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Spain and Morocco renew ties with migration, business deals

Feb. 02, 2023 12:06 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The governments of Spain and Morocco signed deals Thursday on managing migration and boosting Spanish investment in Morocco, among 20 agreements reached at wide-ranging meetings aimed at turning the page on diplomatic tensions linked to the disputed Western Sahara. ...

Spain's PM heads to Morocco to reap benefits of mended ties

Feb. 01, 2023 12:42 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez traveled to Rabat on Wednesday along with 11 ministers for a meeting with Moroccan government officials, as part of the European country’s strategy to improve historically complex relations with its neighbor across the Strait of...

Dani Alves offers to turn in passport, wear tracking device

Feb. 01, 2023 07:58 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves has agreed to turn in his passport and wear a tracking device if he is set free pending the sexual assault investigation against him, his lawyers said in an appeal filed to a Spanish court this week. Alves was provisionally detained...

Spanish government to close loophole in sexual consent law

Jan. 31, 2023 13:23 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government committed Tuesday to amend a new sexual consent law that while intended to increase the protection of women has inadvertently allowed hundreds of sex offenders to get their prison sentences significantly reduced. The law, known as “only yes...

Who benefits? Spain, Catalan separatists dispute EU ruling

Jan. 31, 2023 13:03 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The European Union’s top court issued a ruling Tuesday that allows Spain to make another attempt to seek the extradition of a former Catalan separatist politician living in Brussels. But the Court of Justice of the EU introduced several caveats that do...

Spain: Machete attacker jailed until trial for terrorism

Jan. 30, 2023 12:39 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday ordered pre-trial imprisonment of a man suspected of killing a Catholic Church officer and injuring four more during a machete attack last week in the southern city of Algeciras. Investigating Judge Joaquin Gadea agreed to the public...

Italian diplomatic property vandalized in Germany, Spain

Jan. 28, 2023 04:17 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s premier said in a statement Saturday that Italian diplomatic property had been the target of vandalism in Germany and Spain. Premier Giorgia Meloni said that the car of diplomat Luigi Estero had been set ablaze in Berlin, while the Italian consulate in...

Police: Counterterror unit holds Spain church attack suspect

Jan. 27, 2023 14:36 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A counterterrorism intelligence unit on Friday questioned a suspect accused of killing a Catholic church officer with a machete and wounding four more people, including a priest, in the southern city of Algeciras, Spain's national police agency said. The Spanish...

Spain's govt under pressure to do more on gender-based crime

Jan. 27, 2023 13:46 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A spate of gender-based violence, coupled with the early release of several sex offenders, has increased pressure on Spain's left-wing government, which strongly plays up its feminist credentials, to do more to protect women from abuse. Following an urgent meeting...

Spanish ministry: 'Bomb workshop' found in retiree's home

Jan. 27, 2023 13:17 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Police in Spain discovered a bomb-making workshop in the home of a 74-year-old man charged with terrorism for sending six letters containing explosives to high-profile diplomatic and government targets, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Friday. Spain’s National...