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The jewel of the 1964 Olympics: The Yoyogi National Stadium

Jul. 25, 2021 04:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Yoyogi National Stadium by Kenzo Tange was the elegant symbol of Tokyo's 1964 Summer Olympics, a combination of modern technique and Japanese tradition. Tange was awarded the Pritzker prize in 1987 — architecture’s highest award — and the...

Spaniards put faith in COVID-19 vaccines even as cases surge

Jul. 25, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Like far too many of Spain’s 20-somethings, Sergio Rosado has seen the new, more contagious coronavirus strain strike those too eager to cut loose when authorities rolled back health restrictions with vaccinations picking up pace. But the...

Messi moves closer to signing new contract with Barcelona

Jul. 16, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Barcelona are closer to signing a new deal that would keep the Argentina star at the Spanish club through the end of his playing career. A person with knowledge of the negotiations between club and player told The Associated...

Delta strain prompts Spain’s Catalonia to restore curfew

Jul. 15, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and the surrounding northeast corner of Spain are curtailing public activity again to stem an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus that is running wild among unvaccinated younger people and placing hospitals under growing pressure. ...

New virus surge sends younger patients to Spain's hospitals

Jul. 10, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Julio Miranda had never felt the threat of the coronavirus too close. With an appointment for his first COVID-19 jab scheduled for mid-July, the 48-year-old house painter was, like many in the vaccine-abundant developed world, eagerly awaiting the end of his personal...

Messi's future up in the air as Barcelona contract ends

Jun. 30, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona is coming to an end Wednesday with no news from the player or the club about his future. The expectation is that the 34-year-old Messi, who is playing with Argentina at the Copa America, will stay at the Catalan...

Spain reopens talks with Catalan separatists after pardons

Jun. 29, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister met Tuesday with the chief of Catalonia for the first time since his government pardoned nine separatist leaders of the affluent region’s separatist movement in an attempt to further mend relations between their governments. ...

Spain taking 6 players from Euro 2020 to Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 29, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Taking advantage of Spanish clubs' obligation to release players, Spain will take six members from its European Championship squad to the Tokyo Olympics. Olympic coach Luis de la Fuente announced a list of 22 players on Tuesday including Unai Simón, Eric...

Pandemic-era Mobile World Congress tech fair kicks off

Jun. 28, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A major wireless technology trade fair kicked off in Barcelona on Monday with scaled-back attendance and beefed-up health and safety measures, changes that reflect the new reality for industry conventions in the pandemic era. Mobile World...

Catalans jeer Spanish king amid efforts to ease tensions

Jun. 27, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Supporters of independence for Catalonia protested Sunday against a visit to its regional capital Barcelona by Spain’s King Felipe VI, as high-level efforts to allay tensions there gain new momentum. The king was in Barcelona to help mark the...