Pope heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet


VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis leaves Rome on Sunday for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a "homecoming" to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet.


After Tunisia attack, sun-seekers switch to Spain, Bulgaria and Greece 03 Jul 2015

BERLIN - Fearing for their safety in Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria or even Greece for holidays this year.


Spain brushes off Greek concerns as it hikes growth forecast 02 Jul 2015

MADRID - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday brushed off any concern of a spillover of the Greek crisis to his country as he revised up economic growth forecasts for the second time this year hours after borrowing costs picked up at a debt auction.

Santander forms fintech joint venture with Monitise 01 Jul 2015

LONDON - Spanish bank Santander and British mobile banking software provider Monitise have formed a joint venture to invest in financial technology businesses, they said on Wednesday.

Spain's PM says Greek exit could send message euro is reversible 30 Jun 2015

MADRID - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday a Greek exit from the euro could send a message that the common currency union is reversible and open up the possibility that other countries might follow suit.

UK regulators give green light to Sabadell takeover of TSB 30 Jun 2015

LONDON - Spain's Banco Sabadell has received approval from Britain's financial regulators for its 1.7 billion pound ($2.7 billion) takeover of Britain's TSB , increasing competition for the UK's biggest banks.


European bank shares slump on fears Greece crisis will spread 29 Jun 2015

LONDON - European bank shares stumbled towards their biggest daily fall for four years on Monday, led by big lenders in Italy, Spain and France, after Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls as it faced the prospect of leaving the eurozone.


Spain's Podemos says Germany, IMF put European project at risk 27 Jun 2015

MADRID - The leaders of Europe and the International Monetary Fund are jeopardising the European project by forcing Greece into a corner, the leader of Spain's Podemos, an anti-austerity party allied with Greece's ruling party Syriza, said on Saturday.


Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain 25 Jun 2015

LONDON - Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake told a London court on Thursday he did not consent to being extradited to Spain, where he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings after the east African country's 1994 genocide.

DS Smith strengthens Spain business with 190 million euro deal 25 Jun 2015

- DS Smith Plc agreed to buy Spanish company Grupo Lantero's corrugated products business, a move that would help the recycled packaging maker significantly expand its market share in Spain.