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Catalans Plan Wave of Civil Disobedience

Civil servants expected to defy rule from Madrid

(Newser) - After lawmakers in Catalonia voted in favor of independence Friday, the Spanish government was aghast, quickly triggering unprecedented constitutional measures to fire the regional government and take direct control of many of Catalonia's affairs in order to thwart secession. But some separatist-minded Catalans have vowed to carry out a... More »

In Spain, a Wave of Pro-Unionists Rally

As Madrid moves to impose order after declaration of Catalan independence

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many carrying Spanish and official "senyera" Catalan flags, have gathered on a central Barcelona boulevard in a call for Spain's unity. The atmosphere was festive, reports the AP , as many cheered politicians and central government officials who joined the march. Some chanted "... More »

Thousands Rally in Barcelona— Against Secession

As Spanish PM says he'll stop separatists by any legal means necessary

(Newser) - Thousands of people are rallying Sunday in downtown Barcelona to protest the Catalan government's push for secession from the rest of Spain. Many in the crowd gathered in a central square carried Spanish and Catalan flags. Some chanted "Don't be fooled, Catalonia is Spain" and called for... More »

Death Toll Rises in Barcelona Attacks

51-year-old German woman has died of injuries

(Newser) - Health authorities in Catalonia say a 51-year-old German woman has died from injuries suffered in the Aug. 17 attack in Barcelona, raising the death toll in attacks there and the nearby coastal town of Cambrils to 16. The woman died Sunday in the intensive care unit of Barcelona's Hospital... More »

Barcelona Suspect: We Planned to Blow Up Church, Other Sites

Terror group's mission was partly foiled when Alcanar bomb-making 'factory' blew up

(Newser) - The suspected driver of the van that rammed into crowds in Barcelona is now dead , but details are still emerging about last week's carnage that left 15 dead in two attacks and injured more than 130. The newest development, per the Guardian : A 21-year-old suspect in custody told a... More »

Fugitive Barcelona Suspect Shot Dead by Police

Younes Abouyaaqoub was wearing a bomb belt at the time

(Newser) - A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car, the AP reports. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said. Younes Abouyaaqoub was... More »

800 Checkpoints After Barcelona, One Man Still at Large

Radical imam suspected of leading terror cell that carried out attack

(Newser) - The net has widened in the search for Younes Abouyaaqoub, the Moroccan national now believed to have been the van driver in Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona . Officials say that despite 800 police checkpoints in the region, the 22-year-old remains at large and may have fled to another European... More »

Police Investigate Whether Barcelona Driver Was Killed

Moussa Oukabir may have been killed by police

(Newser) - A police union official says he has been told that Moussa Oukabir, one of the main suspects in the Barcelona and Cambrils van attacks, was killed by officers in Cambrils early Friday. Spanish media are also reporting that Oukabir, 17, was killed and say he is the driver of the... More »

American in Barcelona for 1st Anniversary Is Missing

Wife says pair were separated moments before attack

(Newser) - The State Department has confirmed one American was injured in the Barcelona terror attack Thursday, reports ABC News , while NBC Los Angeles reports a California woman is frantically searching for her husband; it's unclear if he might be that individual. Heidi Nunes-Tucker (her last name has also been reported... More »

A Teen Suspect, Fake Suicide Belts, a Change in Plans

12-person cell believed to be behind Barcelona attacks

(Newser) - A huge manhunt is underway in Spain for the driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona , killing 14 people in a terrorist attack claimed by ISIS. Spanish police have named the suspect as 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, the Guardian reports. The suspect's brother, 28-year-old Moroccan national Driss... More »

Barcelona Victims Came From 24 Countries

Van driver 'pinned as many people as he could'

(Newser) - Thursday's horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist district was in some ways an attack on the world: Authorities say citizens of no fewer than 24 countries were among the victims of the attack, which killed 13 people and injured more than 100. One of the dead... More »

Trump Spreads False Pig Blood Rumor After Barcelona Attack

He's spoken of it before

(Newser) - President Trump's first public reaction to the Barcelona van attack was to tweet a response: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" His second public reaction was to spread... More »

Police: 5 Suspects Killed After 2nd Attack in Spain

Attacker drove into pedestrians in Cambrils

(Newser) - Police in Spain say they killed five terror suspects Thursday night during a second terrorist attack hours after a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more 100. Police have released few details on the suspects killed in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, though... More »

At Least 13 Dead After Van Hits Barcelona Pedestrians

Police are now reportedly calling it a terrorist attack

(Newser) - At least 13 people are dead after a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, a local official has announced. More than 100 others are injured, CNN reports. Police initially didn't speculate on a motive for the incident, which took place near Las Ramblas, a... More »

At Least 20K Flee Massive Fire at Music Fest

Fire breaks out on stage at Tomorrowland Barcelona

(Newser) - A spectacular fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona, the regional government said. Images showed towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the "Tomorrowland" electronic music festival held at Barcelona's Parc de Can Zam. Barcelona... More »

Europe's Ancient Ports Have New Infestation: Tourists

Cruise ships bring in visitors by the tens of thousands daily

(Newser) - It all started with Venice. The Italian port city on the Adriatic Sea has seen its population dwindle since the 1950s as locals are forced out by what the BBC calls "hordes of cruise-ship visitors." Nowadays, the problem of cruise ship tourist invasion has spilled over to many... More »

Barcelona's New Tourism Plan: Keep Tourists Out

Make that anti-tourism plan?

(Newser) - While many cities would welcome 32 million annual visitors, Barcelona has had quite enough of tourists, thank you very much. Though tourism represents 14% of the Spanish city's economy, a tourism plan presented by Mayor Ada Colau this week lays out measures meant to dissuade tourists from rubbing elbows... More »

Barcelona Officials Want to Rip Down Columbus Statue

Barcelona council members say it glorifies colonialism, explorer's 'conquest of America'

(Newser) - Just a couple of years after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor, a statue of Christopher Columbus was erected to grace Barcelona's skyline—and while the former represents freedom and friendship, local council members say the latter should be torn down for symbolizing the worst... More »

Catalonia Defies Spain, Approves Secession Plan

Regional parliament sets up road map to break away from central government

(Newser) - The regional parliament of northeastern Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government. The Barcelona-based chamber passed the motion by 72 votes to 63. The proposal was tabled by pro-secession lawmakers from the Together for... More »

Catalonia Scraps Independence Vote

Leaders say they'll consult citizens another way

(Newser) - Spain is definitely staying in one piece, for now: The government of Catalonia has decided to call off a vote on independence for the wealthy region that was scheduled for Nov. 9, reports AFP . The Spanish government declared the non-binding referendum unconstitutional last month, and Catalan leaders, who plan to... More »

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