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Rajoy seeks support for second term as Spanish PM

Madrid - Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday urged lawmakers to back him for a second term, arguing ahead of a confidence vote which he appears set to lose that the country "urgently" needs a government.

Third vote looms as Spain's opposition blocks government deal

Madrid - Spain's main opposition Socialist party on Monday refused to back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's efforts to form a minority government, pushing the country closer to its third general election in a year.

Spain's acting PM warns forming new government still 'a wish'

Madrid - Spain's acting prime minister warned Saturday that forming a government remained a "wish", in downbeat comments ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote over the country's political deadlock.

Spanish police smash Chinese immigration ring

Madrid - Spanish police said Saturday they had smashed a major ring allegedly providing Chinese nationals living illegally in the country with fake contracts as domestic staff so they could get residency permits.

Top ETA figure barred from running in Spain's Basque election

Madrid - A prominent former ETA member credited with helping to move the armed Basque separatist group away from violence was barred Wednesday from running in Spanish regional elections next month.

Spain balcony-jumping craze: most are drunk Brits, study finds

Madrid - They're young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital... or worse, dead.

Spain's parties seek to avoid Christmas Day poll

Madrid - Spain's ruling Popular Party began talks Friday with upstart party Ciudadanos in a bid to spare voters a third election in a year on Christmas day.

PM to seek parliament approval to lead Spain on August 30

Madrid - Spain's acting prime minister will seek parliamentary approval to lead the country for a second term on August 30, speaker Ana Pastor said Thursday, in a bid to unblock months of deadlock after two inconclusive elections.

Argentine judge to probe murder of Spanish poet Lorca

Madrid - An Argentine judge known for investigating crimes committed during Spain's civil war will probe the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca, a victims' association said Thursday.

Irishman shot dead on Majorca holiday island

Madrid - An Irishman was shot dead on the holiday island of Majorca, police said Thursday, in what local media reported may have been a settling of scores that went badly wrong."Yesterday at 9pm (1900 GMT), a person was...

Spain ruling party agrees talks with rival to ease deadlock

Madrid - Spain's corruption-hit ruling Popular Party (PP) agreed Wednesday to negotiate with Ciudadanos to try and form a government, just days after the centrist grouping set a series of anti-graft demands as a condition to start talks.

Firefighters bringing blazes under control in Portugal, France

Lisbon - Firefighters were making progress in quenching forest fires that have ravaged parts of Portugal and France, officials said Friday, as Spain faced a rash of possibly deliberate blazes.

Spain ruling party to vote on rival's proposals to end deadlock

Madrid - Spain's Popular Party (PP) will decide next Wednesday whether it accepts conditions set by centrist upstart grouping Ciudadanos in exchange for helping it form a minority government, acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Spain's Ciudadanos sets terms for helping break deadlock

Madrid - Spain's upstart Ciudadanos party demanded electoral reform and anti-corruption measures Tuesday in return for helping acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government after months of political limbo.

German Canaries blaze suspect remanded

Madrid - A German man who allegedly sparked a deadly forest fire in the Canary Islands by burning toilet paper has been remanded in custody, a court spokesman said Saturday.

Ranger dies in Spain blaze after German lights toilet paper

Santa Cruz De La Palma - A park ranger died while fighting a blaze in the Canary Islands allegedly sparked by a German man who set fire to toilet paper after defecating in the woods, authorities said Thursday.

Germans held in Spain as flashmob sparks terror alert

Barcelona - Five young German women were arrested after a flashmob stunt at a Spanish resort went wrong and sparked a terror alert, police said Wednesday.

Deadlocked Spain risks third election in a year, PM warns

Madrid - Spain may be forced to hold a third round of elections, acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Tuesday after his Socialist rival refused to back his efforts to form a government.

Spaniards chased away by crisis attempt return home

Madrid - Luis Lag is one of thousands of Spaniards who went abroad during the crisis. This "very good decision" allowed him to find a better job when he eventually came back.

Fearful of attacks, tourists flood Spain's beaches

Madrid - Spain saw nearly 33 million visitors to the country in the first six months of the year, an 11.7 percent leap from 2015 as people fearful of extremist attacks seek refuge in the Iberian Peninsula.

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers

Madrid - Spain asked the Constitutional Court Friday to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning separatist lawmakers of severe consequences.

Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths

Barcelona - Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches.

Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government

Madrid - Spain's king tasked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate mission of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections.

Catalan parliament defies court in secession drive

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers defied Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday and approved a text calling on the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

11 jailed in Spain stamp scam, one of country's 'biggest frauds'

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court said Wednesday it had sentenced 11 former executives of stamp firm Afinsa to up to 12 years in jail for their role in a vast scam that ruined thousands of savers.

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

Barcelona - Spanish troops intervened Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve after laying waste to some 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land, regional authorities said.

Spanish king 'concerned' about political deadlock: lawmaker

Madrid - King Felipe VI is "concerned" about Spain's political paralysis, a lawmaker who met him said Tuesday as the monarch began a fourth round of talks with party representatives to try and agree on a government.

Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe: hospital

Barcelona - A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly in Spain on Monday, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe.

EU orders Spain to recover high-speed train test funds

Brussels - The EU ordered Spain on Monday to recover 140 million euros ($150 million) in illegal state aid set aside for a high-speed train test centre that Brussels said was unnecessary.

Spain’s pension system paid out $330mn to dead people in 1 year

Spain's National pension system which is running the biggest deficit in its history, paid out $330 million in pensions to 29,321 deceased Spaniards in one year, says a report issued by country's audit office.
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