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Scottish court frees wanted Catalan ex-politician on bail

Nov. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court has ordered bail for a fugitive Catalan former politician whose extradition is sought by Spain on charges of sedition for her role in a secession drive by Catalonia. The Edinburgh Sheriff Court allowed Clara Ponsatí to go free Thursday while it continues to study...

Legal opinion: EU lawmakers should decide on Catalan leader

Nov. 12, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the EU's highest court said on Tuesday that it should fall to the European Parliament, and not to Spain, to decide whether a jailed Catalan leader can serve as a European lawmaker. In a non-binding opinion, the European Court of Justice's advocate general, Maciej Szpunar,...

Fugitive Catalan politicians surrender to Belgian police

Nov. 8, 2019 8:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their arrest. The Brussels prosecutor's office said Friday that former regional health minister Toni Comin and...

From Beirut to Hong Kong, protests evoke global frustration

Oct. 26, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In Hong Kong, it was a complicated extradition dispute involving a murder suspect. In Beirut, it was a proposed tax on the popular WhatsApp messenger service. In Chile, it was a 4-cent hike in subway fares. Recent weeks have seen mass protests and clashes erupt in far-flung places triggered...

AP Interview: Catalan head says only talks can stop protests

Oct. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's leader said Monday that the recent massive protests in the region, which often spiraled into violent clashes with police, won't cease until the Spanish government agrees to listen to separatists' demands. "If we don't sit down to talk this won't stop," Catalan regional...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Timeline of Catalan separatism that has rocked Spain

Oct. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Large demonstrations to protest this week's conviction of 12 leaders of Catalonia's swelling separatist movement turned violent at times. The 12 were at the forefront of a secession attempt in 2017 that led to the biggest political crisis in Spain's modern history. Polls show that...

Ex-Catalan leader hands himself into Belgian authorities

Oct. 18, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has handed himself in to Belgian justice authorities after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues. Puigdemont's office said Friday that he, "in the company of his lawyers, voluntarily...

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain

Oct. 18, 2019 4:42 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain.