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Spain approves measures to mitigate effects of Thomas Cook bankruptcy

MADRID, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The acting Spanish government has approved a package of emergency measures to limit the effects of the collapse of British holiday operator Thomas Cook on the Spanish tourist sector.

Among the series of emergency measures approved on Friday that valued at about 800 million euros (about 883 million U.S. dollars), 200 million euros have been designated to help affected Spanish companies, according to a communique by the Spanish Ministry for Industry Trade and Tourism

Catalan separatist leaders to get up to 15 years in jail: judicial source

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Supreme Court plans to convict and sentence Catalan separatist leaders to a maximum of 15 years in prison over a 2017 bid for independence, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The most prominent of the 12 Catalan leaders on trial would be found guilty of charges of sedition and misuse of public funds but none would be convicted and sentenced for the more severe charge of rebellion, the source told Reuters.

The decision was taken unanimously by the seven members of the top court, the source added.

Mohamed Ali calls on Egyptians to demonstrate on rooftops

11 Oct 2019; MEMO: The actor and businessman Mohamed Ali has called on the Egyptian people to demonstrate peacefully on rooftops on Thursday at 6 or 7 pm to demand the departure of the coup president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

In a new video released on Wednesday evening that he called for a different tactic to avoid security strikes or arrests.

Spain declares support for Turkey military operation in Syria

9 Oct 2019; MEMO: Spain has announced its support for Turkey’s planned military operation into northern Syria, making it the first European country to do so.

Spain’s official North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Twitter account made the announcement in a series of tweets on Monday. “NATO Support to Turkey is aimed at contributing to a de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance’s border.”

Spain’s minister of agriculture says U.S. tariffs “unacceptable”

MADRID, Oct 8 (NNN-Xinhua) — Acting Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Luis Planas said that the U.S. tariffs of 25 percent on Spanish agricultural products are “unacceptable.”

Planas said this in a press conference here after a meeting with representatives of Spanish regions, or autonomous communities.

The minister estimated that the impact of the tariffs on Spain’s agriculture sector would be at around 750 million euros (822 million U.S. dollars).

U.S. tariffs to harm Spanish exports: official

MADRID, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The new tariffs of 25 percent on European Union (EU) agricultural products announced by the U.S. government will harm Spanish key exports, Spain's Secretary of State for Commerce Xiana Mendez has said.

The tariffs, planned to come into effect on Oct. 18 for EU food and drink, will affect key sectors of the Spanish economy, such as olive oil, wine and milk-based produce such as cheese, Mendez said in a press conference on Thursday.

Catalan separatists protest on anniversary of banned independence referendum

GIRONA/BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Protesters gathered in the Catalan town of Girona early on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of a banned independence referendum, some of them throwing eggs at police and toppling garbage containers.

Tensions between separatists in the region and Madrid have run high in recent days after Spain’s high court sent seven Catalan activists to jail over suspicions they were planning violent action in favor of Catalonia’s independence.

Dozens of migrants in a wooden canoe rescued off Canary Islands

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (Reuters) - Dozens of African migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands in a battered wooden canoe were rescued in waters off the Spanish archipelago on Thursday, emergency services said.

The 37 migrants, including a child, were rescued by the Spanish coastguard six miles off the island of Gran Canaria after attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa, the Canary Islands emergency services said on Twitter.

The sub-Saharan migrants were all male, they added.

Spain court approves exhumation of Franco's remains

24 September 2019; AFP: Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the green light for the government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by the late dictator's descendants.

In a unanimous ruling, the court decided "to completely reject the appeal lodged by the family in relation to Francisco Franco's exhumation," the judges wrote.

Spain: Catalan separatists arrested over ‘attack plot’

MADRID, Sept 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Spanish police say they have arrested nine people suspected of planning a series of violent attacks for the anniversary of a divisive referendum.

The suspects are described as Catalan separatists by police sources, who say they plotted to strike on Oct 1.

That will be the second anniversary of a Catalan independence referendum declared illegal by Spanish courts.

Bomb-making materials were found during the raids across the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia, police said.

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