Latest Madrid News

Crusader for Spain's abducted babies finds biological family

Jul. 11, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A woman who became a crusader for babies abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship said Thursday that she has found her biological family and learned that her mother gave her up voluntarily. Inés Madrigal said that thanks to an American DNA bank she has found four half...

Spain arrests suspect sought by Venezuela for deadly arson

Jul. 11, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish National Court spokesman says that a man sought by Venezuela for allegedly burning a 22-year-old man during anti-government protests two years ago has been jailed in Madrid. Enzo Franchini Oliveros' arrest was first announced on Wednesday by Venezuela's top prosecutor, Tarek William...

Pride celebrations in Europe mark 50 years since Stonewall

Jul. 6, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — European cities celebrated LGBTQ pride on Saturday with colorful parades that also became platforms for political demands and a push back against far-right populist parties. This year's events in London, Madrid and Budapest mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York...

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Jul. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted an Iranian supertanker Thursday that was believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran's crude oil to war-ravaged Syria. A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States. Iran's...

The Latest: Europe talking with Iran, dispute tool an option

Jul. 4, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 12:25 a.m. A European diplomatic official says that talks at all levels with Iran are in progress. But the official says if nothing changes, they could decide to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear accord that...

Madrid region wildfire still burns out of control on 4th day

Jul. 1, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A wildfire in hills near Madrid was contained but still not extinguished Monday after burning for four straight days, authorities said. More than 500 firefighters supported by 49 vehicles and 14 water-dropping aircraft attended the blaze some 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the Spanish...

Protests meet lifting of Madrid's anti-pollution measures

Jul. 1, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Protesters have disrupted traffic in downtown Madrid where the new conservative city council is scrapping bans and fines for polluting vehicles. Activists with banners sat down in the street during the morning rush-hour Monday around the Madrid Central part of the Spanish capital where the...

Venezuela steers away from politics before Copa América game

Jun. 27, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel almost left his job for political reasons after his team beat Argentina 3-1 in March in a friendly game in Madrid. One day before he faces Lionel Messi again — this time in the quarterfinals of the Copa América — Dudamel was more...

Europe sets heat records as much of continent sizzles

Jun. 26, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Torrid weather gripped large parts of western and central Europe on Wednesday, setting new June temperature records in Germany and the Czech Republic and forcing drivers to slow down on some sections of the famously speedy German autobahns. Authorities imposed speed limits on some autobahns...

Petrochemical fire spews thick black smoke in southern Spain

Jun. 25, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A fire at a petrochemical plant in southern Spain has sent a massive plume of black smoke into the air near Gibraltar. The blaze broke out Tuesday at an industrial zone near Algeciras. The Andalusian emergency service said on Twitter that the plant owner, Indorama Ventures, says there have...