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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.
In the Media by Anna Cuenca (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Anna Cuenca (AFP)

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".
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Sylvie Groult (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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...
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Roland Lloyd Parry (AFP)

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 ...
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Elodie Cuzin (AFP)

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".
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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).
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

'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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

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."
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Rumors of hidden cash in building rubble get people digging

Lleida - A building began collapsing in the city center of Lleida, Spain on June 17. Two weeks ago, it finally completely gave way. This week rumors started that there was a pile of cash hidden in the pile of rubble and that's when people started digging.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Spain's 'angel of death' receives 127 year sentence

Girona - Joan Vila Dilmé, the security guard who was tried for killing eleven elderly residents in a nursing home, has received a sentence of 127 years for his crimes. He had told the court that he was "ending their suffering."
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

The Pirate Bay invited by North Korea to use their network

Pyongyang - The Pirate Bay (TPB) recently advised that their servers could be accessed via Norway and Spain (Catalonia). Since then, another country has offered its network to TPB, and it's an ironic story indeed.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Spanish general’s hints of invading Catalonia cause alarm

A Spanish general has caused outrage in Spain by hinting that Spain’s armed forces should not rule out invading the north eastern region of Catalonia centred on Barcelona if Catalan secessionists should attempt to break away from the rest of Spain.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Football: Independent Catalonia could see Barça in French League

Barcelona - The recent regional election in Catalonia, Spain resulted in pro-independence parties taking nearly two-thirds of the seats. An independent Catalonia may have repercussions for subject close to Catalan hearts – football – in the shape of FC Barcelona.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Spain: Catalan separatists win 64 percent of seats

Barcelona - Sunday, voters in Catalonia, the region of Spain that includes Barcelona, voted in a majority of representatives who support sovereign statehood, or succession from Spain.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 1 comment
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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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La Seu Vella  in Lleida  Spain
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La Seu Vella, in Lleida, Spain
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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan  caganers  tradition.
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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d Espanya  Barcelona.
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
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