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Leaders of Germany, Spain meet to align progressive agendas

Jan. 17, 2022 13:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday in the Spanish capital to align their left-wing agendas and plan how to boost progressive policies in the 27-nation European Union. After taking over last month from Angela Merkel as...

Unlike other sports stars, Andy Murray won't play in Saudi

Jan. 14, 2022 12:17 PM EST

The lucrative offers tempting leading boxers, golfers and footballers to compete in Saudi Arabia are not enough for Andy Murray to put money over morality. When Murray has received approaches to fly to Riyadh to play in exhibition matches, the potential to earn millions of dollars...

Virus surge tests limits of primary health care in Europe

Jan. 05, 2022 09:13 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Like many people, Alberto Pérez of Madrid used a home test to discover that his headache and cold-like symptoms were caused by COVID-19. Unable to contact his local health center, where calls went unanswered and online appointments were booked up for the following...

Spain's huge Christmas lottery offers distraction from virus

Dec. 22, 2021 07:30 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic’s gloom and doom turned their attention Wednesday to a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as “El Gordo,” or “The Fat One.” ...

Spain, Portugal face new limits despite vaccine success

Dec. 21, 2021 18:01 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite vaccination rates that make other governments envious, Spain and Portugal are facing the hard truth that with the new omicron variant running rampant, these winter holidays won't be a time of unrestrained joy. Portugal on Tuesday announced a slew of...

At least 1 dead as swollen rivers flood streets in Spain

Dec. 12, 2021 07:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Swollen rivers burst their banks in north and northeastern Spain, with the flooding blamed Sunday for the death of at least one person. Emergency services said they retrieved the body of a 61-year-old man from inside the cab of his submerged van in a river in the...

Barcelona out of Champions League, snow extends group stage

Dec. 08, 2021 19:00 PM EST

Barcelona’s 17-year streak of advancing to the Champions League knockout rounds each season ended Wednesday with an exit from the group stage that failed to finish on time because of snow in Italy. Barcelona fell to a 3-0 loss at Bayern Munich that dumped the five-time European...

Medvedev-led Russia wins Davis Cup after 15-year wait

Dec. 05, 2021 16:41 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Russia's 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title ended Sunday after another clutch performance from Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev capped his amazing year with a 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Marin Cilic in the second singles match to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead...

Davis Cup Finals to add hosts cities, reduce teams next year

Dec. 05, 2021 11:26 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — There will be more host cities and fewer nations playing in the Davis Cup Finals next season in an attempt to increase fan engagement and keep the revamped team event sustainable, organizers said Sunday. The International Tennis Federation and the Kosmos...

Villanueva to experience Ravens-Steelers from Baltimore side

Dec. 02, 2021 18:35 PM EST

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Alejandro Villanueva is about to experience the other side of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry. Perhaps that's why he's a little hesitant to give this particular clash any more fuel than it already has. “I come from a country...