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Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The verdict in the trial of leading Catalan separatists is expected soon

Archbishop from Bohol appointed new Papal Nuncio to Spain

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) In a reversal of roles, the new envoy of the Holy See to Spain is a citizen of a former Spanish colony

VATICAN ENVOY. A native of Bohol, Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza serves as the Vatican's representative in the United Nations. Photo by Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

Thomas Cook clients struggle with flight, hotel woes in Spain

Sep 24, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Clients of collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook struggle to return home or find that their hotel reservations made through the British company are invalid

Passengers of British travel group Thomas Cook queue at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on September 23, 2019. - British travel group Thomas Cook declared bankruptcy on September 23, 2019 after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK's biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back stranded passengers. The 178-year-old operator had been desperately seeking £200 million ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors to save it from collapse. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)

Spain court approves exhumation of Franco's remains

Sep 24, 2019 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) In a unanimous ruling, the court decides 'to completely reject the appeal lodged by the family in relation to Francisco Franco's exhumation'

TO BE EXHUMED. The grave of Spain's General Francisco Franco is pictured on July 03, 2018 in San Lorenzo del Escorial, near Madrid at the Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen), a monument to the Francoist combatants who died during the Spanish civil war and Franco's final resting place. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Spain World Cup win, US woes blow Olympic basketball wide open

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

USA will shoot for a fourth straight Olympic gold, but standing in its way are contenders Spain, Argentina, France, and Australia

KINGS OF BASKETBALL. Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit with a gold in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from

Gasol claims rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain crushes Argentina

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Marc Gasol joins Lamar Odom as the only players to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup championship in the same year

CHAMPIONS. Marc Gasol and Spain are kings of international basketball once again. Photo from

Spain trounces Argentina to recapture FIBA World Cup crown

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ricky Rubio and 5 other players breach double figures as Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit

CHAMPS AGAIN. Marc Gasol and Spain deny Luis Scola and Argentina the FIBA World Cup title. Photo from

Spain's Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Marc Gasol may be poised for a rare feat – winning the NBA crown and a FIBA World Cup in the same year

ENDURING. Marc Gasol admits the long basketball has been tough, but it’s 'all worth it.’ Photo from

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from

Spain boots out Australia in 2OT to reach FIBA World Cup finals

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio take over in the extra periods to power Spain past Australia in the knockout semifinal

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HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Australia - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Spain and Australia face off in a knockout semifinal duel at 4 pm. on Friday, September 13

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Brothers propel Spain at World Cup – but it's not the Gasols

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pau and Marc Gasol may be in the twilight of their brilliant careers, but Spain boasts another set of standout siblings

Ricky Rubio makes history to lead Spain to World Cup semis

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Spain gears up for a semifinal showdown against Australia or Czech Republic after a record-setting run with Ricky Rubio

RECORD BREAKER. Ricky Rubio becomes the all-time World Cup leader in assists. Photo fro,

Jokic ejected as Spain stuns Serbia at FIBA World Cup

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:18 PM

NBA star Nikola Jokic figures in a row with a referee as title favorite Serbia gets rattled for the first time with a blowout loss to Spain

THROWN OUT. The ejection of of Nikola Jokic proves fatal for Serbia as Marc Gasol and Spain top their group. Photo from

FIBA World Cup 2019: Spain, Serbia book quarterfinal berths

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Spain squeezes into the World Cup last 8 with a no-frills Italy win while Serbia shows again how it's done

Fil-French World Cup winner Alphonse Areola out to impress in Real Madrid

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Alphonse Areola takes his talents to Spain as he joins 33-time La Liga champion Real Madrid

BRINGING IN TALENT. Filipino-French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola hopes that his World Cup experience will be able to help reinforce Real Madrid. Photo from release

Rubio stars as Spain shrugs off slow start to FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:34 AM

Spain arrests a poor start while tournament favorite Serbia wastes no time stamping its class

