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Catalan leaders to declare independence in Spain crisis

BARCELONA: Catalan leaders were preparing Wednesday to declare independence after a violence-hit referendum, defying a warning from the country's king that national stability was in peril. As the European Union urged dialogue to ease the standoff between separatists in the northeastern region and Madrid, a regional government source said the independence declaration could be as early as Monday. The standoff has morphed into Spain's worst political crisis in decades, with images of Spanish police beating unarmed…