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Demonstrators support former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in front of the regional parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday. Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium to avoid arrest for leading a secession bid, is facing possible charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds and faces arrest if he returns from Brussels. Alex Caparros/Getty Images hide caption

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If passed by voters, the "California Nationhood. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute" would remove state constitutional language making California part of the U.S. and require the governor to request admission to the United Nations. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the California Capitol and overregulation, supervisors in the far Northern California county of Siskiyou, which includes Yreka, have voted in favor of secession. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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