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Spain's 'drunken gummy bears' on edge as Haribo bares its teeth

Madrid - Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.

In Spain, ex-Catalan police chief goes on trial for rebellion

San Fernando De Henares - The former police chief of Catalonia went on trial Monday over his role in the region's failed 2017 independence bid in a move that risks fanning tensions with Catalan separatists.

Two killed, 8 hurt in blast at Spain chemical plant

La Canonja - Rescuers found a body at a chemical plant in northeastern Spain on Wednesday, raising to two the number of those killed when an explosion ripped through the facility, triggering a massive blaze which raged through the night.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont joined the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Madrid - Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.

Spain's new government to tackle Catalonia via negotiation

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new government took office Monday facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrived at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

Spain's new coalition is headed in 'single direction': PM

Madrid - Spain's socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday promised that his new minority coalition with the radical left Podemos party was heading in the same direction, despite past differences between the two parties.

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

Bilbao - Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the Basque Country on Saturday to demand prisoners linked to the former armed separatist group ETA be transferred to jails closer to the northern Spanish region.

European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

Apo - The European Parliament declared Friday that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.

Women experts, leftists to dominate new Spain govt

Madrid - Women experts and radical leftists looked set to play a dominant role in Spain's new coalition government as Pedro Sanchez Friday named a senior global trade expert as his top diplomat.

Spain court refuses to recognise Catalan separatist as MEP

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday refused to recognise jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras as a European MP because of his October conviction over a failed 2017 independence bid.

Baby born then dies on migrant boat bound for Canary Islands

Madrid - A baby that was born aboard a makeshift boat carrying migrants from Africa to the Canary Islands did not survive the journey, Spanish rescuers said on Wednesday after picking up the rickety vessel.

Spain's Sanchez faces tight vote to remain PM

Madrid - Spain's parliament will vote Tuesday on whether to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as prime minister at the helm of the country's first-ever coalition government.

Allied with far-left, Spain's Sanchez stays on as PM

Madrid - Spain's parliament on Tuesday narrowly confirmed Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as premier for another term, paving the way for the country's first-ever coalition government since its return to democracy in the 1970s.

Spain's Sanchez loses first bid to return as PM

Madrid - Spain's parliament rejected Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez's bid to be reappointed prime minister on Sunday, but he appeared on track to win a second confidence vote later in the week.

Spain's Sanchez makes Catalan dialogue top priority

Madrid - Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, seeking a leftist political alliance to resume office as prime minister, Saturday made dialogue in restive Catalonia an "absolute priority"."Spain will not break up, nor will the Constitution.

Spain electoral board disqualifies Catalan president from office

Madrid - Spain's electoral board ordered Friday that Catalan separatist president Quim Torra be disqualified from being a member of Catalonia's regional parliament, meaning he would lose his presidential post.

Spain PM gets green light from Catalan separatists for new term

Barcelona - A key Catalan separatist party said Thursday it would allow Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez another term as prime minister, paving the way to end months of political deadlock in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Belgium suspends extradition case for Catalan MEPs

Apo - A Belgian judge on Thursday suspended consideration of a Spanish warrant seeking the return of two Catalan separatist leaders to face trial, their lawyer said.

Mexico's ambassador leaves Bolivia after expulsion

La Paz - Mexico's ambassador to Bolivia left the country Tuesday after being expelled by the interim government following a diplomatic row over her embassy's sheltering of officials linked to ex-president Evo Morales.

Bolivia row with Spain and Mexico escalates with expulsions

La Paz - Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez, announced Monday that the country will expel Mexico's ambassador and two Spanish diplomats, drawing a tit-for-tat response from Madrid as a dispute over an alleged attempt to extract an ex-government aide esca...

Saudi sentences Yemeni to death over Spanish theatre group stabbing

Apo - A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni man to death Sunday for a knife attack on a Spanish theatre group, state television said, amid a controversial push to ease decades-old restrictions on entertainment.

Saudi sentences Yemeni to death over Spanish theatre stabbing

Apo - A Saudi criminal court sentenced a Yemeni man to death Sunday for a knife attack on a Spanish theatre group performing in Riyadh last month, state television said.

300 migrants rescued off Spain over two-day Christmas period

Madrid - Around 100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain on Thursday, adding to around another 200 plucked off makeshift boats on Christmas Day, Spain's maritime rescue service said.

WikiLeaks' Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Madrid - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday testified in his legal case against a Spanish private security firm that he claims spied on him while he was holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

WikiLeaks' Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Madrid - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday testified in his legal case against a Spanish private security firm that he claims spied on him while he was holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Exiled Catalan MEPs accredited to take up seats

Apo - Two pro-independence Catalan politicians received accreditation to sit as members of the European Parliament on Friday after a court ruled that Spain had no right to block them.

Spain court bars Catalan president from holding office for 18 months

Barcelona - A court in Spain on Thursday banned Catalonia's president Quim Torra from holding public office for 18 months after finding him guilty of disobedience for failing to remove separatist symbols from public buildings during an election campaign.

EU court opens way for Catalan MEPs to take seats despite Spain row

Luxembourg - Catalan separatist leaders won a dramatic victory in Europe's top court on Thursday, with a ruling that even jailed MEPs enjoy parliamentary immunity.
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