Reprinted with permission from ProPublica. As the Spanish police investigated the presence of a notorious Russian organized crime group on the resort island of Mallorca in 2012, they realized that a key figure described by some of the suspects as their “godfather” was a powerful Moscow politician: Alexander Torshin. Spanish prosecutors decided in the summer […]
Moussa Oukabir, now one of the main suspects in the Barcelona vehicle-ramming attack, posted online two years ago that he wanted to “kill the infidels,” a reference to non-Muslims.
Russian hacker Pyotr Levashov, a reputed worldwide “spam kingpin,” was arrested April 7 by Spanish authorities in Barcelona on a cybercrimes warrant issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. He is suspected in the Kremlin’s hacking of Democratic email accounts during last year’s presidential election.
A coalition of separatists who promised independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia emerged as victors in parliamentary elections Sunday, preliminary results showed.
By Hubert Kahl, MCT MADRID — Spain’s newly proclaimed King Felipe VI in a speech before parliament Thursday said he loved his country with all his heart, calling Spain a “great nation.” “I will always have the common good (of the country) in mind,” the new head of state said after being sworn in a […]
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Defending champions Spain slumped into mourning over their disastrous World Cup exit on Thursday ahead of a clash between England and Uruguay that could see another famous name fatally wounded. A picture of midfielder Andres Iniesta, his head in his hands after the 2-0 defeat by Chile, symbolized the end […]
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Defending champions Spain take on the Netherlands in a re-run of the 2010 final that dominates Friday’s World Cup games. Australia enter the tournament against South American dark horses Chile in the same Group B battle, while Mexico play Cameroon in Group A. Andres Iniesta’s goal was all that separated […]
MADRID — Scientists searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes in Madrid have detected bones in five areas near his burial site, a forensic identification team said Monday. The researchers said that evidence of bone remains had been found through geo-radar technology in the Convent of Barefoot Trinitarians, where the famous author was buried […]
By Hubert Kahl MADRID — Spanish King Juan Carlos’ decision to abdicate cleared its first procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Cabinet approved a law that would allow the king to step down. The monarch, 76, surprised the world Monday with his plans to step aside for a “younger generation,” — meaning his son, Felipe, 46, […]
MADRID — Spain’s King Juan Carlos told his compatriots Monday he had opted to abdicate to his son Felipe, arguing that “a new generation demands, with justice, the leading role.” “Today, a younger generation deserves to come to the fore, one with new energy, willing to tackle with determination the transformations and reforms that the […]
By Hubert Kahl, McClatchy Tribune News Service BARCELONA, Spain — The number of people arrested in Barcelona while protesting over the right of a group of squatters to continue occupying a building rose to more than 60, authorities said Friday, after a fourth straight night of clashes with police. Masked demonstrators in the Sants district […]
Madrid (AFP) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy boasted of a “rebuilt” economy Thursday as fresh data showed the nation’s strongest growth rate since a job-wrecking 2008 property crash. The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy expanded by 0.4 percent on a quarterly basis in the first three months of 2014, the sharpest increase in six years, the […]
MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday approved a draft legislation boosting the legal protection afforded to Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, putting them on par with members of the government. Previously, members of the Spanish royal family did not enjoy any form of legal immunity, and would have had […]
McClatchy Tribune Service MADRID — Spain will on Tuesday mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid with a series of events. The train bombings across the city on March 11 2004 left 191 people dead and injured more than 1,800. A service for survivors, relatives of the victims, and Spanish royals […]