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Belgium refuses extradition of fugitive Spanish rapper

Belgium refuses extradition of fugitive Spanish rapper

Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran -- better known as "Valtonyc" -- is one of several Twitter users and rappers who have recently been tried in Spain for glorifying terror.

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.

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.

Catalan ex-minister surrenders to police in Scotland

Catalan ex-minister surrenders to police in Scotland

Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, who is wanted by Spain for her role in last year's independence bid, surrendered to Scottish police Wednesday to face arrest under a European warrant.

Spanish court says proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail

Spanish court says proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail

Spain's Supreme Court on Friday turned down a request by Catalan regional presidential candidate Jordi Sanchez to be allowed out of jail to attend a parliamentary session to swear in a new leader, in a further blow to the region's bid to split from Spain.

Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on Jan. 17

Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on Jan. 17

Spain's prime minister said on Friday that the new Catalan parliament should hold its maiden session on Jan. 17, the first step in reinstating local government after Madrid ...

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 separatists in cash withdrawal protest

Catalan separatists in cash withdrawal protest

Catalan separatists were flocking to withdraw cash Friday in protest at the central government and at banks that have moved their headquarters out of the Spanish region over its independence crisis.

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrived at the regional parliament in Barcelona under the glare of cameras from around the world, ready to address lawmakers.

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.

Spanish police accused of brutality in Catalan referendum response

Spanish police accused of brutality in Catalan referendum response

Spanish police have responded with ‘unjustified and unjustifiable’ brutality, even with rubber bullets, to Catalonia's unauthorized independence referendum, the region's secessionist leader said Sunday.

Angry protests in Barcelona as police detain Catalan officials

Angry protests in Barcelona as police detain Catalan officials

Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.