Spanish police officers have detained a 48-year-old man in León for allegedly staging his own kidnapping in order to extort his family in Argentina.
Carles Puigdemont could make a personal appearance in front of Spain's Senate to defend the regional government.
Firefighters, students and teachers to join Catalan government allies in ‘massive civil disobedience’
"This aggression will receive a response in the form of massive civil disobedience," the far-left CUP party said in a statement.
A woman in her 30s has been arrested by police in Valencia suspected of murdering her partner by stabbing him to death.
"He has shown it many times, he is always there in the big games."
Catalan government spokesperson Jordi Turull denounced the decision to dismiss the region's leadership as "a fully-fledged coup against Catalan institutions".