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Spain coast guard rescues 257 migrants at sea at weekend

Madrid - The Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies in an "intense weekend," they said Monday.

Ex-IMF chief Rato handed 4.5 years in jail for embezzlement

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks.

Spain king's brother-in-law stays free while considering appeal

Palma - The brother-in-law of Spain's king, recently handed a six years and three months jail sentence for syphoning off millions, will remain free and not be required to post bail as he prepares to appeal, a court said Thursday.

Swede stole gas truck in Barcelona after wild party night

Barcelona - A Swede who took police on a high-speed chase through Barcelona at the wheel of a stolen truck full of gas cylinders had partied hard the previous night, local authorities said Wednesday.

Spain's first 'stolen babies' case to come to trial

Madrid - A former doctor will stand trial in Madrid for allegedly stealing a newborn from her mother and giving her to another woman, a practice thought to have affected thousands of families during Spain's dictatorship.

Swede detained after heist of gas-laden truck in Barcelona

Barcelona - Spanish police opened fire Tuesday on a truck loaded with gas cylinders that was speeding the wrong way down a Barcelona road, managing to halt it and detain the Swedish driver.

France's Hollande warns of fewer jobs if populists take power

M - European countries that vote populists into power will experience a fall in jobs, investment and exports as they pull out of the EU, French President Francois Hollande warned Monday.

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 350 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain's Ceuta on Monday, officials said, days after one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a decade.

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - Some 300 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Monday, authorities said, days after hundreds more forced their way over the frontier.

160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Friday, days after Morocco warned the EU of fresh migrant trouble following a row over a trade deal.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco: officials

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday, the emergency services and police said, adding that some were injured in the process.

Spanish king's sister cleared in tax fraud case

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday acquitted King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, of charges that she helped her husband evade taxes, in a case that shamed the royal family.

Verdict due Friday in Spanish royals' fraud trial

Madrid - Princess Cristina of Spain, the country's first royal to face criminal charges since the monarchy's 1975 restoration, will learn Friday the verdict from her trial over claims she helped her husband evade taxes.

Spain will seek deal for expats after Brexit: Rajoy

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he thinks a deal can quickly be worked out with Britain to defend the rights of British expats in Spain after Brexit.

Mariano Rajoy, solidly in charge in Spain

Madrid - Often criticised for his "wait-and-see" approach, Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outfoxed rivals to govern without serious competition, making him a rare European leader to survive the region's debt crisis.

Spain's Rajoy takes EU defence as far-right threatens

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leapt to the defence of Europe in an interview, describing it as the "best region in the world" but warning it could implode if populists win elections this year.

Spanish court blocks Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court quashed Tuesday a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament calling for a referendum on independence this year, a ruling that will further stoke tensions with Madrid.

Spanish PM's ex-minister testifies in corruption case

Madrid - Spain's ex-health minister Ana Mato took the stand Monday in a major corruption scandal, the first time that a former member of Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has appeared in court.

Iglesias: Charismatic face of Spain's Podemos

Madrid - At the head of Spain's far-left Podemos party for three years, Pablo Iglesias is considered a dangerous populist for some Spaniards, and a passionate and sincere leader to others.
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