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Far-right rally in Madrid draws thousands angry with govt

Oct. 6, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A few thousand Spaniards have protested in Madrid against the Socialist-led government at a rally organize by marginal right-wing groups. The protesters gathered in front of the Spanish parliament on Saturday, many holding either the current-day Spanish flag or its predecessor that stood for...

A year later, Catalonia's secession vote scars region, Spain

Sep. 30, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A secession vote in Spain's Catalonia region that took place amid police violence one year ago not only posed a traumatic challenge to Spanish democracy, but nearly tore apart Barcelona resident Teresa Reyes' family. In the weeks before the unauthorized referendum that asked Catalan voters if...

Spanish govt receives lawmakers backing to exhume dictator

Sep. 13, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish lawmakers have backed a government plan to open the tomb of Gen. Francisco Franco and relocate his remains from a controversial mausoleum built in the former dictator's name. Franco was buried in 1975 in the Valley of the Fallen, a shrine he ordered built 50 kilometers (30 miles)...

Catalan leader urges show of strength to clinch independence

Sep. 4, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The president of Spain's Catalonia region urged his separatist supporters Tuesday to ensure massive turnouts for upcoming public gatherings because the large numbers would help compel the Spanish government to grant the region a self-determination vote. Catalan President Quim Torra...

Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

Sep. 4, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain said Tuesday it has canceled the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs purchased by Saudi Arabia, amid fears that the weapons could be used against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. The arms deal was originally signed in 2015 under Spain's former conservative government, but the new...