Latin America

Argentinean judge freezes assets of Maradona’s former wife

Ex-soccer star is accusing Cecilia Villafañe of embezzling €7.5 million of his fortune

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Artur Mas fails in second attempt to be re-elected Catalan premier

Catalonia will be forced to hold fresh elections if no agreement reached in next two months

Latin America

US drug agents arrest two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady in Haiti

Suspects are expected to appear in a New York courtroom after they were put on DEA plane

Retail

What’s hiding behind those long lines at Primark?

The Irish low-cost clothing retailer has found its second-biggest market in Spain

Media

Financial problems put ‘The New York Times’ expansion plans on hold

US daily looks toward Mexico with Carlos Slim’s help after it cancels Brazilian edition

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Constitutional Court votes to suspend Catalan independence process

Spain’s top tribunal warns members of parliament that they must abide by the ruling But regional government vows to push forward with secession plan

CRIME

Asunta Basterra’s parents given 18-year prison terms for her murder

Ruling follows a unanimous decision by a jury finding them guilty of planning the crime

ENVIRONMENT

Major delays in Madrid as measures to combat pollution put into place

Traffic limited to 70km/h on ring roads, causing tailbacks in key areas

Wildlife

Monk parakeets now seen as a plague in major Spanish cities

Some 20,000 birds have been counted across Spain by one ornithologist group