Gulf Times - Madrid
World Cup 'will leave lasting economic, social legacy'

World Cup 'will leave lasting economic, social legacy'

Hassan al-Thawadi’s address, at the Casa Arabe in the Spanish capital, also highlighted the potential for peaceful coexistence through sport.

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

‘Prison for Puigdemont,’ shouted thousands of people in central Madrid, gathered under a giant Spanish flag Saturday in anger at Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence ...

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.

Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

A military F18 fighter plane crashed on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday killing its pilot, the Spanish Defence Ministry said.

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.

Catalans rally in fury over independence poll violence

Catalans rally in fury over independence poll violence

Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied on Tuesday in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of "inciting rebellion".

Spain under pressure after police violence in Catalan vote

Spain under pressure after police violence in Catalan vote

Spain's central government vowed to stop its northeastern region breaking away after Catalan's leader claimed that 90% of voters backed independence in Sunday's referendum, which Madrid says is unconstitutional.

Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain

Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain

The Mayor of the regional capital Barcelona Ada Colau issued a statement demanding "an immediate end to police charges against the defenceless population".

'We will vote' say 700 Catalan mayors in referendum protest

'We will vote' say 700 Catalan mayors in referendum protest

More than 700 Catalan mayors who face arrest over their support of an independence referendum banned by Madrid protested in Barcelona on Saturday to shouts of ‘we will vote.’

Catalans rally in Barcelona for independence from Spain

Catalans rally in Barcelona for independence from Spain

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied in central Barcelona on Monday, waving red and yellow striped flags and banging drums, in a show of support for independence after Madrid moved to block a planned referendum.

Madrid moves to block Catalonia independence bid

Madrid moves to block Catalonia independence bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Thursday to take legal action to block an independence referendum in Catalonia which he branded an ‘intolerable act of disobedience’.

Barcelona airport security agents to go on strike from Friday

Barcelona airport security agents to go on strike from Friday

As the tourism season in Barcelona is at its peak, security agents at the popular Mediterranean city's El Prat airport will go on strike from Friday in what could considerably lengthen queues for visitors.