Spain leader asks for bigger Socialist win to break deadlock
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's acting prime minister asked voters Wednesday for an even bigger victory for his Socialist party after his failure to form a government triggered a new election in...
Spain to hold fresh elections in November
MADRID (AP) — Spain will hold fresh elections in November as no leader has been able to win enough parliamentary support to form a government.
Spanish king welcomes basketball world champions
MADRID (AP) — Spain's men's basketball team has been welcomed by the Spanish king and thousands of fans on the streets of Madrid after winning the World Cup title over the weekend.
Spain’s king meets party leaders in bid to avoid election
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI has begun meeting political party leaders in the hope of choosing a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second...
Spain’s king to meet political leaders about forming a govt
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI will meet with leaders of the country's political parties to determine if there is a viable candidate who could receive the endorsement of parliament to form a...
Spanish ex-king Juan Carlos I has successful heart surgery
MADRID (AP) — Spain's former monarch Juan Carlos I underwent heart surgery Saturday and the hospital said the operation was a success.
A statement issued by Madrid's Quironsalud University...
MADRID (AP) — Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Thursday that work to form a "stable government for the next four years" will begin next week with meetings with leaders of rival...
MADRID (AP) — Spain's former monarch, Juan Carlos I, says he wants to completely retire from public life on June 2, five years after abdicating the throne.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — There was no lifting of a winner's trophy this time for Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona star had to settle on receiving the runner-up plate from Spanish King Felipe VI...
Catalan separatist holds press conference from prison
MADRID (AP) — A leading politician in Catalonia's independence movement has held a news conference in an unusual setting — the Madrid prison where he is being held while standing trial for the...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday he has asked Spain and the Vatican to apologize for the conquest of the Americas five centuries ago.
Morocco, Spain sign economic deals during royal visit
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco and Spain have signed agreements about the fight against crime, energy, trade and other partnerships during a visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to Rabat.
The Spanish royals are visiting Morocco for the second time since Felipe's ascension to the throne in 2014.
The two countries also launched an economic council to further reinforce cooperation and agreed to facilitate trade and passenger flows at the Strait of Gibraltar.
Spain’s royal couple kicks off two-day visit in Morocco
PARIS (AP) — King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have started a two-day official visit in Morocco.
The couple, guests of King Mohammed VI, arrived late Wednesday afternoon at Rabat airport, where they have been greeted by the Moroccan royal family before heading to the royal palace for an official ceremony.
Moroccan authorities said the two kings would use the visit to sign bilateral agreements.
Striking taxi drivers in standoff with police in Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Spanish taxi drivers demanding more regulations for app-based ride-hailing services blocked access to a trade exhibition center in Madrid where a major tourism fair begun Wednesday.
Riot police trying to clear a blocked highway circling the Spanish capital briefly clashed with the drivers, many wearing the yellow traffic safety vests used by protesters in neighboring France.
Spanish king appeals for unity amid Catalan secession bid
MADRID (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI has called for a spirit of national reconciliation, understanding and unity as his country confronts an effort by Catalan political leaders to take the region out of Spain.
The monarch said in a speech Thursday marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution that the document binds Spaniards while "respecting our differences and our diversity."
At Ibero-American summit, calls to address migration
ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — Leaders at a summit of Ibero-American nations called Friday for development and assistance for the poor to alleviate waves of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, political instability and persecution in the Americas.
Heir to Spanish throne, 13, speaks publicly for 1st time
MADRID (AP) — The heir to the Spanish throne, 13-year-old Princess Leonor, has made her first public address at an official event marking the 40th anniversary of Spain's Constitution.
Leonor de Borbon, the elder of two daughters of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, read out the first of 169 articles of Spain's Carta Magna, which was approved by the Spanish Parliament on Oct. 31, 1978.
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Spain: Rescuers find missing child’s body in Mallorca floods
MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers have found the body of the 5-year-old child reported missing after last week's flash flooding in Mallorca, bringing the final death toll to 13.
