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Catalan leaders scrap independence referendum plan

The government of Spain's Catalonia region on Monday called off an independence referendum. The national government in Madrid was staunchly opposed to the vote, which it called illegal because Spain's constitution requires all voters across the country to have a say in any question of secession. The Catalan nationalist government of Artur Mas is expected to announce an alternative proposal today. Read more at The Guardian.