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Rapper to get jail for glorifying ‘terrorism’

7 months, 16 days ago
Spain's top criminal court sentenced a rapper to two years in prison Friday for Twitter posts and a song it said glorified terrorism, the latest such decision against an artist that has raised free speech concerns. Such was the…

Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid’s rule

11 months, 22 days ago
MADRID/BARCELONA: Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain.…

Spain seizes control of ‘independent’ Catalonia

11 months, 22 days ago
MADRID: Spain moved on Saturday to assert direct rule over Catalonia, replacing its executive and top officials to quash an independence drive that has pushed the country into uncharted waters and sent shock waves through Europe. As…

Spain sacks Catalan government after independence declaration

11 months, 22 days ago
BARCELONA/MADRID: The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the region declared itself an independent nation, in Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy…

EU spurns Catalan independence declaration, backs Madrid

11 months, 22 days ago
BRUSSELS: The European Union on Friday spurned Catalonia's declaration of independence, voicing staunch support for Madrid in a crisis threatening the stability of a key member of the bloc as Brussels grapples with Brexit. President…

Canada recognises ‘a united Spain’: official

11 months, 23 days ago
OTTAWA: Canada rejected the Catalan regional government's unilateral declaration of independence on Friday and urged dialogue between Madrid and the breakaway region of Spain. "In accordance with international legal principles, these…

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

11 months, 23 days ago
BARCELONA: Catalan lawmakers voted Friday to declare independence from Spain, as Madrid vowed, in turn, to "restore legality" and quash the region's secessionist bid. With thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside, the…

Key events since Catalonia independence vote

1 year, 7 days ago
MADRID: Spain's Prime Minister on Wednesday gave Catalonia's separatist leader five days to clarify whether or not it was declaring independence, as he considers imposing direct rule from Madrid. Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday said the…

Catalan leader steps back from declaring immediate independence

1 year, 8 days ago
BARCELONA: Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday he had accepted the "mandate of the people" for his region's independence from Spain but suspended the declaration to allow more time for talks with Madrid. In a speech to regional…