The Latest: Catalan separatists shrug off Spain’s power play
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The Latest: Catalan separatists shrug off Spain’s power play

In a square outside the government palace in Barcelona, an announcer told the crowd that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is firing Catalonia’s regional government, dissolving its parliament and calling for a new regional election on Dec. 21. The news was greeted with loud jeers and whistles. Still, the thousands who came to celebrate Catalonia’s … Continue reading

Catalan parliament to respond to Spain’s planned takeover
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Catalan parliament to respond to Spain’s planned takeover

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s regional parliament will hold a debate this week on Spain’s plan to take direct control of the northeastern region — a session many fear could become a cover for a vote on declaring independence. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has asked parliament to debate and vote on how to respond to … Continue reading

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for organizing demonstrations before the region’s disputed secession vote. The jailing of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the heads of grassroots organizations … Continue reading

Catalan lawmakers approve plan for secession from Spain
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Catalan lawmakers approve plan for secession from Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands waving Catalan independence flags rallied Thursday in support of regional acting President Artur Mas who was being questioned at a Barcelona court for holding a symbolic referendum on secession from Spain. Some 400 pro-independence mayors and independence party leaders joined Mas and his government councilors as he walked parade-style to … Continue reading