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Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

France's 'Pacific pebble' New Caledonia rejects independence

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) On the final count, 56.4 percent of people has rejected the proposition that New Caledonia become independent, a clear but smaller-than-expected victory for loyalists to mainland France

VOTE. People cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia, November 4, 2018 in Noumea, New Caledonia. Photo by Theo Rouby/AFP

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Representatives of both executives meet for almost 4 hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011

TALKS. Catalan regional government Transparency Foreign, Institutional Relations and Affairs chief Ernest Maragall (3L) and Spanish minister of terrirorial administration Meritxell Batet (3R) attend a Catalan-Spanish bilateral commission on August 1, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/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

Spain on a knife's edge as Madrid seizes control of rebel Catalonia

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:40 AM

After regional lawmakers voted to declare a Catalan 'republic,' Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moves swiftly to dissolve the rebel government and parliament, and calls December 21 elections to replace them

DISSOLVED? Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on October 27, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Police seal off 1,300 polling stations in Catalonia as resistance continues

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:57 PM

Teachers, parents, students and activists have leapt into action to defend the vote slated for Sunday, defying Madrid's warnings of repercussions

CATALONIA VOTE. In this file photo, a man holding a symbolic ballot marked with a 'Yes' attends a protest against a search for propaganda supporting Catalonia's independence referendum by the Spanish Guardia Civil at the private postal service company Unipost in Terrassa on September 19, 2017. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Catalan gov't admits referendum blow but vows to press on

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:24 AM

Arrests, as well as the seizure of nearly 10 million ballots destined for the vote, have seriously damaged separatist plans to conduct a referendum with a semblance of legitimacy

A picture taken on September 16, 2017 in Barcelona shows a balcony decorated with Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flags) and banners reading in Catalan "YES."  AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Police ordered to seize ballot boxes ahead of Catalonia vote

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The vote is set for October 1 The northeastern region s separatists are determined to go ahead with it despite Madrid s refusal and a court ban as a struggle between Catalonia and Spain s central government escalates

SPAIN POLICE. A police officer stands by the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona on August 20, 2017, before a mass to commemorate victims of two devastating terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Scottish leader launches new independence drive

Sep 02, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Scotland s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the survey would be conducted through a website and by polling party members aiming to reach two million people

Pro-union (R) and pro-independence (L) campaigners jostle for space during a rally by Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 12, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Catalonia holds independence vote in defiance of Spain

Nov 08, 2014 - 10:54 AM

The ballot papers will put two questions to voters: Do you want Catalonia to be a state? and if so Do you want that state to be independent?

STATE? Pro-independence Catalans take part in the final meeting organized by the Catalonia National Assembly (ANC) and the Omnium Cultural civil society association in Barcelona on November 7, 2014, ahead of a symbolic vote on independence for Catalonia from Spain on November 9. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spain warns Catalonia against using public money in vote

Nov 06, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Spain s Constitutional Court earlier ordered the Catalan government to suspend the planned independence referendum this weekend

Spain court blocks symbolic Catalan independence vote

Nov 04, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The court unanimously agrees with the government s request to suspend the symbolic referendum notes a court spokeswoman

INDEPENDENCE. People attend a gathering to support independence referendum at the Catalonia Square in Barcelona, Spain, 19 October 2014. Toni Garriga/EPA

NATO says independent Scotland would have to reapply

Sep 15, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The NATO chief says he won t interfere in the referendum campaign but says any new independent state from an existing member state would have to reapply

A Unionist holds the Union jack (L) and the Saltire flag during a march of the Orange Order in a show of solidarity for the Union of Britain in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Spain's Catalan leader 'determined' to hold independence referendum

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:05 PM

The leader of Spain s economically powerful region of Catalonia is determined to press ahead with an independence referendum in November despite opposition from the national government

FREEDOM. Pro-independence supporters hold a banner during a demonstration against the Spanish monarchy and in favor of the independence of Catalonia in Girona on June 26, 2014. Photo by Quique Garcia / AFP