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Franco great-grandson leads fight over Spanish dictator's remains

Madrid - The great-grandson of Francisco Franco is leading opposition to Spain's bid to remove the dictator's remains from an opulent mausoleum where they have lain for more than four decades, calling it an attack on over half the country.

Spain gives Franco family two weeks to decide reburial

Madrid - Spain's government, which has pledged to exhume Francisco Franco from his opulent mausoleum, on Friday gave the late dictator's family two weeks to decide on a reburial site, the justice minister said.

Spain's Sanchez: Riding rollercoaster politics

Madrid - Eight months after ousting his rival and taking power in Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was forced to call early elections Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for the survivor politician.

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Madrid - Spain's socialist prime minister on Friday called early elections for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

Spanish PM expected to call snap polls after budget defeat

Madrid - Spain's prime minister is expected to call an early general election on Friday, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

Catalan separatist defends 'peaceful' independence movement at trial

Madrid - The main defendant in a rebellion case against Catalan separatist leaders accused Spain of putting a "peaceful" independence movement on trial as he took the stand Thursday in the country's most politically explosive trial in decades.

Catalan separatist refuses to answer prosecutors at trial

Madrid - The lead defendant in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras, refused to answer prosecutors' questions in court on Thursday."I am being persecuted for my ideas and not for my actions...

Spain prosecutor accuses Catalan separatists of using 'human shields'

Madrid - A Spanish public prosecutor on Wednesday accused Catalan separatist leaders of trying to use "human shields" to block police during their failed secession bid in 2017.

Spain PM to decide on election Friday after budget rejected

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will announce on Friday whether to call an early general election after right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected his draft 2019 budget.

Directors of Netflix Catalonia documentary return award

Barcelona - The directors of Netflix documentary "Two Catalonias" said Tuesday they had returned a German award because the involvement of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont in the ceremony had "politicised" the "neutral" spirit of their work.

Spain police seize over 200 stuffed endangered animals

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized more than 200 stuffed endangered animals, including giraffes, rhinos, lions and tigers, from an illegal taxidermy workshop that was selling them online.

Trial of former Catalan leaders: what you need to know

Madrid - Twelve former Catalan leaders go on trial on Tuesday at Spain's Supreme Court for their role in a failed 2017 bid to break away from Spain.Here are some key facts about the trial.

Catalan separatists' rebellion trial starts in Madrid

Madrid - Catalan separatist leaders accused of rebellion for trying to make their region independent from Spain launched their defence on Tuesday at the start of a long-awaited trial.

Spain to give Franco family two weeks to decide reburial

Madrid - Spain will give Francisco Franco's family two weeks to decide on a place to rebury the late dictator when his remains are exhumed from an opulent mausoleum, the government said Monday.

Junqueras: Affable, inscrutable leader of Catalan separatism

Madrid - It's been a tumultuous few years for Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan professor who became vice-president of a regional government that tried to break away from Spain and who is now preparing to take centre-stage at a major trial.

Catalan separatist trial gives Spanish far right global platform

Madrid - Far-right Spanish party Vox is on track to get a global soapbox as it takes part in the much-hyped trial of Catalan pro-independence leaders as a "popular prosecutor" -- a Spain-specific legal mechanism that has left Madrid embarrassed.

Catalan separatists' trial puts Spanish state on defensive

Madrid - As 12 Catalan separatist leaders prepare to go on trial in Madrid, Spain has been forced to defend the independence and impartiality of its courts.

German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler

Palma - A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrageAlan's father,...

Spain's right, far-right rally against PM over Catalonia

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who they accuse of treachery over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.

Spain's right, far-right protest against PM over Catalonia

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.
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