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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, shakes hands with Catalan regional President Quim Torra at the Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Spain's prime minister and the leader of Catalonia are opening formal talks Wednesday in hopes of resolving the festering political crisis provoked by the region's separatist movement. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Spain opens talks with Catalonia over separatist conflict

Feb. 26, 2020 4:10 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government and the separatist leaders of Catalonia formally opened talks Wednesday on how to resolve the festering political crisis provoked by the region’s separatist movement. As expected, the three-hour meeting between Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalan...

FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Spain takes first European moves against Plácido Domingo

Feb. 26, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government canceled upcoming performances by Plácido Domingo in Madrid on Wednesday following the singer's acceptance of "full responsibility" for actions that prompted sexual misconduct allegations, as cracks formed in the steadfast support European opera houses have shown...

People wear sanitary masks in a market in downtown Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Civil protection officials on Tuesday reported a large jump of cases in Italy, from 222 to 283. Seven people have died, all of them elderly people suffering other pathologies. (Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP)

Italy sees virus cases rise 45% in a day; deaths up to 11

Feb. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy reported a 45% one-day increase in people infected with the coronavirus as other countries in Europe recorded their first cases Tuesday, producing evidence that travelers are carrying the virus from the European outbreak's current epicenter. Italian officials reported 11 deaths and 322...

Lionel Messi del Barcelona celebra tras anotar el primer tanto del cuadro en el partido de La Liga Española contra el Eibar, en Barcelona, el sábado 22 de febrero de 2020. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Messi restores peace at Barca; Madrid in slump before City

Feb. 24, 2020 12:12 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi demanded that Barcelona settle its inner turmoil and regain the focus needed for a successful title run. Then he backed up that talk with action. Messi scored four times to lead a 5-0 win over Eibar on Saturday, a victory that gave Barcelona the lead in the Spanish...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, controls the ball under pressure from Getafe's Mauro Arambarri during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Getafe at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/G.Garin)

Messi demands calm after chaotic 2 months for Barcelona

Feb. 20, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has been hit recently by a series of setbacks on the field and conflicts inside the club. And Lionel Messi has had enough of it. “We have only had problem after problem since January. What we need is some calm and to think about soccer, to think about the games, and...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Trump administration is stepping up pressure on European allies to ban Chinese tech firm Huawei from supplying next-generation mobile networks, with more officials visiting this week to press the case. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US expert says 5G tiff could affect information exchanges

Feb. 20, 2020 1:11 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy says he welcomes European Union moves toward recognizing the risks at stake in 5G technology, but warned that the U.S. will not be able to share top-level information with countries that choose “untrusted” vendors, such as...

Spanish karate athlete Damian Quinteros is reflected in a large mirror as he trains in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Now, nearly five months before the Tokyo Games, Quintero is a full-time karateka and a top contender for the gold medal in Japan. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Engineer to Olympian: Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than five years ago, one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damián Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and...

Atletico Madrid's head coach Diego Simone, second right, gestures during a training session in Majadahonda, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Atletico Madrid will play its Champions League soccer match against Liverpool next Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Atlético Madrid's season on the line against Liverpool

Feb. 17, 2020 9:42 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Liverpool and Atlético Madrid appear to be heading in opposite directions entering their last 16 meeting in the Champions League on Tuesday. While defending European champion Liverpool has everything going its way, Atlético's season will be on the line when the teams meet in Madrid...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Emilio Lozoya, CEO of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), attends a meeting in Paris, France. The former head of Mexico's state oil company was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Spain on a international warrant issued by Mexico, authorities in both countries said. Mexico issued international arrest warrants against Lozoya in 2019 as a result of corruption investigations, including into his alleged ties to Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company that secured contracts across Latin America through a network of bribes. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

Spanish court keeps former Mexican oil chief in detention

Feb. 13, 2020 3:11 PM EST

MADRID, Spain (AP) — A Spanish court ruled Thursday that a former head of Mexico's state oil company must remain in custody while an extradition case is heard against him. A judge ruled that Emilio Lozoya is a flight risk, according to a statement from the National Court in Madrid. Mexico issued...

People wearing face masks disembark from an aircraft repatriating British and other nationalities to the UK from the coronavirus hit city of Wuhan in China, following its arrival at RAF Brize Norton, England, Sunday Feb. 9, 2020. (Jacob King/PA via AP)

Spain, UK see new virus cases; French focus on ski resort

Feb. 9, 2020 4:32 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — French medical authorities tested scores of children and their families Sunday for the new virus from China, zeroing in on a ski resort in the Alps that appeared linked to new infections in Britain and Spain. The U.K. announced its fourth case of the new virus and Spain announced...