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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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Spain: Pro-independence politician Junqueras arrives at court

Jailed former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras arrives at Spain’s Supreme court where he is due to plead his case for release. IMAGES of his arrival

Spain: Pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona

Protesters waving pro-independence banners and Catalan flags gather in Barcelona for a pro-independence demonstration. Throughout Catalonia, protesters have been blocking roads and train lines as part of a strike called by a pro-independence group after several separatist leaders were detained in Madrid over their divisive secession drive. IMAGES