VIDEO: Angry protests break out in Barcelona as police detain Catalan officials

VIDEO: Angry protests break out in Barcelona as police detain Catalan officials

Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.

Madrid has imposed ‘de facto’ state of emergency in Catalonia

Madrid has imposed ‘de facto’ state of emergency in Catalonia

Catalonia's leader accused Madrid Wednesday of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region, with a series of measures to prevent an illegal independence referendum taking place.

Winter is coming: First snowfall arrives in Spain

Winter is coming: First snowfall arrives in Spain

The summer tan hasn’t even started to fade and yet Spain’s northern mountains have already received a dusting of snow.

Spain police search Catalan govt headquarters amid referendum row

Spain police search Catalan govt headquarters amid referendum row

Spain's Guardia Civil police searched several headquarters in Barcelona of Catalonia's regional government.

Spain takes control of Catalonia’s finances to block referendum

Spain takes control of Catalonia’s finances to block referendum

Spain has taken control of Catalonia's finances to prevent funds being used for an independence referendum it deems illegal, a move that limits the region's autonomy and puts in doubt the payment of thousands of public workers' salaries.