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45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters march for deposed president Carles Puigdemont

A sea of around 45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters demonstrated in Brussels on Thursday to show support for the region’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support its drive for independence from Spain.

Spain drops European arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia’s sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Catalan election campaign kicks off with some candidates still jailed

Catalan political parties officially kicked off their campaign for a December 21 regional election on Tuesday, with separatist candidates either in exile or in jail and polls pointing to a tight race.

Spanish judge refuses to free four Catalan leaders as elections near

Catalonia’s sacked vice president Oriol Junqueras and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison pending a probe over their role in the region’s independence drive, a judge decided Monday, just as Catalan elections approach.

Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti injured as Clasico looms

Samuel Umtiti will undergo tests on a hamstring injury this weekend as Barcelona face a defensive crisis with just three weeks to go until the Clasico against Real Madrid.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

Separatist leaders who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive are to be questioned again Friday by a judge in Madrid who could free them.

Barcelona hope Lionel Messi renewal prevents repeat of Neymar exit – Valverde

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde believes Neymar's departure from Catalonia prompted the club to increase Lionel Messi's buy-out clause.

Restructuring: Nigeria’s Unity must be our first focus – Senator Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has emphasized that unity is a prerequisite for Nigeria’s development, stability and greatness.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as probe changes hands

Spain's Supreme Court said Friday it had taken over the investigation of all deposed Catalan separatist leaders, a move that could see those jailed by another court set free.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Belgian judge weighs extradition bid for Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont

A Belgian court will on Friday consider whether to send axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont back to Spain to face charges of rebellion and sedition over his region’s independence drive.

Spain raises Russian meddling in Catalonia with EU

Spain on Monday raised the issue of “disinformation and manipulation” emanating from Russia during the Catalan independence crisis, at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers.

Spain premier Mariano Rajoy calls on companies not to leave Catalonia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday urged businesses not to abandon Catalonia after hundreds of firms moved their legal headquarters away as uncertainty over the region’s independence drive drags on.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

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