Spain - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Spain As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer. P... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-04-27T06:23:00Z GM quits Venezuela after government seizes its factory VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering its operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its factory in the country, a move that could draw the Trump administration into the escalating chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the industrial city of Valencia was con... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:44:00 GMT 2017-04-21T00:44:00Z The Latest: Poland's women show the government red cards PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on International Women's Day events (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Thousands of women in Warsaw showed Poland's conservative government red cards and made noise with kitchenware to demand full birth control rights, respect and higher pay. The protest Wednesday was part of global Women's Da... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:02:00 GMT 2017-03-08T20:02:00Z Police in Spain hunt for massive dine-and-dash suspects MADRID (AP) — They booked banquets for hundreds of guests. They ate, drank, danced and even set off fireworks. But when desserts arrived, they drove away in the blink of an eye, leaving behind unpaid bills amounting to thousands of euros. A trail of similar recent incidents in various restaurants in northwestern Spain is being investigated by police, who ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:50:00 GMT 2017-03-07T15:50:00Z Spanish police arrest 24 in bust of Colombian cocaine ring MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 24 members of a Colombian drug ring seeking to establish a network for the wholesale distribution of cocaine. Police say the arrested members include two of the group's leaders. Police on Saturday also confiscated six vehicles equipped with secret caches to transport drugs, and raided ... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-03-04T15:17:00Z Spanish trio scoop prestigious US architecture prize LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A team of three Spanish architects has won the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize, with the jury praising their work for blending buildings into landscapes and connecting time and place. The award for Catalonia-based architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta was announced Wednesday by Tom Pritzker, chairman and presiden... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:31:00 GMT 2017-03-01T15:31:00Z Court sends ex-IMF chief to prison in credit card scandal MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has sentenced Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, to 4 ½ years in prison for misusing a Spanish bank's corporate credit card. The court convicted Rato of unlawful misappropriation of funds during his 2010-12 leadership of Bankia, a bank that later had to be bailed out. It found that the credit cards were used f... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:48:00 GMT 2017-02-23T14:48:00Z Takes a village: 'Greek Freak' got many assists growing up ATHENS, Greece (AP) — He was just a scrawny, hungry kid, the son of migrants from Nigeria, trying to survive in Sepolia, a modest Athens neighborhood. The club coach who spotted 13-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother kicking a soccer ball around a neighborhood field says the NBA All-Star grew up in constant fear of the police, and of being deported. ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-02-19T15:15:00Z Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — At least 160,000 protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain's conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. Spain has accepted just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to take in. Marchers held a large banner and signs in Catalan with the slo... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-02-18T19:21:00Z Spain rescues 112 migrants off Libyan coast, 36 more at sea MADRID (AP) — Spain's defense ministry says one of its naval ships has rescued 112 migrants off the coast of Libya. The Spanish frigate Canarias found the migrants' vessel adrift on Saturday morning, according to the ministry, which says all 112 of the migrants were male and "the large majority" were from sub-Saharan Africa. The frigate... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:07:00 GMT 2017-02-18T17:07:00Z Spain's Princess Cristina found not guilty in tax fraud case MADRID (AP) — In a wide-ranging tax fraud case that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty Friday of being an accessory to fraud but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, will be required to pay nearly 265,000 euros (over ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-02-17T15:04:00Z The Latest: Pope: Migration a challenge, not a danger MADRID (AP) — The Latest on migrants and refugees entering Europe (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Pope Francis says the phenomenon of migration doesn't pose a danger to Europe's culture but rather a challenge for societies to grow. Francis made the comments during a visit Friday to the Roma Tre university. There, he was... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:41:00 GMT 2017-02-17T10:41:00Z PSA Group exploring takeover of GM's European unit Opel FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a possible takeover of Opel, General Motors' money-losing European business. PSA Group said in a statement Tuesday that it was considering "numerous strategic initiatives" that would expand the existing cooperation, and that a takeover of Opel was one of them. PSA Group and G... