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Spain's Catalonia region bans centuries-old bullfighting updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 05:55:00

In the sandy arena of Catalonia's La Monumental bullring, the traditional bugle signaled the end of an era Sunday as Barcelona hosted its last bullfight.

CNNMoney: Moody's creates more trouble for Spainupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 13:59:00

Moody's Investors Service downgraded six regions of Spain on Friday, and warned that other regions could also face a downgrade.

Protests over austerity measures injure 36 in Barcelonaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 13:58:00

Large protests outside the Catalan regional Parliament in Barcelona on Wednesday left 36 people slightly injured, including 12 regional police officers, a spokeswoman for the Catalan regional ambulance service SEM told CNN.

Spain's popular Christmas lottery pays out $3 billion in prizesupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 07:31:00

Spain's El Gordo, or "the fat one," annual Christmas lottery paid a hefty $3 billion in prize money on Wednesday to thousands of people testing their luck in Spain's deep economic crisis.

Spain's Socialists take big hit in key regional electionupdated: Sun Nov 28 2010 18:17:00

Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero suffered a political reversal on Sunday when his party sank in elections in the powerful northeast region of Catalonia, around Barcelona. Sid Lowe: La Liga gets it all wrong with clásicoupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:59:00

And so at last it's official: Barcelona versus Real Madrid, Spain's clásico, will be played at 9 p.m. on Nov. 29. That's MONDAY, Nov. 29. It will be the last game of jornada, or Match Day, 13.

Sent-off Mourinho questions ref's recordupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 12:49:00

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho claims it was in referee Paradas Romero's "nature" to send him to the stands during Wednesday's 5-1 Copa del Rey win over Real Murcia. Jeff Pearlman: American sports can learn from Spain's ban on bullfightingupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 17:50:00

ARBUCIES, Spain -- The bill to ban bullfighting here in Catalonia passed last week, and -- to cite the excellent B.o.b. --after all the pandemonium and all the madness, there comes a time where you fade to the blackness.

Catalonia bans bullfightingupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 08:25:00

The Spanish region of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting, but will others do the same? CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Catalonia's bullfight ban a huge victoryupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 08:25:00

This week, Catalonia took a huge step forward in ending the cruel "sport" of bullfighting.

Spain's Catalonia bans bullfightingupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:22:00

Catalonia became the first Spanish mainland region to ban bullfighting after its parliament voted Wednesday to outlaw the tradition on animal cruelty grounds.

Spain bullfighting ban challengedupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:22:00

Protesters promise to challenge the Catalan parliament's ban on bullfighting.

Spain's bullfighting debateupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:44:00

Animal rights activists want to ban bullfighting in Catalonia. CNN's Lola Martinez reports. (Graphic content)

Bid to ban bullfighting in Barcelona goes before regional parliamentupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:44:00

The deep-rooted Spanish tradition of bullfighting is under fire in Barcelona and its region of Catalonia, where the regional parliament will vote on Wednesday whether to ban the fights.

More than 1 million protest court ruling in Barcelonaupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 10:17:00

More than a million people took to the streets in Spain to rally for greater regional autonomy, police said.

Locking horns over the running of the bullsupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 09:23:00

A 400-year-old tradition is facing some new challenges this year at this week's annual running of the bulls in Spain.

Police swoop for suspects linked to kidnapping of British boyupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 01:28:00

Police have arrested five people in Spain and France who are linked to the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy in Pakistan, Spanish police said Wednesday.

Police arrest 69 suspected members of Georgian-run mafiaupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 12:08:00

Police across Europe arrested 69 suspected members of a Georgian-run mafia, including 24 in Spain, which was leading the investigation, a National Court spokeswoman told CNN Monday.

Valverde cruises to first Vuelta victoryupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 17:23:00

Alejandro Valverde clinched his first victory in one of cycling's major three-week races as he continued his dominant run at the Vuelta Espana on Sunday.

Spanish forest fire claims fifth firefighter in a weekupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:29:00

The driver of a fire truck died Thursday while racing to fight a raging forest fire in eastern Spain, the fifth fatality among firefighters this week, authorities said.

Loeb dominates Catalonia Rally opening dayupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 14:24:00

World champion Sebastien Loeb dominated the opening day of the Rally of Catalonia, winning all six stages to open-up a 15.8 second lead over Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo. Gas Stations in Spain Running Outupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 15:00:00

Gas stations in Madrid and the northeastern Catalonia region began running out of fuel Monday as an indefinite strike by truckers began to bite

Q & A: Spanish electionsupdated: Sun Mar 09 2008 07:14:00

As Spain votes in a general election, CNN's Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman gives his analysis.

