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Prepare for power, Spain's party leaders tell supporters as vote campaign ends

MADRID (Reuters) - The leaders of all of Spain’s main political parties invited their supporters on Friday night to prepare for power, as campaigning for one of the tightest national elections in decades drew to a close. No single party will get an overall majority in Sunday’s ballot, and opinion polls suggest all five leading contenders have a realistic chance of playing a role in government. Divisive and often ill-tempered, the election has been fought mainly on emotive topics - notably issu
By Sam Edwards
Reuters

Spain pulls far right Vox party from pre-election debate

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s election board blocked on Tuesday the far-right Vox party from participating in the only confirmed debate between leading contenders for the April 28 election. The ruling shows the complexity of Spain’s shift from decades of two-party rule to a fragmented political landscape where no one party looks set to win a majority and Vox has gone from relative obscurity to major force in less than a year. Vox has never won more than 5 percent of votes in national elections, b
By Sam Edwards
Reuters

Spanish prime minister agrees with Catalan leader on easing political tension

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalan leader Quim Torra expressed a commitment to dialogue on Thursday in a symbolic joint declaration to ease tensions in the protracted crisis over Catalonia’s ambitions to split from Spain. The statement indicates a turning point in the conflict between Madrid and the northeastern region, opening the door for a political solution to a dispute which reached its summit last year with its unilateral declaration of independe
By Sam Edwards
Reuters

Wary of Trump's USA, Central American migrants find only despair in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) - Migrants from Central America are turning to former colonial master Spain as they face rejection from the United States in their attempts to escape rampant violence and poverty at home, but the streets of Madrid offer little relief.
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

As Spain readies euthanasia law, dying sclerosis victim senses hope

GUADALAJARA, Spain (Reuters) - Painfully aware that his advancing illness will eventually leave him on life support, Spaniard Mariano Lopez has his hopes pinned not on a cure but on a parliamentary bill that would allow him to meet death on his own terms.
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

Placards outside Montserrat Monastery expose abuse in Spanish Church

MONTSERRAT, Spain (Reuters) - Tourists and worshippers visiting Catalonia’s imposing mountain-side Montserrat Monastery on a sunny Sunday this month appeared to pay little heed to two men with placards demanding that the local abbot be defrocked for covering up sexual abuse.
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

Filmmaker Almodovar walks Cruz, Banderas down memory lane in 'Pain and Glory'

(Reuters) - Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar premiered his retrospective drama “Pain and Glory” in Madrid on Wednesday, reuniting actors Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who had risen to Hollywood stardom after starting in his movies.
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

Blind Spanish surfer says sea sets her free, goes for world title

SALINAS, Spain (Reuters) - Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf. Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday. “The sea is where I feel peace and freedom, as if it were where I’m supposed to be,” she said sitting on her surfboard after an ho
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

WIDER IMAGE: Placards outside monastery expose abuse in Spanish Church

Tourists and worshippers visiting Catalonia's imposing mountain-side Montserrat Monastery on a sunny Sunday this month appeared to pay little heed to two men with placards demanding that the local abbot be defrocked for covering up sexual abuse. But the pair, who say they were sexually abused in their youth, are making themselves heard by society in Spain and elsewhere as they pressure the Catholic Church to come clean on such wrongdoing by clergy.
By Sabela Ojea
Reuters

'Cooking for heroes': Michelin-starred restaurant helps Berlin medics fight coronavirus

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Berlin forced to close its doors by the coronavirus lockdown has turned its culinary skills to helping to feed doctors, nurses, policemen and firefighters who cannot work from home.
By Barbara Woolsey
Reuters

On second anniversary of banned referendum, Catalan separatists call for independence

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Catalan separatists chanting “Freedom for the political prisoners” and “Independence!” took part in largely peaceful rallies on Tuesday that failed to draw massive crowds at a time when the restive Spanish region has come to a crossroads.
By Sam Edwards
Reuters

Full pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war':...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine former U.S. ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. “A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace,” the nine wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a think tank. “The initial U.S. drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe they can achieve military victory
By Earl Anthony Wayne
Reuters

Australia and NZ shares steady ahead of G20 meeting

June 27 (Reuters) - Australian shares were muted on Thursday as more modest U.S. rate cut expectations took the sheen off defensive stocks, but many investors kept to the sidelines ahead of this weekend’s Group of 20 meeting in Japan. The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.5 points at 6,641 points by 0205 GMT. The benchmark was 0.26% lower on Wednesday. Global financial markets and China’s major trading partners are hoping for signs of a thaw in testy U.S.-China trade relations when the countries’ pre
By Renju Jose
Reuters