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Judge says 13 Catalan leaders, including Jordi Turull and Carles Puigdemont, will be charged with rebellion

A Spanish supreme court judge has charged Jordi Turull, Catalonia’s presidential candidate, with rebellion and ordered him to remain in custody less than 24 hours before he was due to attend an investiture debate.

On Friday morning, Judge Pablo Llarena announced that 13 senior Catalan leaders – including Turull and the deposed regional president, Carles Puigdemont – would be charged with rebellion over their roles in last year’s unilateral referendum and subsequent declaration of independence.

Related: Exiled in Belgium, has Carles Puigdemont met his Waterloo?

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Regional presidency candidate Jordi Turull could be elected after hastily convened debate

Catalan pro-independence parties are launching a third bid to elect a regional president hours before their latest candidate appears before a judge over his part in the push for secession.

MPs will meet at 5pm on Thursday for a hastily convened investiture debate that could result in the election of Jordi Turull, former chief of staff to Carles Puigdemont, the deposed Catalan president.

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Summit will confirm deal – but UK will have to reach agreement with Spain over Gibraltar

EU leaders will agree in principle on a transition period for the UK after the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, promised Spain that its veto over Gibraltar’s inclusion in the agreement would be emphasised at this week’s summit.

Tusk was forced into last-minute talks with Madrid after David Davis, the Brexit secretary, spooked the Spanish government with his insistence on Monday that the Rock would enjoy the same benefits as the rest of the UK in the 21-month period after Brexit.

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Finding Fariña website allows access to exposé of drug trafficking in Galicia while author, Nacho Carretero, and publisher face legal action

Don Quixote famously tilted at windmills; now the Booksellers Guild of Madrid is using Cervantes’s 400-year-old novel to take a tilt at the Spanish court system, highlighting 80,000 words in Don Quixote to make the text of a recently banned book about drug smuggling available to readers online.

Nacho Carretero’s Fariña, an expose of drug trafficking in Galicia, was published in 2015, but publication and sales were halted last month after the former mayor of O Grove in Galicia, Jose Alfredo Bea Gondar, brought legal action against Carretero and his publisher, Libros del KO. Bea Gondar is suing over details in the book about his alleged involvement in drug shipping.

Related: William Shakespeare or Miguel de Cervantes: who said what? – quiz

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Madrid wants veto over UK territory enjoying single market access post-Brexit

The hard-fought agreement between the UK and EU over a 21-month transition period after Brexit has been thrown into doubt after Spain refused to endorse the deal without further concessions over Gibraltar.

With days to go before the 27 EU leaders are expected to welcome the two sides coming together over a 129-page withdrawal agreement, including the terms of the transition, Madrid said it was withholding its support.

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British man, 22, fell from a fifth floor balcony while on holiday in Palma, local media report

A 22-year-old British man has died after reportedly falling from a fifth floor balcony in Majorca while on holiday with friends.

According to reports in the local newspaper Diario de Mallorca, police inquiries suggest the man lost his balance and fell through a void on the balcony at an apartment in Palma, the island’s capital.

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Tiny island close to Formentera has been bought by a family from Luxembourg

A tiny Balearic island that lies between Ibiza and Formentera and boasts two houses, a chapel and a watchtower has been sold to a private bidder for €18m (£16m).

S’Espalmador, which occupies 137 hectares and can be reached on foot from Formentera at low tide, has been snapped up by a family from Luxembourg despite efforts to sell it to the Formentera government.

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Samples taken for DNA tests that disproved paternity claim rejoin artist’s body in Catalonian tomb

Three decades after he died and eight months after his remains were disinterred to settle a paternity claim, Salvador Dalí has once again been laid to rest, in his entirety, beneath the museum he designed as a shrine to his own life and art.

The surrealist’s body was exhumed from its tomb in Figueres, Catalonia, in July after a judge gave the go-ahead to DNA tests to establish whether Dalí was the father of Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and fortune teller who had long claimed to be his daughter.

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Minister says Gibraltar will review rights of EU nationals on Rock if Madrid invokes ‘illegal’ veto

The government of Gibraltar has warned that it could rescind the rights and protections enjoyed by Spanish and other EU nationals living and working in the territory if Madrid uses its veto to exclude the Rock from any Brexit deal between the EU and the UK.

According to EU negotiation guidelines issued in April last year, Gibraltar will find itself outside any future trade deal with the UK unless an agreement is reached in advance with Spain over its status, effectively giving Madrid a veto.

Related: For Gibraltar the EU was an escape hatch. No longer | Ian Jack

Related: Britain and EU clash over status of Gibraltar under transition deal

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Protesters set fires and throw stones in Lavapies district of the Spanish capital

Migrants have clashed with police in central Madrid following the death of a Senegalese man who they said was chased through the streets by police.

Riot police and firefighters were deployed to Lavapiés, a district in the centre of the Spanish capital with a large immigrant population, as angry protesters set fire to dustbins and a motorbike and threw stones.

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Charity urges repeal of article 578, which they say has restricted freedom of expression

Amnesty International has warned that an “exponential increase” in prosecutions under a controversial Spanish anti-terrorism law is having a chilling effect on satire and dissent and is pushing social media users, musicians and journalists towards self-censorship.

The charity is calling for the law to be repealed, arguing that recent high-profile cases brought under article 578 of Spain’s criminal code have highlighted the danger the legislation poses to freedom of speech and international human rights law.

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Neighbourhood groups want more action from police and politicians to shut down apartments

The heroin dealers of El Raval do not discriminate and nor does their product.

