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Without tourists, some Barcelona hotels get creative to survive

Barcelona - Sergi Pino recently moved to Barcelona, but rather than renting a flat, he's staying at a hotel which has been forced to get creative to compensate for the absence of tourists.

Op-Ed: Viruses as a huge resource? Virus-eating plankton show the way

Sydney - Everyone knew viruses were on the rampage long before the pandemic. Are they unstoppable? No; in fact some marine microbes are virus-hunting specialists, and there are some interesting new findings with that.

Battered in first wave, Spanish town emerges scarred but safer

Tomelloso - Standing outside the hospital morgue, Lourdes Visus Cedrian shivered as she remembered the endless procession of hearses pulling up to collect the dead Covid-19 patients she'd been nursing just hours before.

Spain's minority government relies on controversial allies

Madrid - Spain's leftist minority government is managing a delicate balancing act to govern with the support of several smaller regional nationalist parties, including the heirs of the former political wing of armed Basque separatist group ETA.

For Canary Isles tourism, migrant surge a new nightmare

Amadores - In a normal year, it would be high tourist season for the Canary Islands, but a huge influx of migrants has given the archipelago "a bad image," bar owner Miguel Gonzalez grumbles.

Spain to set up camps for 7,000 migrants in Canaries

Madrid - Spain will set up emergency camps for up to 7,000 migrants as part of a plan to tackle the huge influx of arrivals in the Canary Islands, the government said Friday.

Meet Spain's new flamenco prodigy 'El Yiyo'

Madrid - "El Yiyo", a flamenco dancer whose real name is Miguel Fernandez, honed his skills by watching YouTube videos. Now, aged just 24, he made his debut at Spain's main opera house with a show he developed during the country's virus lockdown.

Fate of ETA prisoners a minefield for Spain's government

Madrid - Two years after ETA disbanded, Spain's government is accelerating moves to transfer jailed Basque separatist militants to prisons closer to home, angering families whose lives were shattered by their violence.

Trio on trial for aiding 2017 Barcelona attackers

San Fernando De Henares - Three men went on trial Tuesday for helping the jihadists behind the 2017 attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town that killed 16 people and left 140 wounded.

Trio go on trial over 2017 Barcelona jihadist attacks

San Fernando De Henares - Three men go on trial in Spain on Tuesday for helping the perpetrators of a double jihadist attack in 2017 in Barcelona and a nearby seaside town that killed 16 people.

Trio on trial for helping Barcelona jihadist attack cell

Barcelona - Three men go on trial at Spain's top criminal court Tuesday for helping the perpetrators of twin jihadist attacks in 2017 that killed 16 in Barcelona and a nearby seaside town.

Spain's scandal-hit former king faces credit card probe

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether former king Juan Carlos I used credit cards linked to accounts not registered in his name in a possible money-laundering offence, judicial sources said Wednesday.

Spain under pressure to impose virus lockdown

Madrid - With coronavirus infections rising, Spain's central government was under pressure Wednesday to follow the example of other European nations and impose a new national shutdown.

Madrid funeral workers strike during pandemic

Madrid - Madrid municipal funeral home workers staged a 24-hour strike Sunday to demand more staff to face an expected rise in coronavirus deaths during the second wave of the pandemic.

Clashes in Spain over virus restrictions for second night

Madrid - Police in Spain made dozens of arrests during clashes with protestors for a second consecutive night as demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the new coronavirus restrictions.

Clashes in Barcelona over virus restrictions

Madrid - Protesters clashed with police in central Barcelona on Friday after hundreds gathered to demonstrate against new coronavirus restrictions, including a curfew and a ban on leaving the city over the holiday weekend.

Spain regions seal off perimeter to avoid new lockdown

Barcelona - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France, but the move may not be enough.

Spain declares virus emergency as global cases soar

Madrid - Spain declared a national state of emergency Sunday to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a third straight day of record new infections around the world.

Venezuela opposition figure Lopez headed to Spain: family

Madrid - Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan opposition figure who has sheltered at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas for 18 months, has now fled the country, his father told AFP Saturday.

Venezuela opposition figure Lopez en route to Spain after leaving Caracas embassy: family

Madrid - Leopoldo Lopez, a key Venezuelan opposition figure who has been holed up at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas for the past 18 months, has left the embassy and fled the country, his father told AFP Saturday.
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