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Nationalists Make Gains in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Nationalist parties in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia won local parliamentary elections Sunday, but failed to get a mandate for a referendum on independence. Official results show the majority of seats will go to nationalist parties, but the alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas fell short of a majority in the […]

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Nationalists Win Parliamentary Election in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Official results from local parliamentary elections in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia show the majority of seats will go to nationalist parties that favor independence from Spain. Returns from Sunday’s vote show the national alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas fell short of a majority, taking just 50 seats in the […]

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Nationalists Take Election Lead in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Exit polls from elections in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia show the majority of local parliamentary seats will go to nationalist parties that favor independence from Spain. Early returns from Sunday’s vote show the national alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas has taken at least 48 seats in the 135-seat parliament, […]

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Spain’s Catalonia Holds Snap Election

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Polls have opened in Spain’s wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia to choose 135 regional parliamentary seats. The Sunday election is viewed as a possible referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain. Incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas told members of his Convergence and Union Party last week that independence is within sight. If he […]

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Spain’s Terrorist Group: Ready to Discuss Disbanding

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Spain’s armed Basque separatist group ETA says it is ready to discuss disbanding and disarming with the French and Spanish authorities. The group posted a statement on its website Saturday, saying that it is ready to negotiate a definitive end to military operations and a handover of its arms if certain conditions are met. Among […]

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Spain’s Constitutional Court Upholds Gay Marriage Law

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Spain’s top court has upheld the legality of the country’s gay marriage law, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage can represent only the union of a man and a woman. The county’s top court voted Tuesday to dismiss the appeal filed by the conservative Popular Party that has opposed it. Spain’s parliament passed the gay […]

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France Arrests Spanish Basque Military Commander

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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French police have arrested a military commander of the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA, in the latest blow to a movement that has seen its key members detained in Europe in recent years. The Spanish government said an elite French police unit captured Izaskun Lesaka and her Spanish male companion, also an ETA member, in […]

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Spanish Police Break Up Major Chinese Crime Ring

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have broken up a major Chinese criminal operation that illegally shipped Chinese products to Spain for distribution throughout Europe. Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido said Wednesday authorities detained 83 suspected members of the crime syndicate in nationwide raids on homes and businesses the previous day. The suspects include 58 Chinese nationals, […]

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Spanish Police Break Up Major Chinese Crime Ring

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have broken up a major Chinese criminal operation that illegally shipped Chinese products to Spain for distribution throughout Europe. Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido said Wednesday authorities detained 83 suspected members of a crime syndicate in nationwide raids on homes and businesses the previous day. The suspects include 58 Chinese nationals, […]

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Spain Evicts Migrants from Mediterranean Islet

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police have evicted more than 80 migrants who tried to enter Spain illegally from a Mediterranean islet. The migrants landed last week on Spain’s tiny Isla de Tierra, off the coast of Morocco. Spanish authorities say police evicted most of the migrants early Tuesday, transferring them to the care of Moroccan authorities. Some of […]

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