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Spain draws record number of tourists, visitor spending up

Jan. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish government figures show the country received a national record of 82.6 million foreign tourists last year. Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said Wednesday the figures show Spain remains competitive as it battles to overtake France, the world's top destination in 2017...

Spain: DNA sample confirms 2-year-old fell into borehole

Jan. 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers working against the clock to find a 2-year-old boy who's been missing for three days say they have found DNA samples of the boy confirming his parents' account that he had fallen into a narrow borehole more than 100 meters (328 feet) deep. The parents of toddler Julen...

The Latest: Macron tells Britain "good luck" with Brexit

Jan. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is casting doubt on chances the European Union will renegotiate Britain's exit deal after British lawmakers roundly rejected the one their government reached with the EU. Macron...

Spain: Feminists oppose far-right-backed regional coalition

Jan. 15, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Spaniards protested Tuesday against what they perceive as a threat to women's equality and legal protections from a deal that brought a right-wing coalition to power in Spain's populous Andalusia region. Protesters surrounded the parliament in Seville, the regional capital, where...

Spain arrests 17 in ongoing Catalonia anti-terror operation

Jan. 15, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia said 17 people, including five alleged members of an extremist Islamist cell, were arrested Tuesday as part of an ongoing anti-terror operation. As well as having terror links, the suspects also allegedly participated in theft, drug...

Spanish rescuers bore tunnel in frantic search for toddler

Jan. 15, 2019 4:46 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain are digging a horizontal tunnel in an attempt to reach the bottom of a deep and narrow borehole where they hope to find a 2-year-old toddler, two days after he disappeared. The 100-meter (330-feet)-deep shaft is too narrow for an adult to enter. It was bored last...

Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving

Jan. 14, 2019 2:15 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities pulled 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday yet blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port of Barcelona, saying it violated maritime regulations on previous trips. An order from Spanish authorities to the aid...

Spanish police arrest 182 people attending cockfight

Jan. 14, 2019 11:55 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 182 people alleged to have participated in a cockfight in southern Spain. The arrests took place on Saturday in the southeastern region of Murcia, when police raided the clandestine event that organizers called a national championship of cockfighting....

Search for 2-year-old Spanish toddler in narrow well

Jan. 14, 2019 11:53 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 100 firefighters and emergency workers in southern Spain searched Monday for a 2-year-old toddler who fell into a narrow and deep borehole. Rescuers have been unable to get into the borehole, which is no wider than 25 centimeters (10 inches) in diameter and is believed to go down...

Coming in cold, Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena...