Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday that the rule of law had prevailed in Catalonia because an independence referendum in the region prohibited by the courts had been blocked.

ANALYSIS: Can PM Rajoy survive the Catalan crisis?

ANALYSIS: Can PM Rajoy survive the Catalan crisis?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a political survivor, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his career: a surge in separatist fervour in Catalonia which many accuse him of having fanned.

Tensions hit football as Barça match played behind closed doors

Tensions hit football as Barça match played behind closed doors

Barcelona's La Liga match against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors on Sunday (1415GMT) after the Spanish league refused to postpone the match.

AS IT HAPPENED: Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum

AS IT HAPPENED: Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum

Clashes broke out at polling stations across the northeastern region as police attempted to seize ballot boxes and prevent the 'illegal' vote on independence.

Police surround polling station where Catalan president to vote

Police surround polling station where Catalan president to vote

UPDATED: Spanish police in riot gear seized ballot boxes and surrounded activist-held polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Crunch time as Catalonia holds independence vote

Crunch time as Catalonia holds independence vote

People turned out before dawn to protect polling stations.