Catalan arrests: Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four members of his regional cabinet turned themselves in to Belgian police this week, after Spain filed an international arrest warrant for their role in October’s disputed independence referendum. All five were released, but barred from leaving Belgium. Puigdemont and his colleagues fled to Belgium last month after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy used his constitutional powers to fire Catalonia’s regional government for attempting to secede from Madrid. Since then, eight Catalan politicians and two activists have been jailed pending trial on charges including rebellion. Puigdemont has said he won’t willingly return to Spain because the country’s courts “can’t guarantee a fair and independent sentence.” It could take up to two months for Belgian courts to decide whether the five Catalans can be extradited.