Spain's Rajoy accepts mandate to form government, warns he may fail


MADRID Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he had accepted a mandate from the King to form a government although he warned he might fail and left open the date for a potential confidence vote in parliament.

Spain registers first case in Europe of baby born with Zika-related defect

MADRID Spain has recorded the first case in Europe of a baby born with the microcephaly birth defect associated with the Zika virus, Spanish health authorities said on Monday.

World, 25 Jul 2016

Catalan support for split from Spain grows - poll

MADRID Support for Catalonia's independence from Spain has grown in recent months, a survey showed on Friday, with people in the northeastern region in favour of a split overtaking those against one.

World, 22 Jul 2016

Vodafone says Germany, Spain and Italy drive sales growth

LONDON Spain, Germany and Italy helped Vodafone to produce stronger than expected first-quarter sales growth despite a drag from European Union roaming charge cuts and a weak home market.

Business, 22 Jul 2016

Spanish king to consult parties next week on forming government

MADRID King Felipe VI will hold a formal round of talks with Spain's political parties next week for the fourth time in a seven-month-old power deadlock, his office said on Thursday, as parties struggle to form a coalition administration.

World, 21 Jul 2016

Spain's Socialists say 'no' to conservative government, extending deadlock

MADRID Spanish Socialist leader reaffirmed on Wednesday his party's intention to vote against a government led by the conservative People's Party (PP), potentially extending a seven-month political deadlock.

World, 13 Jul 2016

Rolls-Royce takes full ownership of component maker for 720 million euros

FARNBOROUGH, England Britain's Rolls-Royce said it would buy the 53.1 percent of Spain-based aircraft engine and components maker ITP it does not yet own for 720 million euros ($796 million), in a deal which will up its exposure to its Trent aero-engine revenues.

Dallas shootings cast shadow over Obama trip to Spain

MADRID U.S. President Barack Obama met the king of Spain and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday, but the trip that was meant to show solidarity with Europe has been overshadowed by violent events in the United States.

World, 10 Jul 2016

Bullfighter and runner die, two others gored in Spanish bull festivals

MADRID A bullfighter and a man participating in a village bull-run were killed in Spain on Saturday, while another two men were gored by the animals at the world-famous festival in the town of Pamplona. | Video

World, 10 Jul 2016

Spain heading for more deadlock as Socialists reject backing PM Rajoy

MADRID Spain's Socialist party will oppose a government led by acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose party won the most votes in last month's election, increasing the odds that an almost seven-month political stalemate will trundle on.

World, 09 Jul 2016

Euro zone economy resilient to Brexit - so far

FRANKFURT The euro zone economy has remained surprising resilient to the shock of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, fresh data showed on Thursday, a big contrast to the UK where signs of widespread economic pain are already apparent.