Spain's Princess Cristina to stand trial on tax fraud charges


MADRID - Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, is to stand trial on tax fraud charges as soon as next year, becoming the first Spanish royal to face prosecution.

Most Catalans would vote to stay in Spain: poll

MADRID - A majority of people in Catalonia would vote to stay part of Spain, a poll by the regional government showed on Friday, the first in years to show a majority against independence.

World, 19 Dec 2014

Spain's state prosecutor steps down after spat over Catalonia

MADRID - State prosecutor Eduardo Torres-Dulce, a key figure in the spat between Spain and Catalonia over an attempt to stage an independence vote, resigned on Thursday with the opposition saying he had come under undue pressure from the government.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Repsol to buy Talisman Energy for hefty premium

MADRID - Spain's Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy , Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $8.3 billion as the drop in oil prices pushes energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals.

Deals, 16 Dec 2014

Spain arrests seven accused of recruiting women for Islamic State

MADRID - Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested seven people in a ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State insurgents, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

World, Syria, Iraq 16 Dec 2014

Venezuela's Maduro slams 'insolent Yankees,' 'murderer' Aznar

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro let rip at the U.S. government on Monday over sanctions against Venezuelan officials and branded ex-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "murderer."

World, Venezuela, 15 Dec 2014

Special Report: EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports

LODZ, Poland - The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

World, Special Reports 14 Dec 2014

Judge orders Uber to cease operations in Spain

MADRID - A Madrid judge has ordered U.S.-based online car booking company Uber to cease operations in Spain, the latest ban on the popular service.

World, Tech, 09 Dec 2014

Spain's political newcomer Podemos slips in opinion poll

MADRID - Spain's newest political party Podemos lost its lead to the opposition Socialists in a major opinion poll published on Sunday, with the ruling People's Party (PP) continuing to lag both.

World, 07 Dec 2014

Court case comes back to cloud Bankia recovery plan

MADRID - A long-running court investigation into the flotation and bailout of Bankia , which could end with the Spanish bank having to pay 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) to wiped-out shareholders, is coming back to cloud the lender's future.

05 Dec 2014

ECB sets Volksbanken capital goal as 'bad bank' plan approved

VIENNA - The European Central Bank has told Austria's Volksbanken group to strengthen its balance sheet by next July as it rushes to wind down its flagship unit and plug a capital hole exposed by this year's health checks on euro zone banks.