CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Roadblocks and protests on first anniversary of Catalan referendum

Separatist premier Quim Torra urges activists to keep up the street pressure against the state

BREXIT

Brussels puts pressure on Spain, UK to reach Brexit deal on Gibraltar

As the deadline for the final accord approaches, both countries are seeking to protect their citizens’ rights, but negotiators are aware of the risks of there being no deal

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, October 1, 2018

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE CHALLENGE

October 1: The day that saw a breakdown in police relations

One year on from the illegal referendum on Catalan independence, and the split between the National Police and the regional Mossos d’Esquadra is still yet to be healed

CHILD TRAFFICKING

The dark side of Ukraine’s surrogacy boom

Lack of oversight, lax regulations and a failing economy have made the eastern European country one of the most popular destinations to find a surrogate mother