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The Latest: Korea PM apologizes for virus surge on destroyer

Jul. 19, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s prime minister has offered a public apology over a large-scale coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Tuesday the government is “very sorry for failing to...

Spain's top court rules pandemic lockdown unconstitutional

Jul. 14, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a strict stay-at-home lockdown order the Spanish government issued under a state of emergency during the first wave of COVID-19 last year was unconstitutional. While upholding most terms of the...

Spain aims EU funds for boost to electric car industry

Jul. 12, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government will invest 4.3 billion euros ($5.1 billion) from its share of European pandemic recovery funds to revamp its automobile industry and steer it toward manufacturing electric vehicles and their components, the prime minister announced on Monday. ...

Spanish PM Sánchez remodels Cabinet to focus on economy

Jul. 10, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister overhauled his Cabinet on Saturday, forming what he called “the government of the recovery” following the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has led a minority coalition government formed by his Socialist Party...

Fighter jets scramble, interrupt leaders in Lithuania

Jul. 08, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A news conference at a NATO air base in Lithuania featuring Lithuania's president and Spain's prime minister got abruptly cut off Thursday when the pair of Spanish fighter jets serving as the leaders' backdrop were scrambled to monitor errant military aircraft in the skies...

Spain reopens talks with Catalan separatists after pardons

Jun. 29, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s prime minister met Tuesday with the chief of Catalonia for the first time since his government pardoned nine separatist leaders of the affluent region’s separatist movement in an attempt to further mend relations between their governments. ...

The Latest: Hawaii to drop rules for vaccinated travelers

Jun. 24, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Hawaii is dropping its testing and quarantine rules for vaccinated domestic travelers in two weeks. Gov. David Ige says the state will drop the current travel restrictions for fully vaccinated U.S. mainland travelers on July 8. The...

Nine pardoned pro-independence Catalan leaders walk free

Jun. 23, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Nine Catalan separatists pardoned by the Spanish government walked out of prison on Wednesday to the cheers of supporters, leaving behind their lengthy terms for organizing a bid four years ago to make Catalonia an independent republic. Spain’s Cabinet...

Catalan separatists eye freedom after Spain's Cabinet pardon

Jun. 22, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for sedition were eyeing freedom, after Spain’s Cabinet pardoned them Tuesday in the hope of starting what Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a much-needed reconciliation in the country’s restive northeast. ...

Spanish leader: 9 Catalan separatists will receive pardons

Jun. 21, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Monday that the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain. Sánchez made the announcement in...