Tag: Spain

Spain Sentences Catalan Separatist Leader to 13 Years

MADRID — The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday sentenced former leaders of the Catalan independence movement to lengthy prison terms after finding them guilty of sedition for their botched attempt to break away from Spain in 2017. The former deputy leader of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, received the toughest sentence: 13 years in prison. Carles Puigdemont, […]

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Spanish Driver Caught With Over 1000 Marijuana Plants In His Van Tells Officers They’re… Peppermint

A man in Spain was arrested by police last Sunday in possession of more than 1,000 marijuana plants before claiming that they were simply “peppermint,” News Week reports. The police stopped a van being driven by the man in the Arganzuela district of Madrid after witnessing him pull an “irregular maneuver.” Shortly after he was […]

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Spanish Court Approves Franco’s Exhumation

MADRID — The Supreme Court in Spain on Tuesday approved the government’s plan to exhume Francisco Franco, the former dictator, in a case that revived the debate over his legacy, 80 years after he won the country’s civil war and started building the underground basilica in which he was later buried. The decision follows a […]

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Who First Circled the Globe? Not Magellan, Spain Wants You to Know

GETARIA, Spain — On Sept. 20, 1519, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out on what was to become the first circumnavigation of the world. The expedition helped reshape world trade and wrote Magellan’s name into the history books. It remains a major point of pride for Portugal, which two years ago asked UNESCO to […]

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Spanish Court Calls U.S. Extradition Request Politically Motivated

MADRID — Spain rejected a United States request to extradite Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief of Venezuela, because the request was politically motivated, a Spanish court said on Tuesday. The court ruling also said the drug trafficking charges leveled against Mr. Carvajal were too “abstract,” and lacking sufficient detail. At his extradition hearing in […]

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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Andrew Bogut And Luc Longley Were Furious After Australia’s Heartbreaking World Cup Loss To Spain

The big story at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Beijing this week has been the United States’ stunning back-to-back losses, marking the first time Team USA won’t take home gold in nearly 15 years and raising all sorts of questions for USA Basketball as they try to bounce back in time for the […]

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Babies Display ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ After Getting Anti-Baldness Drug by Mistake

MADRID — At least 17 children in Spain developed a form of “werewolf syndrome” after they were given medication intended to treat heartburn that was actually used to stop hair loss. The children who took the mislabeled medicine, some of them babies, began growing hair all over their bodies, a rare condition known as hypertrichosis, […]

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Plane and Helicopter Collide in Spain, Killing 7

MADRID — A small plane and a helicopter crashed midair on the Spanish island of Majorca on Sunday, killing seven people. The crash took place around lunchtime near the inland town of Inca. After colliding, the plane and the helicopter fell into a neighborhood and the plane caught fire after hitting the ground, but nobody […]

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Gran Canaria Fire, Spain’s Worst This Year, Forces Evacuation of 9,000

MADRID — Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Tuesday to bring under control a forest fire on one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, as the blaze forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people. Luis Planas, Spain’s agriculture minister, said the fire was the country’s worst this year. […]

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Team USA Cruised To An Easy Win Over Spain In Friday’s FIBA Exhibition

Getty Image It’s been a tough news cycle for USA Basketball this summer. Before training camp in Las Vegas for the upcoming FIBA World Cup of Basketball, several high-profile NBA stars announced that they wouldn’t be participating with Team USA when they head to China at the end of the month to defend their gold […]

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The Death and Birth of Europe’s Parties

PARIS — Political parties, Article 4 of the French Constitution states, “contribute to the expression of the vote. They are set up freely and carry out their activities accordingly. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and of democracy.” Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who oversaw the drafting of the Constitution in 1958, did not […]

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Spain’s Most Celebrated Writer Believes the Fascist Past Is Still Present

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, one of the few Fascist dictators to die peacefully in his bed, imposed himself on Spain for so long that many came to fear he would live forever. Now, more than 40 years after his demise, he still hasn’t gone away. Since the caudillo’s grand funeral, his remains have been interred at […]

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Burger King Workers Must Be Allowed to Grow Beards, Catalan Government Rules

Last November, the Burger King—the actual Burger King—symbolically shaved his beard to show his support for the Movember Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for men’s health issues. The unblinking plastic monarch supposedly spent the month growing a “kingstache” for the charity, and encouraged other men to do the same, but he ultimately allowed his […]

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Europe Suffers Heat Wave of Dangerous, Record-High Temperatures

LONDON — People across Western Europe are suffering through an intense heat wave this week, with the worst still to come on Thursday, when Britain, France, Germany and the Low Countries are expecting life-threatening, record-breaking temperatures. Officials sounded high-temperature health alarms on Wednesday, mindful that some previous heat waves have claimed thousands of lives across […]

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Sánchez Struggles to Assemble New Government in Spain

MADRID — Pedro Sánchez and his Socialist party won Spain’s national elections in April. If only it were that easy. Nothing now is straightforward in Spanish politics, where winning is relative in a polarized and fragmented landscape. The Socialists secured the most seats in Parliament, but fell short of a majority. So this week, Mr. […]

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Senate Approves Tax Treaties for First Time in Decade

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve updates to international tax treaties, some of which were negotiated in the early years of the Obama administration, in a bipartisan victory for multinational companies. The so-called treaty protocols with Switzerland, Japan and Luxembourg were approved a day after senators passed a protocol with Spain. […]

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The 2008 Crash Made This Madrid Suburb a Ghost Town. Now It’s Coming Alive.

In Valdeluz, a town outside Madrid that was envisioned as a commuter’s paradise when it was created 15 years ago, there was always supposed to be a school. And a private one, for kindergartners to high schoolers, opened in September 2007 — just a year before the global financial crisis burst Spain’s property bubble. Soon […]

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