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Tensions escalate in Catalonia as the fallout from Sunday’s illegal independence referendum reverberates around the globe, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is handed a mock P45 during her calamity-stricken speech and a government shutdown looms in Puerto Rico.

A woman tends to her injuries in front of riot police near a school used as a polling station for the banned referendum in Barcelona on Sunday. Spanish police moved in to shut down some polling stations as voting began Sunday in Catalonia’s illegal referendum on independence.

Photographer: Geraldine Hope Ghelli/Bloomberg

A demonstrator waves a Puerto Rican flag during a rally outside Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. Puerto Rico's Fiscal Oversight Board, created by Congress to monitor the commonwealth's budget, asked lawmakers Tuesday to act quickly to help with recovery costs that it said could rise even higher, pointing to a Moody's Analytics estimate that the island sustained $95 billion in hurricane-related damage.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

The Sydney Opera House, center left, and buildings in the financial district stand illuminated at dusk in Sydney. A bungled transition from coal to clean energy has left resource-rich Australia with an unwanted crown: the highest power prices in the world.

Photographer: Cole Bennetts/Bloomberg

Rubber gloves extend, filled with pressurized air, from a reactor machine in the production of semiconductor wafer products at the IQE Plc headquarters in Cardiff, U.K., on Thursday. IQE makes wafers needed for Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), which are used for 3D sensors and widely thought to be included in the new iPhone.

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Payment collectors for Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd., known as Abhas, stand under an electrical cable on a balcony in the Khilona Wala Bagh slum cluster in New Delhi. Tata Power-DDL, Tata Power Co.'s joint venture with the Delhi state government, hired women living in the 223 slums it serves in the northern and northwest parts of the capital to go around the slums, knocking on neighbors' doors and persuading, coaxing, cajoling and nagging them to pay their power bills.

Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Workers pour concrete during construction of a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. Construction spending increased 0.5 percent in August as Hurricane Harvey had no major impact on activity, although the survey itself may have been impaired by the weather event.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Demonstrators wave Catalan flags while marching through the city to protest against alleged police violence during Sunday's illegal referendum vote in Barcelona on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is fighting to maintain his authority after 2.3 million Catalans voted in Sunday's makeshift referendum and the regional police force ignored orders to prevent the ballot.

A technician inspects smartphones on the production line at the Intex Technologies India Ltd. plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. India's central bank is expected to keep its benchmark rate at a seven-year low this week amid slowing growth in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, speaks during a news conference in Washington, on Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Trump must "break from the NRA" and work with Democrats to make progress on some form of gun control legislation.

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Comedian Simon Brodkin hands U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May a mock P45 tax document as she delivers her speech at the party's annual conference in Manchester, U.K., on Wednesday. As Tories have struggled to understand the result of June’s election, in which they unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority to Labour, they have told each other they need to remake the case for capitalism and find ways to connect with young people.

Soybeans stand in a field at dusk in Buda, Illinois. Soybean futures for November delivery rose 0.1 percent a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade after falling as much as 0.5 percent, the lowest since September 13.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Robert Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., left, and Irving Azoff, chairman and chief executive officer of Azoff MSG Entertainment LLC, shake hands during a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. In Las Vegas, casino managers and their suppliers gathered on Tuesday for the annual Global Gaming Expo. On the other side of the globe, Las Vegas Sands Corp. paraded such stars as David Beckham to promote the entertainment potential as Japan moves toward introducing casino resorts. The talk at both events was supposed to be exclusively about growth opportunities, but that changed after a man killed 59 people at a Las Vegas concert sponsored by MGM Resorts International.

Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg

A demonstrator sits in costume behind Richard Smith, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax Inc., right, before a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, on Wednesday. Lawmakers grilled Smith on Tuesday after hackers attacked the company's systems and got access to sensitive information about 145.5 million Americans.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Mikari Kashima, head of the financial infrastructure studies division at the Bank of Japan, poses for a photograph at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo. Some long-closed doors are opening for women at the BOJ as it seeks to hire and promote more of them in career-track positions.

Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg

Evening Standard editor George Osborne poses for a photograph in London on Thursday. The former U.K. chancellor of the exchequer has acquired a portfolio of jobs since quitting frontline politics. Along with his editorship of London's evening newspaper, he is an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester and an adviser to BlackRock Inc., and he has a lucrative career as a public speaker.

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg