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Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Seville - Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

Spanish government in tug-of-war with family over Lorca archive

Madrid - Spanish authorities and the family of the late poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed during the civil war, are engaged in a fierce battle over what to do with his archive.

Norovirus in bottled water sickens over 4,000 people in Spain

Barcelona - Over 4,000 people in became ill with the norovirus in northeastern Spain after drinking bottled spring water contaminated with human fecal matter, local health officials said.

Spain closer to new election after coalition talks fail

Madrid - Spain inched closer to a fresh election Tuesday as a deadline to form a government loomed with political parties unable to reach an agreement despite a surprise 11th-hour coalition proposal that provided a brief glimmer of hope.

Spanish king makes final bid to broker deal on new government

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI met political leaders on Monday in a last bid to get them to form a coalition government -- and avoid calling the country's second general election in six months.

Nadal wins Barcelona crown, ties Vilas clay record

Rafael Nadal has equaled Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay-court titles following his latest success in Barcelona, Spain.

Euro gold a stepping stone for Marin's Olympic dream

Madrid - Spain's two-time world champion badminton queen Carolina Marin is hoping to sweep aside the competition to retain her title at the 25th European championships in the La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, this week.

Dirty laundry snares head of Spain's 'Clean Hands'

Madrid - The head of a Spanish anti-corruption group that championed several high-profile cases over the past two decades, including one against Princess Cristina, now finds himself under investigation for extortion.

Fresh Spain elections all but certain... and campaign has started

Madrid - No one dares say it openly but it's a near certainty. Barring a last-minute twist, Spaniards are set to go to the polls again in June just months after they voted a first time -- and for some parties, the campaign appears to have started already.

Spain marks death of intriguing 'Quixote' author Cervantes

Madrid - Spain marks the fourth centenary of the death of its most famous author Miguel de Cervantes this week with hundreds of events ranging from cultural to quirky... and a bit of controversy.

Spain PM holds talks with Catalonia's separatist leader

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region.

Spanish classic 'Don Quixote' published in 17,000 tweets

Madrid - A retired computer engineer is marking the fourth centenary of the death of Spain's revered author Miguel de Cervantes by publishing his best-known novel "Don Quixote" online -- one Twitter message at a time.

Podemos members reject backing Socialist-led govt in Spain

Madrid - Spain's far-left party said Monday its members had voted massively against backing a coalition government between the Socialists and new centrist party Ciudadanos, boosting the likelihood of fresh elections.

Spanish police free 29 Chinese women forced into prostitution

Madrid - Police said Sunday they had rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

Thousands march in Spain's Basque region for return of ETA prisoners

Bilbao - Thousands of people marched in Bilbao in northern Spain on Sunday calling for the return of prisoners from the armed Basque separatist group ETA being held outside the region.

Spanish bullfighters lock horns in paternity suit

Cordova - Legendary Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez, "El Cordobes", is locked in a legal battle with another popular matador who openly uses the same nickname and has for years claimed to be his son.The scandal broke in February when Manuel Diaz told "Hola!

Death toll rises to 7 in Tenerife building collapse

Madrid - Spanish authorities said Saturday they had pulled more bodies from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed on the popular Canary Island resort of Tenerife, bringing the death toll to seven.

Panama Papers claim new victim as Spain minister quits

Madrid - The worldwide "Panama Papers" scandal claimed a fresh political victim Friday as Spain's industry minister resigned over allegations he had links to offshore companies.

Police detain head of group that brought Spain's princess to trial

Madrid - Spanish police on Friday detained the head of a trade union that brought the high-profile tax evasion case against Princess Cristina for alleged extortion and other charges.
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