On Sunday, Catalans are holding a referendum vote for independence from Spain. The Spanish government is set against it. But many pro-independence business owners are ready to weather the crisis.
Thousands of Catalan separatists have protested in Barcelona for the release of regional leaders jailed by Madrid. Catalonia remains divided over independence — even Playmobil toys are being drawn into the struggle.
The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Catalans to vote in huge numbers in a December election to "restore normalcy." Rajoy was in Barcelona on his first visit since Madrid imposed direct rule on Catalonia.
Prosecutors have asked a Belgian court to extradite the instigators of Catalonia's independence bid. Here's what happened.
Spain's top prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza has died unexpectedly at the age of 66 while in Argentina for a conference. Maza had been leading the probe against members of Catalonia's ousted regional government.
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