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Syria faces new sanctions as activists urge demonstrations

Syria on Friday faced fresh sanctions targeting its oil exports, as activists called fresh anti-regime protests under the banner of “death rather than humiliation.” The European Union was to formally adopt an embargo on Syrian oil, but the sanctions would not take effect until November 15 for existing contracts after…

Spain’s opposition ’14 points ahead’ of Socialists

MADRID — Spain’s conservative opposition Popular Party holds a substantial 14-point lead over the ruling Socialists four months before general elections, an opinion poll published Sunday said. The lead would see the PP romp back into power after eight years, probably with an absolute majority although the number of seats…

Spanish Socialists hammered in election after a week of protests

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ability to meet deficit reduction targets was thrown into doubt on Monday after voters angry over austerity and the EU’S highest jobless rate gave the ruling Socialists a fierce drubbing in local elections. A week of protests by youth fed up with the stagnant economy and…

Heroes’ welcome for World Cup winning Spanish team

Spain gave its football team a heroes’ welcome Monday as their World Cup triumph over the Netherlands inspired a red and gold fiesta after years of dashed hopes. As the South African hosts prided themselves for defying pessimistic predictions, up to a million people were expected to line the streets…

Spain to get church for same-sex marriages: report

MADRID — Spain, which has become a world leader in gay rights in recent years, is to get its first gay Christian church to celebrate marriages between same-sex couples, a news report said Sunday. The US-based Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is to open a congregation in Madrid in October, the…

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