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Workers at the Mobile World Congress sit outside the venue in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China. The annual Mobile World Congress will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain disputes tech show was canceled for health motives

Feb. 13, 2020 10:53 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair insisted Thursday that they canceled the annual Mobile World Congress due to health and safety concerns over the virus outbreak in China. But the Spanish government disagreed, hinting that there was another motive for...

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 police arrest former oil executive sought by Mexico

Feb. 12, 2020 7:48 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former head of Mexico's state oil company was arrested Wednesday in Spain on a international warrant issued by Mexico, authorities said, marking one of the most high-profile detentions for alleged corruption under a president who made fighting graft a core promise to Mexicans....

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020 file photo, The White House is seen in Washington. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host the administration's third state dinner in April for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, the White House announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump, first lady to host state dinner in April for Spain

Feb. 11, 2020 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host the administration's third state dinner in April, for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, the White House announced Tuesday. The fancy, black-tie dinner — a diplomatic tool often reserved for America's staunchest...

A protester from the pro-life group Derecho a Vivir stands outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Spain's new parliament is expected to accept in its first legislative session a majority vote the debate on a law that decriminalizes and regulates euthanasia. Banner reads ;'The right to kill does not exist'. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spanish government passes 1st hurdle to legalize euthanasia

Feb. 11, 2020 3:10 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s parliament has endorsed an effort by the new Socialist-led government to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. After early elections twice last year thwarted the Socialist party's attempts to change the law, parliament voted Tuesday by 201 votes to 140 in...

A traffic policeman adjusts his mask on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. China's coronavirus death toll on Sunday have surpassed the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing as other nations step up efforts to block the disease. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Mainland China virus cases rise again after earlier decline

Feb. 9, 2020 7:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Mainland China has reported another rise in cases of the new virus after a sharp decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grow by 97 to 908, with at least two more outside the country. On Monday, China's health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the...

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...

UN expert says Spain fails badly in tackling poverty

Feb. 7, 2020 10:43 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert on Friday lambasted Spain for its treatment of its poor, saying the country's post-crisis economic policies have benefited businesses and the wealthy, but have left many ordinary people way behind. U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip...

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, shakes hands with Catalan regional President Quim Torra at the Palace of the Generalitat, the headquarter of the Government of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain's govt sets timing of talks with Catalonia leaders

Feb. 6, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government and leaders of the Catalonia region will start formal talks this month in a bid to end one of the biggest political crises since Spain's return to democracy in the late 1970s, the country's prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez...

Spanish CEO barred from US over his company's Cuba interests

Feb. 5, 2020 12:56 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A major Spanish hotel chain said Wednesday that the U.S. State Department informed the CEO he is barred from entering the United States because of his company’s business interests in Cuba. Meliá Hotels International S.A. said in a statement it believes more than 50 other...

Members of the Spanish parliament applaud Spain's King Felipe VI, left, after giving a speech during the official opening of the parliamentary season in Madrid, Monday, Feb. 2, 2020. Nearly 50 lawmakers who advocate for the Spanish regions to become independent have boycotted Monday's ceremonial opening of the nation's legislative season over the presence of the royal family. The representatives of five parties from the Catalonia, Basque Country and Galicia regions, all in northern Spain, say the king's figure is

Spanish separatist lawmakers blast 'anachronistic' monarchy

Feb. 3, 2020 10:03 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Nearly 50 Catalan and other lawmakers who advocate their regions ' independence from Spain boycotted Monday's ceremonial opening of the nation's legislative season to protest the presence of the royal family. The representatives of five parties from the northern regions of Catalonia, the...