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Leftist Spanish parties back 'No' vote in Greek referendum

Madrid - Six Spanish leftist parties and platforms on Friday backed a "No" vote in Sunday's Greek referendum on its bailout terms.

Support for Catalan independence slips: Poll

Barcelona - Support for independence in Spain's wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia has slipped, according to a Catalan government opinion poll published Friday.

Rally in Madrid against law on right to protest

Madrid - About two thousand people marched to the rhythm of drums in Madrid on Tuesday against a controversial new Spanish law that regulates the right to demonstrate.

Europe attacks Syriza to block Spain's Podemos: Greek minister

Madrid - European leaders want to "sink" Greece's ruling Syriza party to block the rise of other far-left anti-austerity parties like its ally Podemos in Spain, Greece's Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said Tuesday.

Western Europe bakes in heatwave

Seville - Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Spain and Portugal on Monday prompting health concerns and the scorching heat was expected to move north to France and Britain later in the week.

Two men killed by gorings in Spain bull-runs

Madrid - Two men aged 40 and 80 have died this week after being gored during festive bull-runs in Spain, officials said on Friday.

Drinking lots of beer exposes toxin risk

Valencia - Food scientists have analysed the extent of fungal toxins in various beers. The Spanish researchers have discovered surprisingly high levels of mycotoxins in certain brews.

Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday returned 12 artworks, including several 15th-century wood engravings, to Sweden's embassy in Madrid after they were allegedly stolen by a Spaniard from Swedish churches and museums.

Infection rates running high in Spanish hospitals

Madrid - People at, or having recently left, hospitals in Spain have a 6 to 8 percent chance of contracting an infection, according to a new report. The issue is a further example of the rise in antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Britain arrests Kagame's spy chief on genocide charges: Lawyer Special

Rwanda’s intelligence chief — indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — has been arrested in Britain, a Spanish lawyer representing victims in a case of universal jurisdiction said Monday.

Spain's Socialists name party leader as candidate in PM race

Madrid - Spain's opposition Socialists on Sunday named party chief Pedro Sanchez as their candidate to run for prime minister in a year-end general election in which upstart parties are expected to make inroads.

Basques form human chains demanding independence vote

Donostia-san Sebasti - Thousands of people formed human chains in cities across Spain's wealthy northern Basque Country on Sunday to call for the right to hold a regional referendum on independence.

Spain king honours 'ordinary heroes' after year on throne

Madrid - Spain's king Felipe VI decorated 38 ordinary citizen "heroes" on Friday, marking a first year on the throne in which he has tried to bring the monarchy closer to the people.

Cars threaten world's most endangered feline

Centro - The world's most endangered feline species, the Iberian lynx, is making a comeback in Spain after being pushed to the brink of extinction.But the costly efforts to reintroduce the spotted cat into the wild face an unexpected enemy -- cars.

Spain PM blames economy, corruption for polls drubbing

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday blamed the economic crisis and corruption scandals for his ruling Popular Party's recent drubbing in local elections.

Catalonia governing alliance splits over independence

Barcelona - Disagreements over how to push for independence in Catalonia drove the Spanish region's 37-year-old governing alliance to split apart on Thursday, leaders said.

Three ministers pull out of Catalan govt over independence plans

Madrid - The junior party in the coalition that runs Catalonia said Wednesday that its three ministers were pulling out of the regional government due to disagreements over its push to break away from Spain.

Kagame's top general, wanted by Spanish court, reportedly in UK Special

Scotland Yard appeared to be facing a legal dilemma Wednesday following credible reports that Rwanda’s intelligence chief – indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — had arrived in Britain on official business.

King Felipe boosts scandal-hit crown in changing Spain

Madrid - Felipe VI has strengthened the standing of Spain's monarchy in his first year as king, surprising the country by squaring up to scandal -- but its future remains uncertain as a fresh political generation comes of age.

New software tracks fecal contamination

Madrid - New software allows medics to track fecal contamination throughout all types of water, from seas to rivers. The software makes use of biological changes to water and then uses this to make predictions of the direction that contamination may spread.
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