Catalonia has declared independence from Spain, ahead of an expected vote in the Senate which will see Madrid seize the region’s autonomous powers.
The vote in the regional parliament followed a tense week of last-ditch negotiations between Madrid and Barecelona.
Seventy Catalan deputies voted for independence, with 10 opposed and two blank ballot slips.
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