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Spanish court says jailed Catalan separatists can be sworn in to parliament

14 May 2019

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that five Catalan separatist leaders can leave prison to be sworn in as lawmakers next Tuesday but said it would not halt the trial over their role in Catalonia's independence bid in 2017.

Stars aligned for Catalan separatists? Not so fast

01 May 2019

BARCELONA/MADRID Cheers rang out and drinks flowed in a Barcelona sports hall on Sunday night as separatists celebrated a victory - the first time a pro-independence party won in Catalonia in a national election since Spain's return to democracy.

Prepare for power, Spain's party leaders tell supporters as vote campaign ends

27 Apr 2019

MADRID The leaders of all of Spain's main political parties invited their supporters on Friday night to prepare for power, as campaigning for one of the tightest national elections in decades drew to a close. | Video

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

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Hong Kong airport faces more protest turbulence

Hong Kong braced for multiple anti-government demonstrations on Friday and a "stress test" of the airport this weekend, as weeks of protest in the Chinese-ruled city showed no signs of let-up amid rising tension between China and some Western nations.