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Spain dismantles one of EU's main hubs for fake goods

La Jonquera - Authorities in Spain dismantled one of the European Union's main hubs for counterfeit goods, arresting 71 people and seizing close to 270,000 fake watches, jewellery and other goods, police and Europol said on Friday.

More than 400 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta Friday, authorities said, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum.

Spain smashes another fake police ring that robbed tourists

Barcelona - Spanish police said Wednesday they had smashed a criminal gang of Iranians and Pakistanis who preyed on tourists in Barcelona by posing as police, just days after dismantling a similar ring in Madrid.

In Madrid, the homeless dine out... for free

Madrid - It is early evening at a restaurant in central Madrid and Jose Silva sits down for a meal of rice, meatballs and vegetables as waiters flit from one table to another. All very normal, except for one crucial detail: Silva, 42, cannot afford to pay.

Spain rescues 92 migrants off the southern coast

M - Spanish authorities said 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain's coast on Saturday, as an increasing number of migrants seek to reach Europe via the country.

Spain arrests 45 over suspected Georgian burglary ring

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested 45 suspected members of a Georgian burglary ring that broke into more than 100 homes, a force spokeswoman said Wednesday after a coordinated nationwide sweep.

Spanish hometown of Castro's father proud of place in history

L - Historians will debate Fidel Castro's legacy for years, but the remote Spanish village of Lancara is proud to be the birthplace of the late Cuban president's father.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Ukraine oligarch

Madrid - Spanish police have announced an international arrest warrant against a powerful Ukrainian oligarch, identified by media Friday as controversial gas magnate Dmytro Firtash.

Spain 'obstructing' civil war, dictatorship probes: Amnesty

Madrid - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Spanish authorities of systematically obstructing probes into crimes committed during the 1936-9 civil war and Francisco Franco's subsequent dictatorship.

Graft-tainted Spanish politician Rita Barbera dies

Madrid - Veteran Spanish politician Rita Barbera, a prominent figure from Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party who was under investigation for alleged money laundering, died Wednesday at a Madrid hotel, emergency services said.

Spanish taxi driver returns 10,000 euros left in cab

Madrid - A Canadian tourist who left a suitcase containing 10,000 euros ($10,500) in cash in a Barcelona taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cab driver, police said Sunday.

No more corruption, Spanish king tells parliament

Madrid - Spain's king on Thursday urged an end to the graft scandals that have long plagued his nation, as he opened a new session of parliament after nearly a year of political paralysis.

Spain court probes far-right 'torture' claim in Gibraltar

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court said Wednesday it was probing claims members of far-right party Vox were subjected to "torture" when they were arrested in Gibraltar after one of them unfurled a Spanish flag on the Rock.

Barcelona cannabis club shut down for selling marijuana candy

Barcelona - Authorities in Spain closed down a cannabis club in Barcelona that sold marijuana candy and other similar products to more than 16,000 people, many of them tourists, police said Tuesday.

80,000 gather for Catalan pro-independence demo

Barcelona - Around 80,000 people rallied in Barcelona on Sunday in a show of support for Catalan leaders locked in a tug-of-war with Madrid over independence for their region, police said.

Spain king to visit Saudi with sale of warships on agenda

Madrid - Spain's king will begin his first state visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with the possible sale of five warships to the oil-rich kingdom on top of the agenda, sparking protests from rights groups.

Spain vows to quickly ratify climate pact

Madrid - Spain will quickly ratify a global pact aimed at taming climate change, a step which had been delayed by months of political paralysis, Environment Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina said Friday.

Dozens held in Spain over child, baby abuse images

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had arrested 56 men suspected of sharing photos online of severe abuse on young children, some of them babies, in a nationwide crackdown on child pornography.

Lorenzo eyes victory in Yamaha farewell

Valencia - Three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to end his nine-year Yamaha career, and his stormy relationship with superstar teammate Valentino Rossi, with victory at the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia on Sunday.

Criminal probe dropped after deadly Spanish coach crash

Barcelona - Prosecutors in Spain have dropped a criminal investigation into the driver of a coach that crashed in March killing 13 foreign students, a court source said Wednesday.
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