Catalonia is fiercely protective of its language and culture and has long struggled for autonomy -- which was restored after the repressive 1939-1975 rule of dictator Francisco Franco

Catalonia Declares Independence

The Catalan Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to declare independence from Spain.

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Madrid Buses Ban Men ‘Manspreading’

MADRID (AP) — If you’re taking a bus in the Spanish capital, be sure to keep your legs to yourself. Madrid authorities on Monday started putting up signs banning the practice of ‘manspreading’ — opening one’s legs so wide you


Spain Detains Two Suspected Jihadists, Munitions Found

MADRID (AFP) – Spanish authorities said Wednesday they had arrested two suspected jihadists in Madrid and found bullets and weapon magazines while conducting raids linked to the detentions.


Protests Outside Islamist-Linked Mosque after Brussels Attacks

Following terrorist attacks by Islamists in Brussels, protesters from Hogar Social Madrid (Madrid Social Home) protested terror-linked Madrid mosque, the Islamic Cultural Centre. Occupying an overpass facing the mosque, known locally as the M-30 due to its proximity to the

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Spanish Puppeteers Arrested for ‘Praising Terrorism’

On Friday, two puppeteers in Spain were jailed, without bail, for staging a satirical puppet show during the Carnival celebration. The show included both violence deemed inappropriate for children and a message described as “praising terrorism,” which is illegal in Spain.


Airbnb Reviews Security After Teen ‘Sexually Assaulted’ By Transexual

Airbnb, the international ‘sharing economy’ holiday-rental website, has had to to review its security measures after an American teen staying in Spain said he was assaulted by his transsexual host. The Local reports 19 year old Massachusetts resident Jacob Lopez