CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

“Mas thinks he’s the sole defender of democracy,” says deputy PM

Santamaría calls Catalan chief’s non-cooperation in court “an absolute atrocity”

Latin America

Buena Vista Social Club makes historic visit to the White House

Award-winning group plays for Obama a decade after members were denied US visas

Latin America

Mexican navy focuses search for “El Chapo” on Sinaloa mountains

Fugitive drug lord is thought to have fled to the range after his daring escape

CRIME

Police arrest man suspected of 15 years of sexually abusing minors

Man from Alcoi lured youths to his home and offered them phones and other gifts

SPANISH LAW

Judges and prosecutors warn new legal reform poses impunity risk

Criminal Prosecution Law seeks to reduce inquiry times without granting extra resources

LOTTERY

Spain’s La Primitiva lottery to hand out record prize in Barcelona

Ticket holder set to receive over €100 million as the only winner in Thursday’s draw

IMMIGRATION TRAGEDY

Investigation into death of 15 migrants on Ceuta beach dropped

16 Civil Guard officers were under scrutiny for actions at El Tarajal border in Spanish exclave

Retail

Why more Spaniards are now shopping around the clock

Madrid supermarket’s 7.30am to 2am opening hours reflect changing grocery-buying habits