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Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours as toll surges to 5,690

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Spain has the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy

MORGUE. Policemen and a member of the Spanish Army's Military Emergency Unit (UME) wearing a protective suit stand outside the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping mall where an ic. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Italy reports 969 new deaths, Spain 769 deaths, and France 299 deaths as Europe reels from a crisis that leads the United States to finalize an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package

CORONAVIRUS IN ITALY. Sister Angel Bipendu 46, a doctor with the USCA special care unit of ATS Bergamo goes on a home visit, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Nadal, Gasol launch fundraiser to pay back debt to COVID-hit Spain

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'Spanish athletes have always tried to make our nation proud, today we want to go beyond that,' says Pau Gasol as he joins Rafael Nadal for a fundraising drive

Spain virus toll passes 4,000 but death rate slows

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Spain orders millions of tests from abroad and instructs local firms to start producing them

REJOICE. Health care workers dealing with the new coronavirus crisis in Spain, applaud in return as they are cheered on by people outside La Fe hospital in Valencia on March 26, 2020. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

Airbus unions in Spain oppose restart of operations

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Airbus plans to resume production in Spain on Monday, March 30, but workers say their health would be at risk

AIRBUS. The Airbus logo on the company's building in Illescas, Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths – gov't

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:52 AM

(UPDATED) Across the world, only Italy now has a higher death toll than that of Spain

DEATH. A woman wearing a face mask and gloves touches a niche during the burial of a man who died of the new coronavirus at the South Municipal cemetery in Madrid, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Baldesca Samper/AFP

Spanish soldiers find bodies in retirement homes

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:08 PM

An ice rink inside a Madrid shopping mall is also turned into a temporary morgue to cope with a surge in cases

MORGUE. Policemen and a member of the Spanish Army's Military Emergency Unit (UME) wearing a protective suit stand outside the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping mall where an ic. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Madrid turns conference center into big field hospital

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:08 PM

The makeshift field hospital is set to be the biggest in Europe

Spain's coronavirus death toll shoots past 1,300

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The number of infections in Spain shoots up to 24,926

LOCKDOWN. A staff member closes the gate of a school in Madrid on March 11, 2020 after Spain banned all air traffic from Italy, closed schools and blocked fans from football matches after being caught off-guard by a near tripling of coronavirus infections in less than 48 hours. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spain virus toll tops 1,000, nearly 20,000 infected

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:32 PM

The spiraling number of infections has propelled Spain into the top 4 worst-hit countries in the world – with the figures growing as the country steps up its capacity for testing

DISINFECTION. Members of the Military Emergencies Unit arrive to carry out a general disinfection at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport in El Prat de Llobregat on March 20, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Over 1/3 of Valencia's football squad infected with coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Valencia CF releases a statement confirming the virus spread among the squad from its last trip to Milan

INFECTED. Five members of the team and staff of Valencia CF are infected with the coronavirus. Photo from Valencia CF's Instagram

Spain to close land borders as virus cases inch towards 10,000

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:03 PM

The virus has spread like wildfire across Spain, making it the second worst-hit country in Europe after Italy

BITE. A man wearing a face mask and gloves as a preventive measure waits to cross a street in Madrid on March 16, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain counts 1,500 new coronavirus cases in one day

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:00 AM

At least 183 people have died from the virus

FRESH CASES. A man wearing a face mask rides a scooter at Catalonia Square in Barcelona on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Coronavirus empties Spanish resorts of elderly tourists

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Spain implements restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including scrapping a state-sponsored scheme of cheap getaways for pensioners

A picture shows an apartment building in Salou near Tarragona on March 12, 2020. - Since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak began in China, it has been the elderly who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Last week, Madrid health officials closed elderly day-care centres after a cluster of infections, with a top health official suggesting it was unwise for children to stay with their grandparents. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Spain virus toll passes 2,000, with 47 deaths

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:37 AM

Madrid is the worst-hit region with half of the confirmed cases and 31 of the deaths

CORONAVIRUS IN SPAIN. A staff member closes the gate of a school in Madrid on March 11, 2020, after Spain banned all air traffic from Italy, closed schools and blocked fans from football matches after being caught off-guard by a near tripling of coronavirus infections in less than 48 hours. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spain probes 1st local coronavirus transmissions

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'Coronavirus has recruited me,' jokes sports reporter Kike Mateu, who is among the latest diagnosed with the infection

