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Catalonia’s President Sued for ‘Rebellion’ Against Spain, Risks 30 Years in…

Rabat – Spain‘s public prosecutor’s office will begin legal proceedings against Catalan President Carles Puigdemont next week for “rebellion,” said a spokesman for the public prosecutor, after the Catalan Parliament declared its independence this Friday, reports the AFP.“The prosecution will file a complaint next week for rebellion against Carles Puigdemont,” an offense punishable by a prison term of up to 30 years, the spokesman told the AFP, adding that this procedure could “perhaps be extended to the rest of the Catalan government and the office of presidents” of the Catalan assembly.The resolution proclaiming Catalonia an “independent state taking the form of a republic” was approved Friday afternoon by 70 votes out of 135. The parliament member who opposed independence left the hemicycle and for the most part boycotted the ballot. Puigdemont then announced that the Catalan parliament’s decision was “legitimate,” assuring that he had received a “validated mandate from the ballot box.” Soon after the news broke out, Spain’s senate gave Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unprecedented powers to impose direct rule on the region.Rajoy is expected to start dissolving the Catalan government by firing President Puigdemont.On October 22, Rajoy revealed his plans to impose direct rule on the region. He also promised to fire elected leaders, including Puigdemont. After his announcement, over half a million Catalans took to Barcelona’s streets to protest the announced measures.Puigdemont described Rajoy’s plans as the “worst attacks against the people of Catalonia since General Franco’s dictatorship.” Puigdemont was alluding to a time during the Civil War (1936-1939) in which the military dictator Francisco Franco dissolved Catalonia’s autonomy for resisting his rule.Puigdemont also accused the Spanish government of attempting to “eliminate the Catalan self-government and its democracy.” read more

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Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgA Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Test results released today showed that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium when he died in 2004. Pic: Bernat Armangue/AP Images.IRISHTaoiseach Enda Kenny insisted patient safety is an ‘absolute priority‘ when questioned about a letter sent by hospital chiefs warning about cuts to the health service.Despite rejecting a new deal, SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers have voted against industrial action.Sinn Féin revealed that the party was anonymously given new Anglo Tapes which they have passed onto gardaí.Irish viewers are to get a new TV station in 2015, ‘UTV Ireland’.Australian media have named the woman found outside the GPO as 25-year-old Samantha Azzopardi. Irish soldiers in Syria’s Golan Heights region were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle this morning.419 planned searches, 89 arrests and five European arrest warrants. Gardaí’s Operation Wireless over the past 24 hours.Secondary students miss an average of 13 days of school every year according to a report.Nine businesses were closed in October for breaches of food safety rules. All but three have had the orders lifted since.One million Irish people now have now joined recruitment social network LinkedIn. 10 per cent live abroad however.WORLD#MIDDLE-EAST: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium according to Swiss scientists who have carried out tests on his body.#WINNING: Martin Walsh, the son of Irish emigrants who left Connemara in the 1950s, has been elected mayor of Boston.#PUSSY RIOT: Jailed member of the Russian protest group Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was feared missing, is on her way to a new penal colony in Siberia according to her husband.INNOVATIONIn a landmark ruling, a French court today Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley.You may have noticed a heap of changes to Twitter over the past week, but did the redesign work?  [Buzzfeed]PARTING SHOTTom McDermott sent us in this photo of his half-lab, half-retriever Tayto at sunset. Both he and the sky look wonderful, we think so anyway.last_img read more

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