TOP GUNS. Spanish stalwarts (from left) Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Juancho Hernangomez power Spain to an opening-day win. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Murray routs French teen for 1st singles comeback win

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray sweeps past French 17-year-old Imran Sibille

COMEBACK. Andy Murray continues his climb back to the top with his first singles match win in the 2019 ATP Challenger Tour. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Murray hoping for match practice, faces $150 French player in Mallorca

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Andy Murray has shunned the bright lights of the US Open to play in a second-tier Challenger event as he continues his injury comeback

COMEBACK. Andy Murray is taking it slow as he seeks to regain his old form that saw him win 3 Grand Slam titles. File Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

5,000 evacuated as Canary Islands wildfire rages

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The fire is 'extremely fierce' and 'unstable,' according to Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres

CANARY ISLANDS WILDFIRE. View of the village of Artenara immersed in a smoke caused by the new forest fire that started in the town of Valleseco in the Grand Canary Island of Spain, August 17, 2019. Photo by Desiree Martin/AFP

Spain offers to take Open Arms migrant vessel

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez cites the 'urgent situation' on the vessel and the 'inconceivable decision by the Italian authorities... to close all its ports' to the migrants

The Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms is seen off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019. - Twenty-seven unaccompanied minors have been authorised to leave a migrant rescue vessel in limbo off Italy, the Spanish charity operating the ship said. Italian Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the "alleged" minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being "divergent to my orientation." (Photo by Alessandro SERRANO / AFP) / Italy OUT

Mitchell, Walker lead USA over Spain in World Cup warm-up

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Team USA's NBA players overpower the Spain squad bannered by Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio in their World Cup prep

BUILDUP. Team USA's Donovan Mitchell shoots a jumper against Spain's Victor Claver and Ricky Rubio during an exhibition game in Anaheim, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas wraps up Spain camp with win over Ivory Coast

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Andray Blatche and Robert Bolick show the way anew as the Philippines wins 3 of its 4 friendly matches in Guadalajara and Malaga

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Andray Blatche controls the paint for Gilas Pilipinas against Ivory Coast. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Bolick on fire but Gilas succumbs to Congo in Spain

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Gilas Pilipinas misses a chance to face Spain's powerhouse national team of NBA players following a loss to Congo in the Torneo de Malaga

YOUNG GUN. Robert Bolick proves he belongs in the national team. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Norwood a game-time decision for Gilas vs Congo in Spain

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Gabe Norwood continues to nurse a mild groin injury that sidelined him in a friendly match against Ivory Coast

UNCERTAIN. Gabe Norwood may miss another game for Gilas Pilipinas in Spain. Photo from FIBA

Gilas turns back Ivory Coast to stay unbeaten in Spain camp

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Gilas Pilipinas erases Ivory Coast's double-digit lead to go 2-of-2 in its practice games in Guadalajara

CONTRIBUTOR. CJ Perez finishes in double figures for Gilas Pilipinas against Ivory Coast. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Gilas crushes Congo behind Blatche, Aguilar in Spain camp

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:16 AM

Gilas Pilipinas takes Congo to school, virtually securing the victory even with a quarter to spare

TOO HOT. Andray Blatche carries the scoring cudgels for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

LOOK: Gilas jumpstarts training camp in Spain

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas immediately buckles down to work by conducting practice in Guadalajara

KEY COG. Andray Blatche will be crucial for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from SBP-CignalTV

Gilas to miss almost half of 19-man pool for Spain camp

Aug 03, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Only 11 players get to join the European trip where Gilas Pilipinas will compete in a pocket tournament

CRUNCH TIME. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas ramp up their preparations for the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas ramps up FIBA World Cup buildup with Spain tourney

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Philippines gets to play Ivory Coast and Congo and may have a chance to lock horns with powerhouse Spain

DRAWING CLOSER. Gilas Pilipinas enters the homestretch of its preparations for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Spain PM loses confidence vote after coalition talks fail

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Pedro Sanchez now has another two months to find ways of getting support, either for a minority or coalition government. Without a deal Spain would have to go back to the polls in November.

