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Partial virus lockdown in Madrid as US deaths near 200,000

Madrid - A million people in and around the Spanish capital on Monday were under a new lockdown to contain another coronavirus surge, as the US death toll neared 200,000.

Madrid braces for partial lockdown as virus surges

Madrid - Nearly a million Madrid residents were bracing Sunday for a partial lockdown with several hundred marching in protest as Spanish authorities seek to put a brake on a second wave of Covid-19.

Madrid region imposes partial lockdown as virus spirals out of control

Madrid - At the epicentre of an explosion of new infections in Spain, the Madrid region on Friday imposed partial lockdown measures on nearly one million people to try to slow the spread of the virus.

As virus spreads, Madrid region eyes new restrictions

Madrid - Once again at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak, the Madrid region admitted Thursday it was overwhelmed, calling for "decisive" central government action on the eve of unveiling fresh restrictions.

Top Spain court mulls Catalan president's disqualification

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court considered an appeal on Thursday by Catalan separatist president Quim Torra against a conviction for disobedience carrying a sentence which disqualifies him from holding public office for 18 months.

Spain wants to ramp up search for Franco victims in mass graves

Madrid - Nearly a year after relocating Franco's remains, Spain's leftist government approved a draft bill Tuesday which will finance the exhumation of victims of his dictatorship and the country's 1936-39 civil war that preceded it from hundreds of mass graves...

As Spain cases soar, school return comes too soon for some

Madrid - With coronavirus cases surging as a new school year begins, many Spanish parents are refusing to send their children back to class despite the threat of sanctions.

Recovery with resentful Messi brings new complications for Barca

Madrid - Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona but for how long? Messi can negotiate with other teams from January 1 and leave next summer, when his contract expires and this time he really will be able to go for free.

Op-Ed: Can you ‘normalize’ COVID? Short answer, no.

Sydney - Europe is trying to avoid lockdowns, for obvious economic reasons. The UK is trying to dodge them. The US no-lockdowns have been a disaster. So why the sudden dreams of a non-existent “normal”?

Messi confirms staying at Barcelona but rages at president

Madrid - Lionel Messi said on Friday he will stay at Barcelona, insisting he could never go to court against "the club of his life".

Messi release clause not valid, Jorge Messi tells La Liga

Madrid - Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Lionel Messi, published a response to La Liga on Friday, insisting the Barcelona striker's 700-million-euro release clause no longer applies.

Teachers line up for hours in Madrid for virus test

Madrid - Thousands of teachers lined up for hours in Madrid on Wednesday to be tested for the coronavirus before the start of the new school term next week as concern mounts over a spike in infections.

Spain court orders Franco family to return mansion

Madrid - A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered Francisco Franco's family to hand over the keys to a mansion it says was illegally bought by the late dictator decades ago.

European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

Madrid - European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections.

Spain calls on army to fight virus as WHO signals slowdown

Madrid - Spain said Tuesday it will call in the army to try to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as parts of Europe and Asia battle new surges, while data from the UN health agency suggested the pace of transmission was easing in many parts of the world.

Why is Spain once again on the frontline of the pandemic?

Madrid - Despite having imposed draconian coronavirus lockdown and making the use of face masks in public mandatory, Spain is once again a world hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain ex-king under fire over move to UAE

Barcelona - Spain's former king Juan Carlos came under fire on Tuesday for moving to the Middle East, with critics calling it the "worst" destination because corruption allegations he faces have links to the region.

Spain marks third anniversary of deadly Catalonia attacks

Barcelona - A ceremony was held in Barcelona on Monday in memory of the 16 people who died during attacks in the Spanish city and a nearby resort three years ago.

Spain again grapples with Europe's worst virus infection rate

Madrid - Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe.

Spain's fragile monarchy grapples with ex-king's woes

Madrid - Spain's scandal-tainted ex-king Juan Carlos has moved abroad to try to protect image of the monarchy, a fragile institution whose popularity is falling but which enjoys strong protection under the constitution.
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