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Spain awaits Catalan declaration

If independence announced, Madrid vows to take ‘measures’

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Photographs by AP/PAUL WHITE

Visitors take photos in the Stock Exchange in Madridon Monday ahead of a Catalan regional parliament session where a declaration of independence may be made.

BARCELONA, Spain -- The focus of the deepening clash between Catalan separatists and Spanish authorities is shifting to the regional parliament for a key session likely to include a historic declaration regarding independence that Spain has pledged to crush.

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