Soccer on TV: European tournament berths up for grabs

Real Madrid can lengthen its lead in La Liga’s two-team race as three European tournament berths are up for grabs in a tight EPL table. In Germany, Bayern Munich will try to add a domestic cup title to its season haul, highlighting the top televised games from Europe this weekend. La Liga: Real Madrid (22-3-8) […]

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Madrid taxi drivers demand fleet limits amid weak demand

2/2 © Reuters. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid 2/2 MADRID (Reuters) – Thousands of taxi drivers took to the streets of Madrid on Tuesday, honking their horns and clogging up the roads around city hall to demand a limit on the number of vehicles allowed to operate amid a post-lockdown slump in demand. […]

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ECB’s De Cos calls for EU recovery fund to be approved as soon as possible

MADRID (Reuters) – European Central Bank policymaker Pablo Hernandez de Cos said on Wednesday it was important to approve a European recovery fund as soon as possible and with an adequate size to help weather the impact from the coronavirus pandemic. “What is important is to get this plan approved as soon as possible and […]

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Spanish police and FBI foil suspected radical Islamic terror plot to attack Barcelona

MADRID – The FBI and the Spanish police arrested a “lone wolf” radical Islamist suspect on Friday who was believed to be planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Barcelona. The Moroccan man, who was not named, was detained in the Mediterranean city in a dawn raid by armed police after a surveillance operation. The Spanish […]

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Spanish taxi drivers, chauffeurs go the extra distance to help amid coronavirus pandemic

MADRID – A Spanish chauffeur who thought he was just picking up another coronavirus patient from a local hospital was surprised when he was instead greeted by health care workers clapping for him. José María García has been taking patients to and from the hospital for free since the start of the coronavirus epidemic. This […]

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When Pet Owners Fall Ill With Coronavirus, What Happens Next?

MADRID — The coronavirus strikes. The patient — at home, sometimes alone — becomes desperately ill. The ambulance finally arrives to take the person away. Then, a second team, clad in hazmat gear, follows to rescue a household member abandoned in the chaos and suddenly in need of a new caregiver: the patient’s pet. The […]

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

MADRID — At the end of January, a German tourist became Spain’s first coronavirus patient. At the time, the health threat seemed for the nation as remote as the tiny Spanish island of La Gomera, where he was treated. Two weeks later, the German walked out of hospital, and Spain celebrated being again “virus free.” […]

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Grounded planes insured for more than $160 billion: report

2/2 © Reuters. A general view of planes on the tarmac at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, in Madrid 2/2 LONDON (Reuters) – Aeroplanes with a total insured value of more than $160 billion are grounded around the world, presenting risks for insurers, a report said on Friday. Singapore has the largest number of planes standing idle […]

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As the Coronavirus Approaches, Mexico Looks the Other Way

Milan, New York, New Delhi, Madrid — just a few of the many global cities that are shut down to prevent the coronavirus pandemic. And then, there’s Mexico City. Here, off the bustling Paseo de la Reforma, there’s an unsettling sense of normalcy. Flight attendants, newly arrived from the United States, walk around carefree. “I […]

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Spain’s coronavirus cases leap by 5,000 in 24 hours, now only behind China and Italy

MADRID – Spain saw a huge leap of almost 5,000 infections in the past 24 hours, placing it in third place in the global ranking of infections behind China and Italy. Health authorities said on Saturday that the number of people who have tested positive for the pathogen reached 24,926, up from 19,980 the day […]

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US couple quarantined in Spain hotel amid coronavirus say it could be a lot worse

MADRID – A Georgia couple had been traveling throughout southern Spain earlier this month when the trip came to a screeching halt as nine members of their tour party fell ill and were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Georgia, and their party have since been quarantined at the […]

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Madrid nursing home sees at least 17 dead in 5 days amid coronavirus, officials say

At least 17 elderly people from a Madrid nursing home have died from the coronavirus in the past five days, city authorities said. The Spanish capital’s regional authorities acknowledged late Tuesday that 17 people have died at the nursing home, as a surge of patients in Madrid’s hospitals fueled worries in Europe and elsewhere of […]

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Spanish King renounces inheritance from father amid financial irregularities scandal

MADRID – Spain’s King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the country’s royal house announced Sunday. The royal house said in a statement that in addition to renouncing his inheritance, Felipe is stripping Juan […]

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Spain’s King Cuts Financial Ties With Father Amid Scandal

MADRID — King Felipe VI of Spain said on Sunday that he was renouncing his personal inheritance from his father, Juan Carlos, who has been implicated in a Swiss offshore account investigation. King Felipe is also stripping his father of his stipend, in an apparent bid to sever any financial linkage between the Spanish royal […]

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Spain, on Lockdown, Weighs Liberties Against Containing Coronavirus

MADRID — The scene is becoming all too familiar, and now it has gripped Spain: Streets are empty, shops are shuttered, families are cloistered at home and the numbers of those infected with the coronavirus, and those who have died, are growing. Spain — like Italy and France to varying degrees — is now on […]

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Spain Considers Nationwide Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus

MADRID — The Spanish government met in an all-day session on Saturday to decide on strict measures to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus, a day after the country declared a state of emergency because of an alarming rise in infections. Regional officials had already declared on Friday a lockdown of one region, Catalonia, […]

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Spain Becomes Latest Epicenter of Coronavirus After a Faltering Response

MADRID — Just last weekend, about 120,000 people marched through downtown Madrid to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some 60,000 soccer fans filled one of the city’s largest stadiums. And 9,000 supporters of Vox, Spain’s third-largest party, gathered inside a former bullring. Now Spain has the second-highest number of infections of any European country other than […]

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ECB tells banks to review business continuity plans over coronavirus

MADRID (Reuters) – The European Central Bank has asked banks to review their business continuity plans and what actions they can take to prepare and minimise the potential adverse effects of the coronavirus spread, a letter seen by Reuters shows. In the letter, the ECB asked banks to establish adequate measures of infection control in […]

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Placido Domingo cancels Madrid ‘La Traviata’ show following sexual misconduct claims – EFE

Placido Domingo cancels Madrid ‘La Traviata’ show following sexual misconduct claims – EFE MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish opera star Placido Domingo canceled his scheduled performances of “La Traviata” in Madrid’s Teatro Real following allegations of sexual misconduct, EFE news agency reported on Thursday citing a statement from the singer. Domingo apologized on Tuesday to the […]

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