• As thousands rally, Spain and Catalonia argue over who controls regional police

    As thousands rally, Spain and Catalonia argue over who controls regional police0

    Spain’s central government and regional Catalan authorities argued this weekend over who controls the regional police force that is considered key to the success of a planned independence vote for the north-eastern region. The exchanges came as thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in public squares in Barcelona and other towns on Sunday in support of

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  • Spain repeats position on Gib in UN speech

    Spain repeats position on Gib in UN speech0

    Spain has repeated its traditional position on Gibraltar during an address to the UN General Assembly in New York, describing the Rock as “an anachronism” and highlighting Madrid’s co-sovereignty proposal. Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis focused on Gibraltar briefly during a 17-minute speech that covered key areas of Spanish foreign policy. He mentioned Gibraltar while

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  • Arrival of HMS Ocean to deliver aid in Caribbean is ‘hugely significant’

    Arrival of HMS Ocean to deliver aid in Caribbean is ‘hugely significant’0

    The arrival into the Caribbean of Britain’s biggest in-service warship, dispatched to help with hurricane recovery efforts, has been branded “hugely significant”. Loaded with more than 60 tonnes of aid, HMS Ocean’s cargo includes more than 5,000 hygiene kits, 500,000 water purification tablets and 10,000 buckets. The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship was about

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