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Activists take Spain's government to court over climate plan

Jun. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Environmental activists in Spain lodged a legal claim against the government Thursday for what they deem as insufficient ambition in reducing carbon emissions and other contributors to climate change. The action in Spain's Supreme Court is a preliminary...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

Spain's right wing rejects any pardons for Catalan leaders

Jun. 13, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people called Sunday for Spain's government to resign over its plan to issue pardons to a dozen separatist leaders who were convicted for their roles in a 2017 attempt to carve out an independent Catalan state, the boldest secession push in recent Spanish history....

Spain reopens its embassy in Libya after 7 years of closure

Jun. 03, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Spain’s prime minister was in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday to reopen his country’s embassy and show support for Libya’s new interim authorities entrusted with leading the nation out of years of civil war. Premier Pedro Sánchez held...

Western Sahara independence chief leaves Spain for Algeria

Jun. 02, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The leader of a movement seeking independence from Morocco who is at the center of a diplomatic row flew out of Spain to Algeria, arriving in the middle of the night before being taken to an Algerian military hospital Wednesday. Brahim Ghali was released...

Venezuela asks Spain to extradite leading opposition figure

May. 25, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela has filed a request to get a prominent opposition activist extradited from Spain to complete the remaining 8 years of a 14-year prison sentence for instigating violence in antigovernment protests and other alleged crimes, The Associated Press learned Tuesday. ...

Spain offers to speak for Morocco at EU amid migration spat

May. 24, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Monday that Spain is an ally of Morocco, and Madrid will defend both countries' common interests at the European Union, in remarks that came a week after bilateral relations dipped to a decades-old low over migration and Western Sahara. ...

Spain gears up for summer, lifts restrictions on UK tourists

May. 21, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain is revving up for a return of summer tourists, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Friday offering an upbeat outlook after his government lifted travel restrictions on British visitors and the European Union moved a step closer to allowing cross-border travel. ...

Repatriation flight rescues stranded Spaniards from Nepal

May. 21, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Spanish nationals who have been stuck in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went into a coronavirus lockdown last month were flown out of the country Friday on a chartered repatriation flight. The flight arranged by the Spanish government...

The Latest: Flight repatriates stranded Spaniards from Nepal

May. 20, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A repatriation flight is rescuing dozens of Spanish nationals who have been stranded in Nepal since a lockdown was imposed in the Himalayan nation to curb the spiking COVID-19 cases. The charted flight arranged by the Spanish government was taking...