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21 October 2017 5:23 PM Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special 28

21 October 2017 3:22 PM Spain will sack Catalan government, call regional election

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the Catalan economy was already in worrying shape as a result of the regional government’s push for independence. MADRID - The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new election, saying it had to take these unprecedented steps to prevent Catalan 44

21 October 2017 3:08 PM Spanish PM seeks Senate backing to take over Catalonia govt

Barcelona - The Spanish government moved decisively on Saturday to use a previously untapped constitutional power so it can take control of Catalonia and derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said after a special Cabinet session that he wants the Senate 45

21 October 2017 1:38 PM Spain to dismiss Catalonia’s government, call elections

Spain said Saturday it will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government had no choice after the administration of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont acted in a way that was “unilateral 38

21 October 2017 12:22 PM Catalan independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

The Spanish prime minister has outlined plans to remove Catalonia's leaders and take control of the separatist region. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region's parliament but put forward plans for elections in the region. The measures must now be approved by Spain's Senate in the next few days. The plans 45

21 October 2017 9:26 AM Spanish government discusses revoking Catalonia powers

PM Rajoy's cabinet meets to decide how to put an end to Catalonia's secession drive through triggering Article 155. It also requires a vote of absolute majority from the Spanish senate, which is expected to meet next Friday to address the measure. Rajoy, who leads a minority government, claims he has the support of the centre-left Socialist party and centre-right 50

20 October 2017 6:24 PM Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid

The Socialists said they would back special measures to impose central rule on the region to thwart the secessionist-minded Catalan govt. MADRID - The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia’s parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government’s push for independence 52

20 October 2017 3:12 AM Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there. Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.), the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget 47

20 October 2017 2:20 AM U.S. Sen. Cantwell’s amendment to protect ANWR from oil exploration fails

The Senate on Thursday, in a 52-48 vote, rejected an amendment co-sponsored by Washington state U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell intended to keep the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge closed to oil development. The refuge is both a prime oil prospect and a northern Alaska stronghold of caribou and hundreds of other wildlife species that conservationists for decades 48

19 October 2017 10:51 AM Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid

Barcelona - Spain's government on Thursday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia's leader to explicitly declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's warning came in a letter to Spanish 58