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Some four million people in Catalonia urged to stay home as coronavirus cases jump

Some four million people in Catalonia urged to stay home as coronavirus cases jump

Authorities on Friday urged some four million people in Catalonia, including its capital Barcelona, to stay home, appealing to people to act responsibly as the region battles a growing number of new coronavirus clusters.

Hospitals are "at maximum stress" in Spain's second worst-hit region by covid-19

Hospitals are "at maximum stress" in Spain's second worst-hit region by covid-19

Hospitals in Catalonia, Spain's second worst-hit region by the coronavirus pandemic, are at "maximum stress", the regional leader Quim Torra told Reuters on Friday.

With renewed support from Catalan separatists, Spain's Sanchez seeks backing as PM

With renewed support from Catalan separatists, Spain's Sanchez seeks backing as PM

Spain's acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez, seeking parliament's backing to form a government, pledged to resolve the Catalan dispute through dialogue as he received renewed support from separatists in the restive region.

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday for Spanish unity, staging a counter-rally in Barcelona a day after 350,000 Catalan separatists held a protest over the jailing of nine regional leaders.

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Separatist Catalan leaders on Saturday called on the Spanish government to enter into talks as Barcelona braced for fresh violence after days of clashes between police and protesters.

No independence for Catalonia, says Spanish PM

No independence for Catalonia, says Spanish PM

There will be no independence for Catalonia, nor a referendum on the question if the socialists are returned to power, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told supporters Sunday.

Separatists in Catalonia block roads, rail line a year after vote

Separatists in Catalonia block roads, rail line a year after vote

Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain's Catalonia region on Monday, a year after a banned referendum on secession was marred by police violence.

Thousands protest in Barcelona for and against Catalan independence

Thousands protest in Barcelona for and against Catalan independence

Thousands of people demonstrating both for and against Catalan independence shut down parts of central Barcelona on Saturday, two days before the anniversary of a vote on secession last year that polarised the wealthy Spanish region.

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont to return to Belgium

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont to return to Belgium

Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont returns to Belgium on Saturday to keep pressing for his region's independence after a Spanish judge dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

The Spanish court also dropped European arrest warrants for five other Catalan pro-independence leaders living abroad.

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.

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.