Mariano Rajoy
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on moves to oust Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (all times local):

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s secessionist parties won enough votes Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the crisis in Catalonia (all times local):

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has re-emphasized her backing for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s handling of the separatist crisis in Catalonia.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has voiced his support for a rally in Barcelona to protest the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s ousted leader called for peaceful opposition to Spain’s decision to take direct control of the region, saying Saturday that he and other regional officials fired by the central government will keep “working to build a free country.”
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government is aiming to crush Catalonia’s secessionist aspirations by firing the wealthy region’s government, dissolving its parliament and calling early elections there.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia’s political leaders intend to bring a legal challenge to prevent the Spanish government from removing them from office and taking over running the region to stop its push for independence, a regional spokesman said Tuesday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s regional parliament plans to hold a debate this week on the Spanish prime minister’s plan to take direct control of the region — a session many fear could lead to a vote declaring Catalan independence.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to take to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia’s separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister says his government will unveil specific measures Saturday to halt Catalonia’s independence bid but refused to confirm if that included plans to hold a regional election in January.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The crisis over Catalonia’s quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain’s central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession.
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister on Wednesday urged Catalonia’s leaders to back down from their bid to gain independence for the region, a day before a central government deadline that could significantly deepen the country’s political crisis.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities gave Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to explain whether his ambiguous statement on secession was a formal declaration of independence and warned Wednesday that his answer dictated whether they would apply never-used constitutional powers to curtail the regio
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the crisis over Catalonia’s independence bid (all times local):

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands rallied in Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s threat to secede.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s regional government on Wednesday mulled when to declare the region’s independence from Spain, with some lawmakers saying it would happen Monday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Striking workers, students and hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Barcelona and other Catalan towns Tuesday to protest police violence, adding pressure to Spain’s unprecedented political crisis as central authorities mull how to respond to separatists’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European and world leaders are urging dialogue between Spain’s government and authorities in Catalonia, saying Monday they are worried about the potential for a further escalation of tensions after a violent crackdown by Spanish police during an independence referendum.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Across Europe, people are watching the independence referendum Spain’s Catalonia region plans to hold Sunday closely and nervously, but quietly.
MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona’s streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote that included the arrests of a dozen regional officials Wednesday and the seizure of 10 million ballot pape
MADRID (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demonstrated Thursday night in Madrid, and what started as a peaceful event turned violent toward midnight after riot police clashed with some protesters, resulting in at least several people arrested and
MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in dozens of Spanish cities on Sunday to protest sky-high unemployment, what they say is the government*s inefficient handling of the economy and corruption scandals.