Yes Or No? Spain Demands An Answer On Catalonia's Independence

After the regional government failed to clarify its stance on secession earlier this week, Madrid imposed a Thursday deadline for it to withdraw a declaration of independence or face direct rule.
Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont addresses the media after a ceremony commemorating the 77th anniversary of the death of Catalan leader Lluis Companys at the Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. / Manu Fernandez /

Spain and the would-be breakaway region of Catalonia face a second showdown in days, with Madrid insisting that Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont categorically withdraw a declaration of independence or submit to direct rule for

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