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  • The Open Arms rescue ship (by ACN)

    Open Arms: Spain offers safe harbor to rescue ship and 107 migrants stranded in Italy

    ACN | Barcelona
    18 August 2019 02:02 PM

    NGO dismisses offer, calling Algeciras "the furthest port in the Mediterranean" 

HIGHLIGHTS


Maria Branyas, aged 112, is the oldest person in Catalonia (by Guifré Jordan)

Meet Catalonia’s oldest person, a 112-year-old

Maria Branyas was born in 1907 and still remembers World War I
Flowers honoring the victims of the 2017 terror attack in La Rambla (by ACN)

Barcelona mourns second anniversary of terror attacks

Victims of La Rambla van attack remembered as controversy remains over Spain’s secret...
Catalan police could not get the victim to a hospital in time (Gemma Sánchez)

Third killing in 8 days in Barcelona

City council admits “security crisis” but assures that crimes against people are not...

CATALAN TRIAL


Josep Rull giving his closing statement in Spain's Supreme Court on June 12, 2019 (Supreme Court)

Supreme Court grants jailed leader permission to leave prison for son’s surgery

Josep Rull will be able to stay at a Barcelona hospital on August 20 until operation is over and...
Protesters take to the streets on October 2, 2017, the day after Spanish police cracked down on referendum voters (by ACN)

A guide to the (several) Catalan independence trials

Which courts are handling them, who the defendants are, and what they're charged with
Members of International Trial Watch presenting their report on July 9, 2019 (Pol Solà/ACN)

International observers' platform finds rights infringements in Catalan trial

ITW's preliminary report on case against independence leaders in Supreme Court cites repression...

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Acting Spanish government spokesperson Isabel Celaá in a press conference on August 9, 2019. (Photo: Tània Tàpia)

Spanish Socialists won't 'depend' on pro-independence parties but will 'talk' to them

Acting government spokeswoman says Pedro Sánchez's refusal to ask Catalan parties for...
Italian politician Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega Nord party. (Photo: REUTERS)

Italian far-right deputy prime minister calls for snap elections after coalition failure

Matteo Salvini has long been an outspoken critic of migrant rescue NGOs such as Proactiva Open Arms
President of the European Parliament, David-Maria Sassoli. (Photo: European Parliament)

EU parliament head calls for 'urgent action' for 121 migrants on Open Arms ship

Sassoli pressures European Commission president to aid the Catalan vessel that has spent eight...

SOCIETY


Inside a classroom in the Biology Faculty of the University of Barcelona (Ana Amat)

University of Barcelona remains in top 200 of Shanghai Rankings

UB is the only Catalan and Spanish university within the top 200, as UAB breaks back into the top...
Migrants on board of the Open Arms (by Proactiva Open Arms)

Open Arms: migrants evacuated from rescue ship for medical reasons as Italian ports still closed

Interior minister Salvini refuses to offer a safe harbor despite six EU countries willing to...

BUSINESS


Passengers cram into a packed train on a day of strike action from Renfe workers. (Photo: Pilar Tomás)

Airport and train strikes: what you need to know

When are they taking place, who’s calling the protests, and how will it affect you
Iberia ground staff of Barcelona airport on strike in July, 2019. (Photo: Pol Solà)

Barcelona airport workers call new strike dates this month

Iberia ground staff will down tools on August 24, 25, 30, and 31
Arrivals at Barcelona El Prat airport (Pol Solà/ACN)

Barcelona airport surpasses 30 million passengers between January and July

Growth in airport activity comes as security staff go on indefinite strike against excessive...

MOST POPULAR


Five hundred workers are striking to call for better pay and working conditions
Iberia ground staff will down tools on August 24, 25, 30, and 31
The airport operator recommends arriving earlier for flights

CULTURE


Expect to see all kinds of creatures at the Festa Major de Gràcia (Marina Sáez Rubio)

Harry Potter vs Poseidon? Sí, Gràcia’s!

Fairytale awaits at Festa Major de Gràcia in Barcelona this August
Water Park Day at the 2019 Circuit Festival is Illa Fantasia, just ouside Barcelona. (Photo: Laura Fíguls)

8,000 attend Water Park Day at Circuit Festival

The world’s biggest international gay festival sees music and fun at the Illa Fantasia...

LIFE & STYLE


Deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, with the director of operations at Tibidabo Park, Bruno Querol, at the Tales Castle attraction in the theme park. (Photo: Ariadna Coma / Noèlia Llobera)

New funicular and attractions at Tibidabo theme park

The new funicular will open in late 2020 and will also act as an entertainment and educative...
A beach in the northern region of Girona. (Photo: Xavier Pi)

Where to lay your towel this summer

A brief guide to some of the best beaches along Catalonia's 600 kilometers of coastline
Barcelona beach, with the iconic W hotel in the background. (Photo: Aina Martí)

Barcelona rises to fifth place in World's Best Cities ranking

Latest report by Resonance Consultancy praises Catalan capital as "almost ideal European city"

SPORTS


FC Barcelona footballs in the club shop in Camp Nou. (Photo: Cillian Shields)

Barça searching for European glory, while Espanyol begin new era

La Liga 2019/20 season preview: How the Catalan teams will fare this campaign
Players from Badalona and Sant Andreu go head to head on the first night of the 2019 Torneig d'Històrics. (Photo: Torneig d'Històrics)

The festival of football celebrating Catalonia's most historic clubs

Strong community links and affordable entertainment ahead of the new season