Bullet train links Madrid, Barcelonaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 08:31:00

The first high-speed trains linking Madrid and Barcelona arrived at their destinations Wednesday, the national train company Renfe said, making their first complete journeys after years of railway construction delays. Why Kosovo Divides Europeupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 13:00:00

In countries worried about their own secessionist movements, the response to Kosovo's declaration of independence has been wary Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: More Than a Gameupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 06:20:00

The politics behind Spanish soccer have always been complex. But with BarÇa's president "continuing to be an instrument for Catalan culture," he may be bringing the team into conflict with the country

Loeb extends his lead in Cataloniaupdated: Sat Oct 06 2007 15:05:00

Sebastien Loeb retained his overnight lead after Saturday's eight specials in the Rally of Catalonia.

Cavendish sprints to stage victoryupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 01:29:00

Briton Mark Cavendish continued his spectacular debut professional season with victory on the 199.1km second stage of the Tour of Benelux from Antwerp to Knokke-Heist. Spanish TV Says No to Bullfightingupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 07:00:00

It's the end of an era, but the national broadcaster's decision may have more to do with money than animal rights Barcelona Faces Day 2 of Blackoutupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 23:35:00

Shops operated with gas-powered lamps, traffic lights remained blank and courthouses turned to battery power Tuesday as Spain's most cosmopolitan city faced Day Two of a major power outage

Barcelona: Leading a stateless nationupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 05:14:00

Barcelona is Spain's second city and the capital of the proud and distinct region of Catalonia. With Francisco Franco's fascism now long gone, Catalonia's creative and independent spirit is on a roll. Many visitors find this to be Spain's most cosmopolitan and vibrant corner.

Florencio takes San Sebastian raceupdated: Sat Aug 12 2006 12:19:00

Xavier Florencio outshone the favorites with a powerful sprint to win the Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday.

Catalonians vote for more autonomyupdated: Sun Jun 18 2006 20:11:00

Voters in Catalonia have approved by a wide margin a measure giving Spain's semi-autonomous northeastern region even more power, a move that critics contend will weaken the central government.

Estoyanoff gives Uruguay victoryupdated: Sun May 21 2006 16:33:00

Fabian Estoyanoff's 35 meter shot in the 33rd minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly international in East Rutherford.

Canada takes Catalonia Tour lead updated: Sat May 20 2006 13:01:00

Spaniard David Canada ousted compatriot Carlos Castano from the leadership of the Tour of Catalonia on the race's penultimate stage won by Slovenian Matej Mujerli.

Quesada powers to Catalonia stageupdated: Fri May 19 2006 13:02:00

Spaniard Adolfo Garcia Quesada gave his Andalucia-Paul Versan team their second stage win in four days in the Tour of Catalonia on Friday.

Hushovd tops after third stage winupdated: Wed May 17 2006 13:55:00

Norwegian Thor Hushovd seized the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia thanks to his stage three victory on Wednesday.

Perez goes solo for first pro winupdated: Tue May 16 2006 13:23:00

Spaniard Luis Perez earned his first professional victory by taking stage two of the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday, after a breakaway of more than 100 kilometers.

Cancellara claims Catalonia openerupdated: Mon May 15 2006 12:55:00

Fabian Cancellara returned to racing after a month-long absence with a surprise win in stage one of the Tour of Catalonia on Monday.

Food and football: Match made in heavenupdated: Fri Dec 09 2005 09:15:00

Good food is not something generally associated with the beautiful game, but if gastronomy and football are two of your passions, and you are looking for the pinnacle of each, then few cities fare better than the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Discovery lineup pleases Armstrongupdated: Wed Jun 22 2005 17:15:00

Six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he is more motivated than ever to claim the prestigious race one more time before he retires.

Popovych secures Catalonia victoryupdated: Sun May 22 2005 09:43:00

Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovych coasted through a trouble free seventh and final stage to win the Tour of Catalonia.

Piepoli gives team maiden victoryupdated: Thu May 19 2005 14:10:00

Italian Leonardo Piepoli ended his team's dearth of ProTour victories by winning the fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia from Perafort.

Horillo grabs Catalonia stage winupdated: Wed May 18 2005 12:03:00

Spaniard Pedro Horrillo grabbed a surprise lone win with a well-timed attack in the final kilometer of stage three of the Tour of Catalonia.

Lawmakers reject Basque power planupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 18:52:00

The Spanish Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a sovereignty plan for the troubled northern Basque region.

Crash injury ruins Sainz farewellupdated: Wed Nov 10 2004 07:07:00

The glittering career of twice world champion Carlos Sainz came to abrupt and disappointing end when he was forced to pull out of the Rally of Australia.

Vinokourov misses Tour de Franceupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 13:35:00

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov has pulled out of next month's Tour de France after a fall during the Tour of Switzerland, his German T-Mobile team said Monday.

ETA 'cease-fire' move sparks stormupdated: Wed Feb 18 2004 08:59:00

The Basque separatist group ETA has provoked a political storm by declaring a limited cease-fire ahead of next month's Spanish general elections.

Aznar ducks ETA leak row questionsupdated: Thu Jan 29 2004 11:23:00

Spain's prime minister has fended off questions into the leaking of an intelligence report on a meeting between an opposition politician and the Basque separatist group ETA.

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