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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gestures as he explains his plan to issue pardons to a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, at Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2021. REUTERS-Albert Gea

Spain’s cabinet to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday

The Spanish government plans to pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Brahim Ghali, new secretary general of Polisario Front and president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), reacts during an extraordinary congress at the Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla, southeast of the Algerian city of Tindouf, July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Spanish court rejects custody for Western Sahara independence leader

Spain's High Court on Tuesday turned down on a prosecution request for Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali to be taken into custody, saying the plaintiffs in a war crimes case have not provided evidence showing his responsibility.
Spanish legionnaires stand guard at El Tarajal beach, on the Spanish side of the fence between the Spanish-Moroccan border, as Moroccans stay at the other side of the fence, after thousands of migrants swam across this border on Monday, in Ceuta, Spain, May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Spain vows to restore order after thousands swim into Ceuta from Morocco

A sudden influx of migrants swimming into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Africa is a serious crisis for Europe, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday, although Spain and Morocco both gave signs of seeking to defuse a tense situation.

Spain deploys army in Ceuta to patrol border with Morocco after migrants break in

The Spanish government has deployed troops to Ceuta to patrol the border with Morocco after thousands of migrants swam into the northern African enclave, a source from the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
The Government has approved fans to return to La Liga and Segunda matches from this weekend. Valencia, Levante, Elche, Villarreal, Celta Vigo, Castellon, Cartagena, Lugo and Mallorca are the beneficiaries.

La Liga: Fans to return to selected matches

The Government has approved fans to return to La Liga and Segunda matches from this weekend. Valencia, Levante, Elche, Villarreal, Celta Vigo, Castellon, Cartagena, Lugo and Mallorca are the beneficiaries.
Brahim Ghali, 73, heads the Polisario Front, an Algeria-backed breakaway movement that seeks to establish an independent state in the Western Sahara region [Ramzi Boudina-Reuters]

Morocco scolds Spain over virus help for independence leader

Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador to convey the government’s “regret” over Spain’s decision to receive for medical treatment the leader of a regional group fighting Morocco for independence.
Spain’s Minister for Culture and Sport, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, spoke with the presidents of Uefa, the Spanish football federation and Liga on Monday, as well as the presidents of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Spanish ‘does not support’ new Euro Super League – minister

The Spanish government has expressed opposition to the new European Super League and called on the breakaway clubs to negotiate with the likes of Uefa and LaLiga.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City will be in the Champions League next season because of the Court of Arbitration for Sport “did things badly.”

LaLiga slams Super League breakaway

Spain's LaLiga have reacted this morning to news that 12 clubs are seeking to break away and form their own Super League.
2. People dance at Barceloneta beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain April 2, 2021. REUTERS-Nacho Doce

Beach partygoers in Barcelona defy coronavirus restrictions

Dozens of partygoers danced on Friday on a popular beach near central Barcelona, some without wearing masks or observing social distancing in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions, police said on Saturday
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer smiles on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Andy Rain - POOL - AFP)

Manchester United boss backs one-leg Europa League ties after venue change for Sociedad clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for the Europa League knockout rounds to be played over one leg after Manchester United’s away game at Real Sociedad was moved to Turin.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full responsibility for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Spanish third division side Alcoyano but says the upset is “not a disgrace.”

Zinedine Zidane tests positive for coronavirus

It has been confirmed that the Real Madrid boss has produced a positive test result and will now self isolate as per the Spanish government guidelines.
The decision came despite government efforts to keep the plant open, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the national radio station.

Nissan shuts factory in Barcelona

Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed, the Spanish government said on Thursday.
“I have presented my resignation as president of La Liga in order to begin new presidential elections, in which I will be a candidate,” Tebas said on Twitter.

Eibar fear ‘terrible consequences’ of LaLiga return

Eibar have admitted that they fear the potentially "terrible consequences" of allowing La Liga to return too soon from its coronavirus suspension.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 100,000

The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Illinois health authorities are carrying out an investigation into the state’s first known death of an infant from the novel coronavirus. David Crosling-AAP

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
Barcelona’s home match against Real Madrid, scheduled for December 18, has been pushed into doubt due to a communique released by Tsunami Democratic on Tuesday.

Catalunya protest threatens Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona’s home match against Real Madrid, scheduled for December 18, has been pushed into doubt due to a communique released by Tsunami Democratic on Tuesday.
“I have presented my resignation as president of La Liga in order to begin new presidential elections, in which I will be a candidate,” Tebas said on Twitter.

La Liga chief steps down for election

Javier Tebas has announced that he will stand down as head of the Spanish football league in a bid to win a third term as president in new elections.
A taxi driver holds a sign reading Let's enforce the law, taxis can not be bought. The corrupt government out! during a strike by taxis in Barcelona on July 25, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Pau Barrena

Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber

Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike Saturday in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify.

Nigerian government urges Spain to dialogue with Catalonia

The Federal Government on Friday urged the Spanish Government to embrace dialogue and reach a peaceful solution with Catalonia following its recent declaration of independence.

Fake news, threats and the Catalan referendum

Nearly two million people will crowd Barcelona's streets on Monday for Catalonia's national day, known as the Diada, as tensions over a referendum on its independence continues.

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