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Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths

Barcelona - Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches.

Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government

Madrid - Spain's king tasked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate mission of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections.

Catalan parliament defies court in secession drive

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers defied Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday and approved a text calling on the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

11 jailed in Spain stamp scam, one of country's 'biggest frauds'

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court said Wednesday it had sentenced 11 former executives of stamp firm Afinsa to up to 12 years in jail for their role in a vast scam that ruined thousands of savers.

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

Barcelona - Spanish troops intervened Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve after laying waste to some 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land, regional authorities said.

Spanish king 'concerned' about political deadlock: lawmaker

Madrid - King Felipe VI is "concerned" about Spain's political paralysis, a lawmaker who met him said Tuesday as the monarch began a fourth round of talks with party representatives to try and agree on a government.

Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe: hospital

Barcelona - A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly in Spain on Monday, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe.

UN to help Turkey boost struggling tourism sector

Madrid - The UN World Tourism Organization signed an agreement Friday with Turkey to help the country boost its ailing tourism sector, which has suffered due to a string of bombings and a failed coup.

Spain seeks 'urgent' answers from London after nuclear sub collision

Madrid - Spain said Thursday it had asked London for "urgent" explanations after a British nuclear submarine collided with a vessel off the coast of Gibraltar, forcing it to dock in the disputed territory.

Spain deputies choose Rajoy ally as parliament speaker

Madrid - Lawmakers on Tuesday picked a close ally of Mariano Rajoy as parliamentary speaker as Spain's acting prime minister cast around for coalition partners following last month's inconclusive general election.

Spain under bombs: 'Testing ground' for WWII

Benasal - Teenager Angel Bertran had just gone out to work in fields of hazelnut trees when Spain's civil war burst into his small town with the arrival of Nazi bomber planes.It was May 25, 1938.

Bullfighting tensions rise in Spain

Madrid - Tensions over bullfighting are growing in Spain, where the death of a matador in the ring broadcast live on television has added fuel to a national debate over the centuries-old but controversial tradition.

Wildfire forces holidaymakers to flee Spanish beach hotel

Madrid - Firefighters on Wednesday tamed a wind-fuelled wildfire that forced roughly 400 mainly German holidaymakers to be evacuated from their beach hotel on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, officials said.

Spanish PM without allies to form government after party talks

Madrid - Spain's acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, remained isolated on Wednesday after he wrapped up talks with other parties on forming a government after a repeat general election.

Scores in copter evacuation after Canaries road collapse

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Over 100 people were rescued by helicopter Wednesday following the collapse of a cliffside road in Spain's Canary Islands that left a village cut off, official said.

15 arrested for sexual assault at Pamplona bull-running

Madrid - Fifteen men have been arrested for rape and sexual assault at Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival in the northern town of Pamplona, the city hall said Tuesday.

Spain proposes tax hike to dodge EU deficit fine

Madrid - Spain's acting Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Tuesday proposed hiking corporate taxes to avoid a fine from the European Commission for repeatedly failing to bring government deficits into line.

Spain summons UK envoy over 'reckless' Gibraltar boat

Madrid - Spain on Monday summoned Britain's ambassador following what it said were "reckless" moves by a Gibraltar police patrol boat, the latest in a long line of diplomatic spats over the disputed territory.

Spanish police smash global GPS tracker scam

Madrid - Spanish police said Sunday they had broken up a crime group suspected of cheating over 8,000 people in over 70 countries of around 25 million euros ($27 million).

Two men gored in Pamplona bull run

Madrid - Half-tonne fighting bulls gored two Spanish men on Sunday as thousands of red-scarved daredevils sprinted down narrow dew-slicked streets in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.
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