Police clash with pro-referendum demonstrators in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

An independence referendum went ahead today in Catalonia despite the Spanish government declaring it illegal. Police attempted to stop the vote, leading to violent clashes. Local authorities say over 400 people were hurt.

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Police shoot rubber bullets at people trying to enter a polling place in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
People try to offer flowers to Spanish police near a polling place in Sant Julia de Ramis. Photo: Francisco Seco / AP
Police try to force demonstrators to move in Barcelona. Photo: Manu Fernandez / AP
People put their hands up as police approach in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
Police drag a man that was trying to block their vehicle from reaching a polling place in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
People wait to vote in Barcelona. Photo: Bob Edme / AP
People in Barcelona wait to vote. Photo: Santi Palacios / AP

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BP's in the red, slashing its dividend and vowing a greener future

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BP posted a $6.7 billion second-quarter loss and cut its dividend in half Tuesday while unveiling accelerated steps to transition its portfolio toward low-carbon sources.

Why it matters: The announcement adds new targets and details to its February vow to become a "net-zero" emissions company by mid-century.

Women-focused non-profit newsrooms surge forward in 2020

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Women are pushing back against the gender imbalance in media by launching their own news nonprofits and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored.

Why it matters: "The news business is already gendered," says Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*, a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of women, politics and policy.

The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules

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President Trump's crackdown on TikTok suggests that the U.S. government is starting to see the internet more like China does — as a network that countries can and should control within their borders.

The big picture: Today's global internet has split into three zones, according to many observers: The EU's privacy-focused network; China's government-dominated network; and the U.S.-led network dominated by a handful of American companies. TikTok's fate suggests China's model has U.S. fans as well.