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Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase walks free

Ceuta - A Spanish court on Tuesday allowed an Ivory Coast man to walk free, with only a small fine to pay, after his son was found crammed into a suitcase at a border crossing.

France arrests three linked to Barcelona attacks: Spain

Madrid - Three people were arrested in France on Tuesday for alleged links to a suspect in last year's deadly jihadist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort, the Spanish interior ministry said Tuesday.

Leading Catalan separatist latest to leave Spain

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession drive has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing and may seek asylum there, the sixth separatist to leave Spain in months.

Leading Catalan separatist in Switzerland to evade justice

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession attempt has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing in Madrid, comparing the situation in Catalonia to Turkey's post-coup crackdown.

Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase on trial

Ceuta - The heart-rending photo went round the world in 2015, showing an eight-year-old boy from Ivory Coast crammed into a suitcase that was found at a Spanish border crossing.

Spain vows south will not be 'dominated by narcos'

Madrid - Spain's interior minister pledged Monday to send more police to the southern province of Cadiz, vowing the area would "not be dominated by narcos" who have openly defied security forces.

Eurozone backs Spain's De Guindos for ECB top job

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers backed their Spanish peer Luis De Guindos for the vice-presidency of the European Central Bank on Monday after his only rival pulled out.

Leading Catalan separatist walks free on bail

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Monday allowed leading Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who faces charges over her region's independence bid, to walk free but ordered her to post bail of 60,000 euros ($75,000), a source close to the case said.

Spanish cheesemakers defend Manchego from Mexican 'copy'

Alc - In central Spain, the arid plains of La Mancha are famous for their windmills and Manchego, a cheese made out of ewe's milk that is one of the best-known representatives of the country's gastronomy.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - A Chinese investment fund has taken control of Spanish media giant Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, as Chinese investors widen their global media and sports interests.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, the Spanish media group said Friday.The fund bought a 53.

Spain 'cruel' to migrants, ombudsman says

Madrid - Spain's human rights ombudsman hit out Thursday at the often "cruel" treatment meted out to illegal immigrants, saying the system had to be changed.

Europe court orders Spain to compensate ETA bombers for ill treatment

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two ETA members convicted of the 2006 bombing of Madrid airport for the "inhuman and degrading treatment" they suffered in police custody.

Spain accuses major drug baron of planning comeback

Madrid - Since his conditional release from prison in 2016, Sito Minanco had reportedly ditched his past as one of Spain's most powerful drug barons to work as a parking attendant.

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Madrid - The party of deposed Catalan leader Charles Puigdemont on Friday submitted a proposal for a regional law reform that would allow the axed president to govern from Belgium.

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

Madrid - Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview Thursday.

Spain-Belgium ties could be harmed by ex Catalan leader: minister

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister warned Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's plan to govern the region remotely from Belgium could harm "friendly relations" between Madrid and Brussels.

Spain pledges Brexit won't change daily Gibraltar life

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister pledged Thursday that daily life in Gibraltar would not be affected by Brexit, easing fears that Madrid would use Britain's exit from the EU to gain authority over the overseas territory.

Rivera: Spain's anti-independence Catalan who wants to be PM

Madrid - He's young, liberal, Catalan and a fan of France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau.

Heavy snow disrupts flights, classes in Spain

Madrid - Some 70 flights were cancelled in Madrid and tens of thousands of schoolchildren around Spain had to skip class Monday as snow fell heavily over much of the country.

Bodies of 16 migrants recovered off Morocco coast

Nador - Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain's enclave of Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish officials said Sunday.

Second baby hit by salmonella from Lactalis milk in Spain

Madrid - A baby who drank milk produced by the French dairy giant Lactalis has been diagnosed with salmonella in the Spanish Basque country, taking the number of cases in the country this year to two, authorities said Saturday.

Puigdemont or plan B? Catalan separatists divided

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist parties have to decide in the coming days whether to set their differences aside and back ousted, exiled leader Carles Puigdemont or seek an alternative.

Spain smashes ring impersonating Vatican bank

Madrid - Spanish police said Friday they had smashed a ring that allegedly operated a fake branch of the Vatican Bank and swindled people around the world.

Mysterious Ways? Spain to probe U2 ticket sellout

Madrid - The Spanish government said Friday it had ordered police to investigate why tickets for two upcoming U2 concerts in Madrid sold out almost instantly, forcing fans to pay inflated prices on resale sites.

Report on Banco Popular highlights 'uncertain' valuation

Brussels - The EU's agency for winding down failing banks on Friday made public a controversial report by consultants Deloitte used as a base to rescue Spain's Banco Popular that left experts scratching their heads.

Axed Catalan VP Junqueras suggests Puigdemont be 'symbolic' president

Madrid - Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras has suggested that ousted leader Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, could rule as a "symbolic" president with a fully functioning executive on site.

Tourism to Spain hits new record despite Catalonia uncertainty

Madrid - Spain welcomed a record number of foreign visitors for a fifth straight year in 2017, despite a double-digit drop in arrivals at the end of the year in crisis-hit Catalonia, official data showed Thursday.

Three jailed Catalan leaders appeal to UN panel: lawyers

London - Three Catalan leaders imprisoned in Spain over their role in their region's independence crisis will take their case to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, their lawyers in London said on Thursday.

Catalonia at an impasse: what next?

Barcelona - Catalonia is at an impasse: Ousted president Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, had hoped to be re-appointed as Catalan leader this week.
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