Catalan separatist flags seen hung beside a banner from a balcony in Barcelona yesterday. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Nationalists insist they will push ahead with independence campaign and referendum

Spain’s Prince Felipe (right) toasts with Catalan president Artur Mas after an inauguration ceremony at the new headquarters of fashion and fragrance company Puig in Hospitalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona, on Monday. Spain’s parliament is to vote tomorrow on a petition from the Catalan parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s independence. Photograph: Toni Albir/Reuters

Conservative central government says plan lacks legality

A child walks under a reproduction of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Naples. The Holy Chalice, which Spanish researchers claim to have found, is the vessel that Jesus is said to have used at the Last Supper to serve the wine. Photograph: Mario Laporta/AFP

Research suggests chalice from which Christ supposedly drunk is in León’s basilica of Saint Isidore

Spain’s  Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia stand in front the coffin of former prime minister Adolfo Suárez during his wake at the Spanish parliament in Madrid yesterday. Photograph: Juanjo Martin/Reuters

Former prime minister a consensus-builder who modernised the country

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: also called for the release of Arnaldo Otegi, formerly of Eta’s political wing.

Nobel prizewinner likens Basque challenges to apartheid issue in his native South Africa

A demonstration in favour of Catalan independence in 2010. A recent opinion poll suggested 60 per cent of people in the region favour a split from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Spanish unionists have been quick to draw parallels over planned referendum

Spanish police have dismantled a ring accused of trafficking human organs and which they say offered €40,000 to potential liver donors

Wealthy Lebanese man reportedly hired others when seeking illegal liver transplant

A woman places candles and flowers for the victims of Madrid train bombings outside a memorial monument at Atocha railway station in Madrid during the 10th anniversary of the bombings. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Several commemorative events held in Spanish capital

People waiting for a train on the platform 2 of Atocha railway station read newspapers on March 11th, 2005, with front pages commemorating the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombing. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Ten years after bombing that claimed 191 victims there is little agreement on how to remember them

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