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Barcelona Waits for Refugees... who aren't Coming

Half a year after Barcelona launched a municipal plan to welcome refugees fleeing wars in places like Syria and Iraq, Spain's second largest city is still waiting for them to arrive.

"This fills us with rage," Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, a former activist born out of the anti-austerity Indignados protest movement, told AFP.

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Barcelona's Rafinha Set to Miss Rest of Season

Barcelona have confirmed that midfielder may miss the rest of the season having ruptured a knee ligament in a nasty tackle against Roma on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old had been on the field a matter of minutes, after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw in Champions League Group E, when he suffered the injury in a challenge by Roma's Radja Nainggolan.

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Two Injured in Central Barcelona Shooting

A hooded attacker opened fire Tuesday outside a hotel in downtown Barcelona near the Spanish city’s popular Las Ramblas boulevard, leaving two people injured, police said.

One person was struck by bullets while the other was hurt as they tried to flee the shooter, a regional police spokeswoman said.

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EU Watchdog Urges Two in Cockpit, after Germanwings Crash

Europe's aviation watchdog on Friday recommended that two people be present in the cockpit at all times, after a lone rogue pilot apparently deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in March, killing all 150 people on board.

The European Aviation Safety Agency said all pilots should also "undergo psychological evaluation" during training or before entering service and face random drug and alcohol tests, although investigators have not cited them as factors in the Germanwings tragedy. 

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'Outraged' Mayors Take Charge of Madrid, Barcelona

Leftist activists from the Indignados (Outraged) protest movement that grew out of Spain's economic crisis took charge Saturday of city halls in Madrid and Barcelona, after thrashing the ruling conservatives in local elections.

Former judge Manuela Carmena, a communist in her youth, was sworn in as mayor of the Spanish capital early on Saturday, while 41-year-old activist Ada Colau was set to become Barcelona's first female mayor later in the afternoon.

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Exit Polls Give 'Indignados' Possible Lead in Madrid, Barcelona

Exit polls in Spain's local elections Sunday gave the "Indignado" protest movement a possible lead in a tight race for control of Madrid and Barcelona against governing conservative parties.

A poll by TNS Demoscopia put the protest movement slightly ahead in Madrid and Barcelona, while another by GAD3 put them slightly behind but still breaking the ruling parties' majorities.

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Student Kills Teacher at Spanish School

A young teenage student was in police custody on suspicion of killing a teacher and wounding four other people at his school in Barcelona on Monday.

"A teacher is dead," killed "by a bladed weapon," just after classes started at the Joan Fuster secondary school in Barcelona, a police spokesman said.

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Spain Investigates Malicious Tweets about Air Crash

The Spanish government said Wednesday it was hunting for the authors of malicious jokes on Twitter about the victims of the air crash in the French Alps.

"If they were all Germans and Catalans, what is the tragedy?" wrote one user, flagging the Tweet with the hashtag #Germanwings.

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German Plane with 150 on Board Crashes in French Alps

A plane operated by the budget carrier of Germany's Lufthansa crashed in a remote area of the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 on board in France's worst aviation disaster in decades.

With the cause of the accident a complete mystery, authorities recovered a black box from the Airbus A320 at the crash site, where rescue efforts were being hampered by the mountainous terrain.

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Spanish King Praises Unity on Visit to Catalonia after Vote

Spain's King Felipe VI Thursday praised the merits of unity in his first speech in Catalonia since the wealthy northwest region held a symbolic vote on independence.

"We cannot allow weakening or division as the world moves towards greater integration, reflecting the increased interdependence that defines our societies and economies," the monarch said in his speech to Catalan business leaders in Barcelona.

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