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Corruption trial of ex-PEMEX boss begins in Mexico

Mexico - The former boss of Mexican state oil giant PEMEX went on trial on Tuesday, accused of taking bribes to fund a presidential campaign, official sources said.

Spain to hike taxes to offset impact of virus crisis

Madrid - Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Thursday said fiscal reform was "inevitable" if Spain was to deal with the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to tax hikes, notably for larger companies. Sanchez also pledged 9.

Spain govt under fire over Women's Day March on eve of outbreak

Madrid - Spain's left-wing government was facing growing pressure Wednesday after a damning report emerged criticising its decision to permit a huge March 8 rally in Madrid as the epidemic gathered pace.

Ex-boss of Mexico's PEMEX oil jailed in Spain pending extradition

Madrid - A Spanish judge placed a top former Mexican oil executive in pre-trial detention Thursday following an extradition request linked to the vast Odebrecht corruption scandal that has engulfed much of Latin America.

Madrid delays separatist talks over Catalan snap election

Madrid - Spain's central government on Thursday said the announcement of snap elections in Catalonia would delay planned talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the region's separatist leadership.

Argentina president to head off on European tour to discuss debt

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Alberto Fernandez will begin his first tour of Europe on Wednesday with a visit to the Vatican, after which he will concentrate on trying to renegotiate the South American country's burdensome national debt.

Peruvian police arrest Belgian with 20 wild birds in suitcase

- Peruvian police have arrested a Belgian man at Lima Airport for trying to smuggle 20 live birds to Europe in his suitcase, the National Forest and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.

Bolivia says Spain 'tried to extract' wanted aide from Mexico embassy

La Paz - Bolivia on Saturday accused Spain of an abortive attempt to extract a wanted former government aide from Mexico's embassy in La Paz, prompting a sharp denial from Madrid.

Spain to probe Mexico embassy incident that angered Bolivia

Madrid - Spain pledged Saturday to send investigators to La Paz after its embassy staff were accused of trying to sneak into the Mexican diplomatic mission accompanied by several masked individuals, an action denounced by Bolivia as a violation of its sovereign...

Police disperse separatist demo on key Spain-France motorway

Barcelona - Police on Wednesday managed to disperse Catalan separatist protesters from a busy motorway linking Spain and France, reopening the road in both directions after more than 48 hours of intermittent blockages.

Fed up, satellite towns around Madrid turn to far-right Vox

Valdemoro - "I don't like Vox, I've always supported the Socialists, but I've just had enough of all the in-fighting between the parties," shrugs retired construction worker Luis Martinez, who like many people in Valdemoro voted for the far-right.

Catalans who want to remain in Spain seek to make their voice heard

Barcelona - Most people in Catalonia do not agree with the separatist movement and want to end the protest violence, the Catalan Civil Society (SCC) head has told AFP, ahead of a major demonstration by the so-called "silent majority" in Barcelona on Sunday.

Spanish King Felipe VI to visit Cuba in November

Havana - Spain's King Felipe VI will visit Cuba next month as part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the island nation's capital Havana, the European country's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Wednesday.

Separatists urge 'civil disobedience' if Catalan leaders convicted

Barcelona - Two years after a controversial referendum that triggered Spain's worst political crisis in decades, Catalan separatists called Tuesday for mass "civil disobedience" if their leaders are convicted over a failed independence bid.

Europe facing 'winds of xenophobia', Spain's Sanchez warns

Argel - Spain's Pedro Sanchez on Sunday urged Europeans to resist the "winds of xenophobia" threatening the continent, as he marked 80 years since the flight of 475,000 Spaniards to France after Francisco Franco seized power after a brutal civil war.

Cuban cigars hit record sales thanks to increasing Chinese demand

Havana - Boosted by growing demand from China, sales of Cuban cigars reached a record $537 million in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year despite global laws against tobacco, the partially state-owned Habanos said Monday.

Guaido rules out risk of civil war in Venezuela

Madrid - Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido ruled out the possibility of civil war in his country, saying the overwhelming majority of his compatriots wanted Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Third US trial finds Spaniard guilty of murdering 3

Miami - A US jury on Saturday unanimously found a Spaniard guilty of murdering a nightclub owner and two dancers after the accused's third trial in 21 years.Pablo Ibar, 46, has already spent years on death row.

Far-right wins seats in Andalusia parliament in first for post-Franco Spain

Seville - A far-right party won seats in a Spanish regional parliament for the first time since the country returned to democracy following the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, results in Andalusia's election showed.

Ruling Socialists under pressure as far-right eyes Andalusia seats

Seville - Spain's most populous region Andalusia went to the polls yesterday in the first of a series of tests for Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Spanish PM faces first ballot box test in Andalusia polls

Madrid - Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces his first test at the ballot box on Sunday in regional polls in Andalusia which will kick off a series of elections in the country.

Paleontologists discover new sauropod species in Argentina

Buenos Aires - A team of Spanish and Argentine paleontologists have discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in the center of the country, the National University of La Matanza revealed Friday.

Peru's new interior minister sworn in amid judge scandal

- President Martin Vizcarra swore in a retired police general as Peru's new interior minister Friday to replace Mauro Medina, who resigned after a fugitive supreme court judge fled to Spain.

Spain arrests fugitive Peruvian ex-judge accused of corruption

- A sacked Supreme Court judge on the run as he faces trial for corruption in Peru was arrested in Spain on Friday, the South American country's president, Martin Vizcarra said.

Peru president calls on Spain to arrest fugitive judge

- Peru's president called on Spain Thursday to arrest a sacked Supreme Court judge who fled the South American country while facing trial over a massive influence peddling scandal that forced the resignation of the interior minister.

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Apo - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that Latin America should adopt a "quota system" to better manage the Venezuelan migrant crisis.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.

Mastermind of 2017 Barcelona attacks still on the run: report

Madrid - The suspected mastermind of last year's jihadist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort is still on the run in Europe, a Spanish newspaper reported Thursday.

Volunteer army greets tired Aquarius migrants in Spain

Valencia - Red Cross volunteers and translators from across Spain turned out to take care of hundreds of migrants unwanted in Italy and Malta from the Aquarius rescue ship when they finally stepped ashore Sunday in the port of Valencia after a gruelling week-long...

Javier Bardem sounds free speech warning in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Oscar-winner Javier Bardem warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of expression with artists probed or jailed for voicing their opinions.
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