Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tag Archives: Spain

Spain court strikes down Catalan referendum law

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MADRID: Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that a referendum law passed in Catalonia, which paved the way for a contested October 1 secession referendum, was not valid. The court temporarily suspended the law after it was passed by Catalonia’s regional parliament on September 6 while judges considered an appeal ...

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UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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LONDON: Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech on Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faced had accelerated at an alarming pace and was worse now than at any time in his 34-year career. MI5 Director General Andrew Parker said his agency, also known as the ...

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Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

MADRID/BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly. His move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and the northeastern region but also signals a way out of Spain’s ...

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Spain’s PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

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BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Wednesday that the leader of Catalonia clarify whether he has declared the region’s independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has. Rajoy said Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s response would be crucial in deciding ...

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Catalonia referendum: Spain regrets injuries in police crackdown

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MADRID: A top Spanish government official in Catalonia has expressed regret about those injured when police cracked down on people taking part in a banned referendum on the region’s independence Oct. 1. Interior Ministry delegate in Catalonia, Enric Millo tempered the comments Friday by saying the Catalan government was responsible ...

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New mother ‘cut in two’ after hospital lift malfunctions

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SPAIN: A 26-year-old woman in Seville who had just given birth died after the hospital’s elevator malfunctioned and trapped her head. Local media reports that the tragedy took place at the Virgen de Valme University Hospital in the province’s Dos Hermanas neighborhood. Rocío Cortés Núñez was being transported to the ...

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Spain rescues 600 migrants in one day

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SPAIN’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddle boats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby. The UN says more ...

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Spanish economy posts best quarterly growth since 2014

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MADRID: Spain’s robust three-year economic recovery picked up momentum in the second quarter, notching up its best growth performance since 2014. GDP in the eurozone’s fourth largest economy expanded by 0.9 per cent in the three months to June, up from 0.8 per cent at the start of the year, ...

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Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

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LONDON: Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing ...

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