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No risk of snap election in Spain after Sanchez's return, says PM


MADRID There is no risk of a snap national election in Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday, playing down any threat to his minority-led government from a change of leadership in the opposition Socialist party.

Spain's Socialists reelect hardliner Sanchez in leadership vote

MADRID Spain's Socialists on Sunday choose former leader and hardliner Pedro Sanchez to head the party again, a vote likely to make it harder for the ruling conservatives to secure the opposition support it needs in parliament to push through legislation.

World, May 21 2017

Spain's Podemos files motion of no confidence against PM Rajoy

MADRID Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, citing a slew of corruption scandals that have shaken the ruling People's Party (PP) over the last few years. | Video

World, May 19 2017

Factbox: Don't click - What is the 'ransomware' WannaCry worm?

LONDON Malicious software called 'ransomware' has forced British hospitals to turn away patients and affected Spanish companies such as Telefonica as part of a global outbreak that has affected tens of thousands of computers.

World, Tech, May 13 2017

Venezuelan protesters block embassy center in Madrid

MADRID Dozens of protesters against Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro massed outside a cultural center in Madrid on Thursday evening as the country's ambassador to Spain, who was stuck inside, decried what he called a "kidnapping" by demonstrators.

World, May 11 2017

Spanish parliament urges government to exhume Franco's remains

MADRID Spain's opposition parties voted on Thursday to move the remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco out of a state-funded mausoleum, in a non-binding parliamentary motion the government is likely to resist.

World, May 11 2017

Kremlin critic Navalny undergoes eye operation in Spain after attack

MOSCOW Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has undergone an eye operation in Spain after an attack in Moscow that left him almost blind in one eye, the opposition politician said late on Tuesday on social media.

World, May 10 2017

Guernica survivors meet bombers' descendants 80 years on

GUERNICA, Spain Elderly survivors of a savage air raid that destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica in 1937 met relatives of the attacking German soldiers on Wednesday in a gesture of peace and reconciliation.

World, Apr 26 2017

Some oil companies in Venezuela pull expats as unrest escalates: sources

HOUSTON/CARACAS As political turmoil in Venezuela mounts, oil firms including Norwegian major Statoil ASA and Spain's Repsol SA have further reduced their already-dwindling ranks of expatriate employees in the country, sources familiar with the situation said.

World, Norway, Apr 25 2017

Spanish court jails son of former Catalonia leader

MADRID Spain's High Court ruled on Tuesday that the son of one of Catalonia's most prominent political figures would be jailed to prevent him obstructing an investigation into an alleged money laundering and tax fraud scheme carried out by his family.

World, Apr 25 2017

Euro zone ministers eye Greek debt deal with IMF, new loans decision in June

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers failed to agree on debt relief for Greece with the International Monetary Fund on Monday and did not release new loans to Athens, but came close enough in talks to aim for both deals at their next meeting in three weeks. | Video