Spain sacks Catalan government after independence vote
28 October 2017 | 2:00 pm
The Madrid government sacks Catalonia’s president and dismisses its parliament, hours after the region declared itself an independent nation in Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy four decades ago.
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