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Hundreds of migrants held in jail in Spain

Madrid - Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat.Following criticism by rights groups, the Spanish government said it was due to a lack of space at immigration detention centres.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Madrid - Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Madrid - Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

In Madrid, Caracas mayor vows to fight Venezuela regime

Madrid - The mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro who fled to Spain over the weekend, vowed Monday to battle against the president's regime, warning him to "get ready".

600 African migrants rescued near Spain

Madrid - Around 600 African migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain in 24 hours, a sea rescue patrol said Saturday.The Guardia Civil and Salvamento Maritimo rescue service added that operations to recover further migrants were still under way.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

Madrid - Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Ousted Caracas mayor arrives in Madrid after fleeing house arrest

Madrid - The former mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Madrid early Saturday after escaping house arrest and fleeing to Colombia.

Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'

Madrid - Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork.

Over 250 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

Madrid - Over 250 migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe were rescued Friday off Spain, with several other vessels still in need of rescue, authorities said.

Anti-drug operation nets 4 tonnes of cocaine in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Spanish and Moroccan police have netted close to four tonnes of cocaine with a street value of over 100 million euros and arrested 40 people in a long-term anti-trafficking operation, Spain's interior ministry said Friday.The ministry said that 1.

Spain court orders ex-IMF head Rato to be tried for fraud

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday ordered former IMF head Rodrigo Rato to stand trial for fraud over the failed 2011 listing of Bankia, a bank he led which later needed rescuing by the state.

Spain police suing Catalan satirists for 'insults'

Barcelona - Spanish police are pursuing legal action against satirists for insulting the thousands of officers that were sent to Catalonia to prevent last month's banned independence referendum, the comedians have told AFP.

Spain court orders ex-IMF head Rato to be tried for fraud

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday ordered former IMF head Rodrigo Rato to stand trial for fraud over the failed 2011 listing of Bankia, a bank he led which later needed rescuing by the state.

Hezbollah holding Lebanon hostage: Saudi FM

Madrid - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday accused Hezbollah, which Riyadh blames for the shock resignation of Lebanese premier Saad Hariri, of holding Lebanon hostage and using its banks to launder money.

Barcelona business slumps amid Catalan crisis: group

Barcelona - Sales and bookings in shops and hotels in one of Barcelona's most popular neighbourhoods dipped by up to 30 percent last month amid the region's independence crisis, an industry representative said Thursday.

Catalan separatists ready for polls after independence falls flat

Barcelona - Catalonia's "republic" never materialised and separatist leaders now openly recognise they still have to convince more Catalans about the benefits of independence, hoping to do so by next month's regional elections.

Spain awarded 1.6 bln euros over Prestige oil spill

Madrid - A court awarded the Spanish state 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in damages on Wednesday over the 2002 Prestige oil spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Spain's Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.

Spain's Rajoy urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday he wanted to return to a "democratic and free" Catalonia as he aimed to rally support for a unified Spain on his first visit to the turbulent region since it declared independence.
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