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Spanish riot police tried to shut polling stations and clashed with voters during a referendum on Catalonian independence. The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. Also in the programme: two women were killed by a suspected Islamist militant in an attack in the French city of Marseille.
(Photo: Riot police outside polling station in Catalonia. Credit:Getty Images)
Catalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with clashes taking place as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place.
The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.
Also in the programme; OJ Simpson is released from jail on parole after serving nine years in prison; and a 95 year old German holocaust survivor reflects on the rise of Germany's far-right nationalist AFD party.
Picture: Spanish police push people with a shield outside a polling station in Barcelona. Credit: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images
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Also, Spanish national police have sealed off 1,300 of 2,315 schools in Catalonia designated as polling stations for the banned independence referendum according to the government in Madrid.
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Spanish national police have sealed off 1,300 of 2,315 schools in Catalonia designated as polling stations for the banned independence referendum according to the government in Madrid. The move comes as the Spanish authorities step up their attempts to stop today's referendum.
Also in the programme; President Trump hits back at the Puerto Rican who criticised the federal response to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria; and the hip hop icon Eminem is offering the public a chance to buy shares in his back catalogue royalties.
Picture: People cheer and dance at a final pro-independence rally at Plaza Espana in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
A big rally takes place in Barcelona on the last day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's referendum. Madrid says it's illegal, but Catalan political leaders are vowing to go ahead.
Also on the programme: We hear from the 31-year-old leader of Italy's five star movement on whether he is too young to be considered as the country's new leader; and how realistic are Elon Musk's latest plans to go to Mars in 2024?
(Photo: Pro-independence flags hang on balconies in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Getty)
The regional government in the Spanish region of Catalonia is pressing ahead with preparations for a referendum this Sunday on independence from Spain. The Spanish government insists there won’t be one.
Also in the programme: international flight blockade to Iraqi Kurdistan to go into effect; and former Chinese construction worker wins prestigious pole-dancing prize.
Picture: People raise their fist and wave pro-independence Catalan flags during a campaign meeting for a banned independence referendum. Credit: Getty Images