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Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Barcelona mayor says Catalan independence drive a 'disaster'

Barcelona - Barcelona's mayor on Saturday accused the ousted government of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont of overseeing a "disaster" in their push to break away from Spain.

Republic or no republic? Day of confusion in Catalonia

Barcelona - Is Catalonia's republic dead in the water? Are its leaders really beating a retreat just three days after the regional parliament declared independence?A sense of confusion reigned Monday on the streets of Barcelona...

'Time to declare independence': 450,000 protest in Barcelona

Barcelona - Led by Catalonia's separatist president Carles Puigdemont, hundreds of thousands of independence supporters protested in Barcelona on Saturday, shouting "freedom" and "independence" after Madrid announced drastic measures to stop the region from breaki...

Barca won't be used as political tool - Bartomeu

Barcelona - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.

Worried and divided, Barcelona torn over independence

Barcelona - Barcelona residents on Tuesday waited with bated breath to hear whether Catalan president Carles Puigdemont would follow through with his threat to declare independence.

Tenderness and unity at heart of wounded Barcelona

Barcelona - With a smile, two girls offer flowers to passers-by in Las Ramblas as the wounded heart of Barcelona forgets its divisions in the wake of a murderous van rampage.

Spain probe deepens as second suspect wins release

Madrid - One week on from the two deadly vehicle rampages in Spain, a second suspect was granted conditional release Thursday as a probe into the deadly attacks deepened.

Spain probe widens one week after deadly attacks

Madrid - One week on from two vehicle rampages in Spain, police Thursday probed the international connections of a terror cell after a suspect admitted the jihadists were targeting monuments in an even bigger attack.

Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

Madrid - A suspected member of the terror cell that unleashed carnage in Spain last week admitted to a judge on Tuesday that the jihadists had planned to hit monuments in an even bigger attack.

Tears and sorrow at mass for Spain attack victims

Barcelona - Mourners wiped back tears at a solemn mass at Barcelona's stunning Sagrada Familia church on Sunday for victims of the deadly vehicle attacks that have devastated Spain.

After terror attack, Barcelona under fire over security barrier

Barcelona - Barcelona's authorities came under fire Saturday for failing to put up security barriers at the seaside city's main tourist thoroughfare, Las Ramblas, the site of a deadly jihadist attack two days ago.

13 dead, over 100 hurt in two Spanish seaside city attacks

Barcelona - Drivers ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city Thursday and Friday, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Van ploughs into crowd in Barcelona, injuries reported

Barcelona - A number of people were injured when a van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas on Thursday, police said. "Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries," a statement said.

Former Barca stars Kluivert, Davids appear at Mugabe rally

Harare - Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage at a political rally ahead of a veterans match planned later this year.

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

Dibai - With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.

Football: Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

Paris - Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi's 21-month jail sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Barcelona hailed as living legends after miracle win over PSG

Barcelona - Barcelona were hailed as living legends Thursday after Neymar helped the Spanish giants pull off a Nou Camp miracle with a dying minutes Champions League win over stunned Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona bans new hotels in city centre

Barcelona - The mayor of Barcelona on Friday banned the opening of new hotels in the saturated city centre, to end the flow of locals out of the area due to pressure on housing from the tourism sector.

The trials of becoming Nigeria's next star

Lagos - Somewhere out there is a new Nwankwo Kanu or a Jay-Jay Okocha, but it is not easy for the thousands of pretenders to become Nigeria's newest football hero to get a foot on the ladder.

Spain prosecutors seek Neymar corruption trial

Madrid - Neymar could follow Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi to court after Spanish prosecutors asked for the Brazilian striker to be tried over his murky multi-million-euro transfer to the Catalan giants.

Spain prosecutors ask Messi be absolved in fraud trial

Barcelona - Spanish prosecutors called on Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved and his father found guilty on the final day of the pair's high-profile tax fraud trial in Barcelona.

Messi says 'knew nothing' at tax fraud trial in Spain

Barcelona - Argentina football star Lionel Messi said Thursday he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial."I was playing football.

Barcelona agree reported record Nike deal

Barcelona - Barcelona agreed a "long-term" contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday, which will reportedly see the Catalan club surpass Manchester United with the most lucrative kit-sponsorship deal in the world.

Simeone's Atletico stun Barcelona with varied defensive pressing

Barcelona’s first leg victory over Atletico Madrid may have been scrappy and controversial, but stylistically, it presented issues for managers, Luis Enrique, and Diego Simeone ahead of kickoff.

Zidane emerges from Cruyff-tinged Clasico the winner

Barcelona - A night that began with a colourful homage to a legendary Barcelona player turned coach in Johan Cruyff, ended with Real Madrid's own version of a one-time playing great in Zinedine Zidane celebrating his first big victory in management.

Barcelona's patience ignites counter-attacking lesson to Arsenal

Since the pattern of the match and personnel were fairly predictable prior to kickoff, this was solely about Arsenal's defensive set-up.

Battling Barcelona's knack of winning may be enough at Arsenal

No team has ever retained the UEFA Champions League since its transformation in 1992, but Luis Enrique’s Barcelona are determined to be the first.
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Parc Zoologic de Barcelona, Spain on Google's new "zoo view"
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The emaciated portrayal of the apostles such as these two in the picture has generated a bit of cont...
The emaciated portrayal of the apostles such as these two in the picture has generated a bit of controversy.
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Scene from the short film "Barcelona GO!"
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Flags of UfM members  located at the Royal Palace of Pedralbes in Barcelona  Spain.
Flags of UfM members, located at the Royal Palace of Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.
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Barcelona: The Sagrada Familia Temple
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The Sagrada Familia viewed from Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain
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Amusing street performer in Las Ramblas  Barcelona  Spain
Amusing street performer in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
Greenpeace activists protested on behalf of the Arctic 30 on Barcelona s Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Greenpeace activists protested on behalf of the Arctic 30 on Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral.
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A unique building in Barcelona
Millions of tourists flock each year to Barcelona  home of the world-famous  Gaudi-designed Sagrada ...
Millions of tourists flock each year to Barcelona, home of the world-famous, Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia cathedral
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Final stages of Gaudí s masterpiece - The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Final stages of Gaudí's masterpiece - The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
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Pro-independence Catalans hold signs reading "Yes-Yes" in support of the independence referendum planned for November 9 in Barcelona, on October 19, 2014
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Naked activists, covered in fake flood, perform during a protest against the use of fur at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, December 1, 2013
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View of the Port of Barcelona from the Columbus Monument.
View of the Port of Barcelona from the Columbus Monument.
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Immigrants were evicted from two warehouses in Barcelona, Spain and have locked themselves into a church.
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Colder - "Many Colours"
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Park Güell - Barcelona, Spain.
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A street in the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid.
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Catalans march for independence in Barcelona  Spain on September 11  2012
Catalans march for independence in Barcelona, Spain on September 11, 2012
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