Spain celebrates national day amid Catalan independence referendum crisis

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Spain marks its national day on Thursday with show of unity  by opponents of Catalan independence referendum . AP

Spain marks its national day on Thursday with show of unity  by opponents of Catalan independence re

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This comes a day after the central government gave the Catalan separatist leader a week’s time to clarify if he intends to push ahead with the secession. AP

This comes a day after the central government gave the Catalan separatist leader a week’s time to cl

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Spanish flags were tied to balconies and windows around the city by pro-unity supporters on the nationwide holiday. AP

Spanish flags were tied to balconies and windows around the city by pro-unity supporters on the nati

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Spain is in its worst political crisis in a generation after separatists in the wealthy northeastern region voted in a banned referendum on  1 October to split from Spain. AP

Spain is in its worst political crisis in a generation after separatists in the wealthy northeastern

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Armed forces marched down Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana boulevard to mark the day that Christopher Columbus first arrived in the America in 1942. AP

Armed forces marched down Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana boulevard to mark the day that Christopher

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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI will be attending a traditional military parade in central Madrid. AP

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI will be attending a traditional military parade in c

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The Catalan separatist drive has raised concerns for stability in European Union still coming to terms with Britain’s shock decision to leave the bloc. AP

The Catalan separatist drive has raised concerns for stability in European Union still coming to ter

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Meantime, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan secession and has said his government would take control of the region if it still insisted on breaking away. AP

Meantime, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan se

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