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Judge orders eight members of deposed Catalan govt detained

Judge orders eight members of deposed Catalan govt detained

A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government detained pending further probes into their role in the region's tumultuous quest for independence, a Madrid court said.

Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia

Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia

Spain's state prosecutor, Attorney-General Jose Manuel Maza, called for charges of rebellion and sedition, as well as fraud and misuse of funds, to be brought against Catalan leaders.

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

With thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside, the regional parliament in Barcelona passed a resolution to "declare Catalonia an independent state in the form of a republic".

Catalan leader: 'guarantees' not in place to call elections

Catalan leader: 'guarantees' not in place to call elections

Thousands of Catalans marched for independence as the region's separatist leader came under fire from allies amid speculation he will back down from threats to break away from Spain.

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont kept friends and foes guessing on whether he intends to unilaterally declare independence as the Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule to stop the region breaking away.

Kurds offer to suspend independence vote, seek talks with Baghdad

Kurds offer to suspend independence vote, seek talks with Baghdad

Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue rather than military means.

Spain 'will press ahead to suspend Catalan autonomy'

Spain 'will press ahead to suspend Catalan autonomy'

The Spanish government said on Thursday it would press ahead with steps to suspend the autonomy of Catalonia, after the region's separatist leader threatened to declare independence from Spain.

Catalan leader pressured as independence deadline looms

Catalan leader pressured as independence deadline looms

Pressure mounted on Catalonia's leader Sunday ahead of a Madrid-imposed deadline to decide whether to defy international pleas for unity and declare independence or back down and unleash the wrath of his separatist allies.

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost".

Spaniards use holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

Spaniards use holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

The wealthy region's intention to break away has plunged Spain into its worst political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981, with Madrid threatening to sack the Catalan government if it goes ahead.

Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence

Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence

If Carles Puigdemont was to confirm he did declare independence, he would be given an additional three days to rectify.

Catalan leader freezes independence bid to seek dialogue with Madrid

Catalan leader freezes independence bid to seek dialogue with Madrid

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, on Tuesday announced a suspension of the region's independence declaration, instead calling for dialogue as part of Catalonia's path toward secession from Spain.