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Late bloomer Rene Catalan credits wushu for easy transition

Jun 14, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Rene Catalan only began pursuing mixed martial arts at the age of 34, but his wushu background helped ease his transition in ONE Championship

STREAK. Rene Catalan racked up 6 straight wins in ONE Championship before losing to compatriot Joshua Pacio in their strawweight title bout. Photo from ONE Championship

Spain court refuses to recognize Catalan separatist as member of EU Parliament

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:23 AM

In a long-awaited ruling, the court says it would not authorize Oriol Junqueras' temporary release from prison to collect his parliamentary credentials

SEPARATISTS. Oriol Junqueras (front row, left-most) and fellow Catalan separatists attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Naranjo/POOL/AFP)

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Pacio retains ONE Strawweight title in all-Filipino brawl

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Joshua Pacio defends his ONE Strawweight title against Filipino wushu champion Rene Catalan

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio dominates Rene Catalan for the ONE Strawweight title. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Drama, personal grudge mark ONE’s second all-Filipino world title bout

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio puts his strawweight belt on the line against compatriot Rene Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate

Pacio to defend ONE title vs compatriot Catalan

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Joshua Pacio will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title for the first time since reclaiming it in April

ALL-FILIPINO. Joshua Pacio will test his skills against veteran Filipino mixed martial artist Rene Catalan. Photo from ONE Championship

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:14 PM

'This can't go on, Barcelona does not deserve this,' says Ada Colau, the city's leftist mayor

PROTEST. A protester waves a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag during clashes with police near the Police headquarters in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019, on the day that separatists have called a general strike and a mass rally. AFP file photo

'We're totally fed up' say Catalans who want to remain with Spain

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Over the past 3 days, the protests – which began after the conviction of 9 separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid – have degenerated into nightly clashes, leaving Barcelona in flames and the region in crisis

Students wave a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag as they protest during a demonstration in front of the police headquarters in Barcelona on October 17, 2019. After a fresh night of violence that rocked Barcelona, Catalan separatists today pressed on with their protests against the sentencing of nine of their leaders by blocking roads and railways across the Spanish region. University students began a strike, while several roads and highways were closed across Catalonia because of mass marches which departed yesterday from five Catalan towns heading for Barcelona.  Pau Barrena / AFP

Catalan leader says violence 'must stop right now'

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan president Quim Torra says, 'we will not permit incidents like those we are seeing in the streets. This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.'

ESTELADA. File photo shows a man waving a 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The verdict in the trial of leading Catalan separatists is expected soon

Closely-watched Catalan separatist trial draws to close

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:51 PM

For some, they are 'political prisoners' repressed by the Spanish state – and a protest by independence supporters is planned in Barcelona to mark the end of the trial

INDEPENCIA. File photo of people shouting  slogans and waving Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe-Marcou

Spanish parliament suspends 4 jailed Catalan MPs

May 24, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The 4 Catalan lawmakers are in custody and on trial over their participation in the failed 2017 separatist bid

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

Spain votes in early election marked by far-right resurgence

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Far-right party Vox looks set to make its first-ever entrance into the national parliament

SNAP ELECTIONS. Voters cast their ballots at the Central University of Barcelona being used as a polling station in Barcelona during general elections in Spain on April 28, 2019. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

WATCH: Filipino Rene Catalan dominates in Myanmar for 6th win

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The 40-year-old Filipino flyweight unloads a barrage of strikes to force a stoppage win versus Japanese foe Yoshitaka Naito

QUICK WIN. Rene Catalan secures a sixth straight victory after quickly overpowering Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on October 1, 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence

TRIAL BEGINS. Former Catalan separatist leaders including (from front row R-L) Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Carles Mundo, Santi Vila and Meritxel Borras attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Madrid says talks with Catalan separatists 'stall'

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says separatist parties are asking the government to agree to holding an independence referendum, something which she says will 'never be acceptable'

POLITICS. In this file photo, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) and Deputy Prime Minister and minister of equality Carmen Calvo attend commemorative acts marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution at the parliament in Madrid on December 6, 2018. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Spanish prosecutors ask the Madrid court to sentence Catalan separatists leaders for up to 25 years on rebellion charges

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

Catalans march for unity on Spain's national day

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Tens of thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain part of Spain march and wave Spanish and Catalan flags through Barcelona to mark Dia de la Hispanidad

UNITY. People wave Spanish and Catalan flags during an anti-separatist demonstration for the unity of Spain marking the Spanish National Day in Barcelona on October 12, 2018. Photo by  Josep Lago/AFP

Filipinos on collision course in ONE Championship

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Rene Catalan and Joshua Pacio could end up in a potential bout that is slated as the title eliminator for the strawweight belt held by Japan's Yoshitaka Naito

COMPATRIOTS. Rene Catalan (left) and Rene Pacio could end up in a potential all-Filipino bout in the strawweight division of ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

New Spain PM to move Catalan, Basque prisoners closer to home

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Moving the prisoners will satisfy demands made by Catalonia's two separatist parties and the Basque Nationalist Party which helped Pedro Sanchez topple his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy

MEETING DEMANDS. In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Prosecutor general inhibits from Okada estafa complaints

Jun 10, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr grants the motion of Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment Incorporated, the complainant against Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada

Acting Prosecutor Gen. Jorge Catalan Jr. answers queries from the senators during the hearing of Committees on Public Order & Dangerous Drugs and Justice & Human Rights at the Senate in Pasay City on July 26, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Catalan leader calls for talks with new Spain PM

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'We need to sit down at the same table and negotiate, government to government,' says Catalonia's separatist president Quim Torra

