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Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

Madrid - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Ex-Catalan leader hit with corruption lawsuit in Spain

Madrid - A right-wing Spanish public sector union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an ex-president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, accusing him of graft involving up to 18 million euros ($24 million).

Spanish tax office summons ex-Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain's tax office summoned a former president of the economically powerful and rebellious region of Catalonia for questioning on Friday after he admitted to concealing undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.

All-natural, color-changing ice cream is a new Spanish invention

Blanes - Especially in the baking hot summer months, ice cream is a popular treat in Spain. One man has taken the treat to a whole new level, by making it change color as you lick. What's even better is all the ingredients are completely natural.

Spain PM vows to block Catalonia independence vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy repeated on Friday his threat to block attempts by leaders of the economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Catalan leader vows to press head with independence referendum

Madrid - The leader of Spain's economically powerful region of Catalonia vowed Wednesday to press ahead with an independence referendum during talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who insists the poll is illegal.

Ex-Catalan chief stripped of pension after admitting hiding cash

Madrid - Catalonia's elder statesman, and a leading advocate of its independence from Spain, will be stripped of his pension and privileges after admitting hiding money abroad for more than 30 years, the region's government said Tuesday.

Veteran Catalan leader reveals family kept money abroad

Madrid - A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake".

Airbnb fined by Catalonia, Spain for 'illegal' property listings

Barcelona - The US-based website, Airbnb, was set up for people to offer their homes, apartments and even individual rooms, as vacation accommodations worldwide. Gathering strength and attracting investment, the website has suddenly hit a roadblock.

Spain's new king visits sensitive Catalonia region

Girona - Just a week into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI visits one of the country's most politically sensitive regions Thursday: Catalonia, where an independence drive has raised tensions with Madrid.

Barcelona's bullring may become Europe's biggest mosque

Barcelona - Bullfighting was banned in Catalonia in 2010. Since then the bullring in Barcelona has been standing mostly empty. Now Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar, is offering to convert the building into the biggest mosque in Europe.

Spain faces divide after blocking Catalan referendum

Barcelona - Spain faced a national divide Wednesday after its lawmakers overwhelmingly shot down Catalonia's bid for an independence referendum.

Spain faces divide after blocking Catalan referendum

Barcelona - Spain faced a national divide Wednesday after its lawmakers overwhelmingly shot down Catalonia's bid for an independence referendum.

Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence bid

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday to shoot down Catalonia's quest for an independence referendum, setting the stage for a bitter sovereignty struggle.

Catalans keep up pressure for vote to split from Spain

Barcelona - Student Marc Cots believes Catalans want an independence referendum so badly, they would turn out to vote even if Spain sent tanks to the region to stop them."We have to vote.

Catalonia defies Spanish courts over independence bid

Barcelona - Leaders in Catalonia vowed on Wednesday to press ahead with their independence campaign despite a ruling from Spanish judges who said the region had no right to call a referendum on secession.Campaigners in the heavily indebted region had planned to or...

Catalonia independence vote ruled unconstitutional

Madrid - Spanish judges on Tuesday branded illegal a planned referendum on independence for Catalonia, dealing a blow to the indebted region's drive for self-rule.

Spain PM says Catalan independence vote 'can't take place'

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday that a referendum on Catalan independence planned for November 9 will not take place because it would be illegal."This referendum can't take place, it is not legal," he told parliament during an annual ...

Catalonia seeks right to vote for independence

Madrid - Catalonia's lawmakers voted Thursday to demand the right to hold a referendum on declaring independence from Spain, flying in the face of outright opposition in Madrid.

Pope in good company in Catalan 'shitter' tradition for 2013

Pope Francis I has fallen victim to this year's "caganers" tradition for the holiday season in Catalonia, Spain. He joins predecessor Benedict XVI, reggae star Bob Marley, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and many others in adopting "the pose".

Catalonia, Spain launches bid to ban animals in circus shows

Barcelona - On Tuesday this week, two years after the animal-loving region of Catalonia in Spain banned bullfighting, they are now lobbying to ban the use of animals in circus shows.

Video: Fascists attack Madrid's Catalan center on Catalonia Day

Madrid - While Catalonians formed a human chain for independence in their region, a group carrying Spanish and fascist flags interrupted celebrations at the Catalan Government center in Madrid on Wednesday, shouting, tearing down flags and using pepper spray.

Catalans form human chain for independence from Spain (video)

Barcelona - On Wednesday, September 11, tens of thousands of Catalonians joined hands at precisely 17:14 to form a vast human chain across the region, demanding independence from Spain. (Video update).

'Catalan Way Towards Independence' — human chain to span region

Barcelona - As was done in Estonia in 1989, supporters of Catalan independence are planning to stage a human chain across the region on September 11, Catalonia's national day. Trial runs are already ongoing.

Albino Burmese Python escapes and terrorizes Spanish town

Riells - Residents in the small Spanish town of Riells i Viabrea (Girona) in Spain's Catalonia region have been watching their step, as a two-and-a-half meter long albino Burmese Python is on the loose.

Catalan organization fights for legal sex workers for disabled

A Catalan organization is pushing to help provide disabled people with sexual relations by providing legal "disability prostitutes."

Crisis claims another victim as famous Can Fabes restaurant shuts

Barcelona - A restaurant close to Barcelona, famed for elevating Catalan cuisine to new heights, will be closing down, two years after losing the founding chef and a coveted third Michelin star.

Blue shark false alarm chased holidaymakers from the water

After a swimmer reported being attacked by a shark on Tuesday, tourists on five beaches near L'Escala (Alt Empordà) in Catalunya, Spain were told to stay out of the water for several hours.

Spanish police detain owner of a xenophobic & anti-Semitic blog

Sabadell - On July 4, National Police agents arrested a 40-year-old man in Sabadell, Catalunya for running a blog able to publish ideas likely to cause discrimination, hatred and violence, on racist, anti-Semitic or ideological grounds.
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La Seu Vella  in Lleida  Spain
La Seu Vella, in Lleida, Spain
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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan  caganers  tradition.
Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park)  creation of Antoni Gaudí.
Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d Espanya  Barcelona.
View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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This ad to encourage voting in an upcoming election in Catalonian election has both the left and the...
This ad to encourage voting in an upcoming election in Catalonian election has both the left and the right furious.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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During a match between FC Barcerlona and AC Milan at Barcelona s Nou Camp stadium  the  Associació ...
During a match between FC Barcerlona and AC Milan at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, the "Associació Catalana Pro Senyera més gran del món" unfurled a giant Catalan flag, covering 145,805.24 square feet (13,545.75 m2) setting a world record for the Largest flag flying in a football stadium, according to World Record Academy.
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Views of Rasquera
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