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Spain pulls far right Vox party from pre-election debate

16 Apr 2019

MADRID Spain's election board blocked on Tuesday the far-right Vox party from participating in the only confirmed debate between leading contenders for the April 28 election.

Some 170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents

19 Jan 2019

MILAN/MADRID An estimated 170 migrants have been lost in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations said on Saturday.

Spanish court backs Reuben Brothers' bid for Santander headquarters

14 Jan 2019

MADRID Spain's Banco Santander lost a battle to regain ownership of its headquarters outside Madrid on Monday when a Spanish court ruled that the billionaire Reuben brothers had won a tender with a cash bid, net of debt, of 283 million euros (£252 million).

Police arrest Catalan separatists seething at Spanish cabinet visit

21 Dec 2018

BARCELONA Police dragged Catalan separatists off roads and arrested 13 during protests on Friday as the Spanish cabinet met in the regional capital of Barcelona in both a show of central power and an attempt at negotiation. | Video

Spanish prime minister agrees with Catalan leader on easing political tension

20 Dec 2018

MADRID/BARCELONA Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalan leader Quim Torra expressed a commitment to dialogue on Thursday in a symbolic joint declaration to ease tensions in the protracted crisis over Catalonia's ambitions to split from Spain.

Police, protesters clash for Catalan referendum anniversary

02 Oct 2018

BARCELONA Riot police charged in to break up a demonstration in front of Catalonia's regional parliament on Monday, after thousands marched in Barcelona to mark the first anniversary of an ill-fated independence referendum to split from Spain. | Video

Catalan separatists pack Barcelona to demand split from Spain

11 Sep 2018

BARCELONA Around one million people filled central Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia's commemorative day and boost a bid for independence which has left deep divisions almost a year after it brought Spain to a constitutional crisis. | Video

Over 600 migrants force entry into North African Spanish enclave

26 Jul 2018

MADRID More than 600 African migrants forced their way through the heavily fortified border fence separating the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Thursday, using circular saws, shears and mallets to cut through the wire.

Migrant rescue boat arrives in Spain after rejection by Italy and Malta

04 Jul 2018

BARCELONA A humanitarian rescue boat carrying 60 migrants rescued off Libya docked in Barcelona on Wednesday after being turned away by Malta and Italy, in the latest example of European divisions on immigration.

Catalonia votes in hardline separatist as leader

17 May 2018

BARCELONA The Catalan parliament voted in a hard-line separatist as leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain. | Video

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