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Catalonia scraps independence vote marketing blitz. When the Catalonian government scheduled a Nov. 9 referendum on its sovereignty, the Spanish government asked the constitutional court to intervene. Sure enough, it did, prompting Catalonia to stop publicizing the referendum (paywall) for fear of defying the court’s ruling. Private individuals, however, are still free to beat the independence drum.

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Kenya magically becomes a middle-income country. After Kenya’s statistics agency rebased GDP figures and tweaked an Excel spreadsheet, the economy “grew” by 25% to an annual GDP of $55.2 billion last year versus a previously reported $44.1 billion. The World Bank now considers the African nation to be a “middle-income” economy instead of a “low-income” one. Even with per capita GDP now $1,246, however, poverty levels remain at 45.9%.

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