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The Latest: Indonesian president condemns mosque attacks

Mar. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on global reaction to the deadly shootings in two mosques in New Zealand (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Indonesia's president Joko has condemned the violence that took place in two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city in which at least 49 people died. "Indonesia...

Spain seeks to exhume former dictator Franco in June

Mar. 15, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government has set June 10 as the date for relocating the remains of former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from a self-aggrandizing mausoleum to a more discreet grave in a public cemetery in Madrid. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is trying to remain in power in the...

The Latest: EU official says 'no-deal' vote wont halt Brexit

Mar. 14, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The European Commission is warning Britain's Parliament that voting against Brexit happening without a withdrawal deal in place isn't enough and lawmakers must approve the deal, too. An official from the EU's executive branch noted...

Ex-Catalan separatist leader to run for EU Parliament seat

Mar. 10, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A political group that wants Catalonia to break away from Spain and become an independent country says the region's former president is running for a seat in the European Parliament even though the Spanish government considers him a fugitive. JxCat — or Together for Catalonia, a ticket...

The Latest: UK and Spain back new tax rules for Gibraltar

Mar. 4, 2019 11:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Spain and Britain have reached an agreement that sets out stricter rules for companies and citizens operating from Gibraltar, a British overseas territory which Spain considers a colony. As part of the deal,...

Spain: Illegal immigration by sea drop in February

Mar. 2, 2019 2:07 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's government says that unauthorized immigration by sea has dropped in the last month, falling to 930 people arriving in February compared to over 4,000 in January. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska says while on a visit on Saturday to Spain's northern African enclave of Melilla...

The Latest: Spain to maintain rights of Britons after Brexit

Mar. 1, 2019 8:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Spanish government wants to grant a broad range of rights to British people living in Spain even if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without an agreement on its relations with the bloc. The...

Ex-Spain PM Rajoy defends national unity at separatist trial

Feb. 27, 2019 12:54 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made a strident defense of Spain's national unity Wednesday when he appeared as a witness at the trial of a dozen Catalan separatists. Rajoy told Spain's Supreme Court that he had warned Catalonia's separatist leaders on several occasions leading up...

Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain 'ungovernable'?

Feb. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The secession crisis festering in Spain's northeastern corner of Catalonia has spread to the political heart of the European Union nation. Twice in less than a year, separatist lawmakers from Catalonia have played the role of king slayer, with their votes in the national Parliament...

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

Feb. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election. Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get...