Protests paralyze Catalonia as marches head for Barcelona

Europe 10/18/19, 09:01

Catalonia and its riot-swept regional capital, Barcelona, were paralyzed Friday by a mix of strikes and marches as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth day of mass protests over the conviction of independence leaders. More than 200 people have been ...

Catalan protesters, police clash for second straight night

Europe 10/15/19, 17:03

Violent clashes erupted for a second night in Barcelona between police and protesters angry about the conviction of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, as Spain launched an investigation Tuesday into an activist group organizing the demonstrations. Thousands of people held vigils ...

Update: 37 injured, 108 flights canceled in Barcelona

Europe 10/14/19, 14:27

The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Health authorities in northeastern Spain say 37 protesters have been injured during ongoing clashes with police at Barcelona's airport. Protesters block the roads leading to El Prat airport, ...

Twitter deletes 4,800 accounts linked to foreign governments

U.S. 06/13/19, 09:33

Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government's agenda. Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle ...

UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result ...

UN working group asks for release of 3 jailed Catalans

Europe 05/29/19, 09:56

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has asked Spain to seek the release from pre-trial jail of three Catalan separatists detained following Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt.In an opinion to be published later Wednesday but seen by The Associated ...

Xavi Hernandez to coach Qatari champion Al-Sadd

Sports 05/28/19, 10:00

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez will begin his coaching career with Qatari club Al-Sadd. Al-Sadd says Xavi is taking charge of the team he helped become Qatari league champion this season.The 39-year-old midfielder played four seasons with Al-Sadd after a storied 17-year ...

Unprecedented security plan set for Champions League final

Sports 05/28/19, 07:45

Spain says it will deploy unprecedented security measures for Saturday's "high risk" Champions League final in Madrid.Spanish authorities say the police operation prepared for the final between Liverpool and Tottenham will be the biggest ever for a sporting event in ...

Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe

Europe 05/27/19, 09:49

Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain — although actually being sworn in as lawmakers will be the first obstacle they ...

Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:21

Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, ...

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in ...

Spanish Parliament suspends jailed Catalans as lawmakers

Europe 05/24/19, 06:59

The lower chamber of Spain's Parliament has suspended four Catalan separatist politicians from their recently gained positions as national lawmakers because they are currently in jail during an ongoing trial for rebellion and other charges.Speaker Meritxell Batet says that the ...

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