Swiss drop case linked to Saudi funds for ex-Spanish king
Geneva prosecutors have fined a Swiss bank for failing to alert money laundering authorities about millions in funds from Saudi Arabia that went to former Spanish King Juan Carlos and his ex-lover, but have dropped any charges against his associates in the case.
US men lose to Honduras, miss 3rd straight Olympic soccer
Another missed Olympics soccer tournament for the U.S. men. AdThe American Olympic skid is part of a trend that includes the senior national team missing the 2018 World Cup. Olympic men's soccer is limited to players both Jan. 1, 1997, and later, and clubs don't have to release players. Johnny Cardoso mis-hit an open header in second-half stoppage time. “I think the first half looked a lot like the Dominican Republic first half,” Kreis said.
Spain’s Princess Leonor presides 1st event without parents
Spain's Princess Leono arrives with Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, left, for an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday March 24, 2021. This is the first time Princess Leonor has presided an official event alone without the presence of her father, King Felipe VI. (Ballesteros/Pool photo via AP)MADRID – Spain’s Princess Leonor de Borbón presided over her first public event without the presence of her father, King Felipe VI, on Wednesday at the 30th anniversary celebration of a language and cultural center. The 15-year-old Leonor was accompanied by deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo on her arrival at the Cervantes Institute's headquarters in Madrid. The Cervantes Institute promotes the learning of the Spanish language and literature around the world.
EXPLAINER: Why Spaniards are rioting over rapper's jailing
Rap singer Pablo Hasl is detained by police officers at the University of Lleida, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)MADRID – Riots broke out in many Spanish cities this week during freedom of speech protests over the jailing of a little-known rapper for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorism. Up to a few weeks ago, Hasél, 32, was not quite a household name in Spain. Besides his tweets and lyrics, he has also been charged for assault, obstructing justice and breaking and entry. The law has been used against other rappers and tweeters — even puppeteers.
Spain arrests 80 in 3 nights of riots over rapper's jailing
A demonstrator throws a stone against police during clashes following a protest condemning the arrest of rap singer Pablo Hasl in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence have morphed for the third night in a row into rioting. Pablo Hasl began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison. AdLike the two previous nights, the protests began Thursday with large gatherings in several cities that were, at first, mostly peaceful. In Catalonia's regional capital, Barcelona, hundreds sang songs, rapped and shouted “Pablo Hasél, freedom!"
Clashes erupt in 2nd night of protests over rapper's jailing
A police officer shoots rubber bullets at protesters during clashes following a protest condemning the arrest of rap singer Pablo Hasel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Police fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters as clashes erupted for a second night in a row Wednesday at demonstrations over the arrest of Spanish rap artist Pablo Hasel. Many protesters threw objects at police and used rubbish containers and overturned motorbikes to block streets in both Madrid and Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID – Spanish police fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters as clashes erupted for a second night in a row Wednesday at demonstrations against the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasél. Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday after violence broke out in the first protests of the rapper's arrest, principally in Barcelona and other cities in the northeastern Catalonia region.
Princess Leonor, heir to Spanish throne, to study in Wales
Heir to the Spanish throne, 15-year-old Princess Leonor will study a two-year course at UWC Atlantic College, in southern Wales, the Spanish royal household announced Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MADRID – The heir to the Spanish throne, 15-year-old Princess Leonor, is going to study in Wales, the Spanish royal household said Wednesday in an announcement that caused a commotion over the state broadcaster's reporting. The Spanish royal family has been at the center of a controversy in recent years over the conduct of former monarch Juan Carlos, Leonor's grandfather, whose financial affairs are under investigation by magistrates. The royal household statement noted the school's “open and critical approach.”The school says it takes in students from around 150 countries. Princess Leonor obtained admission to the school anonymously, taking several tests before being accepted, the royal household said.
Spain: Ex-King Juan Carlos I won't get special treatment
MADRID – A Spanish government official said Monday that Juan Carlos I deserves no special treatment by the legal system, amid reports the former monarch is preparing to admit alleged undeclared income. Under Spanish law, confessing to undeclared income and paying the outstanding taxes allows offenders to avoid being charged with a crime. After he left Spain, Juan Carlos went to stay in the United Arab Emirates, but it is not clear whether he is still there. Since then, prosecutors have opened several corruption investigations involving Juan Carlos. The investigations have caused unease in the Socialist-led coalition government and royal household and given ammunition to those who want the monarchy abolished.
Spanish court takes over new investigation of ex-king
MADRID – Spanish Supreme Court prosecutors have taken over a new investigation into the financial activities of ex-King Juan Carlos, who recently left Spain to live in an unspecified country following the opening of probes against him in Spain and Switzerland. The prosecutor's office gave no details of the probe, but private news agency Europa Press said prosecutors confirmed it concerned the case mentioned by elDiario.es. The card expenses relate to the period 2016-2018, following Juan Carlos' abdication in 2014. EDiario.es said the probe didn't concern his son, current Spanish King Felipe VI, or Queen Leticia. Juan Carlos allegedly then transferred a large amount to a former companion in what investigators are considering as a possible attempt to hide the money from authorities.