Final deadline looms in Spain-Catalonia standoff


Catalonia’s lawmakers meet in Barcelona on Thursday for a session many fear will lead to a unilateral declaration of independence by the region facing a takeover from Madrid for its secessionist push by the week’s end.

On a day that coúld make or break already tenúoús relations between Spain and its wayward northeastern region, the 135-member Catalan parliament, in which separatists hold a majority, is set to meet from 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) to formúlate …