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Table members and witnesses participate in the closure of tables and audit of records, in an electoral center after the regional elections on Sunday, October 15, 2017, in Caracas, Venezuela. EFE / Cristian Hernández

18 years of chavism, a nonexistent transition and four months of struggle have not been enough for Venezuela to show signs of recovery. Last Sunday's regional elections are the last bloc that buried democracy in Venezuela.

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Spanish Government Ultimatum to Catalonia: 5 days to clarify if Independence Declared or Not

 10/12/2017 - 02:45
El primer ministro español, Mariano Rajoy, se dirige a la prensa para hablar del conflicto catalán, el día11 de octubre, 2017. Foto: EPA-EFE/Ángel Díaz

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, had sown “deliberate confusion” in his latest speech and gave him until Monday morning to respond. Pending that reply, Rajoy said he was initiating a request to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow Madrid to suspend the region’s administration.

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Ultimátum del gobierno español al presidente catalán: cinco días para retirar la declaración de independencia

 10/11/2017 - 16:26
El primer ministro español, Mariano Rajoy, se dirige a la prensa para hablar del conflicto catalán, el día11 de octubre, 2017. Foto: EPA-EFE/Ángel Díaz

El primer ministro español Mariano Rajoy ha pedido al presidente catalán Carles Puigdemont que en los próximos cinco días especifique si ha declarado o no la independencia, o ejecutará una ley para anular el gobierno autonómico.

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Catalunya declares, "Suspended Independence" to seek dialogue with Spain

 10/11/2017 - 12:43
A woman is following on the big screen the appearance of the President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, in the Parliament in which he affirmed yesterday that he assumes the "mandate of the people" so that "Catalonia becomes an independent state in the form of a republic”, but then proposed to "suspend the effects of the declaration of independence" to open the door to dialogue. EFE / Jose Coelho

The President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, welcomed the results of an illegal referendum for independence held on Sunday, October 1, and declared the independence of Catalonia before the Parliament, although he later proposed "to suspend the effects of the declaration of independence "to open the door to dialogue”.

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