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Leader of Catalonia region determined to try to secede from Spain
Leader of Catalonia region determined to try to secede from Spain

Spain's prime minister failed to strike a compromise Wednesday with the pro-independence leader of Catalonia to keep the northeast region from holding a November referendum on breaking away from Spain. Catalan President Artur Mas traveled to Madrid for a 21/2 -hour closed-door session with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at Moncloa Palace, where Mas said he found "a climate of open dialogue" despite what looked like an icy, awkward handshake between the two men. They had not formally met since August 2013. "I told him that we are absolutely determined, as I told him a year ago, to hold the consultation," Mas told reporters afterward, referring to plans for a Nov....

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