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Parents of British brain tumour boy appear in Madrid court

Madrid - The parents of a British boy taken out of hospital in Britain without medical consent appeared before a Spanish judge on Monday for an extradition hearing.

Catalan anti-independence enclave clings to Spain

Badalona - Red and yellow Spanish flags fly proudly in the town of Badalona as thousands flock to watch the national basketball team play.

Two Moroccan children found hiding under camper van in Tarifa

Tarifa - Two Moroccan children, aged eight and nine, were found by police in Tarifa, Spain, hanging on to the undercarriage of a camper van as they attempted to sneak into the country.

'Plaza de marihuana': Police uncover huge plantation in bullring

It seems some people found a much better use for a bullring in Almogía in southern Spain. Unfortunately for them, they were caught growing thousands of marijuana plants instead of the usual "corrida" or bullfight.

Zara withdraws 'Holocaust' shirt for kids from stock

Zara, the large Spanish clothing manufacturer, was called to task for selling a navy-and-white striped shirt for children featuring a gold, six-pointed star on the front, strongly resembling the uniforms worn in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

Animals in Madrid theme park enjoy treats in the heat (Video)

Madrid - Summer in Spain can get pretty hot and the animals in Madrid's Faunia animal theme park feel the heat too. To help them keep their cool, zookeepers have come up with some novel frozen treats for the animals.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

Robbers foiled in 'Ocean's Eleven' style bank job in Elche, Spain

Elche - Thieves were foiled when they attempted a sophisticated "Ocean's Eleven" style bank robbery in Elche in eastern Spain. It took them some time and a lot of ingenuity to dig a tunnel to the bank's vault, but they got caught in the final act.

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

Madrid - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

King of Morocco mistaken for people smuggler off Ceuta shores

Ceuta - In a rather embarrassing incident, Spain's Civil Guard apprehended King Mohammed VI of Morocco while he was enjoying a summer boat trip in waters more commonly used by drug smugglers and human traffickers. Faces were red and apologies have been made.

Swiss tourists having sex on the run fined for no seat belt

Ibiza - Earlier in August on the swinging island of Ibiza there were three married couples from Switzerland, merrily having sex in the back of a van as it drove along. Police officers stopped the van and a routine breathalyzer test did not go quite as expected.

Aspiring singer fakes kidnapping to finance CD

Barcelona - A 22-year-old woman from Barcelona, Spain was arrested Thursday after allegedly faking her own kidnapping in the Dominican Republic. Apparently she needed to raise money to record a CD and hoped her father would hand over the necessary cash as a ransom.

Hoopoes' eggs change color according to mother’s health

Biologists have discovered that preen gland secretion causes hoopoes’ eggs to change color, signalling about the health of the mother bird.

Burial site for Black Death victims a first in Spain

Barcelona - When the Black Death plague hit Spain back in the 14th century, the population reportedly plummeted from around six million to a mere 2.5 million people. However, the first mass grave from that period has only now been discovered, in Barcelona.

Don’t let driving law changes dent your vacation abroad

London - Whether hiring a car abroad or taking your own vehicle, there's a whole forest of road traffic laws. Worse, a different country means a different set of laws ready to catch out the unwary driver.

Spanish psychologist suggests suicide as an option for pedophiles

San Sebastian - Javier Urra, a leading psychologist in Spain, admitted to guests at a book seminar held in San Sebastián, northern Spain on Monday, that he has recommended suicide to various recurring pedophiles and rapists who were his patients.

German Chancellor Merkel to walk Spanish pilgrimage with PM Rajoy

Santiago De Compostela - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is gearing up for a hike in the next few days, when she will join Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for at least part of the famous "Camino de Santiago" (Way of St James) pilgrimage in north-western Spain.

Woman busted in Madrid with cocaine in breast implants

Madrid - A Venezuelan woman was arrested at Madrid airport Friday with 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine concealed in her breast implants. Due to her suspicious behavior, officials searched her baggage but found nothing. Then they performed a body search.

Ex-Catalan leader hit with corruption lawsuit in Spain

Madrid - A right-wing Spanish public sector union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an ex-president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, accusing him of graft involving up to 18 million euros ($24 million).
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