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Powerful Russia tycoon quizzed by Spain's top criminal court

Madrid - One of Russia's most powerful tycoons, Mikhail Fridman, appeared in Spain's top criminal court for questioning on Monday over allegations he artificially depressed the value of a Spanish takeover target.

Who are the youths behind the Catalonia protest violence?

Barcelona - The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.

European rights court rejects bid to halt Franco's exhumation

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denied a bid Thursday to halt the Spanish government's plans to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a grandiose mausoleum.

Catalan leader pledges to work for fresh independence vote

Barcelona - The president of Spain's protest-hit Catalonia region pledged Thursday to push for a new vote on secession, despite the fallout from a failed 2017 independence bid that sparked the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests

Barcelona - After another night of clashes in Catalonia which left nearly 100 people injured according to emergency services, activists again blocked roads on Thursday in the northeastern region of Spain.

Destination Barcelona: separatists begin 100km 'freedom march'

Girona - In a straw hat and hiking boots, Jordi Soler set out from Girona with thousands of others on a 100-kilometre (60-mile) "freedom march" after Spain jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders. "This is to show that we can bring Catalonia to a halt...

Spain police arrest 51 people during Catalan protests

Madrid - Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 51 people across Catalonia overnight after violent protests over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

Clandestine 'tsunami' behind new wave of Catalan protests

Barcelona - With an appeal to block Barcelona's airport, a new, mysterious organisation called "Democratic Tsunami" has raised the temperature of Catalan separatist protests in Spain which until now have been peaceful.

Spain's Catalan foreign minister slams 'totalitarian' separatism

Madrid - Spain's Catalan foreign minister on Tuesday accused separatists of acting in a "totalitarian" way by excluding those in the region who were not in favour of breaking away from Spain.

'This is not over', furious Catalan separatists warn as Spain jails leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, one of thousands of people who took to the streets of Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders over a failed independence bid.

Police charge separatist protesters at Barcelona airport

Barcelona - Spanish police repeatedly charged separatist demonstrators at the entrance to Barcelona's El Prat airport Monday as they protested a Supreme Court ruling that jailed nine of their leaders, an AFP correspondent said.

Angry protesters take to streets as Spain jails Catalan leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, a 19-year-old student protesting in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders jailed over a failed independence bid.

Unsuccessful secession stunts Catalan independence bid

Barcelona - Divided and deadlocked since the failure of their 2017 secession bid, Catalan separatists are hoping Spain's jailing of nine of 12 of their leaders will unite the ranks and give fresh impetus for change.

Jailed Oriol Junqueras, Catalonia's pragmatist professor

Barcelona - An inscrutable pragmatist with an affable nature, Oriol Junqueras is a key figure in the Catalan separatist movement who has taken the fall for a failed independence bid that sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Trump puts squeeze on Spanish olive oil producers

Antequera - Farmers had just begun harvesting olives in southern Spain when US President Donald Trump soured the mood with the announcement that Washington would slap hefty tariffs on their produce.

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Barcelona - Thousands of people opposed to Catalan independence marched in the region's capital Saturday, Spain's national day, with the verdict in the trial of leading Catalan separatists expected early next week.

Back from the dead: Some corals regrow after 'fatal' warming

Washington - For the first time ever, scientists have found corals that were thought to have been killed by heat stress have recovered, a glimmer of hope for the world's climate change-threatened reefs.The chance discovery, made by Diego K.

Spanish court probes alleged spying of Assange at Ecuadorian embassy

Madrid - Spain's National Court is investigating a Spanish private security firm on suspicion it spied on Julian Assange on behalf of the US while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to a ruling made public Wednesday.

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.

Madrid eyes fresh dialogue after Catalan separatist trial

Madrid - Madrid hopes the upcoming ruling in the case of 12 Catalan separatist leaders will enable it to open fresh dialogue with the wealthy northeastern region, a junior minister said Tuesday.

Spain's far-right Vox party attacks ruling socialists

Madrid - Spain's far-right party Vox launched its election campaign Sunday with an all-out attack on Pedro Sanchez's ruling socialists ahead of the November 10 parliamentary polls.

Spain's Ciudadanos moots post-vote support for Socialists

Madrid - Spain's business-friendly Ciudadanos said Saturday it would consider working with the Socialists after November's poll if it would break the political deadlock that has dragged the country to its fourth elections in as many years.

Spanish police saved from sea by smugglers they were chasing

Madrid - Three Spanish police officers who were thrown into the sea when their boat crashed early Friday during a high-speed chase were pulled to safety by the drug-smugglers they were chasing, police said.

African migrant child dies trying to reach Spain

Madrid - A young African child has died off the coast of Spain after being rescued from a packed boat carrying 66 migrants, the maritime rescue services said Friday.

In northwest Spain, conservation efforts pay off as bears thrive

Somiedo - Daylight is only just breaking over Spain's Cantabrian Mountains and already a dozen enthusiasts are up and about in the hope of spotting a brown bear.

Coming home? 132,000 descendants of Spain's exiled Jews seek nationality

Madrid - More than 500 years ago, they faced a bleak choice: convert to Catholicism or be burned at the stake. The only other option was exile.

More than 132,000 Sephardic Jews apply for Spanish nationality

Madrid - Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term offer, officials said Tuesday after the deadline expired.

Spain PM says he is the 'stable' option as vote looms

Madrid - Spain's Socialist premier Pedro Sanchez on Monday offered himself as the only candidate who could guarantee "stability" as the country heads into its fourth elections in as many years.

Catalonia tense ahead of verdict in separatist trial

Madrid - Tensions are mounting in Catalonia where pro-independence lawmakers have been sabre-rattling against Madrid as Spain's top court prepares to rule on the fate of 12 separatist leaders over a failed 2017 independence bid.

Spain security firm probed 'for spying on Assange for CIA'

Madrid - A Spanish private security firm, which is under investigation in Madrid, spied on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the CIA while he was inside the Ecudoran embassy in London, El Pais daily reported Friday.
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