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Spain: Catholic Church agrees to return usurped real estate

Jan. 24, 2022 11:40 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The body representing Catholic bishops in Spain has acknowledged that nearly 1,000 real estate properties across the country were registered as possessions of the Church despite having no proof of ownership or clearly belonging to others. The Catholic Church will now...

Spanish monarch's sister and husband break up after 25 years

Jan. 24, 2022 08:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, Cristina de Borbón, and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, are announcing the end of their marriage after nearly 25 years together, Spain's state news agency EFE reported Monday, citing a statement from the couple. The announcement...

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

Jan. 23, 2022 14:00 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police fired water cannons and thick clouds of tear gas Sunday in Brussels to disperse people protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and government restrictions that aim to curb the fast-spreading omicron variant. Police said the protest in the Belgian capital drew an...

Farmers' protest in Spain highlights rural concerns

Jan. 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Farmers, cattle-breeders, hunters and opposition supporters descended Sunday on the Spanish capital of Madrid to protest environmental and economic policies by Spain’s left-of-center government that they say are hurting rural communities. Sunday’s protest was...

French adventurer dies attempting solo Atlantic crossing

Jan. 23, 2022 06:30 AM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A 75-year-old French adventurer has died on a solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. The death of Jean-Jacques Savin was announced by his friends on a Facebook page that had been chronicling his voyage. They said maritime rescue...

Morris, Weah, Dest, Zardes on US roster for WCup qualifiers

Jan. 21, 2022 21:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Morris, Tim Weah, Sergiño Dest and Gyasi Zardes returned from injuries to make the U.S. roster ahead of the next three World Cup qualifiers. Gio Reyna and Aaron Long were left off along with defenders John Brooks and Tim Ream, and forwards Daryl Dike, Jordan...

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

Jan. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials...

EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?

Jan. 20, 2022 03:21 AM EST

Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease, but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned that the world is nowhere close to declaring the pandemic over. A look at what endemic means...

Nursing home fire kills 6, hospitalizes 17 in eastern Spain

Jan. 19, 2022 12:49 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Six residents of a nursing home in eastern Spain died after a fire started by a faulty power strip broke out in the night, authorities said Wednesday. Another 17 residents were hospitalized, with three in serious condition, the regional leader of Valencia, Ximo Puig,...

High court hears case involving painting stolen by Nazis

Jan. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A California man and a Spanish museum locked in a dispute over a valuable impressionist masterpiece stolen by the Nazis should be able to agree on one thing, Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday during arguments in the case at the Supreme Court. “Can everyone...