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Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole remain in the headlines, following an attempt by the regional government to hold a referendum on independence. The vote was considered illegal by the Spanish government, who sent in the national Guardia Civil to prevent voting. Violent clashes between police and protestors have presented a less pleasant image of Barcelona, better known for its Gaudi architecture, long beach and vibrant night life.
The Foreign Office has urged anyone involved in the recent Las Vegas shooting incident to avoid the area and "follow the advice of the local security authorities." A number of fatalities and injuries have been reported following a gun attack near the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The incident took place during an open-air concert. At time of writing, roads around the site have been closed, while some departing flights from McCarran International Airport have been postponed.
110,000 holidaymakers have been stranded abroad following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in the early hours of the morning. Many thousands more arrived for early morning flights only to be told that all Monarch flights have been cancelled. The carrier's failure also means that 300,000 future bookings have been voided. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been asked by the government to charter 30 flights in order to bring back stranded UK passengers.
Budget airline Ryanair is cancelling 40-50 flights per day over the next six weeks, due to errors in the planning of its pilots' annual leave. The carrier cancelled 82 flights on Sunday. Those affected with bookings up to 20 September have been told about the cancellations. Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we're working hard to fix that."