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The Latest: Austria projects big support for Chancellor Kurz

May. 26, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A projection for Austrian public television and the country's national news agency points to a big win for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's center-right party in the European Parliament election, with the far-right...

The Latest: PM May resigns, won't lead Britain out of EU

May. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit and Britain's political crisis (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Theresa May has ended her failed three-year quest to lead Britain out of the European Union, announcing that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7 and triggering a contest to choose a new prime...

AP Interview: Catalan separatist vows EU parliament fight

May. 24, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Blocked from pursuing his political crusade in Spain's parliament, the most prominent jailed leader of Catalonia's separatist movement is vowing to take his fight to the European Parliament. The lower chamber of Spain's Parliament on Friday suspended Oriol Junqueras and three...

Spain: Jailed Catalans, far right deputies in new Parliament

May. 21, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A fragmented Spanish Parliament convened Tuesday after last month's inconclusive general election, including for the first time Catalan politicians released from pre-trial detention for the occasion, as well as two dozen lawmakers from an upstart far-right party. Socialist leader Pedro...

ETA's bloody history: 853 killings in 60 years of violence

May. 16, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The most-wanted member of the Basque separatist militant group ETA, who had been on the run for 17 years, was caught by police on Thursday in the French Alps. José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, was a longtime chief of ETA and connected to some of its...

The Latest: Rouhani adviser says Trump moving toward war

May. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf, elsewhere in Mideast, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:30 p.m. An adviser to Iran President Hassan Rouhani says President Donald Trump is moving toward war with Iran instead of trying...

Spain says frigate peeling off from US fleet is not a rebuke

May. 14, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's decision to remove a frigate on training exercises from a U.S. combat fleet that is approaching the Persian Gulf was taken purely for "technical reasons," the country's defense minister said Tuesday. Margarita Robles insisted the decision was "not an expression of distaste" over the...

Spanish official who helped end militant ETA campaign dies

May. 10, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, a former deputy prime minister of Spain who played a key role in ending the militant group ETA's violent six-decade campaign for Basque independence, died Friday at 67. The Spanish Socialist party said Rubalcaba died in a hospital two days after he suffered a...

Spain's caretaker prime minister starts talks to form govt

May. 6, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met with conservative leader Pablo Casado on Monday in his first encounter with opposition politicians in efforts to form a government. Sánchez's Socialist Party won the April 28 national election, but it fell short of a majority and...

Spain, Venezuela trade barbs over refuge for activist

May. 3, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Spain's decision to harbor a prominent Venezuelan opposition activist is fueling tensions between both nations. Activist Leopoldo López took refuge at the Spanish ambassador's home in the Venezuelan capital this week and spoke to reporters Thursday, urging people to support...