The Civil Guard identified the boy by his first name, Artur, and said his body was found near a bridge in the town of Sant Llorenc de Cardassar, the worst hit by the sudden, record-breaking downpour on Oct. 9.
Spain celebrates national day with royal and military pomp
MADRID (AP) — A royal parade and military fanfare are taking place in Madrid on Spain's National Day, an annual public holiday that provides a cue for nationwide displays of pomp and patriotism.
King Felipe VI, wearing military uniform, and Queen Letizia were driven Friday in a Rolls Royce down one of the capital's main avenues, flanked by cavalry. People waving yellow-and-red Spanish flags lined the street.
Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85.
Caballe died early Saturday at Hospital San Pau in Barcelona, hospital spokesman Abraham del Moral told The Associated Press. Caballe's family requested the cause of death not be released, del Moral said, adding that she had been in the hospital since September.
Spain remembers terror attacks that killed 16 in Catalonia
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona on Friday marked the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people, though the divisive local issue of whether to pursue the region's independence from Spain intruded on the proceedings in the Catalan capital.
Spain's King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and other government officials were among hundreds of people attending ceremonies in the northeastern city.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish media are publishing previously unseen photographs of some of the men authorities identified as the extremists behind last year's terror attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort town.
La Vanguardia newspaper reported Tuesday that the photos were leaked from the police investigation of the Aug. 17-18 vehicle attacks that left 16 people dead and were claimed by the Islamic State group.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's pro-independence political leaders are snubbing the Spanish king in their latest public challenge to rule from Madrid.
Catalan President Quim Torra says his regional government won't invite the monarchy to any official event, nor will it send representatives to any royal event, because King Felipe VI refuses to discuss the possibility of the wealthy northeastern region seceding from Spain.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday welcomed Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House.
King Felipe described his first Oval Office meeting with the president as a "great end to a perfect visit." The royals are in the U.S. to mark the 300th anniversaries of the founding of New Orleans and San Antonio, stopping in both cities with historical ties to Spain before arriving at the White House.
King and queen of Spain wrap up visit to San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited a museum exhibit featuring Spanish masterpieces on Monday as they wrapped up their visit to San Antonio.
The royal couple came to San Antonio to celebrate the Texas city's 300th anniversary and its roots as a Spanish colonial village. On Monday they inaugurated an exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art that features masterpieces from museums in Madrid, including works by El Greco, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.
MADRID (AP) — The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Spanish prison authorities said Monday.
An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division said Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila, about 100 kilometers north of Madrid. The official spoke anonymously, in line with ministry rules.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are in San Antonio to celebrate the city's tricentennial and its roots as a Spanish colonial village.
The royal couple attended a welcoming ceremony Sunday hosted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other city officials at the Spanish Governor's Palace before touring the San Jose Mission site and then visiting an historical exhibit. An evening dinner with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also was planned.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The king of Spain and New Orleans' mayor saluted the city's centuries-old Spanish heritage during its tricentennial celebration Friday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The king and queen of Spain have arrived in New Orleans as part of the city's tricentennial celebration.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia flew in Thursday evening to Louisiana, which was a Spanish colony from 1763 to 1802. They arrived at New Orleans' airport at sunset and were greeted by several officials including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
MADRID (AP) — Judicial authorities on Wednesday told the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI that he must report to a prison within five days in order to serve five years and 10 months for fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes.
Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball medal winner who has been married for two decades to the king's sister, Princess Cristina, is the closest person to the ruling family of the Bourbons to be convicted and imprisoned.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's conviction of the husband of Princess Cristina for fraud and tax evasion, though it acquitted him of forgery and reduced his prison sentence by five months.
The court ruled on an appeal that Inaki Urdangarin, King Felipe VI's brother-in-law, was also guilty of misuse of public funds, abuse of power and influence peddling and should serve a sentence of five years and 10 months.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will travel later this month to the United States, where they will visit the White House as well as Louisiana and Texas.
