Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens "axis"


ATHENS - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year.

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

World, Israel, Top News 29 Jan 2015

Eight French, two Greeks killed in NATO plane crash in Spain

MADRID - Eight French nationals and two Greeks were killed and 21 people injured when a Greek fighter plane crashed during NATO training in Spain on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

World, 27 Jan 2015

Spain arrests four in swoop of suspected militant cell in north Africa

MADRID - Police in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta arrested four men on Saturday suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network that may have been planning an attack in Spain, the interior ministry said.

World, 24 Jan 2015

Pope says Serra canonisation in Washington; no California visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, an 19 - Pope Francis said on Monday his U.S. trip in September will be limited to Washington, New York and Philadelphia and he will not go to California to canonise Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who founded missions there.

World, 20 Jan 2015

Catalonia takes election gamble to keep independence drive alive

MADRID - Catalonian leaders are hoping that a regional election in September will keep alive a fading independence drive and force the hand of Spain's central government - but the move could also backfire.

Top News, World, 18 Jan 2015

Rise of Spanish populists overturns two-party system

MADRID - The sudden rise of a new anti-establishment party has transformed Spanish politics a year before a general election, forcing the centre-right government to veer away from austerity and the left-leaning opposition to scramble for new leaders.

World, 28 Dec 2014

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.

World, 22 Dec 2014

Special Report - EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports

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.

14 Dec 2014

Spain's political newcomer Podemos slips in opinion poll

MADRID - Spain's newest political party Podemos lost its lead to the opposition Socialists in a major opinion poll published on Sunday, with the ruling People's Party (PP) continuing to lag both.

World, 08 Dec 2014

German lawmakers approve Greek bailout extension

BERLIN - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners.