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France Prepares for New Heat Record, as Spain Battles Wildfire

Temperatures in France are expected to reach a record-breaking high on Friday, as Europe continues to endure a sweltering heatwave which sparked an out-of-control wildfire in Spain. 

Governments warned citizens to take extra precautions, with the week-long heatwave causing a build-up of pollution and fears of an increase in emergency calls across Europe. 

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Spanish PM's Socialists Win Snap Polls Marked by Far-Right Gains

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists have won snap elections without the necessary majority to govern solo in a fragmented political landscape marked by the far-right's entry into parliament.

The results raise the spectre of another period of instability for Spain, with Sanchez depending on alliances with hostile rivals in an environment that has soured since Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017.

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Spanish PM Calls Snap Elections for April 28

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

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Catalan Separatists' Rebellion Trial Starts in Madrid

Catalan separatist leaders accused of rebellion for trying to make their region independent from Spain launched their defense on Tuesday at the start of a long-awaited trial.

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King of Spain Visits Iraq, First in 40 Years

Spain's King Felipe VI arrived in Iraq on Wednesday in the first visit there by a Spanish monarch in four decades, a diplomat told AFP.

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Protesters Clash with Police as Spain Cabinet Meets in Catalonia

Catalan pro-independence groups blocked roads and clashed with baton-wielding police on Friday in protests against a Spanish government cabinet meeting in Barcelona which separatists branded a provocation.

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Spanish Government to Meet in Barcelona amid Separatist Protests

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will hold a cabinet meeting in Barcelona on Friday amid tight security as Catalan pro-independence groups plan to hold protests and block roads in the region.

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Spain to Raise Minimum Wage 22% in 2019

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday his cabinet would approve next week a 22 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage to 1,050 euros ($1,192) in 2019.

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Spanish Politics Rocked by Far-Right Win in Andalusia

The first success of a far-right party in a regional election since Spain's return to democracy in 1975 has shaken national politics ahead a busy electoral season.

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In U-Turn, Spain to Deliver Laser-Guided Bombs to Saudis

Spain will go ahead with the controversial delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, engaged in a bloody conflict in Yemen, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Thursday.

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