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Vatican denies interference in debate over Franco exhumation

Jul. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has responded to a formal protest by the Spanish government over a controversy regarding the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, saying it never intended to meddle with Spain's domestic affairs. In early July, Spain sent a formal protest to the Vatican after the papal nuncio in Madrid...

Spanish PM says talks on left-wing government have collapsed

Jul. 15, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's caretaker prime minister and Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, says he considers negotiations to form a government with the support of the far-left We Can party have failed. More than two months after topping the general election but falling far short of a parliamentary majority,...

Spanish government sues Franco family over palace

Jul. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's government has filed a lawsuit against the descendants of Gen. Francisco Franco demanding that they hand over a palace it says was illegally acquired by the former dictator. Spain's Ministry of Justice said Thursday that authorities have found documents indicating that Franco's 1938...

Spanish lawmakers to vote on Pedro Sánchez leadership

Jul. 2, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The speaker of Spain's lower house says that lawmakers will vote in late July to decide whether Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez has enough support to form a government. Negotiations to back Sánchez leading a fresh term as prime minister have stalled for weeks since his Socialists won...

Spain asks France to extradite Basque separatist chief

Jun. 28, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain wants France to extradite a longtime chief of the defunct Basque militant separatist group ETA, whose arrest last month in a French Alpine town ended 17 years on the run. Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa said after a weekly Cabinet meeting Friday that it had decided to...

Brazil airman can face drug charges in Spain and at home

Jun. 27, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian air force sergeant accused of attempting to smuggle cocaine into Spain while working in support of a trip by President Jair Bolsonaro will be tried in both countries, Brazil's defense minister said Thursday. Spanish police said the man was arrested Tuesday at the Seville...

Spanish Socialists woo far-left party, offer no Cabinet jobs

Jun. 19, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A senior official in Spain's center-left Socialist party says her party has offered "important administrative posts" to the far-left We Can party to secure its parliamentary support for a new government. Carmen Calvo, deputy prime minister in the current caretaker Socialist administration,...

Spain nets hashish worth $22 million from Mediterranean ship

Jun. 18, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have seized hashish with a street value of around 20 million euros ($22 million) from a merchant ship that allegedly was smuggling the drug from North Africa to the eastern Mediterranean. A Spanish government statement Tuesday says aircraft spotted several...

AP Explains: Catalan trial that gripped Spain draws to close

Jun. 12, 2019 4:07 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A dozen politicians and activists on trial for their failed bid in 2017 to carve out an independent Catalan republic in northeastern Spain will deliver their final statements Wednesday as four months of hearings draw to an end. A verdict isn't expected for months but, whichever way it goes,...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...