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Fire engulfs 2 buildings in Spanish city of Valencia, killing at least 4 people. Nearly 20 missing

Feb. 22, 2024 19:30 PM EST

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — A fire engulfed two residential buildings in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia on Thursday, killing four people and leaving 19 others missing hours after the blaze started, authorities said. The fire sent fleeing residents onto balconies where some were...

Soccer star Dani Alves found guilty of rape, sentenced to four and a half years in prison

Feb. 22, 2024 16:15 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Dani Alves, one of the most successful soccer players of his generation, was found guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub and sentenced to four years and six months in prison on Thursday. The former Brazil and Barcelona right back was convicted in...

Spain’s prime minister meets with Morocco’s king and discusses migration and the Israel-Hamas war

Feb. 21, 2024 16:02 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met with Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday, lauding cooperation on managing migration. Sánchez also reiterated Spain's position in support of Morocco’s autonomy plan regarding the disputed Western Sahara and called...

Attorney: Husband denies any involvement in disappearance of American woman in Spain

Feb. 20, 2024 18:02 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The husband of an American missing in Spain under suspicious circumstances played no part in her disappearance and disputes her family's contention that their impending divorce was “nasty,” his attorney said Tuesday. David Knezevich was in his...

Spanish police suspect bullet-riddled body may be Russian who defected with army helicopter

Feb. 20, 2024 11:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Police said Tuesday they suspect the bullet-riddled body of a man found in Spain is that of a Russian defector who escaped across the front line and into Ukraine last year with an army helicopter. The body was found Feb. 13 in La Cala, near the eastern port city of...

The Vatican's problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Feb. 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of...

Morocco intercepts a boat with 141 people as African migrants increasingly attempt to reach Spain

Feb. 19, 2024 06:15 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Moroccan navy said it intercepted 141 people attempting to traverse the Atlantic Ocean as migration from West Africa to Spain's Canary Islands has spiked since the beginning of the year. Morocco's Royal Armed Forces said in a statement Sunday it was able...

Ilia Topuria stops Volkanovski in 2nd round, claims featherweight title at UFC 298

Feb. 18, 2024 01:40 AM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Unbeaten Ilia Topuria stopped Alexander Volkanovski in the second round to claim the featherweight title at UFC 298 on Saturday night, ending the Australian champion's four-year reign. Topuria (15-0), a Georgian who lives and trains in Spain, controlled the...

American woman goes missing in Madrid after helmeted man disables cameras

Feb. 16, 2024 14:34 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Ana Maria Knezevic traveled from South Florida to Spain in December to get away for a while. Her family and friends say the naturalized American originally from Colombia has been going through a nasty divorce from her Serbian husband, but the trip was also a chance to explore new...

Netherlands, China each claim two swimming gold medals at world championships

Feb. 16, 2024 14:27 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Marrit Steenbergen and Tes Schouten made it a golden night for the Netherlands at the World Aquatics Championships. China was celebrating as well, adding two more victories to its medal haul on Friday. Steenbergen touched first in the women's 100-meter freestyle...