Spain takes control of Catalonia, fires separatist leaders

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BARCELONA, Spain — Spain has taken direct control of Catalonia and sacked the region’s defiant separatist government by publishing special measures overnight in an official gazette online. The move early Saturday came after separatist Catalan lawmakers passed a declaration of independence on Friday. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who now replaces Catalan President Carles Puigdemont as…