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Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Madrid - Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential activities as it stepped up its fight against the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed 5,690 lives.

Brutal choices, loneliness, death: on the frontline with Spain's medics

Madrid - Meet Sara, Regina, Sonia and Irene, healthcare workers on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus epidemic that has brought Spain's hospitals to the brink of collapse.Here they talk to AFP about what they have seen and how they are coping.

Spain seeks NATO help as virus death toll touches 2,700

Madrid - Spain's armed forces on Tuesday asked NATO for humanitarian assistance to fight the novel coronavirus as the national death toll touched 2,700 and infections soared towards 40,000.

On the 10th day of lockdown, Madrid shaken by deaths

Madrid - At the foot of the skyscrapers in Madrid's business district, the streets are empty as the city silently marks day 10 of lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Spain seeks NATO help as virus death toll touches 2,700

Madrid - Spain's armed forces on Tuesday asked NATO for humanitarian assistance to fight the novel coronavirus as the national death toll touched 2,700 and infections soared towards 40,000.

In Europe, retirement homes at risk from virus 'timebomb'

Madrid - In Italy, Spain and France, old people's homes have been ravaged by coronavirus with the elderly and the infirm taking the brunt of the epidemic as it spreads like wildfire across Europe.

Spanish soldiers find bodies in retirement homes

Madrid - Spanish soldiers deployed to help fight the new coronavirus outbreak have found elderly patients abandoned, and sometimes dead, at retirement homes, as an ice rink inside a Madrid shopping mall was turned into a temporary morgue to cope with a surge in...

Spain moves to extend state of emergency as virus deaths soar

Madrid - Spain's prime minister said Sunday he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency until April 11 to try to curb the spread of coronavirus after the country recorded 394 new deaths from the disease.

Spain moves to extend state of emergency as virus deaths soar

Madrid - Spain's prime minister said Sunday he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency until April 11 to try to curb the spread of coronavirus after the country recorded 394 new deaths from the disease.

Spain's virus death toll shoots past 1,300

Madrid - Spain on Saturday reported a 32 percent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the country total to 1,326 fatalities, the second highest in Europe after Italy.

Spanish king distances himself from scandal-hit father

Madrid - King Felipe VI of Spain moved Sunday to distance himself from his scandal-hit father, stripping him of his palace allowance and renouncing what he was due to inherit from him.

Spain imposes near total lockdown to fight virus

Madrid - Spain on Saturday followed Italy and imposed a near total nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus by banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

With school out, minding grandkids risky for Madrid's elderly

Madrid - With Madrid schools shut over coronavirus fears, 74-year-old Ramon Millan will cross the city by metro every day to mind his grandson, despite heightened risks to the elderly posed by the deadly epidemic.

Thousands of police demand pay hike at tense Madrid demo

Madrid - Thousands of national police held a tense demonstration in Madrid on Tuesday, demanding salaries in line with those of their better-paid counterparts in other Spanish regions.

Spain to toughen rape penalties after 'Wolf Pack' case

Madrid - Spain's leftwing government on Tuesday unveiled draft legislation toughening the penalties for rape and requiring explicit consent for sexual acts following a notorious gang rape that shocked the country.

Catalan exile still hopes for new independence vote

Apo - Exiled Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont still hopes the dialogue underway between Spain and his region will lead to an authorised independence referendum, like the one once held in Scotland.

Catalan separatist leaves jail to teach on day release

Barcelona - Jailed Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras, who is serving 13 years for a failed 2017 independence bid, left prison Tuesday to teach in university as part of a day-release programme.

Exiled Catalan leader issues independence call near Spanish border

Perpignan - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain over a failed 2017 independence bid, on Saturday exhorted tens of thousands of supporters to keep up the struggle, at a giant rally in southern France, near the Catalan border.

Exiled Catalan leader to hold mass rally near Spain border

Perpignan - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain over a failed 2017 independence bid, is expecting to draw vast crowds of supporters to a rally on Saturday in southern France near the Catalan border.

Refugee restaurant seeks to win Spanish hearts

Madrid - Hala and Alex learned to cook with their mothers, Yoli learnt while preparing meals for her large family.

Winter ends on Everest without an ascent

Kathmandu - Incessant snowfall and avalanches have forced teams to abandon their bid to achieve the first winter ascent of Everest in more than quarter of a century.

Apology gave 'false impression', Domingo says amid backlash in Spain

Madrid - Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo on Thursday rowed back on an apology he made over sexual harassment allegations just two days earlier, after his mea culpa triggered a backlash and cancellations in Spain.

Spanish PM opens talks with Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's prime minister opened talks with Catalan separatists on Wednesday to try and defuse a crisis over the region's separatist push that could hold the key to the survival of his minority government.

Spain seeks to calm nerves as virus cases jump

Madrid - Spain on Wednesday issued assurances that a cluster of new coronavirus infections did not risk a broader spread, after ten cases were detected since Monday evening.

Hundreds of tourists in Tenerife hotel lockdown over coronavirus

Adeje - Hundreds of people were confined to a Tenerife hotel Tuesday after an Italian tourist was hospitalised in a suspected case of coronavirus, officials in Spain's Canary Islands said."Hundreds of hotel clients are being monitored for health reasons..

Canary Islands airports reopen after sandstorm

Madrid - All eight airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday a day after a sandstorm shrouded the archipelago, forcing their closure, the transport ministry said.

Sandstorm forces closure of airports on Spain's Canary Islands

Madrid - Airports on Spain's Canary Islands were closed again Sunday after a sandstorm hit the archipelago, airport authorities said.

Venezuela media mogul summoned to Madrid graft hearing on Feb 26

Madrid - The billionaire owner of Venezuela's Globovision TV network has been summoned to appear at Spain's top criminal court next week as part of a money-laundering investigation involving embezzled funds from state oil company PDVSA, court sources said Thurs...

Six workers rescued from underground cigarette factory in Spain

M - Spanish police have rescued six workers who were left trapped and gasping for air in a counterfeit cigarette factory located in a bunker four metres (13 feet) underground, police and Europol said Thursday.

World Mobile Congress cancelled over coronavirus fears

Barcelona - Organisers of the World Mobile Congress said Wednesday they have cancelled the world's top mobile trade fair due to fears stemming from the coronavirus that sparked an exodus of industry heavyweights.
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