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(21 Dec 2018) Here’s the latest for Friday December 21st: Defense Sec. Mattis resigns. House passes measure to fund government and wall; Pro-Independence protests in Spain’s Catalonia region; Powerful wind storm pounds Washington state.

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Catalan separatists block road as Spanish cabinet meets

Catalan pro-independence groups block roads to protest a planned cabinet meeting in Barcelona chaired by a Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The weekly cabinet meeting usually takes place in Madrid but Sanchez’s six-month-old Socialist government decided to hold it in the Catalan capital as part of its efforts to reduce tensions in Catalonia, which last year made a failed attempt to break away from Spain. IMAGES

Pro-independence protesters demonstrate in Barcelona

Thousands march in central Barcelona on the anniversary of the failed referendum for the independence of Catalonia.

Catalan government commemorates referendum’s first anniversary

The Catalan government commemorates the first anniversary of Catalonia’s banned independence referendum which triggered a major political crisis in Spain. IMAGES