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One million protesters rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence

Barcelona - Around one million people rallied in Barcelona on Tuesday, banging drums and blowing whistles in a show of support for Catalan independence nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain.

Catalan separatists plan show of strength at Barcelona demo

Barcelona - Catalan separatists will seek to put on a show of strength and unity at celebrations of the region's national day Tuesday, nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain.

Spain: Catalonia independence crisis one year on

Barcelona - On the eve of "Diada", Catalonia's "national day", which traditionally brings hundreds of thousands of separatists out on the streets, AFP reviews the region's independence crisis.

Spain PM asks Catalan leader to talk to those against independence

Enk - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday asked Catalonia's separatist leader Quim Torra to start a dialogue with those against independence and ditch his "posturing" to ease tensions in the region.

Spanish PM proposes referendum on greater autonomy for Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's prime minister on Monday proposed holding a referendum in Catalonia on greater autonomy for the wealthy region but ruled out allowing a vote on independence as demanded by Catalan leaders.

Tensions rise in Catalonia over pro-independence yellow ribbons

Barcelona - Catalan separatists decorate streets, monuments and even beaches with yellow ribbons to promote their cause -- but their opponents just as soon remove them to clean up" this Spanish region.

Anonymous hackers target Spain sites in Catalonia protest

Madrid - Hackers from the Anonymous collective claimed responsibility for bringing down government websites in Spain on Monday in a protest against Madrid's efforts to block Catalonia's separatist drive.

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Barcelona - Spain's new Socialist government held talks with Catalonia's separatist executive on Wednesday in the first such meeting in seven years as tensions eased but sharp divergences remained over the region's self-determination drive.

Catalan ex-leader, in Belgium, vows to pursue independence bid

Apo - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont vowed Saturday to "defend the just cause of the Catalan people" as he returned to Belgium.

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont says to return to Belgium

Berlin - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont said Wednesday he will head to Belgium where he will keep pressing for his region's independence after a Spanish judge dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

Scotland withdraws arrest warrant for Catalan ex-minister Ponsati

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted for her role in last year's bid for independence from Spain, had her international arrest warrant withdrawn at a Scottish court on Monday.

What now for deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont?

Madrid - Now he is rid of a Spanish international arrest warrant, Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont can go anywhere he pleases save Spain, and continue playing a central role in his region's separatist politics from afar.So what's next?

Spain drops international arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday dropped European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, meaning they no longer face detention or extradition.

Spain drops international arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday dropped European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, the Supreme Court said, which means they no longer face extradition.

Flanders' separatist leader boosts ties with Catalan counterpart

Barcelona - A week after meeting Scotland's pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon, Catalonia's president Quim Torra held talks Tuesday in Barcelona with his counterpart in Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, and both agreed to strengthen cooperation.

Catalan leader launches bid to unite separatist factions

Barcelona - Self-exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday appealed for unity among the disparate factions of Catalonia's independence movement, in his continued determination to turn the wealthy northeastern region into a republic.

Spanish PM says separatists must be 'tried in Spanish courts'

Apo - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that Catalonia's deposed independence leader Carles Puigdemont and other separatists "must be tried by the Spanish courts".

Germany can extradite Puigdemont to Spain for graft, not rebellion: court

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain, but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Germany can extradite Puigdemont to Spain for graft, not rebellion: court

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain, but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Catalan leader travels to Scotland for historic talks

Edinburgh - After years of holding Catalan separatists at arm's length despite obvious sympathy for their cause, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra for the first time on Wednesday.

Spain court orders Puigdemont suspended as lawmaker

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid.

Spanish PM meets Catalan president to defuse tensions

Madrid - Spain's new leader Pedro Sanchez on Monday meets separatist Catalan president Quim Torra for the first time in a bid to kickstart dialogue after the region's failed attempt at secession which sparked the country's worst crisis in decades.

Held Catalan leaders to be moved to jails in the region: govt

Madrid - Six of the nine Catalan separatist leaders in custody over their role in Catalonia's secession bid will be transferred to prisons in the region, Madrid said Monday, signalling a thaw in tensions.

New Spanish PM urges Catalans to turn page on referendum

Berlin - Spain's new prime minister on Tuesday urged Catalan separatist leaders to "turn the page" on a contested independence referendum after regional president Quim Torra said he wanted another vote.

Puigdemont v 'Pig Demont': Ex-Catalan leader squeals on ham brand

Barcelona - Former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has asked Spanish authorities to stop the sale of a brand of dry-cured ham called "Pig Demont" whose logo is a pig with a hairstyle and glasses similar to his.

Belgium may probe whether Spain spied on Catalan leader

Apo - Belgian authorities faced calls Wednesday to investigate whether the Spanish secret services monitored former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgium without telling Brussels.

Spain lifts financial controls on Catalonia, rules out referendum

Madrid - Spain's new Socialist government said Friday it would lift financial controls on Catalonia as a "gesture of normalisation" towards the separatist-minded region, but insisted an independence referendum was still "out of the question.

Small glimmer of hope in Catalan crisis with new Spain PM

Barcelona - Socialist Pedro Sanchez's arrival to power in Spain has brought a glimmer of hope that icy ties will thaw between Madrid and Catalan separatists, who are wary of the new leader but happy that veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy has gone.

Direct rule on Catalonia due to be lifted as separatist govt sworn in

Barcelona - Catalonia's new separatist government will be sworn in Saturday, the regional presidency announced, which will spark the automatic end of Madrid's direct rule over the region.

Catalan president forms govt without jailed, exiled ministers

Madrid - Catalonia's separatist president signed a decree Tuesday nominating an administration that no longer includes jailed and exiled former ministers who backed its independence push, his office said in a statement.
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