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Spain sacks Catalan government after independence declaration

11 months, 19 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…

Catalan leader steps back from declaring immediate independence

1 year, 5 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…

Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

1 year, 8 days ago
BARCELONA: Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators packed central Barcelona on Sunday to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum. Catalans calling…

Obama trip to Spain overshadowed by Dallas shootings

2 years, 3 months ago
MADRID: U.S. President Barack Obama met the king of Spain in Madrid on Sunday and will later meet Spain's acting prime minister, but the trip that was meant to show solidarity with Europe has been overshadowed by violent events in the…

Shock and anger after 'deliberate' Germanwings crash

3 years, 6 months ago
MARIGNANE, FRANCE: The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after locking his captain out of the cockpit, French officials said, with the "unimaginable" development sparking global shock…