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Spanish Prime Minister Reacts to Controversy Surrounding Popular Party

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged here Saturday not to "waver" if irregularities are found to have occurred within his conservative Popular Party. continue reading »

Algeria Reports 12 Hostages Died During Attack on Gas Plant

Twelve hostages, some of them foreign nationals, have died so far in the military operation against terrorists who took control of a remote gas treatment plant, Algeria's communication minister said Friday. continue reading »

China’s Economy Grew at Slowest Pace in a Decade in 2012

The Chinese economy grew 7.8 percent in 2012 to mark the smallest 12-month expansion in GDP in a decade, the National Statistics Bureau said Friday. continue reading »

Spain to Dispatch Military Transport, Trainers to Mali

Spain will contribute to the French-led European Union operation against Islamist militants in Mali by dispatching a Hercules military transport aircraft and as many as 50 military trainers, Defense Minister Pedro Morenes said Friday. continue reading »

Spanish Popular Party Investigating Ex-Treasurer’s Swiss Bank Accounts

Top leaders of Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, have called a meeting to discuss revelations that the party's former treasurer, ex-Sen. Luis Barcenas, held 22 million euros ($29.3 million) in Swiss bank accounts. continue reading »

Air Strike on Algerian Gas Plant Kills 34 Hostages, 15 Militants

At least 34 hostages and 15 Islamist militant captors have been killed in Algerian army air strikes on a remote gas treatment plant where a mass abduction took place, a Mauritanian news agency reported Thursday, citing one of the kidnappers. continue reading »

Spain, U.S. Discuss Bilateral Defense Cooperation

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta discussed here Tuesday bilateral cooperation on defense, the war on terrorism in Mali and the start of Spanish troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. continue reading »

Klaus Kinski’s Daughter Says She’s Glad He is Dead

German actress Nastassja Kinski said in an interview published Sunday that she is happy that her father, the legendary actor Klaus Kinski, is dead, adding that he was a tyrant although, in contrast to what occurred with her sister Pola, he never sexually abused her. continue reading »

France Sends Troops to Mali’s Capital to Halt Islamist Militants

France said Saturday it has deployed troops to Bamako protect its citizens living in Mali's capital and also announced the death of a French pilot during an air offensive launched to halt the advance of Islamist militants, who control much of that West African country's northern region. continue reading »

Fire at Office Building in Bahrain Kills 13 Workers

At least 13 workers died when a building went up in flames in the Mujarqa neighborhood of the Bahrain capital, the official Bahrain news agency BNA said Saturday. continue reading »

Death Toll From Southwest China Landslide Rises to 46

The death toll from the landslide in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan increased to 46 after two people who had gone missing were found dead, the official news agency Xinhua said Saturday. continue reading »

Bus Crash Kills 30 People in Nepal

At least 30 people died and another 13 were injured Saturday when the bus they were traveling in plunged down a 200-meter (650-foot) precipice in western Nepal, a police official told Efe. continue reading »

Reforestation Plan May Be Key to New Jobs in Haiti

Haitian President Michel Martelly announced Saturday, three years after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010 left 300,000 people dead, a master plan for reforestation and land management capable of creating 30,000 jobs. continue reading »

Spanish Firms Less Innovative than European Counterparts

Within the European Union, Spanish firms are among the least involved in innovation cooperation with institutions or companies based elsewhere in the region, the EU's statistics agency said Friday. continue reading »

Euro Crisis Has Not Been Resolved, Says Bank President

The president of the central bank of Germany, Jens Weidmann, warned Saturday about the negative consequences of considering the eurozone crisis settled. continue reading »

Spain Overturns Cyclists Doping Disqualification, Restores Vuelta Win

Spain's Supreme Court upheld on Friday the overturning of the doping disqualification that cost cyclist Roberto Heras his victory in the 2005 Vuelta a EspaƱa. continue reading »

U.N. Orders Ghana to Release Argentine Warship

A U.N. court ordered Ghana on Saturday to release the Argentine frigate Libertad immediately, after being held for two and a half years with its entire crew in the small African country's port of Tema. continue reading »

3 Die, 5 Still Missing from Colombian Shipwreck

At least three people died, five went missing and 14 were rescued after a Colombian-flagged vessel went down in the Pacific Ocean, the Colombian navy said. continue reading »

Spain Shows Support to Pakistani Woman Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

The Spanish government expressed support Thursday to the family of a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death under the South Asian country's controversial blasphemy law. continue reading »

Operation Stops International Child Porn Ring, 28 Spaniards Arrested

Twenty-eight people have been arrested by Spanish cops as part of an international operation against the child pornography industry, largely developed in Spain and whose corporate headquarters were located in Toronto, police officials said. continue reading »