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Spain: Nigerian stowaways found on ship's rudder seek asylum

Nov. 30, 2022 08:26 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The three Nigerian stowaways found on an oil tanker's rudder after an 11-day ocean voyage from Lagos, Nigeria to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands are seeking asylum in Spain, a spokesperson for the Spanish government delegation in the Canaries said Wednesday. ...

Spanish government presents bill to fight human trafficking

Nov. 29, 2022 13:22 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s government presented a new bill Tuesday with the goal of providing better protection for economically vulnerable migrants who are in the clutches of international human trafficking rings. The proposed legislation was designed to help victims of...

Nigerian stowaways found on ship's rudder in Canary Islands

Nov. 29, 2022 10:16 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Three stowaways were found on a ship's rudder in the Canary Islands after an 11-day ocean voyage from Nigeria, Spain’s maritime rescue service said. The men found on the Alithini II oil tanker at the Las Palmas port on Monday afternoon appeared to have...

Venezuelan poet Rafael Cadenas wins Cervantes Prize

Nov. 10, 2022 13:22 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Venezuelan poet Rafael Cadenas has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor, by Spain's government. The 92-year-old Cadenas has published more than 20 works of poetry and essays, including the volumes of verse...

Carmaker SEAT to build Spain’s 1st electric battery plant

Nov. 09, 2022 08:23 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish carmaker SEAT said Wednesday that it plans to build Spain’s first electric car battery plant as part of a 10-billion-euro investment in the country's electric car initiative. The Spanish government said last year that it would convert the...

Spanish govt proposes rules for lobbyists, public officials

Nov. 08, 2022 13:21 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Council of Ministers presented a law Tuesday to increase the transparency of interactions between public officials and lobbyists. Officials involved in any stage of policymaking would have to report their meetings with representatives of companies or groups...

Spanish PM urges global climate action for African continent

Oct. 27, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called on global leaders to prioritize solutions to the climate change crisis threatening food security in African countries and the effects on the continent of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During an...

France, Portugal, Spain agree on Med 'green energy corridor'

Oct. 20, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The leaders of France, Portugal and Spain said Thursday they have agreed to substitute a proposed gas pipeline connection between Iberia and France with an undersea “green energy corridor” that would eventually transport hydrogen. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro...

Spain, Portugal eased energy prices. Can they teach the EU?

Oct. 20, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Households and businesses across Europe have struggled with high electricity prices for months, though they have fallen since late August peaks. Electricity costs are intrinsically linked to natural gas prices, which spiked after Russia invaded Ukraine and...

Spain unveils 3 billion-euro energy aid plan for households

Oct. 13, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday announced a 3 billion-euro ($2.9 billion) package in new subsidies to help people weather high gas and electricity prices exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The measures include set gas price rates...