RT News - October 22, 2017 (17:00 MSK)

Almost half a million people protest in Catalonia, as Madrid decides to impose direct rule, dismiss key regional officials and call for a regional 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 in ruins.