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New Davis Cup era begins with revamped format, new features

Nov. 15, 2019 7:27 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The famous face behind the biggest overhaul in Davis Cup history can’t hide his anxiety. The men’s international team tournament that begins Monday in the Spanish capital will look nothing like the first one in 1900, nor any other edition after that. “To tell you the...

Spanish league loses court battle, won’t play match in US

Nov. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now. The game between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid next month was called off after the league lost a...

Catalan poet Joan Margarit wins Spain’s Cervantes Prize

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government announced Thursday that Catalan poet Joan Margarit won the 2019 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. Margarit, who is also an architect, has published more than 20 volumes of poetry — mainly in Catalan but also in Spanish. The...

Scottish court frees wanted Catalan ex-politician on bail

Nov. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court has ordered bail for a fugitive Catalan former politician whose extradition is sought by Spain on charges of sedition for her role in a secession drive by Catalonia. The Edinburgh Sheriff Court allowed Clara Ponsatí to go free Thursday while it continues to study...

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand

Nov. 13, 2019 11:35 AM EST

People have been surfacing floors and walls in tile for hundreds of years; it’s one of our oldest materials. But the industry keeps reinventing the product. Digital printing and fabricating advances can now realistically replicate wood, metal, textile, leather, brick and paper in a sustainably made,...

Spain to exhume 31 bodies from Franco’s former mausoleum

Nov. 13, 2019 8:56 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say that they will attempt the exhumation of some of the thousands of people buried on the site of a grandiose mausoleum where the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco were held until last month. Spain’s National Patrimony Authority said Wednesday that it had...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

Hundreds of motorists blocked by Catalan separatists

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 AM EST

GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of car and truck drivers were stuck Wednesday in a large traffic jam in northeastern Spain caused by Catalan separatists blocking a major highway near the city of Girona. The protesters began gathering on the AP-7 highway Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning had built...

Teen climate activist is leaving US, setting sail for Spain

Nov. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar...