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Venice wants its money back, not independence

Venice - Venice is living up to its reputation of self-reliance.In the one-time city-state that was known as The Most Serene Republic of Venice, almost everyone seems to be planning to vote for greater autonomy in Sunday's consultative referendum.

Key players in Catalan independence crisis

Madrid - Catalonia's government has threatened to declare independence after the region voted in an outlawed referendum.

Restive Catalonia, a strategic region for Spain

Madrid - Catalonia, whose leader may declare independence on Tuesday, is one of the most strategic regions of Spain, the eurozone's fourth largest economy.

Brazil's south holds Catalan-inspired independence poll

S - Brazil's three southernmost states held an informal referendum-style vote on independence for the region Saturday, taking inspiration from the turbulence in Spain's Catalonia.

Brazil's south holds Catalan-inspired independence poll

S - Brazil's three southernmost states held an informal referendum-style vote on independence for the region Saturday, taking inspiration from the turbulence in Spain's Catalonia.

Erdogan says Turkey will 'soon' close borders with Iraqi Kurdistan

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey would "soon" close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Spain is facing its worst political crisis in decades as Catalan threatens to declare independence following a chaotic referendum branded illegal by the central government in Madrid.Here are the key dates in the wealthy region's independence drive.

Spain rejects mediation calls as Catalans plan to declare independence

Barcelona - Spain's government has defiantly rejected calls for mediation over Catalonia's push for independence as the two factions headed towards another showdown.

Catalan leader says region will declare independence in 'matter of days'

Barcelona - Spain was braced for further political upheaval Wednesday after Catalonia's leader said the region would declare independence "in a matter of days".

Spain king denounces Catalan independence bid

Barcelona - Spain's King Felipe intervened dramatically Tuesday in the crisis over Catalan leaders' bid for independence, accusing them of threatening the country's stability and urging the state to defend "constitutional order.

Spain 'losing control' of Catalonia, analysts warn

Madrid - The expulsion of police from their hotels in Catalonia under pressure from street protests illustrates Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's growing struggle to keep control of the separatist-minded region, analysts say.

'Listen to us', Catalans plead in mass protest

Barcelona - Gerard Mur's heart sank as he watched Spain's king address the nation Tuesday at the end of a long day of protests in Barcelona against heavy-handed police action during a banned referendum on independence for Catalonia.

'Occupation forces out': Tens of thousands protest in Barcelona

Barcelona - Shouting "occupation forces out" and "the streets will always be ours," tens of thousands took to the streets of Barcelona Tuesday to protest police violence during a banned weekend independence referendum in Catalonia.

United in sadness over police violence, Catalans want dialogue

Barcelona - For or against independence, Catalans are reeling from police violence during an independence referendum banned by Madrid but far from locking horns with the Spanish government, they call for dialogue.

Catalans describe moment they were hurt in vote chaos

Barcelona - From a grandmother whose wrist was broken to an independence supporter violently hit in the head, several people who were injured by police during Catalonia's independence referendum banned by Madrid told AFP of their ordeal.

Thousands rally in Catalonia against referendum violence

Barcelona - Thousands of people hit the streets of Barcelona and other Catalan cities on Monday in protest at a violent police crackdown to stop an independence referendum in the region."This was the norm under Franco!

Catalan crisis: what happens next?

Madrid - Spain moved into uncharted waters after leaders in the wealthy Catalonia region signalled they may declare independence following a banned secession referendum which was marred by police violence.

Spanish press berates both sides after Catalan violence

Madrid - Newspapers across Spain warned Monday that the country has been "deeply torn apart" and "we have all lost" after the violence that marred Catalonia's independence referendum, denouncing the actions of both the region's separatist leaders and the centra...

EU breaks cover to urge Catalonia crisis dialogue

Brussels - EU leaders on Monday called for dialogue to solve the crisis over Catalonia's banned independence referendum and urged an end to violence in a cautious first reaction to a thorny subject for the bloc.

Catalans rally in fury over independence poll violence

Barcelona - Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied Tuesday in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of "inciting rebellion".

Madrid vows to stop Catalan independence declaration

Madrid - Spain will do "everything within the law" to prevent Catalonia from declaring independence, Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Monday, a day after Catalonia's regional government declared victory in a banned secession referendum.

Tennis: Heartbroken Nadal 'wants to cry' over Catalan vote

Bejing - Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal said on Monday he was stunned and felt like crying following a banned independence referendum in Catalonia and a police crackdown.

Venezuela's Maduro condemns 'brutal repression' in Catalonia

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro condemned the "brutal repression" of protesters defending a banned Catalan independence referendum Sunday -- branding Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a "dictator.

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that the rule of law had prevailed in Catalonia because an independence referendum in the region prohibited by the courts had been blocked.

Barricades and sit-ins as Catalan voters face police

Barcelona - It was still pitch black when would-be voters lined up in Barcelona early Sunday, braving rain as they hoped to cast ballots in a referendum on independence for Catalonia despite a ban by Spain's government.

At least 92 injured in Catalonia vote clashes: regional govt

Barcelona - At least 92 people were injured in Catalonia on Sunday as police and protesters clashed over a banned independence referendum in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, the Catalan government said.

Catalonia, one of Spain's economic heavyweights

Madrid - Catalonia, which held a banned referendum on secession from Spain Sunday amid a police crackdown, is one of the powerhouses of the Spanish economy, buoyed by industry, research and tourism but burdened with a heavy debt.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Authorities in Catalonia were pushing ahead with a banned independence referendum Sunday as dozens of protesters were injured in clashes with police, with the central government in Madrid vowing to halt a vote it has branded a "farce".

Spain urges Catalonia to end referendum 'farce'

Barcelona - Spain demanded Sunday that Catalonia's separatist government call off an independence referendum, dismissing the vote as a "farce", as national police moved in to stop it.

What we know about Catalan independence vote

Barcelona - Spanish riot police stormed voting stations Sunday as they moved to stop Catalonia's independence referendum after it was banned by the central government in Madrid.
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