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Thousands gathered on Sept. 21 at the gates of Catalonia's regional judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.
Berlin does not want different groups from Turkey to spy on each other in the country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had told Deutsche Welle in an interview on the eve of the general election in the European powerhouse.
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
French reporter Loup Bureau, who had been held on “terror” charges in Turkey in a case that sparked tensions between Ankara and France, arrived in Paris on Sept. 17 after being freed.
Spain’s central government braced for a second day of protests in Barcelona yesterday as separatists called for “permanent mobilization” after Madrid dealt yet another blow to preparations for an outlawed referendum on independence.
THESSALONIKI – The Associated Press
Greek police say they freed 14 Pakistani migrants held captive by 5 compatriots of theirs who demanded money for their release.
BARCELONA - Agence France-Presse
Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sept. 20 as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum which Madrid says is illegal.
BERLIN - Reuters
Germany will have no choice but to restrict its economic ties with Turkey to pressure its NATO partner into releasing German citizens it imprisoned on political grounds, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks published on Sept. 16
The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year’s failed coup attempt, German government data showed on Sept. 18.
PARIS - Reuters
French journalist Loup Bureau has been released from jail, his lawyer said on Sept. 15.
FRANKFURT - Reuters
The first far-right party set to enter Germany’s parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.
LONDON – Reuters
A homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people on Sept. 15 in what police said was Britain’s fifth terrorism incident this year, but apparently failed to fully explode.