CORONAVIRUS

“No time to lose” with state of alarm, say biology experts

Professors from Madrid’s Complutense University support the government’s emergency measures, which will be put in place today by the Cabinet

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

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spain’s electoral officials vote to remove Catalan premier over disobedience ruling

The regional parliament has rejected the decision, describing it as a “coup,” while Quim Torra says that sovereignty resides in the Catalan chamber

Catalan independence drive

Spain’s High Court opens investigation into Russian spying unit in Catalonia

Judge Manuel García-Castellón is probing whether an elite military group known as Unit 29155 carried out actions aimed at destabilizing the region during the separatist push

CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE TRIAL

Spanish judge orders closure of Tsunami Democràtic websites

The movement, which has no visible leaders, has been coordinating this week’s protests in Catalonia. The magistrate took the action as part of an ongoing sealed investigation into terrorism

Catalonia

Catalan separatists tried to build “secure channel” to aid Puigdemont, probe finds

Suspects held for plotting violent acts allegedly contacted ex-leader’s sister to set up safe communications between Waterloo and the regional government headquarters in Barcelona

Catalonia

Judge accuses Catalan separatists of belonging to new terrorist group

Seven individuals have been placed in pre-trial detention without bail for their alleged involvement in a faction of a pro-independence organization that seeks secession through violent means

CATALONIA

Two Catalan separatists confess to making and testing explosives

Both were held on Monday as part of a raid against suspected terrorist activity by members of the Committees to Defend the Republic (CDR)

CATALAN SEPARATIST DRIVE

Catalan separatists held on suspicion of planning violent acts with explosives

Nine alleged members of the CDR protest group have been arrested ahead of the anniversary of the illegal independence referendum of October 1, 2017

ISLAMIC STATE

Spain issues arrest warrants for ISIS women trapped in Syrian camps

The three Spaniards and one Moroccan traveled to the war-torn country in 2014, and have since ended up in a Kurdish-run detention center with 17 minors under their care

CORRUPTION

Spain’s BBVA under formal investigation in vast spying case

The second-largest bank will be probed for bribery, disclosure of secrets and corruption as part of wider court proceedings against retired police chief José Manuel Villarejo

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

European court rejects Catalan secession leaders’ claims of rights violations

The ECHR finds that Spanish judges acted legally in suspending a regional parliamentary session where a unilateral declaration of independence was to be made

Attack on North Korean embassy

Spanish judge issues international arrest warrants against two attackers of the North Korean embassy

The US denies any involvement in the mysterious break-in, although the group leader contacted the FBI

ATTACK ON NORTH KOREAN EMBASSY

Attackers behind assault on North Korean embassy fled to US via Portugal

Spanish judge investigating the strange incident at the diplomatic mission in Madrid has lifted the seal on the probe

ELECTIONS

Catalan premier facing prosecution for not removing separatist symbols

Public prosecutor will bring charges of disobedience against Quim Torra, who will not face prison time but could be removed from his position and barred from public office

CATALAN SECESSION BID

At Madrid trial, Catalan separatists cite judiciary’s lack of “moral authority”

Two more former regional officials have taken the stand at the Spanish Supreme Court, where they face charges of rebellion over the 2017 unilateral secession attempt

FAR-RIGHT PARTIES IN SPAIN

PP accepts some of far-right Vox’s demands in order to govern Andalusia

After long negotiations in the wake of elections last December, the conservative group’s deal will see the Socialist Party lose power in the region for the first time in 36 years

TERRORISM

How Spanish women are being lured into Jihadism

Islamic terrorism networks have become increasingly clandestine

CORRUPTION

Spain’s Supreme Court upholds conviction against ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato

Former banker and politician told to serve more than four years in prison over corporate credit card scandal

RUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP

Cristiano Ronaldo makes offer to Spanish taxman: two-year prison term and €18.8 million fine

The player is seeking to settle his dues over tax crimes committed between 2011 and 2014

CORRUPTION IN SPAIN

Governing Popular Party and its ex-treasurer, sentenced in massive corruption case

Spain’s High Court gives businessman at center of so-called “Gürtel” probe, Francisco Correa, 51 years in jail, while Luis Bárcenas gets 33-year term

CATALONIA

Former Catalan police chief to be tried for sedition

Josep Lluís Trapero and other ex-officials will sit in the dock over their role in the referendum and protests leading up to it

CATALAN CRISIS

High Court orders arrest of Catalan “Republic Defense Committee” leaders

Members of grassroots separatist groups are wanted for rebellion and terrorism for their involvement in the independence push

CATALAN CRISIS

High Court to try former chief of Catalan regional police for sedition

As well as Josep Lluís Trapero, two political figures and a Mossos officer will also be facing charges for their actions related to the illegal independence referendum and preceding events

CATALONIA

Spanish prosecutors investigating Catalan “republic defense committees”

Separatist groups behind roadblocks deny accusations of vandalism and denounce judicial persecution

CRISIS IN CATALONIA

Supreme Court orders pre-trial detention for Catalan separatist leaders, reactivates international arrest warrants

Jordi Turull, the newest candidate to the premiership, among them. Decision comes shortly after Catalan Republican Left official skipped her court date and fled to Switzerland

Catalonia

Papers Catalan police tried to burn implicate latest nominee for premier

Internal memos the Mossos d’Esquadra were to incinerate contain damning information on Jordi Sànchez as well as former force chief