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  • BARCELONA, Spain— Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalan business leaders on Saturday of "terrible economic consequences" if separatists win independence for the northeastern region. Speaking in the Catalan coastal town of Sitges, Rajoy told the Circulo de Economia business group that if Catalonia breaks away from Spain it could lose up to 30...

  • BERLIN, May 26- IAG-owned airlines British Airways and Iberia are to follow Lufthansa by charging a fee for bookings via third parties, using new technology to take more control of their own bookings. Lufthansa caused a stir in the industry when it introduced its own GDS surcharge in 2015 and CEO Carsten Spohr has repeatedly said he expects rival carriers to...

  • According to an EU paper, member states will be asked to decide on new homes for the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority by October 2017. Leading contenders to house the EMA are already jockeying for position, with Spanish Health Minister Dolors Montserrat setting out the case for Barcelona to host the agency during a visit to Brussels...

  • Messi's prison sentence has reportedly been ratified

    Spain's Supreme Court has ratified soccer star Lionel Messi's prison sentence, according to Reuters.

  • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks dejected after the match.

    Neither Messi nor his father are expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.

  • **LONDON- European Central Bank to publish Financial Stability Report- 2100 GMT. MADRID- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at First Conference on Financial Stability- 1345 GMT. TORONTO- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan participates in a moderated question-and-answer session before the C.D.

  • **LONDON- European Central Bank to publish Financial Stability Report- 2100 GMT. MADRID- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at First Conference on Financial Stability- 1345 GMT. TORONTO- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan participates in a moderated question-and-answer session before the C.D.

  • CARACAS, May 23- Venezuela has arrested the manager of the Petropiar heavy crude upgrader, owned by state oil company PDVSA and U.S. major Chevron Corp, for alleged "irregularities" in contracts awarded in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt. Francisco Velasquez was detained on May 13 and he remains behind bars in the city of Barcelona, in the eastern state of Anzoategui, the...

  • CARACAS, May 23- Venezuela has arrested the manager of the Petropiar heavy crude upgrader, owned by state oil company PDVSA and U.S. major Chevron Corp, for alleged "irregularities" in contracts awarded in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt. Francisco Velasquez was detained on May 13 and he remains behind bars in the city of Barcelona, in the eastern state of Anzoategui, the...

  • CARACAS, May 23- Venezuela has arrested the manager of the Petropiar heavy crude upgrader, owned by state oil company PDVSA and U.S. major Chevron Corp, for alleged "irregularities" in contracts awarded in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt. Francisco Velasquez was detained on May 13 and he remains behind bars in the city of Barcelona, in the eastern state of Anzoategui, the...

  • CARACAS, May 23- Venezuela has arrested the manager of the Petropiar heavy crude upgrader, owned by state oil company PDVSA and U.S. major Chevron Corp, for alleged "irregularities" in contracts awarded in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt. Francisco Velasquez was detained on May 13 and he remains behind bars in the city of Barcelona, in the eastern state of Anzoategui, the...

  • **NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before the MNI Connect Roundtable- 2100 GMT. **MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari holds media Q&A at the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute Conference- 1300 GMT. **MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • **NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before the MNI Connect Roundtable- 2100 GMT. **MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari holds media Q&A at the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute Conference- 1300 GMT. **MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • In a year when Austria, the Netherlands and France have fended off populist challenges at elections, political tension in Spain- where a minority government is in power- had fallen off euro zone investors' radar. But Pedro Sanchez's re-election on Sunday as leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party served as a reminder of the government's fragility in Spain.

  • SAO PAULO— Brazil is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. Because while you may have heard about the Amazon or the stunning beaches of Rio de Janeiro, you have probably also heard that Brazil has high crime, was swept by a Zika outbreak and that its politicians have concocted the largest graft scheme in Latin American history. Most likely you've never visited...

  • In a year when Austria, the Netherlands and France have fended off populist challenges at elections, political tension in Spain- where a minority government is in power- had fallen off euro zone investors' radar. But Pedro Sanchez's re-election on Sunday served as a reminder of the government's fragility in Spain. Sanchez was ousted last year after refusing to...

  • LONDON, May 22- Spanish government borrowing costs rose on Monday as one of the most outspoken critics of Mariano Rajoy's conservative ruling party and its austerity policies returned to lead the opposition Socialists. In a year when Austria, the Netherlands and France have fended off populist challenges at elections, political tension in Spain- where a...

  • VATICAN CITY— In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named new cardinals for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden. The five churchmen chosen are Monsignor Jean Zerbo, archbishop of Bamako, Mali, where he has been involved in peace efforts amid Islamist extremism; Monsignor Juan Jose Omella,...

  • BARCELONA, Spain— Thousands rallied in Madrid on Saturday to support a no-confidence vote against conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy brought by the far-left Podemos party. Podemos organized the gathering to bolster its no-confidence vote against Rajoy's ruling Popular Party, which has been hit by a series of corruption scandals.

  • MADRID— Spain's parliament has approved a government bill to liberalize the country's port operations and avoid hefty European Union fines, but dockworker unions have threatened to oppose it with strikes. Dockworker unions have threatened to begin strikes over three weeks on May 24 if jobs are threatened. Spain had faced accumulated fines of around 25...