RT News - October 18, 2017 (12:00 MSK)

Madrid is preparing to start the procedure to deprive Catalonia of its autonomy - that's after the Catalan leader confirmed the region's declaration of independence was not cancelled, but rather suspended. A Taliban suicide attack kills 43 Afghan soldiers in Kandahar province. It comes just two days after another deadly attack. Russian TV personality and glossy magazine editor Ksenia Sobchak leaves some scratching their heads, by announcing her bid to run for president in Russia's 2018 election.