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Spain celebrates National Day amid political turmoil

Spain's royal family is attending National Day celebrations amid a political crisis sparked by Catalonia's disputed independence referendum. The public display of unity comes a day after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament the country was facing the most serious threat to its 40-year-old democracy. He has given Catalonia's separatist leader five days to clarify whether or not he has declared independence. Spain has threatened to impose direct rule on the autonomous region. The Spanish National Day commemorates the Christian re-conquest of Spain and Christopher Columbus's first arrival in the Americas in 1492.

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