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Spain: Venezuelan spymaster loses court extradition dispute

Sep. 20, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Supreme Court refused Monday to suspend a government decision allowing a former Venezuelan spymaster to be extradited to the United States. Lawyers for Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for over a decade was late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s eyes and...

Spain restarts talks to resolve Catalan secession crisis

Sep. 15, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister and Catalonia's leader met Wednesday to restart negotiations in hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing political crisis caused by the region’s separatist movement. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the two-hour...

Quechua endures in Peru despite centuries of discrimination

Sep. 15, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

CCARHUACC LICAPA, Peru (AP) — Leila Ccaico walked slowly to the front of her class in a rural village in the Andes. Reluctantly, she faced her classmates, obeyed her teacher’s orders and started to sing softly in Quechua. This is the first year that the sixth grader...

Divided over talks with Spain, Catalonia's separatists rally

Sep. 11, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan separatists held their first major mass gathering since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, trying to offer a display of unity despite the divisions in their ranks over upcoming talks with the Spanish government. Tens of thousands...

Brutal attack prompts Spanish PM to hold hate crime meeting

Sep. 07, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is convening an urgent meeting of a committee that oversees efforts to fight hate crime after hooded attackers beat a 20-year-old man in Madrid and used a knife to carve a slur on one of his buttocks. Sánchez wants to...

The Latest: Moderna, Japan partner recall 1.6 million doses

Sep. 02, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO — Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner are recalling more than 1 million doses of the U.S. drug maker’s coronavirus vaccine after confirming that contamination reported last week was tiny particles of stainless steel. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is in charge of...

Migrant death toll increases on Atlantic route to Europe

Aug. 31, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — At least 11 people are feared dead after another boat crossing the Atlantic Ocean to get from North Africa to Spain's Canary Islands became a trap for migrants trying to reach European territory, Spanish authorities and activists reported Tuesday. The...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...

Scotland dismisses Spain bid to extradite Catalan official

Aug. 26, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court on Thursday dismissed extradition proceedings against a Catalan politician sought by Spain over Catalonia’s failed independence bid. Clara Ponsati was accused of sedition by Spain over her role as education minister in Catalonia’s...

Spanish club welcomes Afghan wheelchair player who fled home

Aug. 26, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The captain of Afghanistan’s wheelchair basketball team has found a new home — and a new club — in Spain's Basque Country. Nilofar Bayat, who fled Afghanistan with the help of the Spanish government after the Taliban took over this month, will be...