President of Catalonia Artur Mas (left) with leader of the Pro-Independence political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya Oriol Junqueras, leaving the Catalan government building in Barcelona, Spain, this week. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Surging pro-independence leader outflanks moderate rival Mas as tension with Madrid increases

Spaniards protest against corruption after 51 people are arrested as part of an investigation involving local government contracts. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Politicians, businesspeople and civil servants implicated in investigation

Working on a replica of the Altamira caves. Photograph: Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images

Scientific council says regular visits to Altamira caves could damage wall paintings

The objective is the same, to hold a referendum, but in a different way, says the president of Catalonia Artur Mas. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

A banned vote on independence to be held next month has been cancelled

The Spanish high court is investigating the credit cards, which were given out by Caja Madrid savings bank and Bankia, the lender that absorbed it in 2010, and they were not registered in official accounts.

String of public figures forced to resign in fallout from crisis

Health workers protest in Madrid over the Spanish government’s handling of the Ebola infection. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images.

What can the world learn from Spain’s experience with the deadly virus?

Health workers protest outside Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, calling for Spain’s health minister, Ana Mato, to resign. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Doctors told patient to remain at home when she reported symptoms of fever

Credit cards issued by Spanish savings bank Caja Madrid.

Up to €15.5m allegedly spent by senior figures, some of it on clothes and travel

Balconies are decorated with “estelada” flags, that symbolises Catalonia’s independence, and a banner encouraging people to vote for a referendum in Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: AP Photo

Court decision to accept Spanish appeal against referendum has led to its automatic suspension

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