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Spain raises pay before elections, warns on Catalonia
Spain raises pay before elections, warns on Catalonia

Spanish public workers will get a one-percent pay rise next year, trumpeting the country's economic recovery a few months ahead of a general election.

Spain raises pay before elections, warns on Catalonia
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Kazakhstan celebrates Independence Day

Kazakhstan is celebrating its Independence Day on December 16.

Kazakhstan celebrates Independence Day
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Kazakhstan marks Day of the First President

1st December is the Day of the First President in Kazakhstan. Today, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke about the larger meaning of this day for the entire nation.

Kazakhstan marks Day of the First President
Leader of Spain's Catalonia region says he wants early polls on independence
Leader of Spain's Catalonia region says he wants early polls on independence

The head of the regional government of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, said he wants to hold early elections centred on independence.

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region says he wants early polls on independence
Thousands protest in Spain over Western Sahara
Thousands protest in Spain over Western Sahara

Several thousand people demonstrated in Madrid iin support of independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Thousands protest in Spain over Western Sahara
Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote
Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote

The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.

Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote
Catalan independence opponents uneasy after vote
Catalan independence opponents uneasy after vote

Luis Guevara hoped politicians in Catalonia would turn their focus to the economy after Sunday's symbolic independence referendum.

Catalan independence opponents uneasy after vote
Two million defiant Catalans vote on breakaway from Spain
Two million defiant Catalans vote on breakaway from Spain

Two million Catalans turned out to vote on independence from Spain in a symbolic ballot, defying challenges from the Spanish government.

Two million defiant Catalans vote on breakaway from Spain
President of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas, Catalan Parliament's president Nuria de Gispert  and Barcelona's Mayor Xavier Triastake part in a meeting of the "Pacte Nacional pel Dret a Deci
'Catalanism' promotes differences from rest of Spain

Catalonia has promoted its language and popular culture since the 1980s, cultivating a sense that it is different from the rest of Spain which has now turned to separatism.

'Catalanism' promotes differences from rest of Spain
Catalan govt asks top Spanish court to allow independence vote
Catalan govt asks top Spanish court to allow independence vote

The Catalan government said it has petitioned Spain's constitutional court to allow it to go ahead with this weekend's symbolic vote on independence.

Catalan govt asks top Spanish court to allow independence vote
Tense standoff mounts over Catalonia independence vote
Tense standoff mounts over Catalonia independence vote

The Spanish government launched a fresh judicial challenge against plans for a symbolic vote on independence for the Catalonia region.

Tense standoff mounts over Catalonia independence vote
Spain moves to block symbolic Catalan independence vote
Spain moves to block symbolic Catalan independence vote

The Spanish central government said it will challenge in court plans by Catalonia to hold a symbolic vote on whether the wealthy region should be independent.

Spain moves to block symbolic Catalan independence vote
Thousands of Catalans demand snap regional vote
Thousands of Catalans demand snap regional vote

Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rallied, demanding snap elections after the region's leader Artus Mas watered down plans for a referendum on separating from Spain.

Thousands of Catalans demand snap regional vote
Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote
Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas said a snap election could be held to let the Spanish region vote on independence.

Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote
Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM
Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM

Spain's Prime Minister hailed the decision by Catalan leaders to call off a planned vote on independence as "excellent news.

Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM
Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid
Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm and dialogue as Catalonia leaders pressed ahead with a vote on independence in defiance of Madrid.

Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid
Song and dance as pro-Russia rebels mark 'liberation' from Ukraine
Song and dance as pro-Russia rebels mark 'liberation' from Ukraine

Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city marked six months of "independence" from Kiev with Russian and separatist flags.

Song and dance as pro-Russia rebels mark 'liberation' from Ukraine
Catalans defy Spanish court in independence duel
Catalans defy Spanish court in independence duel

Catalan leaders forged ahead for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain.

Catalans defy Spanish court in independence duel
Spain PM says open to debate on constitutional reform
Spain PM says open to debate on constitutional reform

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was open to proposals on reforming the country's constitution.

Spain PM says open to debate on constitutional reform
Fitch places Catalonia on rating watch negative following independence vote call
Fitch places Catalonia on rating watch negative following independence vote call

Ratings agency Fitch put Catalonia on review for a possible downgrade.

Fitch places Catalonia on rating watch negative following independence vote call