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Spanish court recognises bullfighter is son of legendary matador

Madrid - A Spanish court said Tuesday it had officially recognised a popular matador as the illegitimate son of legendary bullfighter Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes", who had long denied being related to him.

Spain to hold elections on June 26

Madrid - Weary Spaniards will head to the polls for the second time in six months after King Felipe on Tuesday called fresh elections for June 26, which surveys suggest may result in yet another hung parliament.

Spain to hold new elections on June 26

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI on Tuesday signed a decree dissolving parliament and calling elections for June 26, a parliament spokesman said, in what will be the country's second general election in six months.

Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Seville - Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

Spanish government in tug-of-war with family over Lorca archive

Madrid - Spanish authorities and the family of the late poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed during the civil war, are engaged in a fierce battle over what to do with his archive.

Spain closer to new election after coalition talks fail

Madrid - Spain inched closer to a fresh election Tuesday as a deadline to form a government loomed with political parties unable to reach an agreement despite a surprise 11th-hour coalition proposal that provided a brief glimmer of hope.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

Spanish king makes final bid to broker deal on new government

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI met political leaders on Monday in a last bid to get them to form a coalition government -- and avoid calling the country's second general election in six months.

Dirty laundry snares head of Spain's 'Clean Hands'

Madrid - The head of a Spanish anti-corruption group that championed several high-profile cases over the past two decades, including one against Princess Cristina, now finds himself under investigation for extortion.

Fresh Spain elections all but certain... and campaign has started

Madrid - No one dares say it openly but it's a near certainty. Barring a last-minute twist, Spaniards are set to go to the polls again in June just months after they voted a first time -- and for some parties, the campaign appears to have started already.

Spain marks death of intriguing 'Quixote' author Cervantes

Madrid - Spain marks the fourth centenary of the death of its most famous author Miguel de Cervantes this week with hundreds of events ranging from cultural to quirky... and a bit of controversy.

Spain PM holds talks with Catalonia's separatist leader

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region.

Spanish classic 'Don Quixote' published in 17,000 tweets

Madrid - A retired computer engineer is marking the fourth centenary of the death of Spain's revered author Miguel de Cervantes by publishing his best-known novel "Don Quixote" online -- one Twitter message at a time.

Attacks on Kabul's diplomatic quarter

Kabul - At least 28 people have been killed in a bomb blast near government offices in Kabul, the latest insurgent attack in the highly fortified area.

Podemos members reject backing Socialist-led govt in Spain

Madrid - Spain's far-left party said Monday its members had voted massively against backing a coalition government between the Socialists and new centrist party Ciudadanos, boosting the likelihood of fresh elections.

Spanish police free 29 Chinese women forced into prostitution

Madrid - Police said Sunday they had rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

Thousands march in Spain's Basque region for return of ETA prisoners

Bilbao - Thousands of people marched in Bilbao in northern Spain on Sunday calling for the return of prisoners from the armed Basque separatist group ETA being held outside the region.

Spanish bullfighters lock horns in paternity suit

Cordova - Legendary Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez, "El Cordobes", is locked in a legal battle with another popular matador who openly uses the same nickname and has for years claimed to be his son.The scandal broke in February when Manuel Diaz told "Hola!

Guatemalan ex-president linked to new corruption case

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez, who is in jail awaiting trial on corruption allegations, now also faces charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from a Spanish port company.

Death toll rises to 7 in Tenerife building collapse

Madrid - Spanish authorities said Saturday they had pulled more bodies from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed on the popular Canary Island resort of Tenerife, bringing the death toll to seven.

Panama Papers claim new victim as Spain minister quits

Madrid - The worldwide "Panama Papers" scandal claimed a fresh political victim Friday as Spain's industry minister resigned over allegations he had links to offshore companies.

Police detain head of group that brought Spain's princess to trial

Madrid - Spanish police on Friday detained the head of a trade union that brought the high-profile tax evasion case against Princess Cristina for alleged extortion and other charges.

Death toll rises to 2 in Tenerife building collapse

Arona - Spanish emergency services on Friday pulled a second body from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed on the popular Canary Island holiday resort of Tenerife.

One dead, nine missing in Tenerife building collapse

Arona - At least one person died and nine others were missing Thursday after a five-storey building collapsed on Tenerife, local officials said.Rescuers with dogs were still at the scene late Thursday searching the debris for survivors.

Spain holds 'trafficker' of weapons that may have been used by Paris jihadist

Madrid - Spanish police said Wednesday they had detained a man who may have supplied weapons used in the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris in January 2015.

Early elections threaten in Spain as coalition talks break down

Madrid - Three-way talks headed by Spain's Socialists to form a new government broke down Friday less than 24 hours after they began, increasing the likelihood of a fresh election in June which would be the second in six months.

Study of Neanderthal Y chromosome hints at fertility problems

Washington - The first examination of a long-extinct Neanderthal's Y chromosome suggests that fertility problems may have prevented Neanderthal men from successfully mating with modern human females, researchers said.

Spanish party files 'crimes against humanity' complaint against PM

Madrid - A Spanish far-left party filed a court complaint Thursday against acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for "crimes against humanity" over his support of a controversial EU accord to send refugees back to Turkey.

In first, Podemos joins three-way coalition talks as clock ticks in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Socialists, far-left party Podemos and centrist upstart Ciudadanos held their first three-way coalition talks Thursday, trying to put aside their differences as a deadline to form a government approaches fast.
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