CONFIDENCE VOTE. In this file photo taken on August 3, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Pedro Sanchez is currently caretaker premier after coming first in the April general election but without the majority he needed with just 123 seats, forcing him to look for support

SECOND DAY. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is running for a second term, delivers a speech on the second day of the parliamentary investiture debate to vote for a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on July 23, 2019.Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Famed Spanish bull run festival ends with 8 people gored this year

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The highlight of the nine-day San Fermin festival in Pamplona, which dates back to medieval times, is a bracing, daily test of courage against a thundering pack of half-ton, sharp-horned bulls

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 11, 2017: Bulls and people are running in Santo domingo street during San Fermin festival, Pamplona Fiesta

Spain court rules 43-year-old man is Julio Iglesias' biological son

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Singer Julio Iglesias is confirmed to be the biological father of 43-year-old Javier Sanchez Santos

Spanish hotel chambermaids fight 'exploitation'

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Chambermaids in Spain are calling on hotels to stop subcontracting and to improve working conditions

Myriam Barros, one of the spokeswomen of "The Kellys" association, a contraction of "las que limpian" in Spanish, or "those who clean" poses after cleaning an apartment in Lanzarote in July 5, 2019. - After protesting for years in front of hotels, a group of Spanish chambermaids has scored victories in its struggle to end subcontracting of their services, which leaves them poor and exhausted. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

2 Americans, Spaniard gored in Spain's Pamplona bull run

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in the Pamplona runs though authorities warn of the risks

BULL RUN. Participants run next to a Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bull during the first bullrun of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP

Managers of popular series websites acquitted of piracy in Spain

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:14 PM

A court in Murcia rules the defendants' 3 websites 'did not contain any kind of audiovisual content, but only published the links that led to other servers where the works were put up'

Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

While they won a general poll in April, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists fail to secure a majority in parliament and need the support of other groupings

OATH OF OFFICE. Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2, 2018. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Spanish court suspends exhumation of Franco remains

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The court says in a statement it has decided unanimously to suspend the exhumation to avoid 'harm' that could be caused if it was ultimately found that his remains should not have been moved

Gilas eyeing Spain tournament in FIBA World Cup buildup

May 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine team shifts to another plan after its initial arrangement to play in Russia fell through

MONTHS AWAY. Gilas Pilipinas has 3 months to prepare before the 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off. Photo from FIBA

Spain court clears Shakira of plagiarism

May 16, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The Spanish court clears Shakira and Carlos Vives of plagiarism, filed by Cuban singer Livan Rafael Castellanos

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Fugitive ex-leader of ETA detained in France

May 16, 2019 - 4:06 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengoetxea, better known as Josu Ternera, is detained 'in the early hours of the morning,' Spain's interior ministry says

JOSU TERNERA. A file photo taken in Bayonne on November 17, 2002 shows Josu "Ternera," then Spanish Basque Regional parliament's deputy of the Basque nationalist party Batasuna's. File photo by Daniel Velez/AFP

Casillas leaves hospital, admits future uncertain

May 06, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The Spanish goalkeeping great will soon turn 38 and had just extended his contract with Porto to next year with an option of an additional 12 months

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Iker Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during training, according to Porto. File photo from

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls – party

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'

Spain votes in early election marked by far-right resurgence

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Far-right party Vox looks set to make its first-ever entrance into the national parliament

SNAP ELECTIONS. Voters cast their ballots at the Central University of Barcelona being used as a polling station in Barcelona during general elections in Spain on April 28, 2019. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Assange lawyers file 'extortion' complaint in Spain court

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Spanish media reports say 4 Spaniards have videos and personal documents of Julian Assange

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Madrid skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over false bomb threat

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It was finally determined that the threat was false. Everything goes back to normal,' the police say after searching the building

FALSE THREAT. Spanish police remove a cordon outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper at the Cuatro Torres (Four Towers) business park in Madrid on April 16, 2019. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP