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Health minister says Spaniards right to be annoyed after he attended awards ceremony

28 Oct 2020

MADRID Spain's health minister said on Wednesday Spaniards were right to be angry at him attending an awards ceremony with dozens of other high-profile figures shortly after the country entered a state of emergency to control its second wave of coronavirus.

Spain's Rioja wine region bans wining, dining as pandemic curbs grow

27 Oct 2020

MADRID The wine-producing region of La Rioja on Tuesday ordered the closure of restaurants and bars in its two largest towns for a month as part of widening restrictions across Spain to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

France extends curfew as COVID second wave surges in Europe

23 Oct 2020

PARIS/MADRID France extended curfews to around two thirds of its population on Thursday and Belgium's foreign minister was taken into intensive care with COVID-19, as the second wave of the pandemic surged across Europe.

UPDATE 1-Drastic steps needed to tackle out-of-control pandemic, Spanish minister says

22 Oct 2020

MADRID, Oct 22 Spain needs drastic measures to combat an out-of-control new wave of the coronavirus pandemic and is considering new restrictions including curfews, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Thursday.

Spain invokes state of emergency for Madrid lockdown

09 Oct 2020

MADRID Spain's Socialist-led government invoked a state of emergency on Friday to reimpose a partial lockdown for several million people in and around Madrid, one of Europe's worst COVID-19 hotspots, after a court had struck down the measures.

Madrid court annuls central government's COVID-19 curbs on city

08 Oct 2020

MADRID A Madrid court on Thursday struck down a government order imposing a partial coronavirus lockdown on the Spanish capital, ruling in favour of the Madrid region in a standoff with national authorities just before a long holiday weekend.

With EU funds, Spain plans ambitious reform of crushed economy

07 Oct 2020

MADRID Spain will use emergency European Union coronavirus funds for an ambitious overhaul of its economy that will ramp up public investment next year and should create hundreds of thousands of new jobs by 2023, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

ACS shares soar after Vinci offers $6 billion for its industrial unit

02 Oct 2020

MADRID Shares of Spanish engineering and infrastructure group ACS surged 16% on Friday after French rival Vinci made a non-binding offer to buy ACS's industrial unit Cobra for 5.2 billion euros ($6.10 billion).

'You cannot lock down everybody' Madrid tells Spanish government in COVID spat

01 Oct 2020

MADRID, Oct 1 "You cannot lock down everybody," the chief of the Madrid region said on Thursday, pushing back against the Spanish government's plan to confine the capital city to tackle a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Spain extends COVID furlough scheme to January

29 Sep 2020

MADRID Spain on Tuesday agreed a last-minute extension of a scheme supporting hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed due to COVID-19, as part of a broader social protection package.

World News

U.S. early voting surges as Trump, Biden make late push

A record 90 million Americans have voted early in the U.S. presidential election, data on Saturday showed, as President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned across the country to try to sway the few remaining undecided voters.