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Spain remembers terror attacks that killed 16 in Catalonia

Aug. 17, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona on Friday marked the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people, though the divisive local issue of whether to pursue the region's independence from Spain intruded on the proceedings in the Catalan capital. Spain's King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Prime...

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Aug. 14, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise." The migrants were plucked to safety by the aid boat...

Estonia halts NATO air drills after jet misfires missile

Aug. 9, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week. The air-to-air missile that was erroneously launched...

Spanish premier to make official trip to Latin America

Aug. 3, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to four Latin American countries later this month on his first official trip outside Europe. The government said Friday the visit will begin in Santiago de Chile on Aug. 27. The following day Sanchez travels to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in...

Spain: Taxi drivers block streets over ride-hailing services

Jul. 30, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Striking taxi drivers brought traffic in parts of major Spanish cities to a standstill Monday by stopping their vehicles in major thoroughfares to protest ride-hailing services. Hundreds of stationary white taxis blocked the Paseo de la Castellana, one of Madrid's longest and broadest...

The Latest: Half of migrants at center of standoff off Malta

Jul. 29, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Thirty migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea have left Malta for Portugal, part of a deal that ended a standoff over a private aid boat. Their departure on Sunday means half of the 234 people who were rescued...

France and Spain want US action on steel, aluminum tariffs

Jul. 26, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The leaders of France and Spain said they welcomed a trade truce between the United States and Europe called this week, but demanded action Thursday from their ally across the Atlantic to reduce tariffs and rejected negotiating a new trade agreement with the U.S. "A good trade dialogue can...

The Latest: Desperate Greeks search for missing after fires

Jul. 24, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on wildfires raging in Greece (all times local): 2:50 a.m. A Greek father is appealing for help locating his missing twin daughters, who he says he spotted alive in TV news footage showing people getting off a fishing boat that had rescued them as they fled deadly wildfires...

Lawyer Casado elected new leader of Spain's Popular Party

Jul. 21, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rising conservative politician Pablo Casado has been elected as new leader of Spain's Popular Party in a landslide victory, ending a bitter and divisive election. The 37-year-old lawyer beat his opponent, former deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, with 1701 votes...

Rajoy says farewell as Spain's conservatives seek new leader

Jul. 20, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed loyalty to his Popular Party in an emotional farewell Friday as the conservative party seeks to retake power in Spain. The 63-year-old politician lost a parliamentary vote last month to his Socialist party opponent, Pedro Sanchez, in the wake...