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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...

The Latest: Vox leader says no to helping form government

Nov. 11, 2019 12:34 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Spain's general election (all times local): 6 p.m. The leader of the far-right Vox party that made huge gains in Spain's elections says he has no intention of helping incumbent Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez form a new government. Santiago Abascal...

The Latest: Spanish interim PM seeks support to end deadlock

Nov. 10, 2019 11:23 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain's election (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Spain's interim prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has called on political opponents to be "responsible" and "generous" by allowing a Socialist-led government to end the monthslong political deadlock. With 96% of the votes counted,...

Socialists win Spain's election, but far right surges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists won Spain's national election on Sunday but large gains by the upstart far-right Vox party appear certain to widen the political deadlock in the European Union's fifth-largest economy. After a fourth national ballot in as many years and the...

AP Explains: A look at why Spain is voting again

Nov. 9, 2019 2:32 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain is back at the polls for the fourth time in four years with violence linked to Catalonia's regional secession push and a predicted surge in Spain's nascent far-right party dominating the election campaign. Here's a look at why the country is voting once more, and what might come out of...

Spain repeats election as Catalan crisis boosts far right

Nov. 8, 2019 4:50 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain is holding its fourth general election in as many years — and the second this year — amid voter distrust and a renewed Catalan independence bid that has bolstered the far right. The latest polls in Spanish media hint at a close finish between the blocs on the right and...

Spain court grants US extradition of Venezuela's ex-spy boss

Nov. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a surprising court reversal on Friday, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs is one step closer to being extradited from Spain, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who was for over a decade the eyes...

Fugitive Catalan politicians surrender to Belgian police

Nov. 8, 2019 8:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their arrest. The Brussels prosecutor's office said Friday that former regional health minister Toni Comin and...

With eyes on Catalonia, Spain campaigns for Nov. 10 election

Oct. 31, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Hours before the start of campaigning for Nov. 10 national elections, Spain's interim justice minister on Thursday urged parties to refrain from exploiting tension in the country's restive Catalonia region to reap political benefits. Spanish parties "should be capable of not turning...

4 migrants die, 1 missing en route to Spanish islands

Oct. 30, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities in the Canary Islands say that four migrants have died and another is missing amid a surge of arrivals in the archipelago. The Spanish government's delegation in Las Palmas said Wednesday that the missing and drowned African migrants were part of a group of 34 traveling in...