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Spain restarts talks to resolve Catalan secession crisis

Sep. 15, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister and Catalonia's leader met Wednesday to restart negotiations in hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing political crisis caused by the region’s separatist movement. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the two-hour...

Dialogue with Spain deepens division between Catalan parties

Sep. 14, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The leader of Catalonia in northeastern Spain has announced that he is excluding a separatist party in his ruling regional coalition from talks with the central government aimed at solving the tensions over the growing pro-independence sentiment in the region. ...

Divided over talks with Spain, Catalonia's separatists rally

Sep. 11, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan separatists held their first major mass gathering since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, trying to offer a display of unity despite the divisions in their ranks over upcoming talks with the Spanish government. Tens of thousands...

Spaniards protest hate crime amid twist in high-profile case

Sep. 08, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Protests in Spain to denounce a rise in hate crimes against LGBTQ people went ahead on Wednesday after a high-profile case that had grabbed attention across the country took an unexpected twist. Thousands gathered in Madrid and Barcelona three days after a...

McKennie sent back to Italy after violating US team rules

Sep. 06, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Midfielder Weston McKennie is being sent back to Italy and will miss his second straight World Cup qualifier after breaking U.S. team COVID-19 protocols. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made the announcement Monday, a day after the U.S. and Canada...

Spain announces 107 arrests in major marijuana raids in July

Sep. 01, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — More than 100 people were arrested when police in Spain busted an illegal drug ring this summer, Europol said Wednesday. The European policing authority said that the arrests occurred on July 13 when Spanish police, in collaboration with police from...

Column: Mbappe's non-transfer shows where soccer power lies

Sep. 01, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

The deal that didn’t happen best defines the landscape of European football after a summer transfer window that saw unexpected moves by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé will remain with Paris Saint-Germain this season, and the star French forward...

Messi era begins as PSG beats Reims; Mbappe scores 2

Aug. 29, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

The Lionel Messi era has begun at Paris Saint-Germain, without a goal for the Argentine superstar but plenty of adulation and fanfare. Messi made his debut for PSG on Sunday after coming off the bench midway through the second half in a 2-0 win at Reims in the French...

Ronaldo makes sensational return to Man United

Aug. 27, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo is heading back to Manchester United, the team that turned him into a global superstar. In a fast-moving deal that stunned the world of soccer, Ronaldo secured a return to Old Trafford on Friday — a day after telling Juventus he no longer wanted to...

PSG rejects Madrid offer for Mbappé but is open to negotiate

Aug. 25, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is pursuing a blockbuster deal for forward Kylian Mbappé, although Paris Saint-Germain is seemingly holding out for a better offer. PSG sporting director Leonardo on Wednesday said the French club has rejected an offer of about $188 million...