Gulf Times - Spain
New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

Catalonia's new president Quim Torra on Saturday named two former ministers, jailed by Madrid for backing independence from Spain, together with two others who fled into exile, to his regional government.

Belgium will not extradite three Catalan politicians, court rules

Belgium will not extradite three Catalan politicians, court rules

A Spanish extradition request for three Catalan politicians who fled to Belgium with former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was rejected by a Belgian court on Wednesday, the crown prosecutor announced.

Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

The Catalan parliament is expected to vote in a hard-line separatist as leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.

Al-Mahmoud meets Spanish parliament team

Al-Mahmoud meets Spanish parliament team

HE the Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud held a meeting on Sunday with a Spanish parliamentary delegation currently visiting Doha.

Al Sadd's Xavi to play on until at least end of year

Al Sadd's Xavi to play on until at least end of year

The World Cup champion and four-times Champions League winner said he feels fit enough to continue playing a little longer.

QFC's Paris, Spain roadshows witness huge participation

QFC's Paris, Spain roadshows witness huge participation

Qatar Financial Center (QFC) has showcased QR161bn worth business opportunities before French and Spanish business houses as part of attracting more global investors and foreign direct investment, notwithstanding the 10-month economic blockade.

2022 World Cup will be unique, says envoy

2022 World Cup will be unique, says envoy

Qatar's ambassador to Spain Mohamed Jaham al-Kuwari has underlined that the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will be unique and exemplary in all respects, stressing that Qatar is all set to host the world at this important event.

In Spain, work starts to exhume bodies from Franco-era monument

In Spain, work starts to exhume bodies from Franco-era monument

Work started on Monday to exhume bodies of Spanish Civil War victims from a huge monument outside Madrid, built under the auspices of dictator Francisco Franco, following a six-year legal battle by relatives ...

Catalan parliament speaker opposes new elections

Catalan parliament speaker opposes new elections

The speaker of the Catalan parliament said Wednesday that new elections were not in the region's ‘interest’ while Spain persists in blocking a new president from taking office.

Thousands march in Barcelona to protest jailing of separatist leaders

Thousands march in Barcelona to protest jailing of separatist leaders

Thousands of people began marching in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders facing trial on "rebellion" charges.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

At least one woman was arrested Tuesday for ‘rebellion’ and ‘terrorism’ in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Money-laundering ring that used bitcoin busted in Spain

Money-laundering ring that used bitcoin busted in Spain

Police busted a crime ring based in Spain that used credit cards and cryptocurrencies to launder €8mn ($9.8mn) from drug traffickers, Europol said on Monday.