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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote

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Catalonia referendum: Spanish police target Catalan government

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Catalan mayors at war with Spain over independence - Reuters TV

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Spain takes control of Catalonia's finances to block referendum

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Spanish police seize pro-Catalan referendum pamphlets

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Spain's prosecutor warns over Catalonia referendum as leaflets seized

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Shibasaki scores stunning volley in Getafe’s loss to Barcelona

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Valentino Rossi set to race in Spain with broken leg
VALENCIA: Yamaha's Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light. The 38-year-old Italian great was back on track in testing on Monday, 18 days after suffering a double fracture, and did another 20 laps on a road bike at Italy's Misano circuit on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Spain arrests 12 separatists ahead of controversial Catalonia vote
Among those held Wednesday in the first such raids in the region was Catalonia's deputy economy minister, Josep Maria Jove, Spanish media reported citing the paramilitary police, Guardia Civil. Hundreds of people protested in front of the offices of the regional authorities in Barcelona, the capital, chanting for the Spanish police to "get out." The head of the regional government, Carles Puigdemont, convened an emergency meeting following the raids and arrests   Read More ...
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Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop in
MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote that included the arrests of a dozen regional officials Wednesday and the seizure of 10 million ballot papers. The arrests -- the first involving Catalan officials since the campaign to hold an independence vote began in earnest in 2011 -- prompted the regional government and some of its supporters to say casting a ballot was as much about dignity as whether to break away from Spain   Read More ...
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Catalonia Is Trying To Secede From Spain, So Spain Is Arresting Its Leaders
than a dozen Catalonians were arrested this morning in a surprise move by the Spanish government. The rising tensions between Spain and its autonomous region Catalonia have drawn all eyes to the conflict, especially with this morning’s arrests. The situation eerily resembles a prelude to civil war, or the acknowledgement of a dictatorship. The question that led to this is a simple one: Do Catalonians want independence from Spain? The tension between do they/don’t they and will they/won’t they caused the situation behind this simple question to erupt   Read More ...
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Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for 'escalation' to stop
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has gone on national TV to urge Catalan separatists to abandon their plans for a referendum on 1 October. He asked the region's government to give up its "escalation of radicalism and disobedience". The Spanish authorities have sought to stop the vote, which they regard as illegal, by seizing voting materials. Police searches in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, sparked a mass street protest on Wednesday   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spain's PM warns Catalan officials to drop vote
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): Spain's prime minister is warning Catalan leaders of "greater harm" if they don't drop plans for an independence referendum that national authorities consider illegal. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement on Wednesday night that holding the Oct. 1 vote in violation of the Spanish Constitution is a "totalitarian act   Read More ...
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Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the regional government offices in the center of Barcelona’s tourist district, waving the red-and-yellow Catalan flag and chanting “Occupying forces out” and “Where is Europe?”   Read More ...
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Police ID Spanish Lake man found fatally shot in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS • Police have identified a Spanish Lake man who was fatally shot Tuesday morning in the city. Parron Walker, 28, was found shot to death about 6 a.m. in the driver's seat of a car in the 5100 block of Palm Street, in the city's Kingsway West neighborhood, St. Louis police say. Investigators believe Walker was shot while driving on Palm   Read More ...
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Protests erupt in Spain as officials crack down on Catalonia's plans for a secession vote
Protests erupted in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday after authorities raided regional government offices in Catalonia and detained officials for their roles in organizing an independence referendum scheduled for Oct. 1. The raids on more than 20 regional government offices and institutions were the clearest indication yet of the Spanish government’s resolve to block the vote, which the country’s Constitutional Court declared illegal   Read More ...
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Tennis: Spain to host Britain in 2018 Davis Cup first round
LONDON (Reuters) - Five-times Davis Cup champions Spain will host Britain in the first round of the 2018 competition. Wednesday’s draw handed this year’s finalists France and Belgium, who face off in Lille in November, home ties against Netherlands and Hungary respectively, courtesy of a new rule that allows the previous year’s finalists choice of venue. Britain won the trophy in 2015 when Andy Murray led them to their first title for 79 years   Read More ...
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Spain police arrest senior officials in Catalan raids
Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials yesterday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the regional government offices in the center of Barcelona’s tourist district, waving the red-and-yellow Catalan flag and chanting “Occupying forces out” and “Where is Europe?”“The Spanish state has by all rights intervened in Catalonia’s government and has established emergency rule,” Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said in a televised address   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote
MADRID | Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region’s preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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Spain’s Guardia Civil raids Catalan government offices
A crowd of protesters gather outside the Catalan region's economy ministry after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police (Photo: Reuters) Spanish national police have stormed ministries and buildings belonging to Catalonia’s regional government, according to a Catalan government spokesman. The Guardia Civil, which acts with the authority of Madrid’s interior ministry, is searching for evidence regarding the planned 1 October referendum on Catalan independence, which Spain’s constitutional court has deemed to be illegal   Read More ...
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At Least 12 People Arrested in Spain Amid Catalan Independence Demonstrations
(MADRID) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. The move was the latest spike in tension in the standoff between national authorities based in Madrid and pro-independence Catalans over a planned Oct   Read More ...
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Catalan leader accuses Spain of 'totalitarian' actions
Catalonia's president has accused Spain's central government of "totalitarian" behaviour, after police arrested the region's junior economy minister and 12 others in raids of Catalan government offices in the run-up to a planned independence referendum. Carles Puigdemont, the regional leader, denounced Wednesday's operation as "a coordinated aggression by the Spanish government’s police force" in order to stop the Catalans from going ahead with the October 1 vote   Read More ...
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Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia's independence began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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Cops, protesters clash over independence push in Spain
MADRID – Catalan pro-independence supporters have scuffled with Spanish Civil Guard officers escorting a government official arrested as part of a crackdown by national authorities on Catalonia's plans to hold a . The protesters tried to block the officers as they took Xavier Puig away from the headquarters of the region's department of external affairs in downtown Barcelona. Puig, the IT manager in the department, was one of at least 12 officials arrested Wednesday in police raids   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote
Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia's independence began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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As Catalonia Independence Referendum Nears, Madrid Escalates Tensions
Photo MADRID — The Spanish police detained more than a dozen people in the region of Catalonia on Wednesday, drastically escalating tensions between the national government and Catalan separatists less than two weeks before a highly contentious referendum on independence that the government in Madrid has vowed to block. With the backing of the constitutional court, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been stepping efforts to prevent the referendum, scheduled for Oct   Read More ...
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Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia's independence began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain rounds up Catalan officials
BARCELONA: Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum which Madrid says is illegal. With tensions mounting, separatist organisations called for more people to protest as leaders in the northeastern region pressed ahead with preparations for the Oct 1 vote despite Madrid's ban and a court ruling deeming it unconstitutional   Read More ...
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Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop
MADRID -- Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia's independence began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spain seizes 10 million Catalan ballot papers
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): Spain's Interior Ministry says police have seized nearly 10 million ballot papers that Catalan regional authorities planned to use in the Oct. 1 independence referendum, which Spain says is illegal. A ministry statement said police also confiscated polling station signs and documents for voting officials in a raid Wednesday on a warehouse in a small town outside Barcelona   Read More ...
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Motorcycling: Rossi will try to race in Spain with a broken leg
LONDON (Reuters) - Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light. The 38-year-old Italian great was back on track in testing on Monday, 18 days after suffering a double fracture, and did another 20 laps on a road bike at Italy’s Misano circuit on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Spanish government branded "totalitarian" after police raid Catalan ministries
The Spanish Government was branded “totalitarian” yesterday after police arrested a dozen officials ahead of next month’s Catalan independence referendum. The Catalan Government vowed to press on with the vote on October 1 and accused Madrid of trying to suppress freedom. State police raided Catalan government departments and detained 12 officials in the latest crackdown to prevent the referendum going ahead   Read More ...
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Rossi will try to race in Spain with a broken leg
LONDON: Yamaha's Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors give him the green light. The 38-year-old Italian great was back on track in testing on Monday, 18 days after suffering a double fracture, and did another 20 laps on a road bike at Italy's Misano circuit on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Police arrest high-ranking Catalan officials in raids
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the regional government offices in the center of Barcelona’s tourist district, waving the red-and-yellow Catalan flag and chanting “Occupying forces out” and “Where is Europe?”   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan govt officials
Catalonia's leader has accused Madrid of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region and said the arrests were a "shameful attack" on its autonomy. "We condemn and reject the anti-democratic and totalitarian actions of the Spanish state," Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said in a televised address. Among those detained are Josep Maria Jove, the Catalonian secretary general of economic affairs, and Vice President Oriol Junqueras   Read More ...
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Catalonia referendum: Spanish police target Catalan government
- Spain's Guardia Civil police have detained a senior Catalan official and raided regional government ministries involved in organising a banned independence vote, BBC reported. Tensions were already high before the arrest of Josep Maria Jové, secretary-general of the Catalan vice presidency. Catalan leaders are defying a court order to halt the vote, condemned by the Madrid government as illegal   Read More ...
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Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain rounds up Catalan officials
BARCELONA: Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday (Sep 20) as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum which Madrid says is illegal. With tensions mounting, separatist organisations called for more people to protest as leaders in the northeastern region pressed ahead with preparations for the October 1 vote despite Madrid's ban and a court ruling deeming it unconstitutional   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region’s preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spanish national among quake dead in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on a major earthquake that has struck Mexico (all times local): Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Spanish national has been identified among the victims of Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Officials aren't yet identifying the person or giving more details. Mexico's civil defense director says that at least 217 people died in Tuesday's quake   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spanish national among quake dead in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on a major earthquake that has struck Mexico (all times local): Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Spanish national has been identified among the victims of Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Officials aren't yet identifying the person or giving more details. Mexico's civil defense director says that at least 217 people died in Tuesday's quake   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Catalan officials over secession vote
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spain cancels time off for officers in Catalonia
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): Spain's Interior Ministry says time off and vacation will be suspended for Civil Guard and National Police officers assigned to ensure that the Constitutional Court's halting of Catalonia's planned independence referendum is heeded. A ministry statement said the measure will run initially from Wednesday until Oct   Read More ...
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Spanish Police Detain Catalan Officials Ahead of Independence Vote
Spanish police arrested 13 people in the region of Catalonia for their alleged involvement in planning a vote to secede from Spain, the boldest move yet by Spanish authorities to stop the Oct. 1 ballot.   Read More ...
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Catalan officials arrested in Spain over secession vote
MADRID - Spanish police arrested 12 people Wednesday in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia, news reports said, intensifying a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011   Read More ...
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The Latest: Spain takes control of Catalan govt spending
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): Spain's Finance Ministry says it has imposed further controls of the Catalan government's finances to ensure no public money is used for a planned Oct. 1 vote on the region's independence that Spain says violates the constitution. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro signed an order late Tuesday that limits new credit and requires central authorities' supervision for every payment of non-essential services in the northeastern region of Catalonia   Read More ...
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Spanish police raid Catalan government buildings over fears of independence vote
Spanish police are reported to have raided several departments of Catalonia's regional government as tensions rise between Madrid and the pro-independence regional government over a banned independence referendum. Several news reports state that Spain's Guardia Civil entered several departments of the Catalonian government this morning, arresting a junior minister, as they continue to seek more material related to the independence movement   Read More ...
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