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Spain, where Franco's legacy inspires love and loathing

Madrid - A dark and painful part of Spain's history will be brought back under the spotlight Thursday when the remains of Francisco Franco are exhumed from a landmark basilica in the hills near Madrid.

Spain's Francisco Franco: 36 years of iron rule

Madrid - For 36 years General Francisco Franco, whose remains are to be exhumed on Thursday, ruled Spain with an iron fist during one of Europe's longest dictatorships.

Spanish prior at Franco mausoleum refuses to allow exhumation

Madrid - The prior of the mausoleum where Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is buried said Wednesday he would prevent the dictator's remains from being exhumed from the grounds, even though the courts and the Church have approved the project.

Spanish Church says will not oppose Franco exhumation

Madrid - Spain's Catholic Church said Thursday it would not oppose the exhumation of the remains of late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and their removal from a huge state mausoleum outside Madrid.

Spain court approves exhumation of Franco's remains

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the green light for the government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by the late dictator's descendants.

Reburying the dead: cases of controversial leaders

Paris - Settling on a final resting place for deceased controversial leaders, such as Spain's dictator Francisco Franco whose remains the government wants moved from a state mausoleum, has been troublesome for many countries.

Spanish court to rule on Franco exhumation on Sept 24

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court said Tuesday it will announce on September 24 its ruling on the government's plans to remove the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum, a move fiercely opposed by his descendants.

Spain to exhume Franco's remains in June

Madrid - Spain said Friday it will move the remains of late dictator Francisco Franco from an opulent mausoleum to a state-run pantheon, after months of wrangling between the government and his family.

Spain to exhume Franco's remains in June

Madrid - Spain will exhume the remains of late dictator Francisco Franco from its opulent mausoleum and move them to a location outside Madrid in June, the government announced Friday.

Two Brazilian police arrested over killing of activist Marielle Franco

Rio De Janeiro - Two police officers were arrested Tuesday in the killing of Rio city councilor and black gay rights activist Marielle Franco, prosecutors said, almost a year to the day after the brazen murder shocked Brazil.

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 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.

Spain says Franco mausoleum's prior vetoes exhumation

Madrid - The prior of the mausoleum where Spain's late fascist dictator Francisco Franco is buried has rejected any exhumation of his remains, the government said Thursday, in the latest stumbling block to a divisive project.

Spanish artist defaces Franco tomb with red dove, freedom slogan

Madrid - A Spanish artist painted a red dove and the slogan "For Freedom" Wednesday on Francisco Franco's tomb at the vast mausoleum near Madrid where the late dictator is buried.

Six months on, slain black activist still symbol of hope in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Six months ago, the slaying of black rights activist Marielle Franco shocked Brazil and prompted major demonstrations against the surging violence in Rio de Janeiro, where she served on the city council.

Spanish MPs approve exhumation of dictator Franco

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved a decree by the Socialist government authorising the exhumation of late dictator Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid.

Spanish MPs approve exhumation of dictator Franco

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved a decree by the Socialist government authorising the exhumation of late dictator Francisco Franco.

Rush to visit Franco's tomb before his remains are moved

San Lorenzo De El Escorial - "Since they are going to remove Franco, I wanted to see it. It's morbid curiosity," says Antonio Nevado, one of thousands of Spaniards who have rushed to visit the late dictator's tomb before his remains are moved.

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist: govt

Rio De Janeiro - Politicians and public servants have been linked to the murder of high-profile Brazilian lawmaker and black rights activist Marielle Franco, Brazil's security minister Raul Jungmann said late Friday.

The pain, shock and anger of two Spanish 'stolen babies'

Madrid - Jose Maria Garcia Gonzalez was 35 and getting official documents for his wedding when he found out he was adopted.

Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum

Madrid - Spain's new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of "reconciliation" for a country still coming to terms with the dictator's legacy.

Rio police closing in on activist's murderers: report

Rio De Janeiro - Authorities are closing in on the killers of a high-profile Rio de Janeiro politician and black rights activist, a government minister was quoted as saying Thursday, as police staged a reenactment of the murder.

Rio criminal gangs may have slain black activist: minister

Bras - Shadowy criminal gangs operating in Rio de Janeiro are the chief suspects in last month's murder of Marielle Franco, a prominent black rights activist and city councilor, a government minister said Monday.

Fellow activist vows to fight on after Brazilian councilwoman slain

Rio De Janeiro - The murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco took away one of this city's most prominent black voices, but her friend Taliria Petrone vows to carry on their struggle.

Rio favela residents march in memory of slain activist

Rio De Janeiro - About 2,000 people marched through the Mare favela in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in memory of human rights activist Marielle Franco, who was gunned down in an apparent assassination.

Slain Rio councilwoman was voice of favelas' voiceless

Rio De Janeiro - Before being gunned down in the center of Rio de Janeiro, city councilwoman Marielle Franco built a career standing up for the many others living in danger of bullets and abuse.Wednesday's killing had the hallmarks of an assassination.

Carmen Franco, daughter of Spanish dictator, dies aged 91

Madrid - The only daughter of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has died in Madrid aged 91, one of her grandchildren and her biographer said Friday.

Embittered in crisis, Catalan separatists raise spectre of Franco

Madrid - As their crucial regional election nears, separatists in Catalonia are accusing the Spanish government of acting like the late dictator Francisco Franco, in a country that has yet to heal the wounds of his regime.

Spain parliament calls for Franco's remains to be moved

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers approved Thursday a motion calling for the remains of General Francisco Franco to be removed from a controversial mausoleum near Madrid that was built by prisoners during his dictatorship.
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