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Dexter Fletcher to direct Freddie Mercury biopic

Directing duties for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury film biopic, have been taken on by Eddie the Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher, after the firing of Bryan Singer. The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. 20th Century Fox said production would resume next week. Rami Malek will play the Queen singer in the film. It is expected to be released in December 2018 as planned. The troubled project has faced a series of setbacks since it was first announced…

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Catalan crisis: Spain PM Rajoy demands direct rule

Media playback is unsupported on your device Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on senators to approve direct rule over Catalonia, amid an escalating crisis over the region’s push for independence. He said he wanted to dismiss Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his vice-president and all regional ministers. Mr Rajoy’s speech was met with applause in the Spanish senate, where his Partido Popular has a majority. Earlier this month Catalonia held a disputed referendum on the issue. Mr Rajoy said he was calling for exceptional measures because there was no…

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Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

The Spanish cabinet is expected to approve measures allowing the government to impose direct rule over Catalonia. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meets with his cabinet almost three weeks after the region held a referendum. The Spanish government says the vote was illegal, but Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says he has been given a mandate to declare independence. As a result, the central government is preparing to take back power. It is expected to trigger Article 155 of the constitution, which allows it to impose direct rule in a crisis, taking…

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Spain takes step to Catalan direct rule

Media playback is unsupported on your device Spain’s prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has declared independence. The move is a first step towards activating Article 155 to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy. On Tuesday Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence, but halted implementation to allow negotiations. Mr Rajoy accused Mr Puigdemont of creating “deliberate confusion” and said he wanted to restore “certainty”. “This call…

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