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Graham Keeley

Spanish police arrest drugs gang in Mediterranean after high-speed chase

28 Nov 2020

BARCELONA A gang of drugs traffickers has been arrested after a dramatic speedboat chase across over 100 miles of the Mediterranean during which they tried to dump bags of hashish, police said on Saturday.

Protesters clash with police over COVID-19 restrictions in Barcelona

30 Oct 2020

BARCELONA Protesters who deny the existence of COVID-19 and object to restrictions to curb the pandemic's spread clashed with police in Barcelona on Friday.

Poll finds over 40% of Spaniards back republic in wake of royal scandals

12 Oct 2020

BARCELONA Over 40% of Spaniards support establishing a republic following the abrupt departure abroad of former king Juan Carlos amid a cloud of scandals, according to a poll published on Monday.

Canary Islands sees biggest migrant surge since 2006

10 Oct 2020

BARCELONA More than 1,000 migrants reached the Canary Islands in the past 48 hours, the Red Cross said on Saturday, the largest number since a 2006 crisis in the archipelago.

CORRECTED-Protesters say localised lockdowns in Madrid discriminate against poor

20 Sep 2020

BARCELONA, Sept 20 Protesters in some poorer areas of Madrid that are facing lockdown to stem a soaring COVID-19 infection rate took to the streets on Sunday, to call for better health provisions and complained of discrimination by the authorities.

Deputy PM says time is right for Spain to become a republic

19 Sep 2020

Spain's far-left deputy prime minister said on Saturday that a financial scandal which has rocked the royal family had presented an "historic moment" to push for a republic.

Madrid residents facing localised lockdown doubt curbs will work

19 Sep 2020

A partial lockdown aimed at stemming a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases is set to begin in some of Madrid's poorer districts next week, but resident's of one of the worst-hit neighbourhood's said on Saturday they doubted the new measures would work.

Protesters call for end to Spanish monarchy after former king's exit

09 Aug 2020

BARCELONA Protesters on Sunday called for an end to the Spanish monarchy after the sudden departure of the former king Juan Carlos from the country this week amid a corruption scandal.

Catalan parliament passes motion against monarchy

08 Aug 2020

BARCELONA/MADRID Catalonia's regional parliament on Friday passed a non-binding motion condemning the monarchy in the wake of the abrupt departure abroad by Spain's former king Juan Carlos amid a cloud of scandals.

UK quarantines travellers from Spain in sudden blow to Europe's revival

25 Jul 2020

LONDON/BARCELONA Britain abruptly imposed a two-week quarantine on all travellers arriving from Spain after a surge of coronavirus cases, a dramatic and sudden reversal on Saturday to the opening of the European continent to tourism after months of lockdown.

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PM Johnson and EU chief seek to break Brexit impasse

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday to try to break an impasse in trade talks with time running out to avoid a chaotic end to the Brexit saga.