TALKS. In this file photo, Catalan regional President Quim Torra talks to the media in Waterloo on May 30, 2018. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

May 11, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont proposes political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor, urging the next regional executive to build an independent country

WHO'S NEXT? Carles Puigdemont proposes Quim Torra as his successor. AFP file photo

Madrid moves to block second Puigdemont comeback bid in Catalonia

May 09, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Madrid ask Spain's Constitutional Court to cancel a reform voted for last week by Catalonia's majority separatist parliament that would allow Puigdemont – currently in self-exile abroad – to be appointed president without having to be present

BLOCKED. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona.  Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not appear before the Spanish Senate in Madrid to state his case for independence, a spokeswoman for the Catalan government said on October 25, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Spain's King Felipe VI backs judges during Catalonia visit

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Spanish monarch's firm stance against independence angers some who say he should not take sides

HIS HIGHNESS. Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attend a memorial mass marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Felipe's grand-father Juan de Bourbon, Count of Barcelona on April 3, 2018 in San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid. Photo by Ballesteros/pool/AFP

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

Arrest of Catalan leader in Germany ignites wave of protests

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spent the night in a German jail cell following his arrest after he crossed the border from Denmark, under a European warrant issued by Spain

PRISON. Police officers walk out of the prison of Neumuenster, where former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is detained, in Neumuenster, northern Germany, on March 26, 2018. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

German police arrest ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Catalan's former leader Carles Puigdemont is wanted by Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Catalan separatist candidate fails to win regional presidency

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Former Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull obtains 64 votes in favor and 65 against, prolonging the political deadlock in the wealthy Spanish region

CATALONIA. Junts per Catalonia' - JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) member of Catalonia's parliament Jordi Turull (C) gives a speech during a parliament session in Barcelona to vote for the only candidate for the Catalan regional presidency on March 22, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Aguirre orders probe vs prosecutors who cleared Lim, Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issues the order 3 months after his panel of prosecutors recommended the dismissal of charges against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

INVESTIGATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II asks the NBI to investigate his prosecutors over the dismissal of charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:27 AM

However, the proposal is reportedly not backed by Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras

IN SELF-EXILE. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. AFP file photo

Ex-Catalan leader reportedly says it's over for him

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:53 PM

A reporter from Spain's Telecinco television channel catches on camera the phone of Toni Comin, a former Catalan minister, while he was looking at messages sent by Puigdemont

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont smiles as he speaks to residents in Girona on October 28, 2017. File photo by Eddy Kelele/AFP

Spanish court blocks Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after the Catalan parliament declared independence in October, was earlier this week chosen as a candidate to lead Catalonia again

SUSPENDED. The Spanish constitutional court prevents Catalan leader to grab back power in the country. AFP photo

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

Surveys show Catalan separatists could lose absolute majority in vote

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Catalonia is currently under direct rule from the national government in Madrid, which called new elections after a banned independence referendum led to Spain's worst political crisis in a generation

CATALAN POLLS. Ines Arrimadas (2nd left), Ciudadanos (Citizens) party candidate for the upcoming Catalan regional election, stands with other members of the party outside the Dali Museum during a tour as part of her political campaign in Figueres on December 15, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Polls must 'ratify' Catalonia's desire for independence – Puigdemont

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont launches his campaign for regional elections from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as probe changes hands

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

Judge Pablo Llarena of Spain's Supreme Court is now taking full responsibility for the probe into the heads of two Catalan pro-independence associations accused of sedition

SUPPORT. Firefighters stand to form the shape of a giant ribbon at the Montjuic Castle in Barcelona on November 20, 2017 during a protest calling for the release of jailed Catalan separatist leaders. Photo by Josep LagoAGO / AFP

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Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Catalans flood Barcelona to demand leaders' freedom

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

8 members of the axed Catalan cabinet are currently detained on charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds

UNITED. A man holds an Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag while others hold placars reading 'Freedom' during a demonstration in Barcelona on November 11, 2017 calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Josep Lago / AFP

Pro-independence activists block roads, trains in Catalonia strike

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Spanish law prohibits going on strike for political motives, and the work stoppage is led by the pro-independence CSC union to protest job insecurity and a central government decree

STRIKE. A Catalan regional policewoman (Mossos d'Esquadra) talks to riders as picketers block the nudo de la Trinidat access road to Barcelona on November 8, 2017 as part of a regionwide strike called by a pro-independence union. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Barca seeks 'justice' for jailed Catalan ministers

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Fans in Camp Nou clamor for freedom and justice for Catalan

CALL FOR CALM. FC Barcelona calls for solidarity of the affected families due to the prison sentences. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Axed Catalan leader urges resistance to Madrid rule

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:34 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The central government's intervention was 'contrary to the will expressed by the citizens of our country at the ballot box,' says Carles Puigdemont

DEFIANT. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont leaves the hemicycle after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spain seizes control of 'independent' Catalonia

Oct 28, 2017 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) All eyes will be on whether Catalonia's separatist executive, led by Carles Puigdemont, will willingly step aside for caretaker envoys from Madrid

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Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

Spain readies to roll back Catalonia's regional autonomy

Oct 27, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asks parliament's upper house, where his party holds a majority, to 'proceed to the dismissal of the president of the Catalan government, his vice-president and all regional ministers'

AUTONOMY. Students hold placards reading 'good bye' as they protest during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 26, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Catalan companies face boycott over independence push

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:07 PM

'You have to hit them where it hurts the most: the wallet,' a Twitter user writes under the hashtag #boycottcatalanproducts

SEPARATION. Women hold Spanish, Catalan and European flags during a demonstration against Catalonia's independence in front of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP