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Catalan crisis: what happens next?

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spain moved into uncharted waters after leaders in the wealthy Catalonia region signalled they may declare independence following a banned secession referendum which was marred by police violence. Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said the region had won the right to break away from Spain after 90 …

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Barca board members resign over closed doors decision

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Monday two of the club’s board members resigned in the wake of his decision to play a match behind closed doors after a violent crackdown by police of an independence referendum for Catalonia on Sunday. Police fired rubber …

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EU breaks cover to urge Catalonia crisis dialogue

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | EU leaders on Monday called for dialogue to solve the crisis over Catalonia’s banned independence referendum and urged an end to violence in a cautious first reaction to a thorny subject for the bloc. Breaking weeks of virtual silence on the subject after scores were …

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Scores hurt as riot police crack down on banned Catalan vote

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Spanish riot police used batons and rubber bullets to storm polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday, triggering clashes as thousands turned out to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid. At least 92 people were confirmed injured out of a total of 761 who …

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Police seize millions of ballots ahead of Catalan vote

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Police on Thursday seized more than six million ballots and envelopes and 100 ballot boxes in a Catalan town, in the latest bid to block a banned independence referendum, a police source said. The seizures are the latest in a long list of items confiscated by …

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Barca remain perfect in Girona, Real bounce back

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a sixth straight win as Luis Suarez and two own goals secured a 3-0 win at Girona in a match laced with political tension on Saturday. Real Madrid remain seven points behind Barca thanks to Dani …

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Police ordered to seize ballot boxes ahead of Catalonia vote

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Prosecutors in Catalonia on Tuesday ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election flyers and any other item that could be used in a banned independence referendum called by the Spanish region’s separatist executive. The vote is set for October 1 and the northeastern region’s separatists are …

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