Latest Madrid News

Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa leaves hospital after fall

Jun. 22, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Nobel Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has been discharged from a Madrid hospital, 24 hours after sustaining light injuries in a fall at home. The 82-year-old Peruvian writer left the Spanish capital's Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo on Friday. Vargas Llosa spent the night under observation...

Catalan secessionists cut formal ties with Spanish monarchy

Jun. 22, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's pro-independence political leaders are snubbing the Spanish king in their latest public challenge to rule from Madrid. Catalan President Quim Torra says his regional government won't invite the monarchy to any official event, nor will it send representatives to any royal event,...

Spanish court lifts ban on book about drug trafficking

Jun. 22, 2018 7:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court has lifted a ban on the sale of a book that investigates drug trafficking in Spain, saying that it comes within laws on the right to inform. The 2015 book "Farina" ("Flour" — a slang term for cocaine) was temporarily taken off shelves last March after a Spanish...

Mavs go Euro with rebuild again, trading up for Luka Doncic

Jun. 22, 2018 1:10 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring...

Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa hospitalized after fall at home

Jun. 21, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is under observation at a Madrid hospital after sustaining light injuries in a fall at home. The Spanish capital's Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo says it admitted the 82-year-old Peruvian writer early Thursday with a bruised left buttock and a slight head injury....

Spanish court bails men in sex case, sparking more outrage

Jun. 21, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage Thursday by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse. A court in northern Spain set bail at 6,000 euros ($7,000) each while the men's appeals against a nine-year prison sentence...

Outspoken Spain defenders making headlines at the World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Win or lose, Spain's outspoken central defenders aren't wary of controversy. Not even at the World Cup. Two matches into the tournament, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have already attracted headlines for their unguarded comments in Russia. Ramos had a spat with Diego Maradona and with...

Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 4:52 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro had an abrupt answer to those asking questions about his tactics and strategies at the World Cup. "I'm the new coach. I'm the national coach," the former Real Madrid captain said. "You have to get used to that." No doubt about that. In just two matches in charge of the...

Raised in Madrid, Cheryshev becomes Russia's World Cup star

Jun. 19, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia's team. Now he's the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup's top scorer. Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as Russia...

Coaches of Spain, Iran big fans of each other at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was a big fan of Fernando Hierro the player. He believes the former Real Madrid captain has all the qualities to deliver success at the World Cup as Spain's coach too. Among Queiroz's big regrets is having been deprived of the opportunity to coach Hierro...