MASKED MONA. Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende aka "TVBOY" depicts Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa wearing a protective face mask and holding a mobile phone reading "Mobile World Virus" in a street of Barcelona on February 18, 2020. Photo by Pau Barenna/AFP

Placido Domingo says apology gave 'false impression', drops Spain show

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:04 PM

'I feel I have to issue another statement to correct the false impression generated by my apology,' says the opera singer of his earlier statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 28, 2019 Spanish tenor Placido Domingo performs during his concert in the newly inaugurated sports and culture centre 'St Gellert Forum' in Szeged, southern Hungary, on August 28, 2019. - Spain ministry has cancelled Placido Domingo's participation in Madrid show, on February 26, 2020. Domingo, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, apologised for "the hurt" caused to his accusers, saying he accepted "full responsibility" for his actions. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Amazon, Sony skipping mobile congress owing to virus

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The US and Japanese heavyweights join a list of companies, including LG and Ericsson, steering clear due to virus fears

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS. A visitor pulls his suitcase on the last day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 28, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Osaka shocked as Spain seizes Fed Cup lead over Japan

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Naomi Osaka gets upset by world No. 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in a rough start to the year that saw her crash out of the Australian Open to 15-year-old Coco Gauff

DOWNWARD SPIRAL. Naomi Osaka has dipped since winning her second Grand Slam title. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

In Spain, toll rises to 9 dead as Storm Gloria ebbs

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The latest death is that of a man whose body was found in a flooded river near Jorba, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Barcelona, according to emergency services

STORM DAMAGE. Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter flooded river in Angles, near Girona, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Deadly storm lashing Spain closes schools, cuts power

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:04 PM

The storm, which hit Spain on January 19, claims the lives of 3 people so far

BAD WEATHER. A woman walks with difficulty due to the strong wind in El Bogatell beach in Barcelona as storm Gloria batters the eastern Spanish coast on January 21, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Emotional Djokovic beats Nadal, steers Serbia to ATP Cup title

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Novak Djokovic fires an Australian Open warning after leading Serbia past Rafael Nadal and Spain in the final

Novak Djokovic  Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal's Spain to meet Djokovic's Serbia in ATP Cup final

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The world's top players Nadal and Djokovic will collide for the 55th time since their first showdown in 2006

FACE OFF. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to meet in the ATP Cup Final. File photo  by David Gray/AFP

Spain court refuses to recognize Catalan separatist as member of EU Parliament

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:23 AM

In a long-awaited ruling, the court says it would not authorize Oriol Junqueras' temporary release from prison to collect his parliamentary credentials

SEPARATISTS. Oriol Junqueras (front row, left-most) and fellow Catalan separatists attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Naranjo/POOL/AFP)

Sanchez sworn in as head of Spain's first coalition gov't in decades

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Pedro Sanchez takes the oath before King Felipe VI a day after being narrowly confirmed as premier in parliament

REELECTED. Spain's reelected prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez (R) talks with Spain's King Felipe VI, after taking the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on January 8, 2020. Photo by Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool/AFP

Spain's Sanchez wins tight parliament vote to remain PM

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Pedro Sanchez plans to form a minority coalition government with hard-left party Podemos, in what would be the first coalition government in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s

WINNER. Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

'Not easy': Nadal gets 2020 season underway with a win

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:21 AM

'It was a tough first matchup of the season,' says Rafael Nadal as the world No. 1 kicks off the year where he plans to equal Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia during their men's singles match on day two of the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 4, 2020. (Photo by TONY ASHBY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Such support from the ERC, Catalonia's oldest and biggest pro-independence party, would be a clear sign that months of political deadlock in the major European Union country will be coming to an end

Spain parliament debate could end political impasse

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) If a confidence vote ensues, this would put an end to months of political deadlock in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy, which has held 4 general elections in 4 years

Bolivia to expel Mexico ambassador, two Spanish diplomats

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The Mexican embassy in La Paz has become the center of the diplomatic row after it sheltered 9 or more officials from Evo Morales's former government

MEXICAN EMBASSY. A man walks past the Mexican embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 29, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

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

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo argues the alleged operation of the Spanish embassy staff was a violation of Bolivian sovereignty

HEAVY SECURITY. Bolivia's police officers man a checkpoint at the main entrance of La Rinconada Development, where the residence of the Mexican embassy is located in La Paz, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/ AFP

Spain to probe Mexico embassy incident that angered Bolivia

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Bolivia's foreign ministry says 'people identified as staff members at Spain's embassy in Bolivia, accompanied by people with their faces covered, tried in a secretive and underhand manner to enter Mexico's diplomatic residence in La Paz.'

