Madrid increases pressure on Catalan separatists after violence Oct 20, 2019 0 164 12345 Barcelona: Spain’s central government in Madrid on Saturday urged Catalan separatist leaders to unequivocally denounce violence after five nights of clashes.The government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez brushed off Catalan leader Quim Torra’s demand for a meeting. First the law must be respected, then there could be dialogue, Torra was told according to a report by Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia.Torra had called for an end to violence on Wednesday, but did not go far enough for the central government.Eighty-three people were arrested in connection with the violent protests that have taken place in Catalonia, local authorities in the north-eastern Spanish region said on Saturday.Some of the detained were minors, they added. According to media reports a photographer from the newspaper El Pais was also arrested. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Italy’s Salvini seeks to unite right at Rome rally Oct 20, 2019 0 212 British lawmakers vote to force Johnson to seek Brexit delay Oct 20, 2019 0 188 Villagers search for bodies after 70 killed in Afghan mosque blast Oct 20, 2019 0 201 Oppn’s refusal to hold talks with govt points to anti-Kashmir agenda: Pakistan minister Dawn.com Islamabad Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, who has been appointed by the government to spearhead talks with opposition parties, on Saturday said that the opposition’s refusal to come to the table points .. German protesters call for closure of animal testing lab Hamburg: Several thousand people called for an end to animal testing and demanded the closure of a controversial laboratory near the northern German port city of Hamburg. Some 7,300 participants joined the peaceful .. N Macedonia PM calls for snap vote after EU snub Skopje: North Macedonia’s prime minister on Saturday proposed a snap election after the EU blocked the start of membership talks, scrambling what had been the key policy goal of his administration. After hours of heated .. US Democrats aim to block Trump resort from hosting G7 Washington: Furious that US President Donald Trump announced he will host the next G7 summit at his own golf resort in Florida, congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to block his plan. Lawmakers said .. Afghan vote results delayed: Official Kabul: Preliminary results expected on Saturday after last month’s presidential election in Afghanistan have been delayed, the election commission said. Officials had previously indicated that results would ..