BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Hundreds of thousands flood streets of Barcelona to call for independence

Spanish government describes Catalonia Day march as “campaign event” for premier

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuelan state airline leaves hundreds stranded in Barajas

Government currency controls leave many passengers without money left to tide them over

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Madrid City Hall cancels contract to purchase six drones

Council officials say the €200,000 price tag is too steep, and their purpose unclear

CRIME ON THE COSTA

Police arrest suspect over murder of retired British couple in Alicante

Moroccan national detained in connection with March killing of ex-Olympic athlete and wife

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuelan court sentences Leopoldo López to 13 years in prison

Judge gives opposition leader jail term for his involvement in violent 2014 demonstrations

MISSING PERSONS

300 soldiers and police deployed in search for US tourist missing in León

Officers, horses, trained dogs and a helicopter are all looking for Denise Pikka Thiem

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Secessionists make Catalonia Day their own as election campaign starts

Regional premier reminds Catalans that September 27 vote could change future of region

HEALTH

First case of chikungunya infection in Spain was false alarm, new tests show

Man thought to have been first to contract virus on Spanish soil did not have disease

GENETICS

The Basques: not quite as ancient as was once believed

Study of remains from Atapuerca site shows they are closer to 5,000 than 10,000 years old