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supreme court trial

Demonstrations and blockades over independence leaders’ trial

Thousands of people took to the streets yesterday in protest at the beginning of the trial of the pro-independence leaders. Some were answering the call for organised demonstrations, while there were also...

society

Bishops ask for forgiveness for cases of abuse

The bishops of Catalonia yesterday asked for forgiveness for cases of sexual abuse committed by their clergy, for which they expressed “shame and sorrow”, and pledged to clarify all the facts of the...

The world of football mourns Gordon Banks

Legendary England goalkeeper Gordon Banks died of kidney cancer yesterday aged 81. Considered the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century behind Russian Lev Yashin, he was part of the English team that...

international

Arrest of 1,112 police officers ordered in Turkey

The Turkish security forces have begun an operation to arrest 1,112 police officers who the prosecutor’s office has linked to the failed coup attempt in July 2016. The operation to detain the suspects,...

Pro-independence leaders on trial

Defence teams claim violation of fundamental rights and demand evidence on first day of Supreme court trial

Sánchez uses scare tactics

Sánchez threatens to bring elections forward to 14 April to scare PdeCat and ERC into signing 2019 budgets

31.3% of 2018 complaints relate to social policy

The Catalan ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has just presented the report on 2018 ombudsman activity at the Catalan parliament. The report notes increases, in relation to 2017, in the number of complaints about...

MIDDLE EAST

Kurdish-led forces flush out Syrian IS

Forces led by an alliance of Kurdish militias, with the support of the American-led coalition in Syria, began a “final assault” on the remaining Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, cornered in the...

CULTURE

Mas El Vilar to be converted into creative retreat

The Diputació de Barcelona has promised to convert the historic El Vilar estate into a residence for writers and artists in other disciplines, as Barcelona seeks to promote the creative disciplines in...

NORTH AFRICA

Buteflika to run for office a fifth time in Algeria

The president of Algeria, Abdelaziz Buteflika, announced yesterday he will be running for re-election, despite his precarious state of health, which excludes him almost completely from public life. At...