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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...

El Gordo fever: Spain enthralled by annual Christmas lottery

Dec. 22, 2018 11:49 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Those holding ticket number 03347 struck it rich Saturday when they won the top prize in Spain's famous Christmas lottery. The lottery, known as El Gordo, or "The Fat One," dished out 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in prize money this year. The top prize for a winning ticket was...

Spain, Catalonia leaders agree to resolve political crisis

Dec. 20, 2018 6:30 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's prime minister and the leader of Catalonia emerged from a meeting Thursday with an agreement to find a solution to the political crisis that has festered since the region's failed secession attempt last year. Following the talks in the Catalan city of Barcelona between...

Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill

Dec. 20, 2018 11:34 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster, when the vessel sank in 2002. The court said in a statement Thursday that captain...

Spanish court gears up for high-stakes trial of separatists

Dec. 18, 2018 10:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A preliminary hearing in a rebellion case against Catalan separatists Tuesday displayed some of the dynamics between defense and prosecutors expected during a trial that is likely to dominate Spanish politics. Altogether, 18 former politicians and activists from the Catalonia region are...

Special Once? Mourinho's box-office career takes new twist

Dec. 18, 2018 10:28 AM EST

He started off as a translator before becoming a self-styled "Special One," as close as it gets to being a guaranteed winner of titles. Now he's unemployed, with a philosophy seemingly unsuited to modern soccer. Jose Mourinho's firing by Manchester United on Tuesday is the latest chapter in a thrill-a-minute...

AP Interview: Catalan separatists on hunger strike speak out

Dec. 16, 2018 3:25 PM EST

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Separatist politicians from Spain's Catalonia region who are entering the third week of a prison hunger strike say their upcoming rebellion trial will give them a platform to peacefully promote the cause of Catalan independence. In rare interviews conducted inside a...

Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

Dec. 12, 2018 7:01 PM EST

Two of European soccer's grandest clubs paid the price for fielding weakened teams on the final night of Champions League group play, with Real Madrid slumping to a record home loss and Manchester United squandering a surprise opportunity to top its group. On an evening when Lyon celebrated becoming the 16th and...

Spanish government warns of security takeover in Catalonia

Dec. 11, 2018 11:04 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's central government is threatening to deploy national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop the recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. The warnings, in writing on Monday and also in public remarks on Tuesday by...

SAmerican soccer still wary after successful final in Madrid

Dec. 10, 2018 7:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Copa Libertadores finally came to a conclusion, without incident. River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team's triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent's fiercest...