“We’ve seen executives in suits and ties arrive by taxi at six in the morning, couples, pregnant women, people with every type of disability, teenagers,” says Carlos, a resident of the central Barcelona district.

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Farid Hilali was accused of being an al-Qaida member who passed messages to logistics cell

A man seeking €1.8m in compensation after being wrongly jailed for five years over 9/11 has said he wants to put Britain and Spain “on the spot” over a gross injustice that left his life in tatters.

Farid Hilali, a Moroccan citizen, was jailed by the UK when it complied with a 2004 European arrest warrant (EAW) issued by Spain that accused him of being an al-Qaida member who passed on messages to the leader of a Spanish logistics cell about the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

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Views on Brexit from Dr Michael Holmes, Ian James, Christopher Rainger, Yugo Kovach, Patrick Cosgrove and Derrick Cameron

I share Gary Younge’s assessment of Brexit (Opinion, 9 March) and the EU when he says, “I wish we hadn’t left; I wish it were much better”. The referendum highlighted that there are two rather dysfunctional unions, the European one and the UK. But there are two significant obstacles to reform of the EU. First, while there is wide agreement that it needs to change, there is no consensus as to what form that should take. Some call for more powers for the parliament, some for more powers for the council, or for a greater role for national parliaments, or for the use of EU-wide referendums – ideas that pull in very different directions.

Second, the structures of the EU make it difficult to engineer meaningful reforms. Once a treaty has been agreed, it becomes very difficult to amend or alter it at all – there are hardly any examples of a change in policy direction in the EU. What is needed at this stage is the development of a Europe-wide progressive alliance to create a consensus about how best to democratise the EU and shift its policy priorities away from the dominant conservative orthodoxy, and how to promote broad values of social solidarity among the peoples of Europe. It’s a difficult path to travel on, but a very necessary one.
Dr Michael Holmes
Director, European Institute, Liverpool Hope University

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Regional presidency candidate Jordi Sànchez refused permission to go to investiture debate

Spain’s supreme court has ruled that the jailed Catalan independence leader chosen to run for the regional presidency cannot leave prison to attend an investiture debate next week.

Jordi Sànchez, the former head of the influential grassroots organisation Catalan National Assembly (ANC), has been in custody for five months over allegations that he and another civil society group leader used huge demonstrations to try to stop Spanish police officers from following a judge’s orders to halt the unilateral independence referendum held on 1 October last year.

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The Manchester City boss is in trouble for wearing a yellow ribbon in solidarity with jailed Catalan politicians

As of today, I have now been in prison for 144 days without a trial for defending the rights and freedoms of the people of Catalonia. Since then, my 10-month-old son and my partner have travelled 27,000km, making the 1,200km round trip from Barcelona to Soto del Real prison, close to Madrid, more than 20 times. Despite this, I still believe in justice, the protection of human rights, peace and freedom as the fundamental values that define 21st-century democracy.

Therefore, I truly appreciate Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s act of solidarity by wearing a yellow ribbon in support of the four Catalan prisoners, despite being charged by the FA for refusing to take it off. “It’s not about politicians, it’s about democracy. Before I am a manager, I am a human being,” Guardiola said. Not just every political prisoner, but every human being around the world should appreciate his moral leadership. He makes us better as a society.

Amnesty International has repeatedly said the charges of rebellion and sedition against us are excessive

Related: Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon ties football up in knots over true enemies | Barney Ronay

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Events around the world put spotlight on progress and failings in achieving gender equality

Millions of women gathered across the world to strike, protest and party to mark International Women’s Day on Thursday.

Trains stopped in Spain as female workers went on the country’s first “feminist” strike, newspapers dropped their prices for women in France, and the IWD flag flew over the UK parliament.

Related: International Women's Day 2018: protests across the world as women push for progress – live

On Int’ Women’s Day, more than 50 countries organized #Wikipedia edit-a-thons in partnership with @SweMFA to make the internet more gender equal. UN Women in Georgia, Kosovo and @unwomenbih support the action to close the #Wikigap. #TimeIsNow #IWD2018

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Mayors of Madrid and Barcelona among supporters of walkout on International Women’s Day

More than 5 million workers have taken part in Spain’s first nationwide “feminist strike”, according to trade unions.

The action, held to mark International Women’s Day, is intended to highlight sexual discrimination, domestic violence and the wage gap.

Related: International Women's Day 2018: protests across the world as women press for progress – live

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The Global Women’s Strike has evolved into a worldwide protest with myriad demands

On the first day of the UN Decade for Women in 1975, the women of Iceland took the day off to demonstrate the importance of all their work, waged and unwaged, in the countryside and the city. Almost all women who were physically able came out of their homes, offices and factories, and even female television presenters were replaced on the screen by men holding children. Some 90% of women took part. They called it a day off but we at the International Wages for Housework Campaign called it a strike, and took as our slogan their placard which said: “When women stop, everything stops.”

Iceland was not international but it was of international significance. What moved them to strike had to be moving in the souls of women everywhere: the question was: when would it manifest itself?

Today, the idea of women massively withdrawing labour, waged and unwaged, is not a reality yet

Related: Wear red, down tools and buy local for International Women's Day

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Three people missing as latest deaths add to toll of six killed since Friday in avalanches

Two skiers from France and Belgium have been killed in avalanches in the French Alps while three other people remain missing, a local official said.

Sunday’s deaths add to a toll of six following avalanches in the French mountains on Friday and Saturday.

Related: Four skiers killed in French Alps avalanche

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