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One of Britain's 'most wanted' arrested in Tenerife

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had detained one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who fled the country in 2008 after allegedly raping a woman and was found working in Tenerife.

Spain's king asks acting PM Rajoy to form government

Madrid - Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a new government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections

Madrid - Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Spain heads for minority government as Socialists lift veto

Madrid - Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely ending a protracted political deadlock and avoiding a third election for poll weary Spaniards.

After summer bonanza, Spain worries about tourism future

Madrid - After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Socialists decide Spain's political fate in showdown

Madrid - Spain's divided Socialists gathered in Madrid on Sunday for a meeting widely expected to help finally unblock the country's ten-month political impasse.

Spain's top court cancels bullfighting ban in Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and drew an outcry from animal activists.

ETA 'not dead' but Spain focus moves onto jihadism

Madrid - Five years after ETA quit violence, the Basque separatist group has yet to dissolve but it poses little threat and authorities have shifted their focus to fight jihadists, says Spain's chief anti-terrorism prosecutor.

Migrants stage rooftop protest at Spain detention centre

Madrid - Dozens of migrants rioted at a detention centre in Madrid, police said Wednesday, climbing onto the roof of the building where they spent the night and unfurling a banner reading "freedom".

New Franco sculptures get egged in Barcelona

Barcelona - The municipality of Barcelona on Monday unveiled a controversial exhibition on the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, which was promptly met with a hail of eggs by angry opponents.

Suspect in Spain graft trial 'gave gifts' to conservatives

Madrid - One of the main defendants in a major Spanish graft trial involving the Popular Party (PP) admitted Thursday he gave "gifts" to ex-officials of the ruling conservative grouping, calling it a "usual practice.

Ex-Catalan chief to stand trial for independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's former separatist chief Artur Mas will stand trial for staging a symbolic independence vote, judicial authorities said Thursday, just weeks after the Spanish region's current president promised a referendum.

Spain seizes drugs shipment to Libya in global operation

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday a boat carrying nearly 20 tonnes of hashish to Libya was seized as part of a global operation targeting the financing of armed groups in North Africa and the Middle East.

Spain king to make last minute push to avoid third vote

Madrid - Spain's king will wait until late October before holding more talks with party leaders to resolve the political deadlock and avoid a third round of elections, the parliamentary speaker said Tuesday.

Pets or pests? Quaker parrots invade Madrid

Madrid - They may be cute, colourful and chatty, but South American quaker parrots have taken up residence in Madrid and other Spanish cities, irritating residents with their shrill squawks and destabilising the ecosystem.

Spain, Gibraltar in increasingly strident row

Madrid - A row between Madrid and Gibraltar stepped up a notch Thursday as the overseas British territory furiously rejected claims by Spain's foreign minister that he would hoist his country's flag on the Rock.

Spain draws angry response at UN with Gibraltar proposal

Madrid - Spain has told a UN gathering it has formally presented Britain with a proposal for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar -- an offer angrily rejected by the British overseas territory.

All 'legal', ex-IMF head Rato says in embezzlement trial

San Fernando De Henares - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said Tuesday that using the funds of banks he headed up for personal use was "completely legal," as he took the stand in a trial for embezzlement.

Conservatives in dock in Spain's 'trial of the year'

Madrid - Spain's "trial of the year" kicked off Tuesday with former lawmakers of the ruling Popular Party in the dock over one of the country's biggest corruption scandals.

Socialist bloodletting opens way for Spanish solution

Madrid - The drama within Spain's opposition Socialist Party which saw the resignation of Pedro Sanchez as leader could now finally unblock months of political paralysis, analysts predict.
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