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'Good news' as Canary Islands blaze subsides

Madrid - A wildfire that has raged across vast areas of the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria since the weekend has abated as winds have dropped, local officials said Tuesday.

Spain rails against Salvini's refusal to accept rescued migrants

Madrid - Spain on Monday stepped up criticism of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's refusal to allow 107 migrants on board a charity vessel to disembark at an Italian port, calling it "a disgrace to humanity".

'Environmental tragedy' as Canary Islands fire out of control

Monta - A fire raged out of control on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria Monday, forcing evacuations as flames rose so high even water-dropping planes could not operate in what was dubbed an "environmental tragedy".

More evacuations as Canary Islands fire out of control

Monta - A wildfire raged out of control on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria Monday, forcing more evacuations as flames in some parts rose so high even water-dropping planes were unable to operate, authorities said.

Migrant rescue ship stuck off Italy rejects Spain port offer

Madrid - A charity vessel carrying 107 rescued migrants and stuck in limbo off Italy on Sunday rejected an offer to go to Spain as "absolutely unrealistic" because of the "humanitarian emergency" on board.

Evacuations as Gran Canaria hit by new blaze

Madrid - Authorities on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria were set to evacuate more residents on Saturday as a forest fire broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area.

Evacuations as Gran Canaria hit by new blaze

Madrid - Authorities in the Spanish island of Gran Canaria were evacuating a luxury hotel and tourist spot on Saturday as a new forest fire broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area.

Italian court suspends anti migrant rescue ship decree: NGO

Madrid - A Spanish charity which operates a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean said Wednesday that a court in Italy has suspended a government decree banning its vessel from entering Italian territorial waters.

Firefighters make progress against Gran Canaria blaze

Madrid - Firefighters hoped to bring under control on Monday a fire raging on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria which sparked the evacuation of hundreds of people, local officials said.

Migrant rescue NGOs defy European states

Barcelona - A Spanish charity that saved 121 migrants in the Mediterranean last week vowed Monday to continue sea rescue operations, the latest NGO to defy moves by European nations to shut down a route exploited by trafficking gangs.

Spanish charity wants to disembark rescued migrants in Italy or Malta

Barcelona - A Spanish migrant charity demanded Monday that EU nations agree to take in 121 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean so they can initially disembark in either Italy or Malta.

Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system

Madrid - An international team of astronomers has discovered a new solar system with a planet that could be habitable, a Spanish astrophysicist who led the research said Thursday.

Outcry in Spain over tributes to freed ETA prisoners

Madrid - Tributes paid to two members of the Basque separatist group ETA when they left jail sparked outrage Tuesday in Spain, prompting the government to called for an investigation.

Spaniards paraded alive in coffins in gratitude for defying death

Vigo - Six open coffins are paraded around a church and its cemetery as onlookers sing religious songs -- but their occupants are all perfectly alive.

Spain PM loses confidence vote after coalition talks fail

Madrid - Spain's caretaker socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a crunch post-election vote of confidence on Thursday after coalition talks with the far-left failed, pushing the country closer to repeat polls.

Spain socialists and far-left coalition talks stall before vote

Madrid - Talks between Spain's socialists and far-left Podemos to agree a coalition government were stalled on Thursday, casting doubt on whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will win a a crucial confidence vote later in the day.

Spain socialists, far-left in last-ditch government talks

Madrid - Spain's socialists and far-left Podemos party were locked in last-ditch negotiations Wednesday to agree on a coalition government before parliament votes on whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez remains in power.

Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power

Madrid - Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a first parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as he seeks to remain in power after an inconclusive general election.

Pedro Sanchez, the phoenix of Spanish socialism

Madrid - After his surprise elevation to the post of prime minister in June last year, Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez this week faces a risky confidence vote in parliament, the latest twist in his rollercoaster political career.

Court suspends jail sentence for killing a thief

Madrid - A nightclub worker who was handed two years jail for killing a thief in a case that made waves in Spain has had his prison sentence suspended, a court said Monday.
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