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Jailed Catalan leader on hunger strike taken to hospital: doctor

Madrid - A jailed Catalan separatist leader on hunger strike for two weeks has been hospitalised in the prison where he is held on rebellion charges, his doctor said on Friday.

Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful

Bangkok - Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe's 66-year history.

Briton accused of trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine was 'big fish'

Paris - A British man charged with trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine into France was on Thursday described in court as a "big fish" in the international narco-trade.

Spanish far-left party takes back praise of Venezuela

Madrid - The leader of Spain's far-left party Podemos, who has praised the achievements of Venezuela's leftist government in the past, on Thursday changed course, saying the situation in the Latin American country was "disastrous".

Migrants keep crossing Strait of Gibraltar despite bad weather

Tarifa - A radio message comes in from a Spanish maritime rescue boat to the service's command centre in the southern town of Tarifa: "34 migrants rescued".

Spanish PM enters campaign mode with attack on Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez lashed out at Catalan separatists and promised a huge jump in the minimum wage on Wednesday as he geared up for an early election widely expected next year.

Spain PM accuses Catalan separatists of 'lying' like Brexiters

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday accused Catalan separatists of basing their cause on "lies" and "manipulation", comparing them to Brexit supporters in Britain.

Spanish government raises the tone against Catalonia

Madrid - As anger rises over Catalonia's continued push to secede from Spain, the Socialist government in Madrid has dropped its conciliatory tone towards separatist leaders, threatening to take control of security in the region.

Under fire Catalan president steps up separatist rhetoric

Barcelona - Catalan president Quim Torra has stepped up his separatist rhetoric, sparking criticism from all sides on Monday, just as his government is weakened by divisions and anger over austerity measures.

Catalan leader slammed for urging 'Slovenian route' to secession

Madrid - The Spanish government on Monday criticised Catalonia's separatist president for urging the region to follow the example of Slovenia, which sparked a brief armed conflict when it declared independence unilaterally from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Spanish PM says will refer 2019 budget to parliament in January

Madrid - Spain's prime minister said Tuesday his minority Socialist government would refer its 2019 budget to parliament for approval in January, possibly triggering early elections if it is rejected.

Two more jailed Catalan separatists join hunger strike

Barcelona - Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders said Monday they would join a hunger strike their colleagues have already started as they await trial over Catalonia's failed independence bid, bringing the total refusing food to four.

Spanish politics rocked by far-right win in Andalusia

Madrid - The first success of a far-right party in a regional election since Spain's return to democracy in 1975 has shaken national politics ahead of a busy electoral season.

Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders start hunger strike

Madrid - Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders awaiting trial over their role in Catalonia's failed bid to secede from Spain last year began a hunger strike Saturday, their lawyer said.

Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders start hunger strike

Madrid - Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders awaiting trial in a Spanish jail over their role in last year's failed independence bid by Catalonia began a hunger strike on Saturday, their lawyer said.

UN 'concerned' over 12 migrants stranded in Mediterranean

Madrid - The UN refugee agency appealed on Friday for an urgent solution to the plight of 12 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, as activists said they had evacuated one of them to Malta.

Tiny Spanish far-right party gaining ground

Granada - With its tough line against immigration and Catalan separatism, Spain's tiny far-right party Vox is starting to make waves and on Sunday could win seats in a regional election for the first time.

Strikes in Catalonia against separatist govt's social policies

Barcelona - Doctors, nurses, students, teachers and civil servants went on strike in Catalonia Thursday, asking the Spanish region's government to end spending cuts imposed during the crisis after years of seeking independence.

Spain in talks with Italy, Malta over rescued migrants

Madrid - Spain said Wednesday it was in talks with Italy and Malta to try to find a port which would allow a Spanish fishing vessel with 12 migrants on board to dock.

China's Xi vows to better protect intellectual property

Madrid - China's President Xi Jinping told Spanish lawmakers on Wednesday his country would boost protection of intellectual property ahead of a G20 meeting where he faces a trade showdown with the United States.

China's Xi arrives in Spain for business-driven visit

Madrid - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Spain on Tuesday for a business-focused state visit as Beijing, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, seeks to strengthen ties with Europe.

Spain rejects China's Silk Road plan

Madrid - Spain will not sign on to China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative that seeks to better link Asia and Europe, a senior government official said Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

Madrid - A Spanish pensioner killed herself by jumping from the fifth floor of her Madrid apartment on Monday as police tried to evict her.

Spain former king criticised for meeting Saudi crown prince

Madrid - Former Spanish King Juan Carlos was under fire Monday after a photo emerged of him meeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been tainted by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Spain says Ryanair violated right to strike: unions

Madrid - Spain has found Ryanair guilty of violating cabin crews' right to strike and work safety regulations as well as obstructing labour inspections, threatening to fine the low-frills airline for 16 infractions, unions said Monday.

Ex-IMF chief Rato in dock again in major Bankia trial

Madrid - A mega-trial harking back to the dark years of Spain's economic crisis kicks off Monday over the alleged fraudulent 2011 listing of financial giant Bankia, with former IMF leader Rodrigo Rato in the dock.

Gibraltar rocks final stages of Brexit negotiation

Apo - Preparations for a summit to endorse Britain's deal to quit the European Union risked running aground on the rock of Gibraltar Friday, as Spain defended its veto over the fate of the tiny territory.

Spanish Amazon workers in 'Black Friday' strike

Madrid - Workers at Amazon's biggest logistics centre in Spain went on strike on the day of the online retailer's "Black Friday" sales bonanza, a union and the company said.

Spain's PM Sanchez repeats Brexit veto threat after May talks

Havana - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez maintained his threat to scupper Britain's draft deal to exit the European Union following a meeting with UK counterpart Theresa May on Thursday.

Sanchez on first official trip by Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years

Madrid - Pedro Sanchez on Thursday kicks off the first official visit by a Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years, as Havana seeks closer ties with the European Union faced with a hardline United States.
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