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The battle for Catalonia just got personal. After the Madrid government decided to impose direct rule this weekend, insults were flying between opposing sides who accused each other of totalitarianism and rebellion. The senate, which is controlled by the government, is preparing to vote on the proposal to strip Catalonia of its autonomy on Friday. But the Catalan assembly might formally declare independence beforehand and call new elections. Photo: Sean Gallup

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Pilar Alonso Gil returns to the ruins of her home in Pontevedra, one of the regions hit the hardest by fires that spread across Spain and Portugal this week. Labelled 'incendiary terrorism' by the Spanish PM, more than 125 simultaneous fires killed at least 32 people, destroyed homes and devastated thousands of hectares of land. Video: katyaochagavia + Pablo Vazquez + Jose Gomez

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Journalist Katy Tur’s new book, Unbelievable, covers the ‘ever-deepening weirdness’ that developed between herself and Donald Trump during the election campaign. She reveals what she thinks he wants more than anything - tap the link in bio to find out

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This week social media has been flooded with statements from survivors of sexual assault who have found power in the hashtag #MeToo. But it didn't start with Harvey Weinstein, for 10 years Me Too has been a movement for healing. Meet its founder Tarana Burke. Video: gjmarshall6 + katyaochagavia

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Climate change, inequality and women's rights are priorities for New Zealand's new prime minister elect jacindaardern. She turned down the opportunity to lead the Labour party seven times, before accepting the role and gripping the country with 'Jacindamania’. Ardern has pledged to deliver a better life for New Zealanders by ending child poverty, making rivers swimmable again and building affordable homes. Photo: Hagen Hopkins

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They might appear lazy, but sloths are extremely good at saving energy. They need these power boosts to escape predators in the wild and to enjoy an occasional swim. Luckily, International Sloth Day falls on a Friday this year, so take a cue from our furry friend and save up some energy for the weekend!

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Scottish MP Mhairi Black has added her voice to the mounting criticism of government plans to rollout universal credit. The new system, which combines six benefits into one, has been plagued with problems from the start. The biggest issue is the minimum 42-day wait for the first payment, which has left people with escalating financial problems including rent arrears, hunger and mental distress.  Video: katyaochagavia + gjmarshall6

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Inside the sanatoriums of Central Asia, where the swimming pools, treatments and architecture have a distinctly Soviet feel. See guardiancities for more on life in the 'secret Stans'.

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Have you had your cranberry juice this morning? These farmers in Selishche, Belarus have a heart full of berries ready to be harvested. Photo: Sergei Gapon

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These women have been busy preparing marigold flowers for Diwali celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal. The flowers will be used to make garlands, a big part of the festival of lights, which symbolises the triumph of good over darkness 🎇 Photos: naveshchitrakarr/Reuters

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Did you know that some dolphins, whales and porpoises lead 'human-like lives'? Writing in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal, researchers have revealed that complex social and cultural characteristics like hunting together, developing regional dialects and learning from observation are linked to the expansion of the animals’ brains. They observed dolphins playing with humpback whales, helping fishermen with their catches and even producing signature whistles for dolphins that are absent – suggesting the animals may even gossip.

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Being ​openly ​trans in Colombia is dangerous. The country ranks fourth in the world for murders of transgender people. But slowly, attitudes are beginning to change, thanks to the brave​ trans men and women who are speaking out against attacks and discrimination. Video: josh_tou

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This is what wildlife crime looks like. A group of international photographers have joined forces on a new project, using the power of images to call for an end to illegal animal trade. Photos: Bruno D’Amicis + Patrick Brown + Britta Jaschinski + Brian Skerry

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3,000 people gathered for a vigil last night to mourn the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known anti-corruption journalist who was killed by a car bomb. The 53-year-old recently told police she had received death threats.

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Mogadishu has declared three days of mourning after the worst terror attack Somalia has ever seen. Resident Rahma Abdi Ali describes the aftermath of the blast, which has been blamed on terror group al-Shabaab. Warning: this video contains footage some might find distressing. Video: gjmarshall6

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This is 30-year-old Dhzemile Lilova before her wedding ceremony in the village of Draginovo, Bulgaria. She's experiencing the traditional wedding ritual held among Pomaks - Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. Her face is painted with white face cream and decorated with gold flakes and colourful sequins. Photos: stoyannenov

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Speaking at the London Literature Festival, Hillary Clinton said that women need to have skin as 'thick as the hide of a rhinoceros' to deal with personal attacks. Video: jamesdrewturner

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When the clock strikes midnight the 'old' £1 coin will no longer be legal tender. But don't panic! Shops including Tesco, Aldi, Iceland and lots of small retailers say they'll continue accepting them for a short period of time and big banks will let you deposit them into an account. Tap the link in bio for everything you need to know 💷 Video: eleni.stefanou

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Almost two weeks after the referendum, the Catalonia independence debate continues with no agreement reached between the Spanish and Catalan governments. In the final video from our series, we hear from Isabel Muñoz Mitjana who just wants people to talk. Explore #IAmCatalan to hear different voices in the debate. Video: katyaochagavia + irenebaque

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Actor rosemcgowan – one of the most outspoken accusers of the shamed Harvey Weinstein – was suspended from Twitter after calling out fellow actor Ben Affleck for his silence. The company's decision has led some activists to boycott the platform for 24hrs pointing to previous failures in protecting women from abuse.

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