Spain's Princess Cristina to stand trial on tax fraud charges


MADRID - Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, is to stand trial on tax fraud charges as soon as next year, becoming the first Spanish royal to face prosecution.


Most Catalans would vote to stay in Spain - poll 19 Dec 2014

MADRID - A majority of people in Catalonia would vote to stay part of Spain, a poll by the regional government showed on Friday, the first in years to show a majority against independence.


RBS puts loan to builder Sacyr up for sale at discount - report 19 Dec 2014

MADRID - Royal Bank of Scotland wants to sell a 100 million euro (£78.4 million) loan it had extended to builder Sacyr as part of a syndicate, as Spanish firm itself races to refinance a large slice of debt, website El Confidencial reported.


Spain arrests seven accused of recruiting women for Islamic State 16 Dec 2014

MADRID - Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested seven people in a ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State insurgents, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. | Video

Spain arrests suspected Colombian drug trafficker, hitman 16 Dec 2014

MADRID - A Colombian man suspected of running a network of hitmen in Europe to settle scores over drugs and coordinating large shipments of cocaine to the continent has been arrested in Spain, Spanish police said on Tuesday.


Venezuela's Maduro slams 'insolent Yankees,' 'murderer' Aznar 15 Dec 2014

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro let rip at the U.S. government on Monday over sanctions against Venezuelan officials and branded ex-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "murderer."


Special Report - EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports 14 Dec 2014

LODZ, Poland - The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros (79 million pounds) to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.


Spain inflation likely to average zero in 2015 - economy minister 14 Dec 2014

MADRID - Inflation will likely remain around zero in Spain through 2015 as a whole, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos was quoted saying, dismissing the chances of a slide into a deflationary spiral and arguing low prices were helping an economic recovery.


Exclusive - Telefonica boss heads to London as BT mobile talks heat up 11 Dec 2014

LONDON/MADRID - The battle to become the mobile partner of BT intensified on Thursday as the chairman of O2's Spanish owner, Telefonica , flew to London and rival suitor EE's owners indicated they were willing to offer more attractive terms to seal a deal.


Bank of Spain defends oversight of Bankia after IPO probe 11 Dec 2014

MADRID - The Bank of Spain said on Thursday it had acted correctly in its supervision of state-rescued lender Bankia , which has come under scrutiny after an official report alleged that Bankia presented erroneous accounts in 2011, the year it listed its shares.