Death toll in Europe from storm rises to 8

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Eight people are killed due to Storm Elsa – 6 of the 8 from Spain and 2 from Portugal

STORM ELSA. A man crosses a bridge over the overflooded Mino river in Ourense, on December 21, 2019, following heavy rains over northwestern Spain. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Fossil fuel groups 'destroying' climate talks – NGOs

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:01 PM

A day after tens of thousands marched in the Spanish capital demanding climate action, 7 environmental groups raise concerns over the role of fossil fuel representatives at the COP25 summit

MARCHING FOR THE CLIMATE. Demonstrators walk past the city hall on Cibeles Square during a mass climate march to demand urgent action on the climate crisis from world leaders attending the COP25 summit, in Madrid, on December 6, 2019. Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Spanish 'Big Brother' show in hot water over handling of alleged rape

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Companies have pulled their advertising from Spain's 'Big Brother' reality show over how it poorly handled an alleged rape of a female contestant

I had nothing left to give, says Nadal after Spain wins Davis Cup

Nov 25, 2019 - 2:43 PM

After securing the year-end world No. 1 ranking, Rafael Nadal keys Spain to its sixth Davis Cup title

PERFECT ENDING. Rafael Nadal could not have ended the tennis season any better, leading his country to a Davis Cup triumph. Photo from Twitter/@DavisCup

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Cuba is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch to the former colony, one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898

ROYALS. Spain's King Felipe (right) and Queen Letizia walk along a street in Havana on November 12, 2019. The Spanish royals are visiting Cuba for Havana's 500th anniversary. Photo by Jorge Luis Banos/pool/AFP

Socialists win Spain vote, far-right Vox surges to 3rd place

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

The final results show the Socialists taking 120 of the parliament's 350 seats, while Vox secures 52 – more than double its mandates in the outgoing assembly

VICTORY. Spanish incumbent prime minister and Socialist Party (PSOE) candidate for re-election, Pedro Sanchez, celebrates his victory during the election night in Madrid on November 10, 2019. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

1st case of dengue spread by sex confirmed in Spain

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:36 AM

A 41-year-old Madrid man got dengue from his boyfriend who had traveled to Cuba and contracted the disease

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Spain PM sounds alarm over far-right at close of campaign

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Surveys suggest the ballot will end with a result similar to that seen in April, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists winning but falling far short of an absolute majority

SPAIN ELECTION. The 5 main candidates for Spain's prime minister, (L to R) conservative People's Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, Spanish prime minister and Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sanchez, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal, far-left wing Podemos party leader, Pablo Iglesias and center-right political party Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, pose for a picture prior to a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain's far-right voters emerge from the fringes

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:03 PM

The Vox party offers to prop up conservative governments in several regions and cities, as Spain's political map becomes increasingly fractured

SANTIAGO ABASCAL. Candidate for Spain's prime minister, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal arrives to take part in a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain to host COP25 climate summit in December

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'We are pleased to announce the COP Bureau has agreed that COP25 will take place from 2-13 December in Madrid,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

COP25 HOST. In this file photo, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa delivers a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh on November 7, 2016. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Chile says Spain offers to host COP climate summit

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera says Pedro Sanchez 'made a generous offer to host the COP25 summit in Madrid' on December 2-13

Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Spain is the world's number one exporter of falcons in 2018, exporting some 2,800 specimens, almost all of them to Gulf countries

Breeder Juan Antonio Sanchez holds a falcon at the Nebli Falcon Center in Fuentespina on August 25, 2019.  Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

Spain exhumes Franco's embalmed body from opulent tomb

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Some 22 relatives of the late dictator witness the opening of the grave near Madrid, which has been a draw for both tourists and right-wing sympathizers

EXHUMATION. Family members Prince Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou (L) and Francis Franco (C) carry the coffin of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco out of the basilica of the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) mausoleum in San Lorenzo del Escorial on October 24, 2019. Photo by Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool/AFP

Spanish PM under pressure over Catalan protests

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The center-right Ciudadanos party calls on Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

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. - Spain's outgoing socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a government programme with a boost in social spending in the hope of persuading the far-left to help him back into power amid tough negotiations. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:14 PM

'This can't go on, Barcelona does not deserve this,' says Ada Colau, the city's leftist mayor

PROTEST. A protester waves a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag during clashes with police near the Police headquarters in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019, on the day that separatists have called a general strike and a mass rally. AFP file photo