Protesters clashed with police in downtown Madrid after a peaceful demonstration against budget cuts degenerated into violence.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on a central Barcelona boulevard in a call for Spanish unity. Rally organizers estimated 1.1 million showed up, while police put the number at 300,000.
Thousands of Catalan separatists have protested in Barcelona for the release of regional leaders jailed by Madrid. Catalonia remains divided over independence — even Playmobil toys are being drawn into the struggle.
Ousted Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has likened his escape to a film. He plans to take the fight against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abroad.
More than 40,000 people have rallied in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao in anger at Spain's direct rule of Catalonia. The Basque Country region has its own separatist movement, which for decades turned bloody.
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