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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

Shakira denies plagiarism allegation in Spain court

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Colombian singer Shakira insists that she did not plagiarize a part of her hit song, 'La Bicicleta' from Cuban singer Livam's own song

Spain to exhume Franco's remains in June

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The move has long been talked about by sympathizers of the left-leaning government but fiercely resisted by Francisco Franco's family and many on the right

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

Spanish victims of sexually abusive priests speak out

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The heads of around 100 bishops' conferences from every continent will convene from February 21 to February 24 for the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 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

Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on October 1, 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence

TRIAL BEGINS. Former Catalan separatist leaders including (from front row R-L) Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Carles Mundo, Santi Vila and Meritxel Borras attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Madrid says talks with Catalan separatists 'stall'

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says separatist parties are asking the government to agree to holding an independence referendum, something which she says will 'never be acceptable'

POLITICS. In this file photo, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) and Deputy Prime Minister and minister of equality Carmen Calvo attend commemorative acts marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution at the parliament in Madrid on December 6, 2018. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

France, Spain demand release of detained journalists in Venezuela

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Five foreign journalists, including two working for France's "Quotidien" television show and one from Spain's EFE news agency, have been arrested in Venezuela this week. Two more, from Chile, have been deported.

VENEZUELA PROTESTS. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C), chants slogans as he marches with students during a protest he convened against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, outside Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, on January 30, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:16 PM

However, countries like Austria, Greece and Portugal are much more reluctant

EMBATTLED. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Spain grieves after boy who fell down well found dead

Jan 26, 2019 - 7:01 PM

An autopsy of the boy is being done, and an investigation into the circumstances of his fall will be carried out

GRIEVING PARENTS. In this file photo, parents of two-year-old Julen Rosello hug in Totalan, southern Spain, on January 24, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Ronaldo faces multi-million tax fraud fine in Madrid court

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Ronaldo will not serve his 23-month jail sentence as Spain does not enforce this for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes

TAX FRAUD. Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid for a trial on his tax fraud. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

Spanish rescuers drilling tunnel to search for toddler in well

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:07 PM

The plan is to dig a sufficiently deep tunnel after which miners will manually carve a passage to the well, where a two-year-old boy fell nearly a week ago in Totalan

RESCUE EFFORTS. A digger removes earth at the site where a boy fell down a well in Totalan in southern Spain on January 16, 2019. Rescuers racing to save a two-year-old boy who fell down a well in southern Spain have found several strands of his hair, authorities said, raising hopes of finding the toddler whose fate has gripped the nation for days. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain moves to extend statute of limitations for child abuse

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The bill proposes to begin the statute of limitations for child abuse when the victim turns 30 years old, instead of 18

A Christmas wish list for the naughty boys and girls of Woke Twitter

Dec 21, 2018 - 5:12 PM

What’s the point, after all, of bullying the bully?

Activists board ship off Spain in palm oil protest – Greenpeace

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:30 AM

According to Greenpeace, the ship is carrying 'dirty palm oil' products, or those linked to mass deforestation

PROTEST. Greenpeace activists board a tanker ship transporting palm oil from Wilmar, the largest palm oil producer in the world. Photo from Greenpeace Spain's Facebook page

Spain police smash 'black magic' transsexual prostitution ring

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Fifteen young Brazilian transsexuals are rescued from a sex trafficking ring in Murcia, Spain

'Zombie' storm Leslie smashes into Portugal, Spain

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Leslie was dubbed a 'zombie' hurricane as it first formed on September 23, only to meander through the Atlantic Ocean for weeks

Catalans march for unity on Spain's national day

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Tens of thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain part of Spain march and wave Spanish and Catalan flags through Barcelona to mark Dia de la Hispanidad

UNITY. People wave Spanish and Catalan flags during an anti-separatist demonstration for the unity of Spain marking the Spanish National Day in Barcelona on October 12, 2018. Photo by  Josep Lago/AFP

Spain set for verdict in first 'stolen babies' trial

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Eduardo Vela, an 85-year-old former gynecologist who used to run a clinic, is the first to stand trial for alleged involvement in the baby trafficking

Spain prime minister defends weapons sale to Saudis

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:34 AM

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez defends his government's decision to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing earlier pronouncements of blocking the sale

U-TURN. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

At least 5 dead after bus hits viaduct in Spain

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:39 PM

'Five people have died,' a spokesman for the central government's representative office in Asturias added – all of them passengers. Among the 20 injured was the driver, who had to have a limb amputated.

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Spain passes decree allowing Franco exhumation

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's decision is announced by Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, but the decree will still have to be approved in parliament

PEDRO SANCHEZ. Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a press conference to announce his new cabinet members at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on June 6, 2018. File photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence, 7 police injured

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

In the second assault on the Spanish border in a month, 7 police officers were lightly injured when migrants threw quicklime and battery acid as they tried to scale the fence. Some 115 migrants managed to enter Ceuta.

GETTING INTO CEUTA. A man reacts after forcing his way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta on August 22, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sanchez/AFP

Spain knife attacker was gay and suicidal, says wife – reports

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Spanish media report the attacker's wife said he had told her two months ago that he was homosexual and wanted to commit suicide

KNIFE ATTACKER'S DEATH. The body of a man who tried to attack a police station is carried out of the premises in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish police treating knife assault as 'terrorist attack'

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Police say the man invoked the name of Allah during the assault

KNIFE ATTACK. Special police forces prepare to raid the apartment building of a man who tried to attack a police station in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Pay up or else: Spain warns of online 'sextortion'

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Demands are typically for between $400 and $2,900, and the cyber criminals threaten to send supposed personal intimate pictures or videos to the person's 'loved ones' unless they pay up

Spain heatwave death toll rises to 9

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Parts of the region register temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend

THE HEAT IS ON. Two women use umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun at the seaside resort of Benidorm, on August 5, 2018. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Representatives of both executives meet for almost 4 hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011

TALKS. Catalan regional government Transparency Foreign, Institutional Relations and Affairs chief Ernest Maragall (3L) and Spanish minister of terrirorial administration Meritxell Batet (3R) attend a Catalan-Spanish bilateral commission on August 1, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Spain's maritime rescue service saved 211 migrants from 21 different boats in the Strait of Gibraltar

Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber

Jul 29, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Taxi drivers in Spain demand that the number of ride-hailing vehicles should be limited

STRIKE. Taxi drivers block the Gran Via in Barcelona on July 28, 2018. Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Man held for causing major wildfire in Spain

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The unidentified man is believed to have deliberately started the fire that broke out on August 21 last year in the county of La Cabrera in the northern region of Leon, the Guardia Civil police force says in a statement

WILDFIRE. Shutterstock file photo.

Former Barcelona coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:50 PM

2010 champion Spain crashed out in the last 16 of the World Cup on penalties against the 70th-ranked Russia

NEW FACE. Luis Enrique looks to turn around Spain's fortunes after a heartbreaking World Cup. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Iniesta after Spain farewell: 'That's life'

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Spanish football icon Andres Iniesta ends his international career on a bitter note

SAD EXIT. Andres Iniesta admits it’s not the international farewell he wanted. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP