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Spain arrests 5 people as suspected members of jihadist cell

Oct. 13, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they arrested five suspects — four in Barcelona and one in Madrid — believed to be part of a jihadist group that sought to recruit others to its cause and was attempting to acquire weapons. Police said...

Spain's national day salutes Columbus with little opposition

Oct. 12, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain’s national day ceremonies in Madrid on Tuesday, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history. Cavalry members escorted King Felipe VI and...

Barcelona says audit shows club was technically bankrupt

Oct. 06, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona was technically bankrupt when president Joan Laporta took over earlier this year, the club said Wednesday. Barcelona CEO Ferrán Reverter presented a grim picture of the club’s financial situation while releasing the results from a Deloitte...

Veteran Pau Gasol announces retirement from basketball

Oct. 05, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wishing his “older brother” Kobe Bryant could be there by his side, Pau Gasol finally put an end to a basketball career that went “way beyond my dreams and expectations.” Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday after a career that...

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...