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{FD} 6 dead in torrential flooding in Spain’s Mallorca island

Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on Wednesday, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain

A secession vote in Spain’s Catalonia region that took place amid police violence one year ago not only posed a traumatic challenge to Spanish democracy, but nearly tore apart Barcelona resident Teresa Reyes’ family. Continue reading

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{FD} In Spain, renewed efforts to appease victims of dictatorship

Remedios Ferrer scrutinizes a pit where forensic archaeologists are brushing away dusty soil and white traces of quicklime, unearthing four fractured skulls amid a mass of bones and decaying clothes. Continue reading

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{FD} Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to breach gap over secession

The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed on opening a bilateral dialogue over the future of the prosperous northeastern region in the first breakthrough in the years-long political standoff between the central and regional governments. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe

Askanda Fopa Ponye was jubilant this week as he stepped off an orange rescue ship, one of the latest arrivals amid an intensifying wave of migrants that propelled the shortest route from Africa to Europe into the most popular one. Continue reading

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{FD} Spanish govt unveils welcoming measures to help migrants

Spain’s new center-left government unveiled a series of measures Friday to “put people’s rights first” in the country’s migration policies. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia critic Browder says he’s been arrested in Spain

A Britain-based financier who has spearheaded a U.S. law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses says he has been arrested in Spain at Russia’s request. Continue reading

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{FD} Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy faced with no confidence vote

Spain’s Socialist opposition is challenging Mariano Rajoy’s government by filing for a vote of no confidence after judges ruled that the governing Popular Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme. Continue reading

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{FD} Basque survivors warn against forgetting ETA’s violence

The disbanding of ETA, the Basque militant group that stained Spain’s return to democracy with blood, arrived as bittersweet news the families of the more than 850 people the group killed in its thwarted six-decade campaign for a Basque-ruled state. Continue reading

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{FD} In a corner of Spain, a struggle to stop drug smuggling

Faces hidden by masks and hoods, a group of 40 men emerge from the darkness of beach-front houses and step into the sand as a state-of-the-art speedboat approaches the shore. Continue reading

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{FD} In a corner of Spain, a struggle to staunch drug smuggling

Faces hidden by masks and hoods, a group of 40 men emerge from the darkness of beach-front houses and step into the sand as a state-of-the-art speedboat approaches the shore. Continue reading

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{FD} ISIS-linked suspect arrested in Colombia showed hate online

Spanish police say the man suspected of plotting an ISIS-inspired attack in Colombia appeared on their radar for his hate-filled messages toward the United States, a country where he had lived and was allegedly trying to get to. Continue reading

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{FD} Searches, arrests in Catalonia amid widening probe

Police in Barcelona have searched the seat of the Catalan regional government as part of a widening probe on the funding of last year’s banned Catalan referendum on independence from Spain. Continue reading

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{FD} Catalan separatists agree deal to re-elect Puigdemont

Catalonia’s main separatist parties say they have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month. Continue reading

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{FD} An atypical election likely to extend Catalonia’s suffering

Catalans choose new political leaders in a highly contested election on Thursday that comes in extraordinary circumstances. Continue reading

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{FD} Spanish judge withdraws warrants for 5 Catalans in Belgium

A Spanish judge has withdrawn the European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former cabinet who were fighting extradition from Belgium. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-colonel denies role in priests’ slayings in El Salvador

Lawyers say a former Salvadoran colonel has denied being involved in the massacre of five Spanish priests in El Salvador 28 years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Speaking up isn’t so easy for Catalans who also feel Spanish

When striking college students rallied on Thursday in Barcelona to defend a vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain, Josep Lago headed in the opposite direction, to his Law class. Continue reading

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{FD} Barcelona cathedral evacuated amid anti-terror investigation

Police in Barcelona say explosives experts are checking a van in the surroundings of the landmark Sagrada Familia cathedral in what they are describing as an anti-terrorism operation. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain’s National Court drops probe into Syrian crimes

A panel of top judges in Spain says the country’s courts have no jurisdiction to investigate the first foreign criminal case for torture and terrorism against the Syrian government. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: 1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting at bar in Spain

Police in northeastern Spain are looking for a person who fired shots in a coastal town of Catalonia, killing one person and wounding several others before fleeing. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain police: 2 Britons arrested for ramming pedestrians

Authorities in Spain say the two men arrested for ramming into pedestrians in a southern coastal town are British nationals who appeared to be drunk. Continue reading

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