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Spain withdraws its ambassador to Argentina over President Milei's insults, escalating crisis

May. 21, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A diplomatic crisis between historic allies Spain and Argentina expanded Tuesday as Spain announced the official withdrawal of its ambassador from Buenos Aires and Argentine President Javier Milei lambasted the move as “nonsense typical of an arrogant...

Europe's far right groups launch unofficial campaign for the European Union elections

May. 19, 2024 22:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Europe’s far-right political parties unofficially launched their campaign Sunday for European Union elections in Spain with strong messages against illegal migration and the bloc’s climate policy while declaring their support for Israel in its war against Hamas. ...

3 Spaniards were among 6 people killed when gunmen opened fire in central Afghanistan, officials say

May. 18, 2024 09:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Spanish citizens and three Afghans were killed when gunmen opened fire in central Afghanistan, Taliban and Spanish officials said Saturday. Officials had earlier said that four people died. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Friday evening...

Argentine president begins unusual visit to Spain, snubbing officials and courting the far-right

May. 17, 2024 21:56 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Even before kicking off a three-day visit to Madrid on Friday, Argentina's libertarian President Javier Milei stirred controversy, accusing the socialist government of bringing “poverty and death” to Spain and weighing in on corruption allegations against the...

Gunmen open fire and kill 4 people, including 3 Spaniards, in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province

May. 17, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Several gunmen opened fire in central Afghanistan late on Friday, killing at least four people, including three foreign nationals, a Taliban spokesman said. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that three Spaniards had died in the attack and...

Son-in-law of top opponent of Venezuela's president pleads guilty to US money laundering charges

May. 15, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The son-in-law of a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges for his role in a vast bribery conspiracy to siphon $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company. As part of his plea agreement announced Tuesday in federal...

Socialists deal blow to separatists in Catalan elections but face uphill task to form government

May. 13, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s ruling Socialist party scored a crucial victory in regional elections in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, garnering the most seats and dealing a blow to the region’s two main separatist parties that have governed for decades. But candidate...

Catalan separatists lose majority as Spain's pro-union Socialists win regional elections

May. 12, 2024 18:45 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Six years after plunging Spain into its worst political crisis in decades, Catalonia's separatist parties are in danger of losing their hold of power in the northeastern region after the pro-union Socialist Party won the most votes in Sunday's election. The...

How far has Spain moved past Catalonia's secession crisis? Voters will decide in regional election

May. 10, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s fugitive former leader, stares confidently out the backseat window of a car, the sun illuminating his gaze in a campaign poster for Sunday’s critical elections in the northeastern Spanish region. The image plays on another...

Chinese leader Xi visits the French Pyrenees in a personal gesture by Macron

May. 07, 2024 21:35 PM EDT

TOURMALET PASS, France (AP) — France’s president hosted China’s leader at a remote mountain pass in the Pyrenees on Tuesday for private meetings after a high-stakes state visit in Paris dominated by trade disputes and Russia’s war in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron...