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Spanish court gears up for high-stakes trial of separatists

Dec. 18, 2018 10:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A preliminary hearing in a rebellion case against Catalan separatists Tuesday displayed some of the dynamics between defense and prosecutors expected during a trial that is likely to dominate Spanish politics. Altogether, 18 former politicians and activists from the Catalonia region are...

Special Once? Mourinho's box-office career takes new twist

Dec. 18, 2018 10:28 AM EST

He started off as a translator before becoming a self-styled "Special One," as close as it gets to being a guaranteed winner of titles. Now he's unemployed, with a philosophy seemingly unsuited to modern soccer. Jose Mourinho's firing by Manchester United on Tuesday is the latest chapter in a thrill-a-minute...

Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe's top scorer

Dec. 18, 2018 8:48 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi received his record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for leading all of Europe's soccer leagues in scoring last season. Messi's fifth win breaks the tie he had with Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi scored 34 goals in the Spanish league last season to lead Barcelona to the...

AP Interview: Catalan separatists on hunger strike speak out

Dec. 16, 2018 3:25 PM EST

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Separatist politicians from Spain's Catalonia region who are entering the third week of a prison hunger strike say their upcoming rebellion trial will give them a platform to peacefully promote the cause of Catalan independence. In rare interviews conducted inside a...

Spain rescues 2 minors crossing Mediterranean on truck tire

Dec. 15, 2018 8:53 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved two underage migrants who were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar on a truck tire. The service says that its rescue craft took aboard the two minors on Saturday after it was alerted to their plight. The service didn't specify their sex or...

AP Interview: Catalans on hunger strike speak before trial

Dec. 15, 2018 6:41 AM EST

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Jailed Catalan separatist politicians on hunger strike for the past two weeks say their upcoming trial will be a platform to foster their cause for independence. In rare interviews in a prison north of Barcelona, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, who has been in a...

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Dec. 14, 2018 1:35 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges. The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official...

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Colombian singer Shakira

Dec. 14, 2018 9:14 AM EST
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Colombian singer Shakira.

Spain plans to spend $8 billion on military hardware upgrade

Dec. 14, 2018 9:00 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's government has announced a plan to spend 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) over the next 10 years on improving its military defense capabilities. Defense Minister Margarita Robles said Friday the money will be used to build five new navy frigates and, in a first phase, develop and...

Split over asylum laws, EU leaders aim to keep migrants out

Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hopelessly divided over how to improve the European Union's asylum system, EU leaders are set Thursday to underline their intention to keep beefing up Europe's borders and outsource their migrant challenge to the countries of northern Africa. The arrival in Europe of well over a million...