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Rajoy urges MPs to back his bid to end Spanish gridlock


MADRID Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged parliament on Wednesday to back his bid to form a minority government and end 10 months of political paralysis, offering to work with his opponents on major challenges like pension and education reform.

Russian fleet withdraws refuel request to Spain after NATO outcry

MADRID Russia has withdrawn a request to refuel warships in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, Madrid said on Wednesday, after NATO allies said their carrier battle group could be used to target civilians in Syria.

World, Africa, Russia, Oct 26 2016

Spain reviewing refueling permission for Russian warships

MADRID Spain is reviewing a request by a Russian flotilla to refuel in its North African enclave of Ceuta, the foreign ministry said as Madrid drew criticism from NATO allies for assisting warships they believe could be used to target civilians in Syria.

World, Russia, Africa Oct 26 2016

Exclusive: Slim in talks with Spanish firms for bid on $3.5 billion Mexico airport terminal - sources

MEXICO CITY/MADRID Tycoon Carlos Slim's construction arm is in talks with his majority-owned construction firm FCC and rival Spanish builder Acciona to jointly bid on a coveted $3.5 billion (2.87 billion pounds) Mexico City airport terminal project, five people familiar with the matter said.

Deals, Mexico, Oct 25 2016

Spain's Rajoy says will seek parliament's backing to form government

MADRID Parliament will begin debating on Wednesday whether to back acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's bid for a second term, raising the prospect that Spain could have a new government by the weekend after a 10-month deadlock.

World, Oct 25 2016

Spain's Socialists will not approve new Rajoy-led government's budgets

MADRID Spain's Socialists will not approve any budgets proposed by an incoming center-right government, the party's interim head said on Tuesday, highlighting how a policy deadlock could persist with a new administration.

World, Oct 25 2016

First task for Spain's new government: clear the inbox from hell

MADRID Spain is days away from forming its first real government in 10 months, but it can't come soon enough for Susana Morales whose charity needs approval to expand an adoption service -- part of a mountainous backlog of work awaiting the new administration. "Nothing is being processed. It's causing a lot of damage," a frustrated Morales said, referring to the lack of a fully functioning government since last December when Spain went to the polls for the first of two inconclusiv

World, Oct 24 2016

A waste of money? Trump's border wall falling flat in Arizona: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a "big, beautiful, powerful" border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a "waste of money", according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. | Video

Spain's Socialists clear way for minority conservative government

MADRID Spain's conservative leader Mariano Rajoy was on course to secure a second term in power for his People's Party (PP) on Sunday after his Socialist rivals agreed to abstain in a looming confidence vote, ending 10 months of political deadlock.

World, Oct 23 2016

Spain's Socialists seen clearing the way for end to political deadlock

MADRID Spain's Socialists on Sunday were expected to clear the way for the conservative People's Party (PP) to be sworn in for a second term, ending a 10-month political deadlock that has paralyzed institutions and threatened to derail an economic recovery.

World, Oct 23 2016

Euro zone releases 2.8 billion euro loan tranche to Greece

BRUSSELS The euro zone bailout fund ESM released on Tuesday a 2.8 billion euro loan tranche to Greece, following a commitment made by euro zone finance ministers earlier this month which was conditional on an assessment of the clearance of net arrears by Greece.