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Spain ruling party official quits over graft scandal

Madrid - A former minister and senior member of Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) resigned Sunday following fresh allegations over alleged illegal party financing in the Madrid region.

Police raid Spanish ruling party offices in graft probe

Madrid - Spanish police on Thursday raided the offices of the Popular Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and of industrial group Villar Mir in a corruption probe, a judicial source said.

Spain dismantles falcon trafficking ring destined for UAE races

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had dismantled an international ring that smuggled falcons to the United Arab Emirates, where bird-of-prey racing is an elite sport.

Spanish sun attracts tourists shunning attack-hit Mediterranean

Barcelona - It's low season and the sun in Barcelona shines only timidly, but Noel Sheehan's cycling tours are doing a roaring trade as holiday-makers shun their usual Mediterranean tourism hotspots after a spate of jihadist attacks.

Spanish princess' fraud trial told of lucrative contracts

Palma De Mallorca - The first defendant to take the stand in Spain's landmark corruption trial involving Princess Cristina spoke Tuesday of lucrative no-bid contracts allegedly negotiated after playing sports at a royal palace.

Trial of Spain's Princess Cristina resumes

Palma De Mallorca - Spanish Princess Cristina's trial for tax evasion charges in a corruption scandal over her husband's business dealings resumed on Tuesday with the start of questioning of defendants in the case.

Spanish artists held over ETA word-play

Madrid - Two puppeteers detailed for allegedly "glorifying terrorism" with a play on words on ETA during a show asked to be freed Monday, as controversy over the case mounted.

Seven arrested in Spain over suspected jihad links

Madrid - Spanish police said they arrested seven people on Sunday with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups and uncovered an operation to smuggle arms to jihadists under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Setback for Spain government formation as Podemos, Socialist talks deadlocked

Madrid - Spain suffered a fresh setback Friday after the Socialists and anti-austerity party Podemos -- key players in a weeks-long bid to form a government -- hit a deadlock in talks.

Spain's royals postpone Britain visit over political situation

Madrid - The March visit of the Spanish royal couple to Britain has been postponed due to the political situation in Spain, which has yet to form a government following inconclusive elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

Madrid - Spain said Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.

Passengers evacuated from Madrid-Riyadh flight after bomb threat

Madrid - Passengers on a flight to Riyadh from Madrid were evacuated Thursday after a note that read "11:30 bomb" was found pinned to the inside of the aircraft with a knife, police said.

Stricken 'moving mountain' ship towed into Spanish port

Bilbao - A stricken cargo ship carrying timber from west Africa was successfully towed into the northern Spanish port of Bilbao Wednesday after a days-long salvage operation prevented it from crashing into the neighbouring French coast.

Stricken cargo ship towed into Spanish port

Bilbao - The operation began Wednesday to tow a stricken South Korean cargo ship into the northern Spanish port of Bilbao, days after it was prevented from crashing into France's picturesque Atlantic coast.

Spanish king nominates Socialist chief as PM candidate

Madrid - Spain's king gave Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez the tough task of forming a government Tuesday in a bid to end a potentially damaging political deadlock more than six weeks after inconclusive elections.

Ex-IMF chief Rato to stand trial for misusing bank funds: Spanish court

Madrid - Rodrigo Rato, a former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is to stand trial for misusing funds when he was head of a bailed-out Spanish bank, a court in Madrid said Monday.

Neymar, Barcelona in the dock over murky transfer

Madrid - Barcelona star Neymar and president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be called to give evidence this week in the murky case over the deal which brought the Brazilian to the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013.

Spanish court refuses to drop case against Princess Cristina

Madrid - A Spanish court refused Friday to drop a case against Princess Cristina, who is on trial charged with tax evasion in a corruption scandal centred on her husband's business dealings.

Spain PM reels as corruption cases harm last-ditch power bid

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scrabbling to cling to power, but a relentless series of scandals engulfing his conservative Popular Party (PP) may well be the final blow to his hopes.

Spanish bullfighter creates stir by bringing baby into ring

Madrid - The photo of a famous Spanish bullfighter training in the ring while holding his baby daughter created a stir on Tuesday, sparking an official complaint by a child protection agency.
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