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Catalonia leader calls for international mediation in crisis with Madrid

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Catalonia called for international mediation to resolve its crisis with Madrid, a day after hundreds injured when police tried to use force to disrupt a referendum on secession, a court ruled it was illegal

Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades has raised fears of unrest and prolonged political tensions in the country’s richest regions, deepening the divide between Madrid and Barcelona and threatening economic prospects

The crisis could worsen if the Catalonia parliament decides to use the referendum, which officials in the province said 90 percent of voters had chosen to secede from Spain as a justification for the unilateral declaration of independence, a move included in the province’s referendum law if the majority voted in favor of secession.

 

Bouchedimoun’s statement came in response to the position of the European Commission , which called on Spain yesterday to open a dialogue with Catalonia, noting that violence is not a solution, but supported the unity of the country and expressed confidence in the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s events, which she described as “internal affairs.” Implicit refusal to assume the role of mediator.

This comes amid the preparations of supporters of secession to a general strike scheduled on Tuesday, called by civil society organizations and trade unions, in protest against the use of force by the Spanish police and civil guards to block the referendum on Sunday.

Bouchedimoun said the strike would boost what the Catalan won by voting in the referendum.

The Catalan government said 2.26 million voters cast their votes in the referendum, with a participation rate of around 42 percent despite the police crackdown. The result was not surprising given the expectation that many supporters would not be part of Spain. Recent polls have shown that only about 40 percent support secession.

Catalonia is a center for industry and tourism and represents about a fifth of the Spanish economy. It is a production base for major international companies such as Volkswagen and Nestle and has the fastest growing shipping port in Europe

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Farmer plows message for the NFL Players: ‘We stand for the national anthem’

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A farmer from North Dakota Gene Hanson has a solid message for NFL players protesting during the national anthem by kneeling before games, and he plowed it into his field of bean crops.

“We stand for the national anthem,” the massive message, which spans the length of two football fields, read in response to the controversial protests.

“I go with Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it. A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”

It took Hansen two tries and two hours to get his message right, as his initial endeavor was thwarted when a bystander intruded on him with just two letters left to finish. He identifies as a Republican and an avid supporter of President Trump and is doing what he can to send his support to Washington, D.C. from his farm.

The rancher has turned out to be popular for the huge messages that he carves into his 840-acre farm, which he photographs by flying his two-seater plane over them Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.” He said he caught a lot of flack for his “Never Hillary” message, but “most responses have been positive.”

 

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China wants to be at the top of the world in arms

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President Xi Jinping said that China should aim to achieve, and even surpass, the weapons technology of the Western powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his desire to the country’s leading defense companies to maximize their armaments so that China is on par with “the most powerful” in the world, according to a documentary issued by Chinese state television this week.

The independent South China Morning Post echoed the Chinese leader’s statements in a CCTV documentary on Monday, in which Xi stated that “gun developers should aim to achieve and even surpass, technology ( armament) of other countries. ”

Military power.  “The importance of weapon development has increased as military technologies have improved in recent years … It is impossible to win a battle if there is an arms gap,” he said.

The documentary series, titled “Mighty Army”, revealed that the Chinese president’s wishes not only point to an improvement of the weaponry itself, but also to the scientific and technological systems of its armed forces: supercomputing, satellite navigation or ballistic missiles. defense.

New defense technologies.  “China’s anti-ballistic missile technology is catching up with the United States,” Xi said, adding that so far only these two countries around the world can successfully intercept missiles of this type.

Experts consulted by this newspaper said that China is using its young talent – university or recent graduates – to develop these improvements and “and get a fighting force in the future,” programs such as the Beidou navigation system, Chinese equivalent to the US GPS.

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Trump avoids talking about gun control after the shooting in Las Vegas

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The president of the United States, a fierce defender of the right to bear arms, has not made any reference to the issue since the Sunday massacre.

President of the United States,  Donald Trump said Tuesday that Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas, with 59 dead and over 500 wounded, was the work of “a madman” and stopped again talk about the control of firearms in the country. From his campaign and during his presidency, the Republican has had the defenders of the right to carry arms as an important part of its political base.

In brief statements to reporters before traveling to Puerto Rico, he described the attacker as “a sick man”, “a man of insanity”, “with a lot of problems, I imagine”, not to mention that 23 firearms were found in the hotel room from where he shot at those attending a concert. Trump once again avoided condemning or simply referring to gun violence, along with the lines of his  statements on Monday, preferring to focus on police action, calling his “quick” response a “miracle.”

Speaking at a press conference shortly after that appearance, presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it was “premature” to talk about legislation for greater arms control and said that debate could be held later. However, he recalled that Trump is “an outspoken advocate” of the right to bear arms. Democratic lawmakers urged Republicans to stop blocking gun control laws after the Las Vegas shooting, which was committed with a very powerful firearm and whose attacker had a whole arsenal with him.

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