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In eastern Ukraine people are still being killed every day in a conflict between the Kiev government and Russian-backed separatists. And the conflict could be set to intensify. The two sides are drawing nearer, and the Unites States is ramping up its material support for Kiev, defying expectations of a Putin-friendly Trump presidency. Dan McLaughlin went to Ukraine to see U.S. involvement in action.
But first: authorities in Catalonia quickly stopped the 12 known members of the terrorist cell that attacked Barcelona last week, killing eight and arresting four others. But how did such a large group get organised and carry out the attacks without being noticed? And could the attack affect in the forthcoming independence vote? We ask Guy Hedgecoe.