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Lawyer Casado elected new leader of Spain's Popular Party

Jul. 21, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rising conservative politician Pablo Casado has been elected as new leader of Spain's Popular Party in a landslide victory, ending a bitter and divisive election. The 37-year-old lawyer beat his opponent, former deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, with 1701 votes...

Survivor, 2 bodies from migrant boat wreck arrive in Spain

Jul. 21, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A survivor of a capsized migrant boat brought to the Spanish island of Mallorca along with two bodies from the wreck has been transferred to a hospital for trauma treatment, Spanish authorities said Saturday. A rescue boat operated by Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms had found...

The Latest: Macedonian police find 44 migrants inside truck

Jul. 20, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 10:44 p.m. Macedonian police say they have found 44 migrants hidden in a truck on a highway in center of the country. Police said Friday they had pursued the vehicle late Wednesday until the driver stopped the van...

Rajoy says farewell as Spain's conservatives seek new leader

Jul. 20, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed loyalty to his Popular Party in an emotional farewell Friday as the conservative party seeks to retake power in Spain. The 63-year-old politician lost a parliamentary vote last month to his Socialist party opponent, Pedro Sanchez, in the wake...

Germany formally closes Puigdemont extradition case

Jul. 20, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany formally ended extradition proceedings against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Friday after Spain withdrew a European arrest warrant, leaving the separatist leader free to leave the country. The state court in Schleswig revoked a German warrant putting...

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...

Saudi Arabia signs deal for 5 Spanish-built warships

Jul. 19, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian Military Industries says it has signed a deal with Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia to establish a joint venture to supply five warships. The announcement Thursday formalizes a plan reached in April when the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin...

Spanish Supreme Court judge drops extradition requests for Catalan separatist politicians wanted on rebellion charges

Jul. 19, 2018 7:48 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Supreme Court judge drops extradition requests for Catalan separatist politicians wanted on rebellion charges .

19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

Jul. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. Tolga Atakan, the transport minister in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, told...

The Latest: EU border guards may be deployed in Macedonia

Jul. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union and Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia if the country, which borders Greece, faces "sudden migratory challenges." The deal, initialed by EU commissioner...