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MADRID | Catalan secessionists block highways, train tracks in strike

MADRID (AP) — Strikers advocating for Catalonia to secede from Spain are blocking major highways, train tracks and roads across the northeastern region. Thursday’s general strike has been organized by unions of pro-independence workers and students. On paper, they are demanding improved social policies including a 35-hour work week and a higher minimum wage but … Continue reading MADRID | Catalan secessionists block highways, train tracks in strike

MADRID | Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

MADRID (AP) — Protesters have blocked highways in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia, as the trial of separatist leaders gets underway in the country’s Supreme Court in Madrid. Tuesday’s protests were timed with the start of arguably Spain’s most consequential trial in four decades of democracy. Twelve defendants are being tried for their roles in … Continue reading MADRID | Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

MADRID | Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

MADRID—Jan 11, 2019— Spanish police say they have seized 2,700 kilograms (6,000 pounds) of marijuana bound for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Friday that Civil Guard officers in Barcelona arrested 25 people in the operation, which the ministry said was the largest-ever seizure of marijuana in Spain. … Continue reading MADRID | Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

BARCELONA, Spain | Fire kills 3 in apartment building in northeastern Spain

BARCELONA, Spain — Jan 05, 2019—Firefighters in Spain say that three people have been killed and more have been injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in a town near Barcelona. Firefighters for the northeastern region of Catalonia say that the blaze on Saturday also left one baby in critical condition and … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | Fire kills 3 in apartment building in northeastern Spain

BARCELONA, Spain | The Latest: Peaceful Catalan protesters upset by scuffles

BARCELONA, Spain — The Latest on Spanish Cabinet meeting being held in Barcelona (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Scuffles between radical separatist protesters and police as Spain’s prime minister met with his cabinet in Catalonia‘s capital are angering some peaceful pro-independence supporters. The Mossos d’Esquadra regional police says that seven people have been arrested Friday … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | The Latest: Peaceful Catalan protesters upset by scuffles

MADRID | Far-right rally in Madrid draws thousands angry with govt

MADRID — A few thousand Spaniards have protested in Madrid against the Socialist-led government at a rally organize by marginal right-wing groups. The protestors gathered in front of the Spanish parliament on Saturday, many holding either the current-day Spanish flag or its predecessor that stood for the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco. The crowd shouted … Continue reading MADRID | Far-right rally in Madrid draws thousands angry with govt