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Catalonia's Vote for Independence; First Ebola Patient outside Africa
Catalonia's parliament approved a referendum for its independence from Spain on Sept. 19, 2014. Later that month, Catalan President Artur Mas scheduled the vote for Nov. 9, 2014. However, the Spanish Constitutional Court suspended the referendum after hearing the Spanish government's appeal on Sept. 29. Spain's government appeal called for all of Spain, not just one region, to decide on the future of the country. Therefore, Catalonia held an unofficial vote on Nov. 9 for their independence. Only 37% turned out, but of those, 81% voted for Catalonia's independence. Spain's government refused to acknowledge the vote, calling it invalid.
On Oct. 13, 2014, Teresa Romero, a nursing assistant, became the first person known to contract Ebola outside of Africa after being in contact with two missionaries who received treatment for the virus at a hospital in Madrid. Romero was declared Ebola free eight days later. Fifteen people who came in contact with Romero were closely monitored.