strike follows Sunday's violence that erupted when Spanish police beat people trying to vote in Catalonia's independence referendum.
Spain's central government has sent about 10,000 extra police officers to Catalonia for the referendum.
The Mediterranean city is in mourning after a van ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas boulevard last week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined the possibility of a new solution process for the PKK conflict.
ETA has been fighting Spain for an independent Basque state since the 1950s.
Tens of thousands of Catalans rallied on Sunday to demand their region break away from Spain. The rally was scheduled to coincide with Catalonia's national day 'La Diada.'
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