Spain police raid offices of foundation linked to Catalan ruling party


MADRID - Spain's Civil Guard raided the offices of a think tank linked to the governing party in independence-minded Catalonia on Friday, the region's highest court said, as part of a judicial investigation into suspected corruption.


Spanish retail sales power ahead in July 28 Aug 2015

MADRID - Spanish retail sales rose at their fastest pace in seven months in July, data showed on Friday, with falling prices increasing shoppers' purchasing power to drive a sharp rebound in the economy.

Spain accuses suspect of running Islamic State network in Morocco 27 Aug 2015

MADRID - A Moroccan man arrested in Spain this week is accused of coordinating a network of Islamic State supporters in Moroccan cities who spread the group's message and recruit militants to fight in Iraq and Syria, a court document said on Thursday.

Separatist says independent Catalonia would leave EU temporarily 27 Aug 2015

MADRID - A separatist leader has said Catalonia would have to leave the European Union temporarily if it won independence from Spain, in remarks that could be a vote-loser in Sept. 27 elections.


Consumption drives Spain's economy to 1.0 percent growth in second quarter 27 Aug 2015

MADRID - The Spanish economy expanded at a 1 percent clip in the second quarter from the first, its fastest pace in more than eight years as consumer spending powered ahead, data showed on Thursday.


Spain, Morocco arrest 14 suspected of recruiting for Islamic State 25 Aug 2015

MADRID - Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people on Tuesday suspected of planning attacks and recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the Spanish government said.

Father of French train gunman says cannot believe son is a terrorist 24 Aug 2015

MADRID - The father of a suspected Islamist militant gunman overpowered by passengers on a high-speed train in France was quoted on Monday as saying he could not believe his son was a terrorist.


Train gunman 'dumbfounded' by terrorist tag, says was hungry - lawyer 23 Aug 2015

PARIS/ALGECIRAS, Spain - A gunman who attacked passengers on a high-speed train in France two days ago is "dumbfounded" at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry, his lawyer said on Sunday.


Spain's economy to keep growing at around 1 percent in the third quarter - minister 23 Aug 2015

MADRID - Spain's economy will grow in the July to September period at a similar pace to previous quarters, boosted by a busy tourism season and consumer spending, the economy minister said in comments published on Sunday.


Spain's Rajoy under pressure to row back on healthcare cuts 22 Aug 2015

MADRID - Several Spanish regions have begun to reinstate free primary healthcare for illegal immigrants, piling pressure on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to extend the aid his government had cut back on across the country as a national election looms.

No room for manoeuvre on interest rates for Greece, Merkel says

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday there was no wiggle room to lower interest rates for Greece, but euro zone partners could push back the date when Athens has to start paying back its bailout credits.