Catalan parliament okays independence vote law

Catalan parliament okays independence vote law

Catalonia's regional parliament on Friday passed a law that its leaders say will authorise them to hold a non-binding "consultation" on independence from Spain on November 9.

Spanish thief jailed for €640 ham heist

Spanish thief jailed for €640 ham heist

A 27-year-old Spanish man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay €7,960 ($10,237) compensation for stealing a cured ham worth €640 ($823) then assaulting two police officers.

Hospital turns kids’ MRI into space odyssey

Hospital turns kids’ MRI into space odyssey

A Barcelona hospital has been able to reduce general anaesthetic among its child patients needing MRI scans by 18 percent thanks to an innovative new scheme that relaxes them.

Madrid mayor appoints soon-to-retire cop chief

Madrid mayor appoints soon-to-retire cop chief

Madrid mayor Ana Botella has been stood up by fire, police and ambulance personnel on her visit to their new joint headquarters because of her "disrespectful" appointment of a new police chief who has just weeks in the job before he retires.

Spain welcomes Scots’ ‘no’ but Catalans unfazed

Spain welcomes Scots’ ‘no’ but Catalans unfazed

The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans set on breaking away from Spain vowed to push on for their own ballot on self-rule.

Malaga gang rape accuser: ‘I made it up’

Malaga gang rape accuser: ‘I made it up’

A woman who accused five men of raping her in a Spanish fairground in August has admitted to a judge that the sex was consensual and that she invented the rape claim to prevent video footage of the sex being made public.

Shark attacks boy on Spanish beach

Shark attacks boy on Spanish beach

A 16-year-old boy playing in the sea at the popular Catalan tourist town of Salou this month needed thirty stitches after being bitten on the hand by a shark.

Madrid ready to fight as Catalonia ‘legalizes’ vote

Madrid ready to fight as Catalonia ‘legalizes’ vote

Spain’s central government will hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Saturday or Sunday if Catalonia’s regional parliament approves the “consultation” law on the referendum on Friday, a move it hopes will make a possible independence vote more legal.

Not happy: Pharrell Williams axes Spain tour

Not happy: Pharrell Williams axes Spain tour

The American star's promoter announced on Friday that concerts planned for Barcelona and Madrid in October have been axed due to scheduling issues.