Spain’s Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017.
The 12 politicians and activists had all denied the charges.
Separatists in Catalonia were planning mass civil disobedience ahead of the verdict .
ELSEWHERE – Syrian government forces have started to reach the north of the country, hours after the government agreed to help Kurdish forces facing Turkey.
The deal came after the US, the Kurds’ main ally, pulled troops from the area.
Turkey began an offensive in the north last week, aiming to drive Kurdish forces from the border region with the US announcing yesterday it was evacuating all of its remaining soldiers from northern Syria.
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