LATIN AMERICA

Maduro declares Economic State of Emergency in Venezuela

The measure, which will last for 60 days, involves a restriction of constitutional guarantees

Meteorology

Cold weather spell sweeps into Spain

Northern and central regions brace for temperatures of 5ºC and snow at 500-meter altitude

Refugee crisis

Greece arrests three Spanish aid workers trying to assist refugees

The volunteers from Seville may be charged with human trafficking for helping the migrants

Latin America

Former comedian sworn in as Guatemala’s new president

Morales faces a growing crisis after a key supporter is charged with human rights abuses

ILLEGAL TOBACCO

Spain’s secret cigarette makers

Illegal factories are able to produce hundreds of thousands of packs a day

Latin America

Spanish and Argentinean producers also met ‘El Chapo,’ says Mexico

Official sources believe filmmakers went with Sean Penn to meet notorious drug lord

THE FUTURE OF THE EU

Barcelona mayor joins Varoufakis in global initiative against EU austerity

Promoters of the manifesto want to hold an international conference in Madrid in February

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Catalan government appoints first foreign affairs commissioner

Raül Romeva, the top election candidate for Junts pel Sí bloc, to take up post

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

New Catalan premier admits he lacks backing to declare independence

Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not make unilateral break from Spain

WINE

Rioja winery sparks war after leaving denomination of origin system

Artadi’s decision leaves 60 other small producers also mulling exit from regulation board