Latest Spain News

The Latest: British expats in Spain hold anti-Brexit rally

Mar. 23, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Around 100 British expats have rallied in the Spanish capital against Britain leaving the European Union. The protesters chanted slogans against Brexit and many also held up homemade signs, including "17,410,742 people need a good spanking,"...

Catalan government backs down over pro-independence banners

Mar. 22, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional government on Friday removed eye-catching pro-independence banners from its headquarters in Barcelona, hours before police were due to take them down on orders from the country's electoral board. Workers removed a large banner from a balcony on the front of the...

Spain seeks to bring back people who left during crisis

Mar. 22, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain is trying to lure back thousands of Spaniards who went abroad to find work when the country's economy went into a downturn. The Cabinet approved measures Friday it said are aimed at bringing back up to 23,000 people who left after 2009. Spain was in recession between 2011 and 2013. The...

Valencia again targeted by Batman creators for bat logo

Mar. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Batman is coming after Valencia's bat logo. The Spanish soccer club is again being targeted by DC Comics over the use of its logo, which serves as the centerpiece of its centennial celebrations this year. The comic book makers, who created the superhero Batman, have made another complaint...

Spain: Far-right party enlists former generals as candidates

Mar. 20, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A far-right party is making political waves in Spain by advocating looser gun control laws and recruiting retired military officers as candidates in a parliamentary election next month. Vox party leader Santiago Abascal said Spaniards should be allowed to keep firearms at home and to use them...

Catalan yellow ribbon protest intrudes into Spanish election

Mar. 20, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A dispute between Spanish authorities and Catalan separatists over a yellow ribbon symbol is building into a hot issue ahead of Spain's general election next month. The independence-minded Catalan government has failed to obey an order from the country's electoral board to remove from the...

3 years on, what's become of the EU-Turkey migration deal?

Mar. 20, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In March 2016, European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading into the heart of Europe. For many of those who had fled war, hunger and poverty hoping for a bright...

US hoops draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan in World Cup

Mar. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic, followed by games...

Marchers in Madrid back Catalan separatists on trial

Mar. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people marched Saturday in Madrid to support Catalan politicians and activists who are on trial for their attempts to secede from Spain in October 2017. The nine defendants face decades in prison on rebellion and other charges for staging a banned independence referendum for the...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...