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Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

The Catalan parliament is expected to vote in a hard-line separatist as leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont kept friends and foes guessing on whether he intends to unilaterally declare independence as the Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule to stop the region breaking away.

Public goes missing from HK IPOs as state companies buy

Public goes missing from HK IPOs as state companies buy

Companies in Hong Kong are increasingly leaving the public out of their initial public offerings. Bigger slices of the city’s stock sales are instead going to cornerstone investors, ...