MADRID - Telefonica has been given 18 months to loosen its grip on the Brazilian mobile phone market, sources said, time which may help the Spanish group ward off an investor rebellion against its strategy.
MADRID - Spain could further cut severance pay and better match training programs to business needs among new steps to reduce Europe's second-highest jobless rate, the OECD organization of wealthy countries said in a report on Wednesday.
MADRID - The majority of Catalans want the right to decide on independence in a referendum and believe Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should authorize such a vote, a poll showed on Sunday.
MADRID - Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set November 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum on Thursday and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government immediately poured cold water on the plan.
MADRID - Spain's government proposed a law on Friday to control more tightly the financial activities of political parties, after corruption scandals in recent years involving both left and right.
MADRID - U.S. casino operator Las Vegas Sands said on Friday it was abandoning plans to invest over $30 billion in a gambling resort outside Madrid, a major blow to the capital as Spain tries to restart its economy after a five-year slump.
- Royal Bank of Scotland said its Finance Director Nathan Bostock will leave to rejoin Spanish bank Santander after just 10 weeks in the job, dealing a blow to the state-backed lender's turnaround efforts.
BEIRUT - Fighters linked to al Qaeda abducted a Spanish journalist and a photographer in a rebel-held Syrian province in September, their families said on Tuesday.
MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged more unity for Europe and said a banking union for the region should be finalised this month, El Pais reported in an interview published on its website late on Sunday.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - - Hosts Brazil will get the ball rolling against Croatia, holders Spain face 2010 runners-up Netherlands and U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann is up against compatriots Germany after Friday's World Cup draw.
BRUSSELS - The heads of the U.N. and European Union aid agencies called on Wednesday for a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Syria to allow convoys to deliver help to areas that aid workers cannot reach.