Catalans: independence drive will intensify unless Madrid negotiates


LONDON - After scuppering a referendum, Spain risks intensifying Catalonia's push for independence unless it negotiates over transferring more powers, the region's economy minister said.

Austria's Erste denies report it has failed stress tests

MADRID/VIENNA - Austria's Erste Bank rejected a report that it was one of at least 11 banks that had failed the European Central Bank's landmark health check, while other banks named by Spanish newswire Efe did not comment.

22 Oct 2014

Thousands of Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections

MADRID - Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona on Sunday calling for early regional elections after plans for a Nov. 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.

World, 19 Oct 2014

Passenger from evacuated Madrid plane tests negative for Ebola

MADRID - Spain said on Friday all four suspected Ebola cases hospitalised on Thursday, including a Nigerian passenger taken from an evacuated plane by police-escorted ambulance, have tested negative for the deadly disease.

U.S., Health, Africa, Politics 17 Oct 2014

Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, N.Z., Spain win U.N. Council seats

UNITED NATIONS - Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain won seats on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday for two years from Jan. 1, 2015.

Catalonia calls off independence referendum from Spain, will hold 'consultation'

MADRID - Catalonia has dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain next month but will instead hold a "consultation of citizens", the region's head said on Tuesday.

World, 14 Oct 2014

Spain's Catalonia to seek alternatives to independence referendum

MADRID - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region will call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for Nov. 9 and look for alternative ways to consult Catalans, a key regional political party said on Monday.

World, 13 Oct 2014

Catalonia government to decide by October 15 whether to hold referendum

MADRID - The government of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia will decide by October 15 whether to push ahead with a contested referendum on separation from the rest of Spain, a spokesman said on Monday.

World, 06 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Iberdrola hires JPMorgan for asset sales to fund U.S. buy

MADRID/FRANKFURT - Spanish power firm Iberdrola has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to sell some foreign renewable assets which could raise up to 2 billion euros to help fund an acquisition in the fast-growing U.S. market, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Support for Spain's ruling conservatives sinks: poll

MADRID - Support for Spain's center People's Party (PP) has sunk to its lowest level since its general election victory in 2011, while support for new leftist party Podemos has risen, a poll showed on Sunday.

World, 05 Oct 2014

Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review

LONDON/FRANKFURT - The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector.