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Spain to maintain control of Catalonia: El Pais


MADRID Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to maintain central government control over Catalonia after the regional leader nominated imprisoned and exiled politicians to join his cabinet, El Pais said on Sunday.

Remains of Spanish dictatorship's victims handed to families, 80 years on

GUADALAJARA, Spain The remains of 22 people killed in the months following Spain's 1936-39 civil war were handed over to relatives in a ceremony in Guadalajara on Saturday after investigations into a suspected mass grave unearthed the victims.

World, May 19 2018

UN experts call on Spain to halt extraditions to China

MADRID Human rights experts from the United Nations called on Spain on Friday to halt extraditions of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals to China because of concerns they would be exposed to the risk of torture, ill treatment or the death penalty.

World, United Nations, China, May 19 2018

Brussels court rejects Spanish extradition request for three Catalan politicians

BRUSSELS/MADRID A Brussels court ruled on Wednesday against extraditing three former Catalan politicians who fled Spain after a warrant for their arrest was issued due to their involvement in a regional declaration of independence in October.

World, May 16 2018

Despite hurricanes and Trump, Cuba retains charm for foreign tourism firms

HAVANA New U.S. travel restrictions and a destructive hurricane season last year sucked some air from Cuba's tourism boom but foreign businesses from Spain's Melia Hotels to China's Jin Jiang are pursuing new investments in what remains a promising frontier.

World, China, Natural Disasters, May 11 2018

Spain to extradite ex-Uruguayan army officer for human rights trial

Spain has approved the extradition of a former Uruguayan military officer to the South American country, where he faces charges of human rights violations during Uruguay's 1973-1985 military dictatorship, the Spanish government said on Friday.

World, May 11 2018

Spain moves to block Catalan ex-leader forming government

MADRID Spain acted on Wednesday to block pro-independence politicians in Catalonia from voting in ex-leader Carles Puigdemont, now in Germany, as their regional head with a deadline looming to form a government and avoid fresh elections.

World, Germany, May 09 2018

Spain's Caixabank aims to de-list Portugal's BPI

MADRID Spanish lender Caixabank said on Sunday it has agreed to increase its majority stake in BPI and aims for a full takeover before de-listing the Portuguese bank.

May 06 2018

Catalan secessionists again back absent ex-leader for president

BERLIN Pro-independence Catalan politicians aim to nominate former leader Carles Puigdemont to head their regional government, in defiance of Spain and despite his self-imposed exile in Germany, a spokesman said on Saturday.

World, Germany, May 05 2018

Mediators call for dialogue as ETA disbands but Spain stands firm

CAMBO-LES-BAINS, France Mediators called on Friday for talks to address remaining issues linked to the dissolution of separatist group ETA, including the status of prisoners, but Spain said it would not relent on jail conditions for convicted former militants.

World, May 04 2018

EU fears new Italian policies could set stage for next euro zone crisis

BRUSSELS Italy's emerging ruling coalition is likely to put deeper euro zone integration on hold and could set the stage for the bloc's next crisis if it delivers on its tax-cutting and high-spending policies, European policymakers and economists fear.