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Spain banker accused of trying to smuggle Picasso art

Madrid - Courts are prosecuting a prominent Spanish banker accused of trying to smuggle a 26 million-euro Picasso painting out of Spain on a yacht, sources said Friday.

Graft-digging editor joins Spain's online media race

Madrid - One of Spain's most prominent and controversial journalists has launched a major online newspaper, the latest in a range of websites shaking up the Spanish media in politically volatile times.Pedro J. Ramirez, or "Pedro J.

Lionel Messi faces possible jail sentence over tax fraud

Barcelona - Prosecutors asked to drop the tax fraud case against Lionel Messi, believing only his father should be held criminally accountable, but the FC Barcelona star will still have to head to court.

Spain dismisses Rwanda case, abolishes universal jurisdiction Special

Spain’s supreme court has dismissed a high profile case against 40 Rwandan military officials indicted on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and other offenses committed in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s.

Spanish train driver 'on his phone' only defendant in crash probe

Madrid - A train driver will be the only suspect charged over one of Spain's worst rail disasters, which killed 80 people in 2013, a court said Wednesday as its probe ended.

Lesbian couple beats hospital in court over IVF refusal

Madrid - A lesbian couple in Spain has won in a lawsuit against a Madrid hospital after they were turned down for artificial insemination due to their sexual orientation.

Spain court sets date for trial of Princess Cristina

Madrid - A court on Tuesday set the date for the first trial of a member of the Spanish royal family in modern times.

Spain court seizes passport of ex-IMF chief Rato

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Tuesday withdrew the passport of former International Monetary Fund head Rodrigo Rato, who is under investigation for tax evasion, money laundering and concealing assets.

Russia not cooperating with U.S. in military safety talks: Carter

Spain - Efforts by US military officials to work with Russia to keep the skies over Syria safe for pilots from both countries appear to be stalled, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syrian, Afghan crises

Madrid - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid on Sunday, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.

Ten suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Police have arrested 10 people in Spain and Morocco for allegedly recruiting and indoctrinating fighters for the Islamic State group, the Spanish interior ministry announced Sunday.

Spain speeds up nationality for 4,300 Sephardic Jews

Madrid - Spain said Friday it was speeding up applications for 4,300 Sephardic Jews seeking Spanish nationality under a new law to atone for their expulsion five centuries ago in the Inquisition.

Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in pureed banana shipment

Madrid - Spanish authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine worth 10 million euros ($11 million dollars) from a container loaded with pureed bananas that arrived from Costa Rica, the government tax office said Thursday.

Builders vow to repair leak in Panama Canal

Madrid - Builders of a massive, trouble-plagued expansion of the Panama Canal said Thursday they will make repairs after the authorities there said it had sprung a leak.

Spain's general election set for December 20: PM

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday announced that Spain's forthcoming general election will be held on December 20.

Spanish woman tells court she did not kill adopted Chinese girl

Madrid - A Spanish mother accused with her ex-husband of drugging and suffocating their adopted Chinese daughter denied they gave the child sedatives, in a tearful first testimony at their trial Thursday.

Catalan separatists claim victory but face rocky road ahead

Barcelona - Catalan separatists said independence was within their reach before Sunday's regional election -- but following their narrow victory, a rocky road lies ahead for those wanting to break away from Spain.

ETA 'maintains its commitment' to peace after arrests in France

Madrid - Armed Basque separatist group ETA said it "maintains its commitment" to peace, according to a statement published Wednesday after the arrest of two of its political leaders in France last week.

Catalan leader slams Spanish lawsuit over breakaway vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's president Artur Mas on Wednesday accused the Spanish government of suing him because its "pride was hurt" by his bids to let his region vote on independence from Spain.

Spain seeks to overturn Prestige tanker spill acquittals

Madrid - Spain's state prosecutor on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's decision to acquit three men over the 2002 Prestige tanker spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.
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