Spain will implement a Universal Basic Income generating controversy

Europe 04/09/20, 10:38

The Spanish government announced a Universal Basic Income that, under the name of "minimum vital income," would redistribute part of the taxes collected, but this is generating controversy because of the possible adverse consequences. "We are going to implement the minimum vital income as soon as possible," announced Economy Minister Nadia ...

Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Europe 11/08/19, 05:27

A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is home to ...

Protests paralyze Catalonia as marches head for Barcelona

Europe 10/18/19, 09:01

Catalonia and its riot-swept regional capital, Barcelona, were paralyzed Friday by a mix of strikes and marches as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth day of mass protests over the conviction of independence leaders. More than 200 people have been arrested and scores injured since separatist sentiment swelled on Monday, ...

Catalan protesters, police clash for second straight night

Europe 10/15/19, 17:03

Violent clashes erupted for a second night in Barcelona between police and protesters angry about the conviction of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, as Spain launched an investigation Tuesday into an activist group organizing the demonstrations. Thousands of people held vigils near the Spanish government offices in Catalonia's four provinces. But ...

Update: 37 injured, 108 flights canceled in Barcelona

Europe 10/14/19, 14:27

The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Health authorities in northeastern Spain say 37 protesters have been injured during ongoing clashes with police at Barcelona's airport. Protesters block the roads leading to El Prat airport, outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Spain's Supreme ...

Twitter deletes 4,800 accounts linked to foreign governments

U.S. 06/13/19, 09:33

Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government's agenda. Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number ...

UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

UN working group asks for release of 3 jailed Catalans

Europe 05/29/19, 09:56

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has asked Spain to seek the release from pre-trial jail of three Catalan separatists detained following Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt.In an opinion to be published later Wednesday but seen by The Associated Press, the working group says that former Catalan regional vice ...

Spaniards with little to cheer for in Champions League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 09:46

It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain.Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country's streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when ...

Seasoned diplomat appointed EU’s special envoy for Venezuela

Europe 05/28/19, 21:06

The European Union stepped up its push for a new presidential election in Venezuela as a way out of the crisis by appointing a former international banker and seasoned diplomat Tuesday as the bloc's special envoy for the country.Enrique Iglesias is a former Uruguayan foreign minister who went on to ...

Xavi Hernandez to coach Qatari champion Al-Sadd

Sports 05/28/19, 10:00

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez will begin his coaching career with Qatari club Al-Sadd. Al-Sadd says Xavi is taking charge of the team he helped become Qatari league champion this season.The 39-year-old midfielder played four seasons with Al-Sadd after a storied 17-year career with Barcelona.Qatar's Al-Sadd player Xavi Hernández, center, a former ...

Unprecedented security plan set for Champions League final

Sports 05/28/19, 07:45

Spain says it will deploy unprecedented security measures for Saturday's "high risk" Champions League final in Madrid.Spanish authorities say the police operation prepared for the final between Liverpool and Tottenham will be the biggest ever for a sporting event in the Spanish capital.Officials say the measures will surpass those put ...

Spanish ex-monarch Juan Carlos I retires from public life

Entertainment 05/27/19, 12:19

Spain's former monarch, Juan Carlos I, says he wants to completely retire from public life on June 2, five years after abdicating the throne.The king emeritus said in a letter published Monday on the Spanish royals' website and addressed to his son, King Felipe VI, that "I think the moment ...

Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe

Europe 05/27/19, 09:49

Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain — although actually being sworn in as lawmakers will be the first obstacle they have to overcome.The European careers of Catalonia's former regional President ...

Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:21

Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday.Suarez said he ...

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in a first half dominated by Valencia.Other than the defending of ...

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