CORRUPTION IN SPAIN

Civil Guard probes ruling Catalan party over illegal commissions

Anticorruption attorney investigating if construction firm made payments to Mas's CDC

City in Tarragona passes bylaw banning burqas and niqabs in public places

But Popular Party and CiU-sponsored legislation does not allow for fines to be levied

crime

Two men die in just three hours after being subdued by Catalan police

Mossos open internal inquiry in both cases, which took place in Barcelona and Tarragona

Four children die after fire rips through their home in Tarragona

Authorities are still investigating the causes of Tuesday night's blaze

THE CHURCH AND FRANCO

Pope Francis avoids apologizing for Church’s Civil War role

Service in Tarragona held to mark beatification of over 500 Catholics killed during the Spanish conflict

environment

State institute gave green light to gas plant

Report dating from 2007 makes no mention of the chance of increased seismic activity The Castor Project is thought to have caused hundreds of tremors in eastern Spain

Thousands march in Tarragona to demand closure of gas-storage plant

Between 3,000 and 6,000 protesters filled the streets of Les Cases d’Alcanar

GAS PLANT TREMORS

Civil guards storm offshore gas-storage plant blamed for series of earthquakes

Castellón prosecutor opens probe into situation at giant installation

GAS PLANT TREMORS

Residents of affected areas want answers, as seismic activity increases

Locals have no doubt that the Castor gas-storage plant is to blame for tremors Facility sits atop a geological fault

energy

Government halts activity at gas storage plant as tremors worsen

More than 20 earthquakes were detected during Wednesday night alone The Castor project will make use of a depleted oilfield to supply Spain’s gas needs

environment

Work halted on giant gas storage plant after minor earthquakes detected in area

EU-backed facility was due to open this summer, and can store 50 days' of the country's needs

THE CATALAN QUESTION

Mas confident independent Catalonia would keep European status

“We will be in Europe whatever Catalans decide,” regional premier declares despite warnings from Brussels

Two escape jail after suicide distraction

One is a Spaniard while the other is a Venezuelan national. Both were serving sentences for robbery

Late designer’s family stops bridal house executives from attending funeral

Manuel Mota apparently took his life because he was under pressure by Pronovias, friends say.

Where there’s smoke there’s ire; Catalonia village says yes to drugs

Rasquera approves scheme for cannabis plantation to swell municipal coffers