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October 4, 2017 11:42 AM Spanish court opens sedition probe of Catalonia officials for indepdendence bid

BARCELONA — Spain’s High Court launched an investigation against top Catalan police and organizers on Wednesday on suspicion of inciting rebellion against the state, just hours after the Spanish king charged that the Barcelona separatists were acting “outside the law and outside democracy.” With each passing day, national authorities and the pro-independence 71

October 4, 2017 11:19 AM Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain, a regional government source said, as the European Union nation nears a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy and has unnerved financial markets. Pro-independence parties which control the regional parliament have asked for a debate 82

October 4, 2017 9:17 AM Catalonia to declare independence from Spain as soon as weekend: leader

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain, the region’s leader said, moving the European Union country closer to a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. The constitutional crisis has hit the euro and Spanish stocks and bonds and Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) Spanish 74

October 3, 2017 10:32 PM Las Vegas shooting: Five reasons US gun laws don't change

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun control advocates are renewing calls for tightening regulation on firearms. If the story sounds familiar, it's because a similar dynamic has played out time and time again in recent years, after every new gut-wrenching incident of gun violence makes headlines. On the federal level, at least, the interest 71

October 3, 2017 12:14 PM Metro, roads disrupted in Catalonia pro-independence protest

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Metro stations were closed in Barcelona, pickets blocked roads and state workers walked out on Tuesday in protests across Catalonia over a Spanish police crackdown on a banned independence referendum. The stoppages, in response to a call for a general strike by pro-independence groups and trade unions, affected the public sector 66

October 2, 2017 4:37 PM Sturgeon: Strength of feeling in Catalonia 'cannot be ignored'

The "strength of feeling" expressed in Catalonia's independence referendum "cannot be ignored", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Almost 900 people were hurt as Spanish police tried to stop the contested vote going ahead on Sunday. Ms Sturgeon said talks must be held to find a solution which respects both the rule of law and democracy. The poll had been declared 54

October 2, 2017 10:43 AM Catalan referendum: Who will move next in Spain's crisis?

Spain's complicated relationship with the region of Catalonia is heading for the unknown. After violence by Spanish police, a declaration of independence by Catalonia's regional government seems more likely than ever before. Given the chaotic nature of the vote, the turnout and voting figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. The government in Madrid 47

October 2, 2017 7:56 AM Spanish PM faces crisis after violent secession vote in Catalonia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after Sunday’s violence-marred independence referendum in Catalonia opened the door for its wealthiest region to move for secession as early as this week. The streets of Barcelona, the Catalan capital, were quiet on Monday, but newspaper editorials 77

October 2, 2017 3:31 AM EU looks away as Catalan crisis unfolds

So where the cries of outrage? Where the statements of condemnation, the tweets of shock at the violence meted out on the voters of Catalonia at the hands of the Spanish police? In the chancelleries of Europe, there has been an echoing silence. Most heads of government - who feel quite able to respond to the slightest turn of the Brexit saga - appear 61

October 2, 2017 12:50 AM Amid scenes of chaos and violence, Catalonia independence vote is projected to pass overwhelmingly

Before dawn Sunday, Rose Papel Sanchez, 81, hobbled down her Barcelona street with the help of a cane, joining hundreds of fellow Catalans as they “occupied” their local polling station. They were there to keep police from seizing the ballot boxes in an independence vote the Spanish government considered illegal. By the time Papel Sanchez returned home about 77