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AirBnB flat owner in Spain jailed for raping two US renters

Barcelona - A Colombian national was convicted Friday by a court in Spain to nearly 12 years in prison for raping two American tourists who rented his room through the flat-sharing website AirBnB.

Ferraris gone as Spain king polishes image

Madrid - Six months into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI is gently polishing the monarchy's scandal-hit image, getting rid of royal Ferraris and publishing palace accounts -- but critics are demanding he try harder.

Man rams gas-laden car into Spain ruling party HQ

Madrid - A man rammed a car loaded with gas cylinders into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's conservative ruling party on Friday, police said.The canisters did not explode and there were no injuries, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Spanish newspapers suddenly regret forcing Google out of Spain

The Spanish Newspapers Publishers' Association (AEDE) has called on the Spain government and European competition authorities to stop Google shutting its operation down there, the Spain Report says.

Spain establishment 'panics' as support for upstart party surges

Madrid - Spain's conservative ruling party and the opposition Socialists are in panic mode as a surge in support for upstart Podemos shows little signs of abating ahead of elections next year.

Spain angers rights activists with tough new security law

Madrid - Spain's proposed new public security law, which introduces hefty fines for unauthorised protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally, has sparked fierce opposition from human rights activists.

Google News shutting down in Spain

Google News will be shut down in Spain on December 16, following a recent law that would have forced Google to cough up licensing revenues to publishers if their content appeared in Google News.

Spanish court to consider paternity suits against ex-king

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court will consider two paternity suits against former king Juan Carlos lodged by a waiter and his sister who believe they are the illegitimate children of the ex-monarch, a judicial source said.

Spanish king praises unity on visit to Catalonia after vote

Barcelona - Spain's King Felipe VI praised the merits of unity in his first speech in Catalonia since the wealthy northwest region held a symbolic vote on independence.

Absences glare again at Ibero-American summit

Veracruz - Latin American nations and their ex-colonial powers, Portugal and Spain, wrapped up a summit Tuesday again marked by major absences, with the leaders of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba shunning the event.

Prosecutors call for 19-year sentence for Spanish king's brother-in-law

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors called Tuesday for the acquittal of the king's sister Cristina in a corruption case but demanded a jail sentence of 19 and a half years for her husband in a scandal which has tainted the monarchy.

Mexico leader opens summit amid security crisis

Veracruz - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto opened a summit of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese leaders Monday, turning his attention to diplomacy as he faced anger at home over a security crisis.

Spanish opposition decries govt plans to expand wiretapping

Madrid - Spain's Socialist opposition on Saturday accused the government of acting like "Big Brother" after proposing legislation that would give top officials more power to bypass judges and authorise wiretaps or other surveillance.

Spain's Canary islanders protest against oil drilling

About 200 people, including tourists, formed a giant "SOS" on a beach on Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday to protest against drilling for oil off the archipelago.

In Catalonia, Spain PM 'won't allow' challenge to country's unity

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Catalonia Saturday that he would not allow any challenge to national unity, on his first visit to the region since its symbolic vote on independence.

Spanish PM pushes for new laws after latest graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday pushed for the rapid adoption of new laws aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, after his health minister resigned in the latest in a string of corruption scandals.

Spanish PM dismisses latest Catalan independence moves

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called plans by the Catalan government to hold early elections as part of a push to gain independence from Spain "a step to nowhere".

Pope's 'pain' as second man accuses Spanish priests of abuse

Madrid - A second man has filed a complaint accusing a group of Catholic priests in Spain of sexual abuse in a case Pope Francis has said has caused him "great pain", a judicial source said Wednesday.

Spanish health minister quits over graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after being linked to a massive corruption scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the prime minister's conservative Popular Party.

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region wants early polls on independence

Barcelona - The head of the regional Catalan government, Artur Mas, said Tuesday he wants to hold early elections in the wealthy region centred in independence from the rest of Spain.

World's longest train journey — China to Spain opens

China has inaugurated the world's longest train journey, traversing the whole of Central Asia and Europe. Dubbed the new Silk Road, it is expected to give a major economic boost to trade between China and the EU.

Tens of thousands march against abortion in Spain

Madrid - Tens of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid on Saturday threatening to punish the government in elections next year unless it revives a plan to restrict women's access to abortion.

ETA militants jailed for six to eight years in France

Paris - Four militants from the Basque separatist group ETA captured in northern France in 2011 were given prison sentences of six to eight years on Friday by a Paris court.

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors said Wednesday they will take legal action against Catalan president Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction.

Catalan self-rule camp smaller than it looks: analysts

Barcelona - Although nearly two million people voted 'Yes' in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.

Pablo Iglesias: Party leader tapping Spain's indignation

Madrid - Pony-tailed university lecturer Pablo Iglesias has caused a "political earthquake" in Spain, where his left-wing protest party Podemos is catching up with mainstream rivals ahead of next year's general election.

Pablo Iglesias elected to head Spain's leftist Podemos party

Madrid - Podemos, a fast-growing Spanish far-left party set up in January, on Saturday formally elected its 36-year-old founder Pablo Iglesias as secretary general.The pony-tailed university lecturer won 88.

Historic photos of dead Che Guevara resurface in Spain

Madrid - Lost for half a century, historic photographs of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara shortly after his execution taken by an AFP photographer have come to light in a small Spanish town.

Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote

Barcelona - The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on Thursday on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.

Spain brands Catalan breakaway vote a failure

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded the Catalonia region's symbolic vote on independence a failure and rejected its call for a full referendum on breaking away from Spain.
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