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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.

Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos dies

Madrid - Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos, who wielded the baton at a clutch of top ensembles including the Spanish National Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has died of cancer aged 78, his entourage said Friday in Madrid.

Venezuela declares Spanish ambassador 'persona non grata'

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday declared Spain's ambassador to Caracas "persona non grata," accusing Madrid of committing "continuous aggressions" against the Socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan opposition figure freed: assembly member

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have released opposition figure Yon Goicoechea after his arrest 14 months ago for allegedly possessing explosives, a National Assembly member said early Saturday.

Barcelona family swept up in Catalan crisis

Barcelona - Emotions are running high for the Sanz-Cortinas family as Catalonia threatens to declare independence from Spain.The Barcelona family of four has felt sadness, anger and uncertainty as the political crisis deepened over the past several weeks.

Catalan independence vote divides region's mayors

Catalunya - "It's a dream come true," says Eudald Calvo, mayor of Argentona, a municipality near Barcelona which is gearing up for an October 1 referendum on Catalan independence that Madrid has branded illegal.

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