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The supreme court in Spain has given nine Catalan separatist politicians and activists lengthy jail terms for sedition for their role in the region's failed attempt to declare independence in 2017. Three others were fined. Catalonia's leader at the time Carles Puigdemont has called the sentences an outrage. Danny Eberhard reports.
The Catalan independence push two years ago was the biggest political crisis Spain had faced in decades. After a referendum declared illegal by the courts, the Catalan Parliament declared independence, forcing Madrid to assert direct control of the region. Now, nine leaders have been given long sentences ranging from nine years upwards and have been banned from holding public office. They were acquitted of the more serious charge of rebellion, which would have implied a violent insurrection. Pro-independence groups in Catalonia have called for mass civil disobedience. Police reinforcements have been deployed in the region.
Syrian government troops have entered the town of Tal Tamer in the northeastern Syria hours after concluding an agreement with Kurdish forces controlling the region. They are now within shelling range of Turkish troops. The Kurds turned to President Bashar al-Assad's government for help after being left by their American allies to face the Turkish invasion of their territory. Martin Patience is in the town of Akcakale on the Turkish-Syrian border.
The Syrian government, according to Kurdish officials, are moving their troops up to Syrian towns on the border. But we've just been hearing from the Turkish president and he says that he's going to be sending his forces into those towns as well. So what potentially you have is a major flashpoint between Turkey and the Syrian army, which let's not forget, is supported by Russia and Iran. So you have a dangerous moment in Syria and yet another dangerous moment for the Middle East. European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to discuss the Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds. The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris wants the EU to again condemn the operation and to call for an arms embargo on Ankara.
The government of Ecuador has agreed to reinstate fuel subsidies after twelve days of mass protests by indigenous people who brought the country to a standstill. In return, the leaders of the indigenous movement say they will end their demonstrations. The agreement was reached at talks brokered by the United Nations and the Catholic church. President Lenin Moreno said it was a solution for peace and for Ecuador.
Poland's governing Law and Justice Party is set to increase its majority following Sunday's parliamentary elections. With more than ninety percent of the vote counted, Law and Justice has got about forty-five percent of the vote for the lower house. That's some eighteen percent clear of its nearest challenger, the centre-right Civic Coalition.
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1.The Catalan independence push two years ago was the biggest political crisis Spain had faced in decades.
political crisis 政治危机
After experience of financial crisis in1998, economic, social and political crisis broke out simultaneously.
2.They were acquitted of the more serious charge of rebellion, which would have implied a violent insurrection.
They were plotting to stage an armed insurrection.