CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Spain’s Supreme Court rejects freeze on decision to strip Catalan premier of lawmaker credentials

Quim Torra is expected to continue serving as regional premier while magistrates consider his appeal against a ruling that bans him from public office for 18 months

CRIME

Chinese mafia suspected of hiring Spanish thieves for heist in French palace

A ram raider known as “Juan the Kid” allegedly led the group tasked with stealing artwork from the World Heritage Site, but was arrested by police before he could commit the crime

ASTURIAS

Why tourists are digging deep in Asturian mines

They were once an economic engine, but now the pits in the northwestern Spanish region have been shuttered and instead receive visitors, who can walk through the underwater tunnels of the Arnao, take a train through forests in Langreo, and even dig for coal themselves

SPANISH POLITICS

Trickle of Cabinet announcements creates unease among Spain’s new coalition partners

The disclosure that PM Pedro Sánchez will have a fourth deputy in charge of environmental affairs came as a surprise to Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, January 10, 2020

ENVIRONMENT

The race to save the Mediterranean’s deep-sea corals

Experts want greater protection for endangered species that are home to other forms of marine life