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Barcelona agree reported record Nike deal

Barcelona - Barcelona agreed a "long-term" contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday, which will reportedly see the Catalan club surpass Manchester United with the most lucrative kit-sponsorship deal in the world.

Spanish region bans bull killing in traditional festivals

Madrid - Authorities in the Spanish region of Castilla y Leon on Thursday announced a ban on the killing of bulls during traditional festivals, in a partial victory for animal rights activists.

Catalonia pushes ahead quietly with independence plan

Barcelona - Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid in their bid to break away from Spain.

Spain's Rajoy eyes tax cuts despite EU deficit sanctions threat

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a Wednesday interview he was eyeing more tax cuts if re-elected, just as Brussels mulls sanctions against Madrid for breaking deficit rules.

Spanish tyre fire 'could take 10 more days to extinguish'

Madrid - It could take another 10 days to put out a huge fire at a tyre dump near Madrid, regional authorities said Monday, though residents have already been allowed to return to the area.

Spaniards march on anniversary of Indignados movement

Madrid - Thousands took to Madrid's streets to mark the fifth anniversary of the birth of Spain's Indignados movement, which shook the country's political system and sparked "occupy" movements around the world.

Football great Pele saddened by Brazil's political woes

Madrid - Brazilian football legend Pele has said he is very saddened by the political turmoil in his country and expressed the hope there will be a "big government" in place in time for the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Hamilton, Rosberg crash out in Barcelona clash

Barcelona - World championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton collided and retired in a sensational crash on the opening lap at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Residents near Madrid return home as toxic tyre blaze controlled

Madrid - Spanish authorities allowed residents near a giant tyre dump blaze to return home Saturday, saying that the risk from toxic fumes billowing from the rubber heap had reduced although the fire had yet to be extinguished.

Huge tyre dump fire near Madrid releases toxic cloud

Madrid - A huge waste ground near Madrid where millions of tyres have been dumped was on fire Friday, releasing a thick black cloud of toxic fumes that officials worry could harm nearby residents.

EU-Turkey migrant deal is 'botched job', says Spain

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister on Wednesday described the EU's deal with Turkey to stem the influx of migrants as a "botched job", blasting Europe's "inadequate" response to its worst migration crisis since World War II.

Freed Spanish journalist feared being sold to IS in Syria

Madrid - One of three Spanish journalists released after nearly a year held hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group said Tuesday he feared being sold to the Islamic State group, which regularly kills captives.

Spain's Podemos forms election alliance with far-left party

Madrid - Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos has formed an alliance with its smaller far-left rival Izquierda Unida to run together in June 26 elections, boosting the chances they will become the nation's main opposition group.

Spanish reporter freed from Syria feels like 'walking on air'

Madrid - One of three Spanish journalists released after nearly a year held hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group said Monday he feels like he is "walking on air", after being reunited with his family.

Spain court allows exhumation of bodies at Franco mausoleum

Madrid - A Spanish court has for the first time authorised the exhumation of bodies from the Valley of the Fallen, a vast mausoleum where dictator Francisco Franco is buried along with thousands of victims of Spain's civil war, according to a ruling published M...

Spanish police arrest man who live-streamed driving at 195 kph

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested a young man who live-streamed video of himself driving at nearly twice the speed limit, forcing other drivers to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.

Three journalists return to Spain after Syria kidnapping

Madrid - Three Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group returned on Sunday to Madrid where they were welcomed by overjoyed family members after nearly a year in captivity.

Spain police seek child victims of 'porn king' director

Madrid - Police in Spain said Saturday they were trying to identify children who had been forced to appear in pornographic videos after they arrested the country's "king of porn".

ETA member jailed 92 years over plot to kill Spanish king

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday sentenced a member of Basque separatist group ETA to 92 years in prison over a failed plot to kill Spain's king at the opening of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum in 1997.

Spain reports first case of Zika-related microcephaly

Barcelona - Spanish health authorities said they had detected the country's first known case of the microcephaly birth defect in the foetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus.
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