ECB study highlights credit crunch for Greek companies

FRANKFURT - Companies in Spain and Germany are finding it easier to borrow but Greek firms are struggling to secure funding despite an overall improvement in credit availability across the euro zone, the European Central Bank said on Tuesday.

Venezuela parliament chief: will sue in U.S., Spain over drugs reporting

CARACAS - Venezuelan parliament chief Diosdado Cabello said in an interview on Sunday that he plans to file lawsuits in Spain and the United States following media reports that link him and other top officials to cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

World, 31 May 2015

Spanish PM Rajoy opens door to strategy changes ahead of election

SITGES, Spain - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he was open to strategy changes for the first time since his party suffered big losses in local polls last weekend, only months ahead of a general election.

World, 30 May 2015

Spain charges Boko Haram militant chief with crimes against humanity

MADRID - Spain's state prosecutor charged the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted, court papers said.

World, Africa 28 May 2015

Dollar jumps on Europe woes, data; stocks, commodities fall

NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar rallied on Tuesday after a string of healthy economic data boosted near-term rate hike prospects, while Greece's financial crisis and signs of growing opposition to austerity in Spain weighed further on the euro.

Greece, 26 May 2015

Catalonia separatists pin hopes on September vote after setback

MADRID - Catalan leaders said on Tuesday they would press ahead with regional elections in September meant as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, despite separatist parties losing in Barcelona's town hall election.

World, 26 May 2015

Rajoy's Spanish re-election plan in doubt after local battering

MADRID - To anyone who doubted his re-election strategy, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has had a simple answer: "Trust me". Now, a battering in local polls has cast doubt on his plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year.

World, 25 May 2015

Venezuela parliament leader squeezes media bosses over drugs story

CARACAS - Venezuela's powerful parliament head Diosdado Cabello has sought a travel ban on some media bosses he is suing for slander over reproducing a story from a Spanish newspaper accusing him of running a drug ring.

World, 14 May 2015

Airbus A400M takes to air in first test after Spain crash

TOULOUSE/BERLIN - Airbus carried out on Tuesday its first test flight of an A400M military transporter plane since Saturday's fatal crash in Spain that led some European countries to ground the carriers. | Video

Aerospace & Defense, 12 May 2015

Spain retrieves black boxes on crashed A400M aircraft

PARIS/MADRID - Spain said on Sunday it had found the two black boxes from the crashed Airbus A400M military aircraft that plowed into a field north of Seville airport in its maiden test flight on Saturday, killing four of the six test crew.

World, Aerospace & Defense, 10 May 2015

Asia stocks subdued, euro stands tall

TOKYO - Equity markets in Asia were subdued on Wednesday as a widespread spike in debt yields dented the allure of risky assets, while the euro stood tall after surging on upbeat euro zone inflation data and hopes that Greece will reach a deal with its creditors.