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Spain: Judge drops extradition bids for 6 Catalan fugitives

Jul. 19, 2018 11:17 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Thursday dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for Spain's Catalonia region, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont. The decision was a major setback for Spain's...

Amazon workers strike in Europe to coincide with Prime Day

Jul. 17, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Amazon workers in Spain and Germany called for strikes Tuesday over salary and working conditions to coincide with the online retailer's global sales event, Prime Day. The CCOO and CGT workers' unions in Spain said that nearly 80 percent of the workers walked off their positions at Amazon's...

33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn't important

Jul. 16, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — At the age of 33, many football players are past their peak. Cristiano Ronaldo vows to show he is not one of them. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million) — an Italian league record sum — and the world player of the year...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

Jul. 15, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions...

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

Jul. 12, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed. "I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled Thursday. Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach,...

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

Jul. 12, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game. "We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England. With a...

Transgender Miss Universe contender speaks up for trans kids

Jul. 11, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The first transgender woman to compete in the global Miss Universe pageant wants to make history as a role model for trans children around the globe — no matter whether she wins or not the top beauty title. The 26-year-old Angela Ponce beat 20 other contestants in the Miss Universe...

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

Jul. 10, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward's tax return. Juventus said Tuesday it paid 112 million euros ($131.5 million) for Ronaldo, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions. The move brings an end to a hugely...

The Latest: Official fined, banned; player only gets warning

Jul. 9, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A day after a player was let off with a warning, a Croatia official has been fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150) for making a pro-Ukraine video that soon appeared on social media after the team's World Cup quarterfinal win...

Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession

Jul. 9, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed on opening a bilateral dialogue over the future of the prosperous northeastern region in the first breakthrough in the years-long political standoff between the central and regional governments. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalonia's...