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1 Dead, 14 Hurt in Blast at Spain Apartment Block

One person died and 14 people were injured in an explosion in a block of flats in a Spanish seaside resort near Barcelona early Sunday, rescuers said. 

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Spain's Rajoy Claims Right to Form Government after Poll Win

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would make a push for power after his conservatives won more seats in parliament in a repeat general election on Sunday, even though it still fell short of a majority.

His Popular Party (PP) was the big winner of the election, the second in six months, which played out amid the turbulence from Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union.

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Polls: Spain's Podemos Overtakes Socialists ahead of Election

Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos and its allies could leapfrog the Socialists in this month's repeat general election to become the country's main opposition, three polls showed Sunday.

The surveys published in El Pais, El Mundo and El Espanol dailies showed acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party coming first, with 27.7-31 percent of the vote, way short of a parliamentary majority.

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Spanish Man Jailed for Attack on Ruling Party HQ

An unemployed man who drove a car loaded with a home-made bomb into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) has been sentenced to five years in jail, a court said Monday.

In December 2014, Daniel Perez Berlanga rammed a car with an explosive device made up of gas cylinders and fertilizer through the glass front of the building, reaching a staircase inside.

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Spanish King Makes Final Bid to Broker Deal on New Government

Spain's King Felipe VI met with political party leaders on Monday in a last desperate bid to get them to form a coalition government -- and avoid calling the country's second general election within six months.

The monarch will wrap up the talks -- his third round since an inconclusive December 20 election -- on Tuesday by meeting with acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who said over the weekend he was ready for new polls.

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Dirty Laundry Snares Head of Spain's 'Clean Hands'

The head of a Spanish anti-corruption group that championed several high-profile cases over the past two decades, including one against Princess Cristina, now finds himself under investigation for extortion.

A judge this week ordered the founder and leader of "Manos Limpias" (Clean Hands), retired Madrid city hall employee Miguel Bernad, 74, to be remanded in custody while a probe is conducted into a blackmail and extortion ring he allegedly ran.

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Podemos Lawmakers on Hunger Strike in Spain in Favor of Refugees

Four lawmakers from Spain's far-left party Podemos and its allies are said Wednesday they are on a week-long hunger strike to try to rally public support of refugees.

The lawmakers began their hunger strike on Saturday and are calling on people to occupy public squares for 24 hours on Friday, the day they plan to end their action , in a gesture of support for those people at the center of Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II.

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Spain Arrests Moroccan in Mallorca 'Linked' to IS Group

Spanish police said Tuesday they had detained a Moroccan man in the Mediterranean island resort of Palma de Mallorca suspected of recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State (IS) group.

"A police probe revealed that the accused had close contact with established terrorists involved with Daesh who are currently located in Syria," they said in a statement using a synonym for IS.

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Podemos Members Reject Backing Socialist-Led Govt. in Spain

Spain's far-left Podemos party said Monday its members had voted overwhelmingly against backing a coalition government between the Socialists and centrist upstart Ciudadanos.

Fully 88.23 percent of the roughly 149,000 party members who took part in the April 14-16 internal referendum opposed supporting such a government, the party said in a statement.

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Spain Detains Man who Provided Arms for January 2015 Paris Attacks

Spanish police said Wednesday they had detained a Frenchman suspected of heading a weapons trafficking ring that supplied arms to one of the jihadists that killed 17 people in Paris in January 2015.

In a statement, police said Antoine Denevi, a 27-year-old from a small town in northern France, was detained on Tuesday in the southern Malaga area after Paris issued a Europe-wide arrest warrant.

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