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Piqué, Gasol among those celebrating Rahm's US Open title

Jun. 21, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's royal family and some of the country's top sports figures were among those congratulating Jon Rahm on Monday for his victory at the U.S. Open. Rahm became the first Spaniard to win the tournament on Sunday. “Winning the US...

Spanish leader: 9 Catalan separatists will receive pardons

Jun. 21, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Monday that the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain. Sánchez made the announcement in...

Swedish PM loses confidence vote, sparking uncertainty

Jun. 21, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stefan Lofven, Sweden’s Social Democratic prime minister since 2014, lost a confidence vote in parliament on Monday, making him the first Swedish government leader ever to lose such a motion. The development creates new political uncertainty in the...

Bird, Taurasi earn spots on fifth US Olympic basketball team

Jun. 21, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try and become the first five-time Olympic gold medalists in basketball as they lead the U.S women's team at the Tokyo Games. The duo was selected for their fifth Olympics on Monday, joining Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players in...

German tourists investigated in Italy for fatal boat crash

Jun. 21, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two German tourists from Munich are being investigated in Italy for a boat collision on Lake Garda that killed an Italian man and woman, Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police said. Italian state RaiNews24 TV said investigators were awaiting results on...

Rainstorms bring relief as Europe suffers deadly heatwave

Jun. 21, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thunderstorms brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend as the continent sweltered under its first summer heatwave. Dozens of people were reported drowned as they sought relief from the heat. Forecasters predicted further...

Merkel's bloc pledges stability, renewal in German election

Jun. 21, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s center-right bloc is pledging to boost the economy without raising taxes and make the country “climate-neutral” by 2045 without endangering jobs in its program for the September election that will determine who succeeds long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel. ...

In surprise move, Norwegian low-cost airline names new CEO

Jun. 21, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A new CEO for low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle was tapped Monday when the carrier’s Chief Financial Officer Geir Karlsen was named a day after the board decided to immediately terminate the contract with former CEO Jacob Schram. No...

Scottish leader defends Manchester travel ban after backlash

Jun. 21, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader has defended the ban on non-essential travel between the country and the northwestern England city of Manchester after its mayor lambasted the decision and called for businesses to be compensated. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon...

Crowds gather at Stonehenge for Solstice despite advice

Jun. 21, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of people have ignored advice not to travel to Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice celebrations, which were cancelled Monday due to coronavirus concerns. English Heritage, which looks after the Neolithic monument, had planned a live feed of...