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Members of the royal guard wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus ride towards the foreign ministry in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Spanish capital and its suburbs, the region in Europe where a second coronavirus wave is expanding by far the fastest, are edging closer to stricter mobility curbs and limits on social gatherings after days of a political row that has angered many Spaniards. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Political dispute deepens over anti-outbreak plan for Madrid

Sep. 30, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A proposal to set national standards for fighting coronavirus outbreaks in Spain's large cities was accepted Wednesday by most of the country's regions but rejected by Madrid, where Europe's second coronavirus wave is expanding at the fastest rate on the continent. The rejection of the...

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, left, talks during a news conference with her Cypriot countepart Nikos Christodoulides at the Cypriot Foreign Ministry building in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Laya said her visit aimed to convey her country's solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish gas search in waters were Cyprus claims exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Spain rebuffs Turkey's 'unilateral' gas search, backs Cyprus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Spain’s foreign minister on Wednesday said her country rejects Turkey’s unilateral search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, adding that such actions hinder a negotiated way out of a territorial dispute that has ratcheted up regional tensions. Spanish...

Ajax's Sergino Dest, left, and Getafe's Marc Cucurella vie for the ball during a round of 32, second leg, Europa League soccer match between Ajax and Getafe at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Barcelona close to signing young American defender Dest

Sep. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — American right back Sergiño Dest is set to join Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday. The Ajax player underwent a medical in Barcelona and the clubs were finalizing the details to make the transfer official, the Barcelona coach said. “He almost certainly will be with...

Spain confiscates 35 tons of hashish smuggled in yachts

Sep. 30, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities said Wednesday that they have confiscated 35 tons of hashish that was being smuggled aboard luxury yachts in what they called the country’s largest bust at sea involving the drug. Spain’s Finance Ministry said the hashish was found when agents boarded four...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

Ex-IMF chief acquitted in Spanish bank stock listing case

Sep. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court has acquitted 34 people who were tried over the stock market listing of financial firm Bankia, including former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato. Rato, who is serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for a separate case involving the misuse of Bankia's...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

A man walks past graffiti at Orcasitas neighbourhood in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Health authorities combating coronavirus in Madrid are adding a further eight areas of the Spanish capital to those with movement restrictions but have not followed a recommendation from the national government that the partial lockdown should apply to the whole city. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Standoff over Madrid's response to virus pandemic continues

Sep. 28, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s health minister pleaded Monday for the third time in four days for tougher coronavirus restrictions in the capital, after a meeting with Madrid regional officials without agreeing on how to tackle a worrying wave of COVID-19 infections. The national government wants to see...

Catalonia's outgoing regional president, Quim Torra, waves to the crowd as he leaves the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Spain's Supreme Court has barred Catalonia's regional president from his office for refusing to remove a banner calling for the release of separatist leaders from prison that was displayed on a public building ahead of the 2019 general election (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain's top court rules to remove Catalan chief from office

Sep. 28, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's outgoing regional president has called on voters to advance the cause of separatism from Spain after the country's Supreme Court barred him from office for disobeying the country's electoral law. The top court's ruling earlier on Monday upheld a previous decision to remove Quim...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...