Jun 17, 2014

Spain raids jihadi cell 'led by ex-Guantanamo inmate'

Spanish police arrested eight people in pre-dawn raids in Madrid on Monday against a jihadist recruitment network led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, the government said. Police have so far launched 12 raids in the Spanish capital, detaining eight people, and the investigation ...

Experts see no chance of Elizabeth abdicating

Jun 3, 2014

Experts see no chance of Elizabeth abdicating

Queen Elizabeth II may be Europe’s oldest monarch but there is little chance of the 88-year-old joining the wave of sovereigns giving up the throne, experts said Monday. While Spain’s King Juan Carlos announced Monday he is abdicating — following similar moves in Belgium ...

Revitalizing throne is Spain heir's new job

Jun 3, 2014

Revitalizing throne is Spain heir's new job

Prince Felipe faces an uphill battle to revive the monarchy’s popularity when he takes the throne of a nation battered by economic hardships that have shattered faith in political elites, analysts say. King Juan Carlos, 76, announced Monday that he will hand over the ...

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates

Jun 2, 2014

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates

Spanish King Juan Carlos announced his abdication on Monday in favor of his son Prince Felipe, ending a 39-year reign that guided Spain from dictatorship to democracy but was later battered by royal scandals. The 76-year-old monarch, crowned in November 1975 after the death ...

Painting certified as Dali's first surrealist work

May 25, 2014

Painting certified as Dali's first surrealist work

An oil painting sold at a Spanish antique shop over two decades ago for around €150 ($200) has been certified as Salvador Dali’s first surrealist work, which he painted as a teenager. Tomeu L’Amo, a painter and art historian, found the canvas at a ...

Mother, daughter held after Spanish politician shot dead in street

May 13, 2014

Mother, daughter held after Spanish politician shot dead in street

Spanish police arrested a mother and daughter suspected of shooting dead a ruling party politician in broad daylight Monday in apparent revenge after the younger woman lost her job. Officials said the wife and daughter of a police inspector were arrested on suspicion of ...

Abe, Rajoy promote strong ties

May 5, 2014

Abe, Rajoy promote strong ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy agreed Sunday in the city of Santiago de Compostela to promote further economic cooperation and bolster security ties. In commercial affairs, Spain will help Japanese companies make inroads into the Latin American market, with which ...

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

May 3, 2014

Hunt starts for the burial place of Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died in Madrid broke, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no larger than the entrance hall of an average house. No more was heard ...

Adolfo Suarez, leader of democratic shift in Spain, dies at 81

Mar 24, 2014

Adolfo Suarez, leader of democratic shift in Spain, dies at 81

Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister following decades of right -wing rule under Gen. Francisco Franco, has died aged 81. Suarez died Sunday afternoon in Madrid’s Cemtro Clinic hospital, family spokesman Fermin Urbiola said. Suarez had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for ...