Venezuela's Supreme Court has taken over the duties of the country's National Assembly - a move that opponents of President Nicolas Maduro say is another step towards dictatorship.
Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly has put out its own economic figures after President Nicolas Maduro refused to do so. Lawmakers have warned that inflation could rise up to 1,400 percent by the end of 2017.
Spain's Constitutional Court has ruled the Catalan parliament's recent secession vote illegal. Hoping to gain political momentum, pro-independence activists are urging their supporters to block roads and trains.
The deposed Catalan parliament speaker and five lawmakers have been called by Spain's Supreme Court to answer charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. Spain is cracking down hard on separatist leaders.
The European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Venezuela's opposition-dominated National Assembly, as well as to political prisoners in the country.
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