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Spain sees no reason to apologize to Bolivia in Snowden saga

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) – Spain said on Friday it had no reason to apologize after a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted on suspicion that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board. Bolivia said Morales was returning from Moscow on Tuesday when France…

Families occupy unfinished homes in Spain

The washbasin in Juana Alonso’s bathroom is brand new, but no water comes out of the tap. No bulbs hang from the light fittings. The house is unfinished; no one was meant to be moving in — but Juana couldn’t wait. Along with dozens of neighbours, desperate victims of Spain’s…

Europeans slammed by austerity measures now enraged by political corruption

A wave of corrosive political scandals at a time of economic woe is exacerbating the outrage of European citizens, who are channelling resentment into street protests or at the polls. Italy, Spain and Greece have all been hit by fraud or graft cases allegedly involving the top brass. France joined…

Spanish police seize 4.5 tons of cocaine hidden in cow hides

Spanish police said Wednesday they had seized 4.1 tonnes of cocaine worth nearly a quarter of a billion euros in one of the biggest ever seizures of the drug in the country. The cocaine was found at a warehouse in the eastern city of Elche, hidden in containers of cow…

Spain has stopped importing Iranian oil: official

Spain stopped importing Iranian oil ”at the end of February” because of the imposition of a gradual European Union embargo, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. “We haven’t imported Iranian oil since the end of February as businesses have diversified their buying because of Europeansanctions,” a ministry spokesman said. “This is the logical fallout of Spain’s…

Court battle for sunken treasure hits Gibraltar

A court battle over treasure from an old Spanish shipwreck has reached Gibraltar, where descendants of the sunken cargo’s owners are fighting to win back part of the booty from Spain. The British-administered territory has been drawn into a tangled squabble between Spain, US treasure hunters and the Latin American descendants, in a case…

Mass demonstrations across Spain oppose labor ‘reforms’

By Gabriel Rubio MADRID — More than a hundred thousand demonstrators protested across Spain Sunday at labour reforms introduced by the country’s conservative government ahead of a general strike called for March 29. Two of Spain’s biggest unions, the UGT and CCOO, called for rallies ahead of the strike to…

EU leaders sign treaty for budget discipline

EU leaders signed a new treaty to control budgets on Friday, vowing to turn the corner on the eurozone debt crisis, but new public deficit strains soured the event. Leaders from 25 of the bloc’s 27 nations — apart from the Czech Republic and Britain — signed the treaty at…

Rescued treasure lands back in Spain from U.S.

Tons of gold and silver from the wreck of a 19th-century Spanish warship finally arrived in Spain on Saturday, more than 200 years after a British fleet sank it. The arrival of the cargo from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedessealed the end of a five-year legal battle between Spain and the US…

Riot police beat students in Spain protest: witnesses

VALENCIA, Spain — Baton-wielding riot police charged, beat and arrested several demonstrators at a student protest against spending cuts in the Spanish city of Valencia on Monday, reporters at the scene said. The clashes broke out in the mid-afternoon after students protesting against education budget cuts, which they say have…

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