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Spain threatens to cut Catalonia funds over referendum

Madrid - Spain's central government on Friday threatened to cut off funds for Catalonia unless the region's administration can prove it is not using state money to prepare a referendum on independence.

Dali's trademark moustache intact at '10 past 10' position

Madrid - Surrealist master Salvador Dali's trademark moustache is in perfect shape in its "ten past ten" position, the foundation that runs his estate said Friday, a day after his remains were exhumed to settle a paternity claim.

Autopsy confirms convicted Spanish banker committed suicide

Madrid - An autopsy on the body of the former head of Spanish bank Caja Madrid, who was sentenced to six years in prison for graft, confirms he committed suicide, officials said Thursday.

Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

Madrid - Spanish police have recovered three of five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015, they said Thursday."I can confirm that three paintings have been recovered," a police spokeswoman said.

Are you my surreal dad? Dali to be exhumed in paternity case

Figueras - Salvador Dali's remains are to be exhumed on Thursday from his Spanish hometown in an effort to test a fortune teller's claims the renowned surrealist is her father.

Top Spain banker sentenced for graft found dead

Madrid - The former head of Spanish bank Caja Madrid, who was convicted of graft along with ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, was found dead Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

Spain's federation chief held in fraud probe

Madrid - Police raided the headquarters of Spain's football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Police smash Europe-wide horsemeat racket

Madrid - A Spanish-led European police investigation has broken up an organised crime group that allegedly sold horsemeat across Europe that was "not suitable" for human consumption, officials said Sunday.

French, Americans among hurt in Spain bull running fest

Pamplona - French and American tourists were just some of the 13 men injured Friday in the last bull run of Spain's famous fiesta in Pamplona, some of them suffering from head trauma.

Catalonia government hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis

Barcelona - Three prominent members of Catalonia's government have quit after cracks emerged in the Spanish region's separatist executive just months before a planned independence referendum opposed by Madrid.

Catalonia govt hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis

Barcelona - Three prominent members of the government of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia have resigned, its president announced Friday, just months before a planned independence referendum opposed by Madrid.

Spain heatwave breaks records and kills one

Madrid - Spain baked in a record-breaking heatwave on Thursday which was blamed for the death of a road crew worker and is suspected of leaving another man in critical condition.

Spain expects another bumper year for tourism

Madrid - Spain's tourism sector is poised for another bumper summer season as security concerns continue to lure visitors away from rival destinations to its cities and beaches, industry lobby group Exceltur said Thursday.Tourism activity will increase by 4.

Second time lucky: Spain's royal Ferraris finally get buyers

Madrid - The first time they went up for auction, there were no buyers. But on Thursday, two Ferraris gifted to Spain's former king Juan Carlos by an Arab sheikh finally went for nearly 444,000 euros, the government said.

Spanish judge schedules Dali exhumation for July 20

Barcelona - A Spanish judge has scheduled the exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dali on July 20, the artist's foundation and a court said Thursday, although this date may change if an appeal is accepted.

Spain's bull running festival claims more injuries

Madrid - Spain's famous bull running fiesta in Pamplona claimed yet more victims on Thursday as eight daredevil participants were injured, some of them gored and trampled on, authorities said.

Barcelona, Airbnb reach deal after months of conflict

Barcelona - Homesharing website Airbnb will remove adverts for lodgings in Barcelona that lack permits to host tourists under a deal reached Wednesday with city authorities after months of dispute.

Spain's party islands ask EU to ban booze on flights

Madrid - Authorities in the Balearic Islands, home to the party resorts of Ibiza and Magaluf, on Wednesday asked Spain and the European Union to ban alcohol on flights and in airports as they battle "anti-social tourism".

Spanish airline Iberia drops pregnancy tests after fine

Madrid - Spanish airline Iberia said Monday it will stop asking new employees to take pregnancy tests after it was slapped with a fine of 25,000 euros ($29,000) for discrimination.

Migrants once again drawn to deadly Spanish route to Europe

Madrid - The number of migrants arriving on Spain's southern coast has more than doubled in 2017 from last year as they avoid passing through conflict-wracked Libya on their way to Europe.
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