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:14:00 GMT 2017-02-14T17:14:00Z Residents can play soccer again in Mosul, without IS rules MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — After months of fighting, Mosul residents can finally practice their favorite game again at a soccer field in the eastern part of the city — and this time without the restrictions imposed by Islamic State group militants. The venue was closed for almost four months while Iraqi forces and militants fought a fierce battle for the city. Si... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:28:00 GMT 2017-02-09T14:28:00Z The Latest: Trump says he's sleeping 4-5 hours a night WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:55 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's working "long hours" and frequently only gets about four or five hours of sleep a night. Trump says in an interview with Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that he typically works until midnight or 1 a.m. He... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T02:00:00Z Strong 2016 growth brings Spain close to pre-crisis economy MADRID (AP) — The Spanish economy grew 3.2 percent in 2016 according to preliminary figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Monday, consolidating three consecutive years of strong growth and in line with the government's expectations. Final figures are expected to be published in early March. The conservative government of Prime ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:04:00 GMT 2017-01-30T09:04:00Z Ramos own goal as Sevilla ends Real Madrid's unbeaten run MADRID (AP) — Sevilla fans enjoyed the last laugh over Sergio Ramos. Sevilla twice scored late — including an 85th-minute own goal by Ramos — to end Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of its rival atop the Spanish league with a 2-1 victory on Sunday. It was a tough result for Ramos, who three days ago had an... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:41:00 GMT 2017-01-15T23:41:00Z Thousands protest Spain's dispersion policy for ETA inmates BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in the Basque city of Bilbao, calling for some 350 imprisoned members and sympathizers of the armed pro-Basque independence group ETA to be allowed serve their sentences closer to home in northern Spain. In addition to prisoners' families and pro-independence politicians, some relative... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-01-14T20:26:00Z Ronaldo hat trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time. "This has been an unbelievable year for me and for the team," Ronaldo said. "A few days ago, I won the Ballon d'Or so it has been a perfect year for me... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:48:00 GMT 2016-12-18T16:48:00Z China to seek extradition of 200 arrested in Spain for fraud MADRID (AP) — China will seek the extradition of more than 200 of its citizens arrested in Spain in a crackdown on gangs that ran call centers that swindled 16 million euros ($17 million) from compatriots at home, a Chinese official said Wednesday. Spanish National Police said the gangs made contact with people in China, pretending at first they were frie... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:50:00 GMT 2016-12-14T13:50:00Z Ex-death squad hit man in Spain arrested in jihadi probe MADRID (AP) — A Spaniard who carried out a killing for a right-wing paramilitary death squad in the 1980s was arrested Tuesday for allegedly preparing to carry out an Islamic State-inspired suicide attack, the Interior Ministry said. The man, from the northern Basque city of Irun, had traveled to conflict zones in Afghanistan, Syria and the Palestinian te... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:54:00 GMT 2016-12-13T11:54:00Z Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo voted best in the world for 4th time MADRID (AP) — After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself — his fourth world player of the year award. Ronaldo on Monday won his third Ballon d'Or award, which this year is being handed out by France Football magazine separately from ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:14:00 GMT 2016-12-12T21:14:00Z Spain plans $528M in environmental taxes to meet EU goals MADRID (AP) — Spain wants to raise 500 million euros ($528 million) from new environmental taxes as part of a package of fiscal measures to meet the European Union's budget deficit goals. The new environmental taxes are part of the revised budgetary plan Spain has submitted to the European Commission. The plan says the new taxes will target a reduction in greenhouse gases. ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:25:00 GMT 2016-12-11T13:25:00Z EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commissi... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:12:00 GMT 2016-12-08T17:12:00Z The Latest: Father says God saved son in Colombia crash BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the Colombia plane crash involving members of a Brazilian soccer team (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The father of one of the six people who survived the airplane crash in Colombia says his son is alive thanks to a "miracle of God." Paulo Follmann made the comment during a phone con... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:10:00 GMT 2016-11-29T23:10:00Z Castro clan torn by dysfunction and disagreements HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro's rule of nearly five decades split many a Cuban family between exile and solidarity with the communist revolution — including his own. While brother Raul was his closest confidant and successor as president, sister Juana, exiled in south Florida, called Fidel a "monster" to whom she hadn't spoken in more than four decades. ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:58:00 GMT 2016-11-26T06:58:00Z