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Catalan leader wants Dr. King-style civil defiance

The leader of a pro-independence Catalan party has invoked Martin Luther King's philosophy of civil disobedience in the face of political repression, calling for Catalonia's separatists to adopt the same attitude if the Spanish government vetoes the referendum on secession.

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Spanish schools beat heat in swimwear demo

Three Valencia schools have allowed their pupils to come to school in swimwear and sandals as a protest against 31ºC temperatures inside its classrooms which parents say make studying difficult.

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A degree is worth less in Spain than in rest of EU

More young people in Spain are NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) than anywhere else in the EU, with graduate unemployment also tripling the OECD average, a new report shows.

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Madrid trees kill again this summer

Authorities in the Spanish capital have decided to chop down trees that could be rotten after a second resident died when a branch fell on him this summer, one of 20 incidents that have left several people injured and caused damage to public property.

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2nd floor car park fail sends driver flying

A driver in Madrid on Monday panicked and floored the accelerator instead of hitting the brake pedal, causing her car to crash through the second-floor wall of a car park and land on its roof in the street below, crushing two other vehicles.

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Spain to spend big on riot gear to quash demos

Spain's Interior Ministry has agreed to pay €1.1 million ($1.42 million) for policemen's antiriot gear as a wave of protests led by the country’s disenfranchised population is likely to spread across large parts of its territory this autumn.

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Villagers accuse priest of stealing Virgin statue

Residents of the tiny village of Pontenova in the north-west of Spain have refused to carry a statue of the Virgin Mary in the traditional annual parade because they claim that a local parish priest has swapped the original for a fake copy and pocketed all the decorative jewels.

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Scotland independence vote fires up Catalonia

The strengthening of Scotland's independence movement is fanning fierce passions in Spain's Catalonia region, where noisy demonstrations are planned on Thursday by Catalans who want to break away from Spain.

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Spain start new era with Macedonia thrashing

A goal on his competitive international debut by Paco Alcacer helped Spain bounce back after a disastrous defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil as the European champions opened their qualifying campaign for the 2016 finals with a 5-1 win over Macedonia on Monday.