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Catalan leaders defy king over independence

Tension mounted in Spain on Wednesday after Catalonia's leader vowed that the region would declare independence within days.

Spain mourns World Cup ‘catastrophe’ against Netherlands

Spain's press have pulled apart the side they've eulogised for six years, with commentators asking if the Dutch trouncing heralds the end of an era.

Spain: 77 dead in worst train crash in decades

A train has hurtled off the tracks in north-west Spain, killing at least 77 passengers and injuring more than 140, says an official.

Spain begins gay retirement home scheme

Spain has begun to build its first homosexual retirement residence away from the prejudices which remain since decades of dictatorship.

Facebook founder plays down revolutionary role

Founder Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not to thank for the Arab Spring, as business leaders prepared to lobby the G8 for more online regulation.

France’s Lagarde eyes top job at IMF

France Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday she is running as a candidate to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

G8 shies away from Libya no-fly plan

G8 powers have shied away from imposing a no-fly zone to protect Libyans from assault by ruler Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

Côte d’Ivoire fears fresh violence as vote results roll in

Fears of fresh violence overshadowed results trickling in on Tuesday from Côte d'Ivoire's landmark presidential election.

Police break fuel blockades in France strike

Police cleared protestors blockading French fuel depots on Wednesday as the government warned of economic damage from prolonged strikes.

Probe targets Sarkozy link to illegal-funding claims

Prosecutors on Wednesday investigated claims that President Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign received illegal cash from France's richest woman.

Sarkozy meets Thierry Henry over Cup fiasco

Thierry Henry met Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysée palace on Thursday as the president demanded answers over the French team's humiliating exit.

Kerviel says bank turned blind eye to rogue trades

Accused rogue trader Jerome Kerviel went on the attack against his former bank employers before they gave their first evidence on Wednesday.

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