Catalan leader stakes claim to independence, then delays it

Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont, right, talks with deputy President Oriol Junqueras before making his opening speech at the parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Puigdemont says he has a mandate to declare independence for the northeastern region, but proposes waiting “a few weeks” in order to facilitate a dialogue. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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