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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

'We're totally fed up' say Catalans who want to remain with Spain

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Over the past 3 days, the protests – which began after the conviction of 9 separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid – have degenerated into nightly clashes, leaving Barcelona in flames and the region in crisis

Students wave a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag as they protest during a demonstration in front of the police headquarters in Barcelona on October 17, 2019. After a fresh night of violence that rocked Barcelona, Catalan separatists today pressed on with their protests against the sentencing of nine of their leaders by blocking roads and railways across the Spanish region. University students began a strike, while several roads and highways were closed across Catalonia because of mass marches which departed yesterday from five Catalan towns heading for Barcelona.  Pau Barrena / AFP

Catalan leader says violence 'must stop right now'

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan president Quim Torra says, 'we will not permit incidents like those we are seeing in the streets. This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.'

ESTELADA. File photo shows a man waving a 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

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