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

Almost half a million protest in Catalonia, as Madrid decides to impose direct rule, dismiss key regional officials and call for a snap election. RT has been under scrutiny with the UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Britain's The Times newspaper, and a European think tank all slamming this channel and insulting our guests. The Pentagon hails the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State by U.S.-backed opposition forces though the city has been left largely in ruins by the operation.