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Spain's regional elections boost acting PM's party, weaken Socialists

Donostia-san Sebasti - Regional elections in Spain on Sunday strengthened acting Prime Minister's Mariano Rajoy's conservatives and weakened the Socialists, under pressure to let him form a government and end a months-long political impasse.

Spain's Basques, Galicians vote in key regional polls

Donostia-san Sebasti - Spain's Basque country and Galicia went to the polls Sunday in regional elections that may help unblock the long-lasting national political paralysis.

Spain's Basques set to vote as memories of violence fade

Donostia-san Sebasti - Spain's Basque region goes to the polls Sunday seeking to turn the page on past violence by ETA separatists, in elections that could also have an impact on the national political deadlock.

Spanish football chief's niece found dead in Mexico after kidnapping

Madrid - A niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was found dead Tuesday in Mexico after she was abducted and held for ransom for several days, Spain's foreign minister said.

From attempting suicide in Nigeria to Miss Transsexual final

Barcelona - Miss SaHHara was born in the wrong country, and in the wrong body.

Family found dismembered in Spain were Brazilian

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday identified as Brazilian a couple and their two young sons found hacked to pieces in a house near Madrid, in a suspected revenge killing.

Four dismembered bodies found in house near Madrid

Madrid - The bodies of two adults and two children were discovered, hacked into pieces in a house outside Madrid on Sunday, police and the local mayor told AFP.

Spain's Tomatito: 60 guitars and family-style flamenco

Seville - He's won Latin Grammy awards, toured the world and played with flamenco's superstar "gods" Camaron de la Isla and Paco de Lucia.

Spain's Donana wetlands going dry, WWF warns

Madrid - It's one of Europe's most important wetland reserves, a World Heritage site full of lagoons, woodlands, pristine beaches and dunes, home to more than 4,000 species including the endangered Iberian lynx.

24 injured as tourist bus crashes in Barcelona

Barcelona - At least 24 people, most of them tourists, were injured early on Wednesday when a coach crashed in Barcelona on its way to the airport, the emergency services said.

Scuffles as Spanish town drops bull-spearing from festival

Tordesillas - Locals scuffled with animal rights activists Tuesday at a centuries-old Spanish festival held for the first time since the event was banned from spearing its half-tonne bull to death.

Spanish crash train going four times speed limit: black boxes

Madrid - The train that derailed and killed four people in Spain was travelling at 118 kilometres per hour, a court said Tuesday based on information from its black boxes, on a track that allowed just 30 kph.

Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday to demand their region break away from Spain, pressuring pro-independence leaders to unite and iron out differences over their secession plan.

9/11 pilot's mother 'believes he is alive in Guantanamo'

Madrid - The mother of Mohammed Atta, one of the kamikaze hijackers who destroyed the World Trade Center, says she believes her son is alive at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, in an interview published Sunday in Spain.

Thousands rally in Madrid to demand bullfighting ban

Madrid - Thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to demand an end to the centuries-old but controversial tradition of bullfighting.

Speeding most likely cause of Spain train crash: mayor

Porri - Excessive speed is the most likely cause of a train crash in northwestern Spain which killed four people, the mayor of the local town suggested Saturday.

American, Portuguese among dead in Spain train crash

Spain - A train carrying tourists to Portugal from northwestern Spain veered off the tracks and smashed into a pillar Friday, killing its Portuguese driver as well as a US passenger and two Spaniards.

Catalonia starts DNA project to ID Spain war victims

Barcelona - Spain's Catalonia region said Wednesday it had launched the country's first public DNA profiling project to try to identify some of the 114,000 people who disappeared during the nation's civil war and subsequent dictatorship.

Arsonists blamed for Spanish wildfires

J - Spanish authorities on Tuesday blamed arsonists and record temperatures for wildfires ravaging the eastern coast near the popular resort of Benidorm that have forced 1,400 people to flee.

Spanish police rescue migrants hidden in minivan

Madrid - Spanish police freed four young African migrants found squeezed into a hidden compartment of a minivan with no ventilation at a border crossing from Morocco into Spain and arrested the driver, they said Monday.
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