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Basques march in solidarity with Catalonia independence vote

Donostia-san Sebasti - Hundreds of Basques turned out on the streets Saturday in support of Catalonia and its planned referendum on independence from Madrid, an ambition long fought for by Basque separatists.

Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum

Nouakchott - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote.While turnout was 53.

Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign

Nouakchott - Mauritanians began voting Saturday on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups.

Mauritanian party complains of 'unequal' referendum campaign

Nouakchott - The sole Mauritanian political party urging citizens to vote "No" in a controversial referendum on abolishing the Senate complained Wednesday their ability to campaign had been severely restricted.

Catalonia to declare immediate independence if 'yes' wins referendum

Barcelona - Catalonia will declare independence "immediately" if the region's voters opt to separate from Spain in a referendum, its ruling coalition said Tuesday as it unveiled a bill aimed at ensuring the vote takes place despite Madrid's refusal.

Catalonia to declare immediate independence if 'yes' wins referendum

Barcelona - Catalonia will declare independence "immediately" if a majority of the Spanish region's voters opt for independence in a Scotland-style referendum called for October, its ruling coalition said Tuesday.

Venezuela opposition calls vote against crisis reforms

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a popular vote on July 16 over the government's constitutional reforms which it brands a ploy to cling to power in a deadly political crisis.

Spanish lawmakers reject Catalan independence referendum

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday as expected threw out a Catalan bid to hold an independence referendum which a court had already ruled illegal.

Spanish court reins in Catalan foreign policy ambitions

Madrid - Spain's constitutional court on Wednesday forbade the pro-separatist region of Catalonia from promoting its interests abroad through a foreign policy "secretariat.

Erdogan calls Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'error and threat'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday strongly criticised the decision of the authorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region to hold a referendum on independence, calling it "an error and a threat" to the country's territorial integrity.

Spain says bracing for rising Catalonia tensions

Madrid - Madrid is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia's unilateral separatist drive, Spain's deputy prime minister said Monday, just days after the northeastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of Barcelona's football club, rallied in the city on Sunday to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1.

Catalan public workers caught in referendum crossfire

Barcelona - Whose orders to follow? Civil servants in Catalonia may not know which way to turn if the Spanish region holds an independence referendum that Madrid deems illegal.

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid.

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against such a vote.

Turkey says Iraqi Kurds' referendum plan a 'grave mistake'

Ankara - Turkey on Friday warned that a decision by Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to hold an independence referendum would be a "grave mistake.

Europe a 'rotting continent', says Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - Europe is a "rotting continent" and the "centre of Nazism", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday in his latest withering attack on the European Union in the campaign ahead of a crucial referendum.

OSCE launches Turkey poll mission despite 'limitations'

Ankara - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) launched an observer mission in Turkey on Friday ahead of a vote on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, but said there were limits on its movement.

Far-right nationalist party expels Erdogan opponents

Ankara - Four heavyweights of a far-right Turkish nationalist party were expelled on Friday for opposing the party's line in favour of expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Rotterdam rally on Turkish referendum cancelled: mayor

Den Haag - A planned rally in Rotterdam due to be attended by Turkey's foreign minister to drum up support in a high-stakes Turkish referendum has been cancelled, the Dutch city's mayor said Wednesday.

Turkish women rally behind Erdogan's referendum

Istanbul - Thousands of pro-government women filled an Istanbul arena on Sunday in support of a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.Waving Turkish flags, women shouted "Of course, Yes!

Thousands of Turkish women rally in favour of Erdogan's powers

Istanbul - Thousands of pro-government women filled an Istanbul arena Sunday in support of a "Yes" vote in next month's referendum on boosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.Waving Turkish flags, women shouted "Of course, Yes!

Budapest Olympics firm suspends operations amid bid turmoil

Budapest - The firm in charge of Budapest's troubled bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024 said Saturday it is suspending operations as long as uncertainty sparked by a referendum drive surrounds the application.

Budapest mulls dropping 2024 Olympics bid — mayor

Budapest - First Hamburg, then Rome and now Budapest? The Hungarian capital on Friday considered dropping its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024, after a petition gained enough signatures to force a referendum.

Turkey 'no' voters demonised as tight referendum looms

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters are increasingly demonising voters thinking of rejecting a plan to grant him greater powers in an April referendum, raising fears of a further polarisation of society.

Binali Yildirim: Turkey's last prime minister?

Istanbul - Campaigning with gusto for a "Yes" vote in Turkey's referendum on a new constitution, it may seem surprising Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is an impassioned champion of the plan to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan faces weak economy in path to greater power

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to getting a power boost after parliament's first approval of a bill to change the constitution, but the flagging economy could present an unexpected roadblock.

Catalan separatists launch new independence campaign

Barcelona - Eight months before a controversial -- and still theoretical -- planned independence referendum, Catalan separatists launched a new seduction campaign Sunday to woo voters.

Italy court rejects labour law referendum

Rome - Italy's constitutional court on Wednesday rejected a petition calling for a referendum on a key plank of labour market legislation that was a flagship reform of ousted premier Matteo Renzi.

Iceland centre-right parties to seek EU referendum

Reykjav - Iceland could hold a referendum on joining the EU if new negotiations on forming a coalition government are successful, the head of one of the three parties involved in the talks said Monday.
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