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Migrants storm Spanish border enclave fence, 200 get in

Oct. 21, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Some 300 migrants attacked a fence separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Sunday, an effort that left one migrant dead and saw 200 others enter Spanish territory, authorities said. A representative of Spain's government in Melilla said the migrant...

Spain considers new taxes on internet companies

Oct. 19, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual revenue of more than 750 million euros...

The Latest: Gibraltar 'not a problem' in Brexit discussions

Oct. 18, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 7:15 p.m. While the Irish border issue is holding up a comprehensive Brexit deal, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the status of Gibraltar won't be an obstacle. At the conclusion of a European Union leaders'...

Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists

Oct. 16, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Politicians and human rights groups urged the Spanish government Tuesday to release imprisoned separatists facing rebellion and other charges from the Catalonia region's push for independence, including two activists put into pre-trial detention a year ago. Catalan regional...

The Latest: Washington lobbyists drop client Saudi Arabia

Oct. 15, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:25 a.m. A Washington lobbying firm has told Saudi Arabia it will no longer represent the kingdom, as international furor builds over the...

Venezuela frees, uproots to Spain jailed opposition activist

Oct. 13, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities have freed a prominent opposition activist jailed for four years just days after an anti-government politician died in state custody. Lorent Saleh was immediately escorted to the airport and put on a flight to Madrid with Spanish government officials. Upon...

Catalan leader issues ultimatum over independence vote

Oct. 2, 2018 2:19 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Catalan regional president Quim Torra issued an ultimatum to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday over the wealthy northeastern region's future. It was promptly rejected by the Spanish government. Torra indicated he could deny Sanchez the votes he needs to approve the national...

Catalans display devotion to independence on anniversary

Oct. 1, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

SANT JULIA DE RAMIS, Spain (AP) — Activists blocked railway lines, students skipped classes and supporters of Catalonia seceding from Spain marched in large numbers Monday to mark the anniversary of a referendum that was part of a thwarted bid for independence last year. The evening march in Barcelona, the...

Uber, Cabify drivers block road in Spain to protest new rule

Sep. 27, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of Uber and other drivers are blocking a central artery in Madrid to protest the Spanish government's plan to approve new rules limiting the operations of app-based ride-hailing services. The drivers, who work for companies including Uber and Cabify, brought traffic in the capital's...

French ex-premier launches bid to become Barcelona mayor

Sep. 25, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a bid on Tuesday to become Barcelona's mayor in an election next year with the aim to "rescue" the Catalan capital from "deterioration." The 56-year-old Valls, who was born in Barcelona but was raised in France and made a career in...