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Eurovision: First winner Lys Assia dies aged 94

The first person to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia, has died at the age of 94, competition organisers have announced. She took the prize for Switzerland in 1956, with the song Refrain, and went on to perform in two more contests. Lys Assia died on Saturday at the …

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Carles Puigdemont: The man who wants to break up Spain

Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont has spearheaded the region’s peaceful drive for independence from Spain. In defiance of the law and Spain’s constitution, he has pushed forward in the hope of international recognition. But his zeal for secession has put him on a collision course with Madrid. It outlawed the …

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Catalonia crisis in 300 words

Catalonia’s drive for independence has plunged Spain into its biggest political crisis for 40 years. On 21 December pro-independence parties won a narrow majority in a Catalan election that Spain had called in the hope of ending the crisis. So independence remains a possibility. What is Catalonia? Catalonia is a …

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