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Qatar to boost investment in Spain by $4.9 billion

May. 18, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Qatar committed Wednesday to investing 4.7 billion euros ($4.9 billion) in Spain as the European country launches an economic overhaul with its share of European Union pandemic recovery funding. Qatar's emir, Shekih Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, announced that...

Spanish govt proposes wider abortion rights, menstrual leave

May. 17, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved a draft bill Tuesday that widens abortion rights for teenagers and may make Spain the first country in Europe entitling workers to paid menstrual leave. The measures are part of a package of proposals that will be sent to the Spanish...

Spain, Morocco to open land borders next week after 2 years

May. 12, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The land borders between Morocco and Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla will reopen next week, Spain said Thursday, after being closed for more than two years due to COVID-19 restrictions and tensions between the two countries. Spanish Interior...

Spain fires intelligence chief amid phone hacking scandals

May. 10, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government fired the director of the country's top intelligence agency Tuesday following the hacking of politicians’ cellphones, including the devices of the prime minister and several supporters of the Catalonia region’s secession. The National...

Catalan: Spain spy chief admits legally hacking some phones

May. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A leading Catalan separatist politician said Thursday that Spain's top intelligence official acknowledged that her agency had hacked into the cellphones of “some” of the dozens of politicians reported to be targeted by spyware but she said it had proper judicial...

Spain govt says it has nothing to hide in spyware scandals

May. 03, 2022 09:53 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government said Tuesday it had nothing to hide amid mounting unease over national security controversies involving Pegasus spyware, including the hacking of the prime minister's cellphone and spying on Catalan separatists by unknown agents. Cabinet...

Spain: 2021 spyware attack targeted prime minister's phone

May. 02, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The cellphones of Spain's prime minister and defense minister were infected last year with Pegasus spyware, which is available only to countries' government agencies, authorities announced Monday. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s mobile phone was breached twice in...

Spain’s government says cellphones of prime minister, defense minister infected in 'external' spyware attack

May. 02, 2022 03:56 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government says cellphones of prime minister, defense minister infected in 'external' spyware attack.

Spain scrambles to stem storm over gas with supplier Algeria

Apr. 28, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Algeria has threatened to suspend its gas exports to Spain, the latest twist in a complex triangle of diplomatic tensions between the gas supplier, the gas importer and their shared neighbor Morocco — all against the background of skyrocketing prices driven by Russia's war in...

Spain's king unveils assets amid push for more transparency

Apr. 26, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government passed a decree Tuesday aimed at boosting transparency in a monarchy still reeling from scandals involving King Felipe VI’s father, former King Juan Carlos I. The government described the decree, approved at its weekly Cabinet meeting, as a...