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Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, regional emergency services said Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Oliete)

Spain: Death toll from chemical plant explosion reaches 3

Jan. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EST

TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) — The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said. Another seven people were injured in the blast near a northeastern city late...

Barcelona replaces coach Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién

Jan. 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona replaces coach Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién.
From left Choi Moon-soon governor of Gangwon Province, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Park Yang-woo, Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, show the name of Gangwon Province in South Korea during the 135th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the sideline of the the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 after Gangwon was elected to host the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There are already three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future, the IOC said Friday. Previous Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and Sapporo have been joined by 1992 Summer Games host Barcelona, where temperatures rarely drop below 7 degrees Celsius (45...

Barcelona's head coach Ernesto Valverde sits on the bench prior the Spanish Super Cup semifinal soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at King Abdullah stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Valverde questioned after another late collapse by Barcelona

Jan. 10, 2020 7:18 AM EST

Barcelona had once again played great, led through goals by Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, yet still managed to let it slip away. Barcelona squandered one of its best performances of the season by conceding two late goals to Atlético Madrid, falling 3-2 in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup in...

El argentino Lionel Messi festeja después de anotar el segundo gol del Barcelona en el partido por La Liga española frente al Barcelona, en el Camp Nou de Barcelona, el sábado 7 de diciembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Barca and Madrid lead in Spain at winter break despite flaws

Dec. 25, 2019 5:06 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though Barcelona and Real Madrid have yet to dominate like in past seasons, the two heavyweights are at the top of the Spanish league for the winter break. Lionel Messi’s Barcelona will head into 2020 with a two-point advantage over second-place Madrid after completing...

Children from Madrid's San Ildefonso school pick out lottery ticket numbers at Madrid's Teatro Real opera house during Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The lottery, known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, will dish out 2.24 billion euros ($2.43 billion) in prizes. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain dishes out $2.43 billion in bumper Christmas lottery

Dec. 22, 2019 6:31 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The lucky holders of ticket number 26590 struck it rich in Spain on Sunday when they won the top prize in the nation’s bumper Christmas lottery. The top-prize winning number, known as El Gordo (The Fat One), worth 400,000 euros ($436,000) fell out of the enormous metallic...

People set fires in garbage containers after a Catalan pro-independence protest outside the Camp Nou stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's match against fierce rival Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Police, protesters clash outside Barcelona-Real Madrid game

Dec. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in the streets Wednesday night outside a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as authorities sought to keep Catalonia's separatist movement from disrupting the game viewed by 650 million people worldwide. The match in Barcelona's Camp...

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Barcelona's Gerard Pique walks together on the pitch during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's

Barca held 0-0 by Madrid amid separatist protest at Camp Nou

Dec. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday in a politically supercharged “clásico” match played amid a large separatist protest that turned violent outside Camp Nou stadium. The game inside the stadium was completed...

Lionel Messi (izquierda) festeja tras anotar el segundo gol del Barcelona junto a Antoine Griezmann (centro) y Luis Suárez en el partido contra Borussia Dortmund en la Liga de Campeones, el miércoles 27 de noviembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Police brace for Catalan separatist protest during clásico

Dec. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Spain’s restive northeast are preparing to ensure that next week’s clásico soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid won’t be adversely affected by a massive protest. Catalan separatists are planning to gather in large numbers around the Camp...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Clara Massons holds her two years old son Jaume at her home in Barcelona, Spain. Outdated medical practices related to childbirth that continue to be used despite evidence they cause harm have come under increasing scrutiny in Europe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

Dec. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now...