Latest Madrid News

Soaring utility bills alarm Europe, raise fears for winter

Sep. 16, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wholesale prices for gas and electricity are surging across Europe, raising the prospect of increases in already-high utility bills and further pain for people who have taken a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Governments are scrambling to find...

Spain's govt steps in to halt record rise in power prices

Sep. 14, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Socialist-led coalition government said Tuesday it is slashing energy taxes and imposing a temporary windfall tax on the gains of energy companies in an attempt to drive down household electricity bills, which have surged to record highs and triggered an outcry. ...

Post-9/11, Europe’s weak spots make it a jihadist target

Sep. 10, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a mixture of homegrown extremists, geography and weaknesses in counterterrorism strategies have combined to turn Europe into a prime target for jihadists bent on hurting the West. ...

Spaniards protest hate crime amid twist in high-profile case

Sep. 08, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Protests in Spain to denounce a rise in hate crimes against LGBTQ people went ahead on Wednesday after a high-profile case that had grabbed attention across the country took an unexpected twist. Thousands gathered in Madrid and Barcelona three days after a...

Brutal attack prompts Spanish PM to hold hate crime meeting

Sep. 07, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is convening an urgent meeting of a committee that oversees efforts to fight hate crime after hooded attackers beat a 20-year-old man in Madrid and used a knife to carve a slur on one of his buttocks. Sánchez wants to...

Wiggling twin panda cubs are born at the Madrid Zoo

Sep. 06, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s panda family grew Monday with the birth of twin cubs, a boost to the popular species that is considered China's national treasure. The twins were born to their mother, Hua Zuiba, and father, Bing Xing, a pair of giant pandas on loan from China,...

Former Syracuse women’s coach signs for club in Spain

Sep. 02, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Syracuse women’s basketball coach who resigned after players accused him of bullying has been hired by a professional club in Spain. Leganés, a club in Madrid, announced the signing of Quentin Hillsman on Wednesday, barely a month after he stepped...

Flash floods, storms hit parts of Spain

Sep. 01, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Flash floods swept cars down streets in a seaside town in northeastern Spain on Wednesday as other parts of the country were hit by overnight storms. A downpour quickly overwhelmed the Catalan town of Alcanar, where neighbors watched as waters...

Column: Mbappe's non-transfer shows where soccer power lies

Sep. 01, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

The deal that didn’t happen best defines the landscape of European football after a summer transfer window that saw unexpected moves by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé will remain with Paris Saint-Germain this season, and the star French forward...

Evacuee: World has 'abandoned' Afghanistan's new generation

Aug. 28, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Until last week, Shabeer Ahmadi was busy covering the news in Afghanistan. But after a hasty and excruciating decision to leave his Taliban-controlled country for an uncertain future in Spain, he’s helplessly glued to news feeds on his cellphone, following every twist in the...