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Catalan President Carles Puigdemont made a speech yesterday in which he almost declared independence, saying he had the “mandate for Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic”, but withdrew it almost immediately, saying he was willing to put the referendum results on hold in order to try to have a dialogue with the Spanish government. In other words, it looks as if he is willing to negotiate but is keeping the option of unilaterally declaring independence open as a possible tool to put pressure on the Spanish government to negotiate and/or to use if the negotiations do not go according to his plan.

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On Sunday 1 October, Catalonia held a controversial referendum for independence. The vote was deemed unconstitutional by the Spanish Constitutional Court and the central government tried to prevent it from taking place by ordering police and security force reinforcements to seize ballots and close polling locations.

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Although many aspects of cybersecurity are rooted in technology, a change in understanding is emerging that cyber risk’s historically technological perspective benefits from the business approaches that are native to the finance department.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to dissolve Japan’s parliament and call a general election for 22 October. PM Abe is seeking to take advantage of an improvement in opinion polling following his robust objections in international media to successive missile tests by North Korea.

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