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Spanish Government to Meet at 1600 GMT on Catalonia

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MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will hold a special cabinet meeting at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) to enforce direct rule over Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday, after the region declared independence from Spain.

Spanish Government Says Any Dialogue With Catalonia Must Be Within the Law

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"Neither Mr. Puigdemont nor anybody else can claim ... to impose mediation. Any dialogue between democrats has to take place within the law," Saenz de Santamaria said after Puigdemont declared Catalonia's independence from Spain but immediately suspended it to allow time for a mediated solution with Spain.

Spanish Government Says Will Block Any Independence Vote in Catalonia

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MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will block any attempt to further an independence process in Catalonia, spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said, after the head of the northeastern region called a referendum on secession on Oct. 1.

China Reiterates Support for Spanish Government Amid Catalonia Crisis

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China understands the Spanish government's efforts to protect national unity and opposes any actions to split the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday, after the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence last week.

Spanish Cabinet Meets to Revoke Self-Government in Catalonia

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The Spanish government is activating a previously untapped constitutional article to take control of the Catalonia region in a bid to stop a rebellion from separatist politicians.