RT News - September 22, 2017 (12:00 MSK)

North Korea threatens to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, just hours after Washington slapped the state with yet more sanctions. Thousands gather in Barcelona, demanding the release of a dozen regional officials arrested by Spanish authorities. Madrid calls Catalonia's upcoming independence referendum "illegal". Almost 90% of Syria is now free from Islamic State - according to the latest figures from the Russian Defence Ministry. But the country faces a long road to recovery after suffering the horrors of war.