New figures show that 70% of Catalans are in favour of a referendum to determine the future of Catalunya, regardless of a prohibition by the central goverment (read story here). A brief statement by Syria's president Bachar al Asad has been released declaring amnesty for all prisoners incarcerated for crimes committed before today (read story here). Barcelona's TMB bus service employees have called off the planned strikes for the next three weeks (read story here).
In the race for the white house, Barack Obama has won the third and final debate of the upcoming American elections against Mitt Romney (read story here). The city of Barcelona experienced a 14.3% drop this August in tourists visiting by cruise (read story here). Pilots landing at Barcelona's El Prat airport have reported the use of lasers and lights coming from the beaches which can endanger plane landings, as police presence will be increased to combat this danger (read story here).
According to a study released yesterday by the l'Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE), one out of three families in Catalunya do not have the financial resources to deal with unforeseen expenses and 12% of households have difficulties reaching the end of the month (read story here)