Spain mulls response to violent Catalan protests Oct 17, 2019 0 276 12345 AFPBarcelonaSpain’s government was on Wednesday preparing a response to the violent protests which have rocked Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.Scores of people have been hurt and dozens arrested in two nights of clashes between protesters and police in Barcelona and other Catalan cities.Angry demonstrations erupted across the region after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday handed heavy prison terms to nine leaders convicted of sedition for holding a banned referendum then issuing a short-lived declaration of independence.The convictions revived tensions in the wealthy northeastern region, split between Catalans who want independence and those who want the region to remain part of Spain.In Barcelona late on Tuesday, police charged at hundreds of demonstrators -- many of them masked -- who hurled projectiles at the security forces and set fire to rubbish bins and cardboard boxes.The wave of protests continued on Wednesday as thousands of demonstrators departed on foot along highways from five cities towards Barcelona.They planned to gather there on Friday, when unions have called a general strike in the region. RELATED ARTICLES India’s epic legal battle over religious site Oct 17, 2019 0 951 Indian forces shoot down three suspected rebels in Kashmir Oct 17, 2019 0 252 UK ministers told ‘good’ Brexit deal still possible Oct 17, 2019 0 792 Trump impeachment probe claims ‘dramatic progress’ AFP Washington The leader of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump said Tuesday that witnesses had provided substantial support for allegations that Trump illegally tried to force Ukraine to .. French Muslim body denounces ‘hysterical reactions’ in headscarf row Paris: The official body representing Islam in France on Wednesday denounced what it said were “hysterical reactions” to the veil worn by some observant Muslim women. “Extreme right-wing rhetoric against the Muslims .. Ukraine ‘won’t interfere’ in Trump impeachment probe, says Zelensky Riga: President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that Ukraine “will do nothing” in connection with the impeachment probe against Donald Trump over allegations the US president tried to force Kiev to investigate his .. US diplomats taken off train in Russian naval city: Reports Moscow: Russian authorities removed three US diplomats from a train in the Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, news agencies reported Wednesday, citing an “informed source”. The diplomats were on Monday taken off a .. Trump criticised over meeting with parents of UK crash victim AFP Washington The parents of a British teen killed in a road crash involving a US diplomat’s wife feel their meeting with President Donald Trump was little more than a sloppy attempt at a photo op, their spokesman said .. Mexico leader defends security plan as 28 killed in attacks in two days Morelia: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his strategy Tuesday for fighting the violent crime wracking Mexico, as relatives mourned 13 police officers killed in an ambush claimed by a powerful drug ..