Father of French train gunman says cannot believe son is a terrorist


MADRID - The father of a suspected Islamist militant gunman overpowered by passengers on a high-speed train in France was quoted on Monday as saying he could not believe his son was a terrorist.

Train gunman "dumbfounded" by terrorist tag, says was hungry - lawyer

PARIS/ALGECIRAS, Spain - A gunman who attacked passengers on a high-speed train in France two days ago is "dumbfounded" at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry, his lawyer said on Sunday.

World, 23 Aug 2015

United could have signed Pedro if they wanted, says Van Gaal

LONDON - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down the club's interest in signing Pedro from Barcelona on Friday after the Spanish international decided to join Premier League champions Chelsea instead.

World, 21 Aug 2015

Florida treasure hunters find $4.5 million in rare Spanish coins

ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner said Wednesday. | Video

World, 20 Aug 2015

Commodities, China stocks lick wounds after brutal July

LONDON - Commodities and China investors waved a relieved goodbye to July on Friday following a brutal sell-off that has revived fears about the global economy and overshadowed more encouraging news from the U.S. and Europe.

Business, 31 Jul 2015

Spain's Podemos picks Iglesias for election, but turnout tiny

MADRID - Podemos's Pablo Iglesias won a landslide vote on Friday to spearhead the Spanish anti-establishment party's general election campaign, but a tiny turnout pointed to growing discontent over his leadership.

World, 24 Jul 2015

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.

World, 05 Jul 2015

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

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.

World, 03 Jul 2015

European banks, bonds shaken by Greek turmoil

LONDON - European bank stocks and borrowing costs for Italy, Spain and Portugal bore the brunt on Monday of financial markets' fright at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro.

Business, 29 Jun 2015

Rwandan spy chief fights extradition from Britain to Spain

LONDON - Rwanda's intelligence chief told a London court on Thursday he would fight an attempt to extradite him to Spain, where he is accused of reprisal killings after the 1994 genocide in the east African country.

World, 25 Jun 2015

ECB faces inflation headache even as lending bounces

FRANKFURT - Lending to euro zone firms grew at the fastest pace since early 2012 last month but the European Central Bank may still come under pressure to ramp up its stimulus measures as falling oil prices and a slowdown in China curb inflation.