Authorities said in a statement Thursday that the royal couple will begin their trip June 14 with stays in New Orleans and San Antonio, cities that this year are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their foundation and which have close historical ties with Spain.
MADRID (AP) — The government cabinet with the highest proportion of female ministers in Spanish and European history was sworn in Thursday, putting the cap on one of the fastest power transitions in Spain's four decades of democratic rule.
The new Socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is comprised of 11 female ministers — overseeing key areas such as the national economy, finance and defense — and six men.
MADRID (AP) — The foreign ministers of Spain and China say they want free trade and will fight protectionism amid disputes with the United States over possible tariffs.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday during a visit to Madrid that Beijing seeks to "maintain multilateralism and free trade against unilateralism and protectionism."
The Trump administration has threatened to impose tariffs on some Chinese imports.
MADRID (AP) — The crown prince of Saudi Arabia was on an official visit Thursday to longtime commercial ally Spain, where activists are criticizing past and possible future sales of military equipment to the kingdom.
Mohammed bin Salman was due to attend a banquet with Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia before meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and with Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Queen Letizia and Emeritus Queen Sofia have appeared smiling and chatting together in public days after an apparent spat sparked speculation of a rift between the royals.
Queen Letizia opened the door for her mother-in-law Saturday when they arrived in a car driven by King Felipe VI at a Madrid hospital to visit Emeritus King Juan Carlos, after his operation to replace the prosthesis of his right knee.
Spanish king: Catalan secession push ‘attack on democracy’
MADRID (AP) — The recent Catalan push for independence was an attack on Spain's democratic system and should serve as a lesson for democracies around the world on the need to preserve the rule of law and national sovereignty, King Felipe VI said Wednesday.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the king said that what happened in Catalonia was "an attempt to undermine the basic rules of our democratic system."
Spain’s king addresses Catalonia in Christmas Eve speech
MADRID (AP) — King Felipe VI used his traditional Christmas Eve address Sunday night to call on Catalonia's newly elected parliament to renounce further moves toward secession from Spain.
"The way forward cannot once again lead to confrontation or exclusion that, as we now know, only generates discord, uncertainty, anguish," the Spanish monarch said in a televised speech.
Catalan crisis looms large at Spanish prize-giving event
OVIEDO, Spain (AP) — The Catalonia region's controversial bid for independence was an unavoidable topic Friday at the prize-giving ceremony for Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias awards.
Spain's King Felipe VI received a standing ovation after saying in his speech that Catalonia "is and will be an essential part" of Spain.
The Latest: King: Catalonia is “an essential part” of Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):
Spain's King Felipe VI has spoken out forcefully at a public event against Catalonia's independence drive, saying all Spaniards must respect each other and the law.
Felipe says in a speech at a prize-giving ceremony in northern Spain for the prestigious Princess of Asturias awards that everyone must respect the Constitution and the principles of parliamentary democracy.
The Latest: Spanish king slams Catalan authorities
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum and Spain's response (all times local):
Spain's King Felipe VI says that Catalan authorities have deliberately bent the law with "irresponsible conduct" and that the Spanish state needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law in Catalonia.
Griezmann gives Atletico win in first match at new home
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid debuted its new stadium and beat Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal at the state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano.
The nearly 68,000 fans at the inaugural match in the stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital erupted when Griezmann converted a low cross by Angel Correa from the right an hour in.
The Latest: Spanish king criticizes Catalan referendum
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the planned independence referendum in Catalonia (all times local):
Spain's King Felipe VI has commented for the first time on the political crisis triggered by Catalonia's plan to hold a referendum on the region's independence, saying people must respect the country's constitution, which forbids secession.
Speaking at a ceremony to award national culture prizes, Felipe says the constitution "will prevail" against any attempt to break Spain apart.