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Campaigning underway for Madrid regional election

Madrid - With virus cases rising and the vaccination drive delayed, the campaign opened Sunday for regional elections in the Spanish capital that are likely to cement the right-wing's hold on the country's wealthiest region.

Campaigning opens for Madrid's May 4 regional election

Madrid - With virus cases rising and its vaccination drive delayed, Madrid heads into an election campaign Sunday ahead of a vote likely to cement the right-wing's hold on Spain's wealthiest region.

Syria reporters start Spain's first refugee-led news site

Madrid - Before arriving in Madrid, Muhammed, Ayham, Okba and Moussa honed their skills as journalists during Syria's bloody civil war and now they have opened Spain's first refugee-led digital magazine.

In court, former Spain PMs deny existence of party slush fund

San Fernando De Henares - Two former Spanish premiers categorically denied the existence of a slush fund at the right-wing Popular Party Wednesday, as they testified as witnesses in the trial of a former party treasurer.

Mali toddler's death puts human face on Canaries migrant crisis

Madrid - She was just two years old and she was from Mali. And her death this weekend after days fighting for her life puts a harrowingly human face on the migrant crisis in the Canary Islands.

Protesters march in Spain demanding rapper's release

Madrid - Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday rallied in cities across Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona, calling for the release of a controversial rapper, jailed in mid-February for tweets criticising the royal family and the security forces.

Shame, frustration and dreams in Madrid's 'hunger lines'

Madrid - Although her face is covered by a black mask, Rita Carrasco still wears bright red lipstick. But her easy smile faltered when she had to join Madrid's "hunger lines" for food aid."It was a hard moment.

For Madrid's trees, record snowfall leaves deep wounds

Madrid - High among the treetops the sound of a chainsaw rings out and a huge branch comes crashing down as Madrid's forestry engineers move from tree to tree, repairing the damage from the record snowfall seen in January.

Spain legalises euthanasia, assisted suicide

Madrid - Spain's parliament voted through a law legalising euthanasia Thursday, becoming one of the few nations to allow terminally-ill or gravely-injured patients to end their own suffering.

In Spain, a victory for euthanasia campaigners

A Pobra Do Caraminal - In 1998 Ramona Maneiro helped her friend Ramon Sampedro, paralysed from the neck down following an accident, to die, a tale told in the Oscar-winning Spanish film "The Sea Inside".

Spanish police find first European-made narco sub

Madrid - Police have seized a nine-metre (30-foot) narco submarine in southern Spain in what is believed to be the first such vessel built in Europe, Europol said on Monday.

Hard-left Podemos chief leaving Spain govt to run as Madrid leader

Madrid - Pablo Iglesias, leader of the hard-left party Podemos and a deputy prime minister in Spain's ruling coalition, said Monday he would resign from the government to run as Madrid's regional chief.

Catalan parliament elects separatist hardliner as speaker

Barcelona - Catalonia's new parliament elected Friday a hardline separatist speaker as its pro-independence lawmakers prepare to form a government in the northeastern region of Spain.

Spain declares delivery riders to be staff, in EU first

Madrid - Spain's government announced Thursday a deal that will recognise riders working for delivery firms such as Deliveroo and UberEats as salaried staff following complaints about their working conditions -- a first in the EU.

Madrid regional head calls snap election on May 4

Madrid - The rightwing leader of Madrid's regional government, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, resigned Wednesday, dissolving its ruling coalition and calling a snap election on May 4 in Spain's wealthiest region.

Diaz Ayuso: rising star of the Spanish right

Madrid - An outspoken hardliner and scathing critic of Spain's leftwing government, Isabel Diaz Ayuso is a rising right-wing star owing in large part to the coronavirus pandemic.

Catalans divided as Spain hails EU lifting of MEPs' immunity

Barcelona - Spain's foreign minister on Tuesday hailed the European Parliament's decision to lift the immunity of three wanted Catalan MEPs, although reactions were divided on the streets of Catalonia.

EU Parliament strips Catalan separatists of immunity

Apo - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two allies wanted by Spain following Catalonia's independence attempt in 2017.

Women's Day draws thousands in Barcelona, Madrid demos banned

Barcelona - Several thousand demonstrators massed in Barcelona on Monday for a socially-distanced International Women's Day march after a day of national rallies except in Madrid, where gatherings were banned over the virus.

Spain destroys weapons of Basque separatist group

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Thursday presided over a ceremony to destroy more than 1,000 guns and other weapons seized over the years from Basque separatist group ETA, which disbanded in 2018.

Row in Spain after king's sisters get virus jab in UAE

Madrid - Spain's royal family came under fire Wednesday after King Felipe VI's sisters confirmed they were vaccinated for the coronavirus while visiting their father in the UAE, sidestepping Spanish immunisation protocols.

Police van torched in Barcelona protest against rapper's jailing

Barcelona - A police van was torched and looting broke out on Saturday as police and protesters clashed in the latest demonstration in Barcelona, 11 days after the jailing of a Spanish rapper in a highly contentious free speech case.

Spain's tainted former king settles tax debts

Madrid - Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who moved to the UAE last year under a cloud of scandal, has settled a debt of nearly 4.4 million euros ($5.3 million) with the Spanish tax authorities to try to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit.

Spanish enclave closure plunges Morocco town into crisis

Fnideq - Moroccans in a town bordering a Spanish enclave face a bleak future after a smuggling crackdown plus a border closure over coronavirus fears destroyed their livelihoods.

Spain removes last statue of dictator Franco

Madrid - Spain's north African enclave of Melilla has removed the country's last public statue of former dictator General Francisco Franco 45 years after his death.

Ex-king absent as Spain marks 40 years since failed coup

Madrid - Spain marked 40 years since a failed military coup Tuesday, but without the presence of former king Juan Carlos whose intervention helped stop the crisis, steering the nation toward democracy.

Rapper's arrest the last straw for Spain's young protesters

Barcelona - At Saturday's protest, a hood covers one young woman's hair, a mask her face.Only her dark eyes can be seen staring out at the latest demonstration in Barcelona against the jailing of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel.

Looting as police, protesters clash at Barcelona rally for rapper

Barcelona - Looting broke out as police and demonstrators in Barcelona clashed for a fifth night Saturday, with thousands hitting the streets across Spain in protest against the jailing of a controversial rapper.

Four arrested after fresh rapper protests in Spain

Madrid - Four more people were arrested following another night of violent protests over the jailing of a rapper for controversial tweets, police said on Saturday.

Strains test Spain's leftist coalition government

Madrid - In office for just over a year, Spain's leftwing coalition grouping the Socialists and hard-left Podemos is showing signs of strain with constant bickering between the two camps.
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