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Spanish soldier's miracle escape from helicopter crash not true

Gran Canaria - In a bizarre twist, recent reports that three members of the Spanish military were rescued when their helicopter crashed into the Atlantic have turned out to be false. The second miracle survival of one of the men is, so far, incorrect.

Spanish soldier has second miracle escape from helicopter crash

Gran Canaria - A Spanish soldier was the sole survivor of a helicopter crash last year where four of his colleagues died. He has now survived a second similar incident.

Woman returns home after 20 years to find house gone

Las Palmas De Gran Canaria - A 69-year-old woman returned home to Las Palmas on Spain's Gran Canaria island after 20 years' absence to find that her three-story home was no longer there. It had been demolished back in 1999.

Canary Island of El Hierro on the move again

Seismic activity has suddenly increased again over the past few days on the small island of El Hierro, part of the Canary Island archipelago.

Incident report into park trainer's death raises concerns Special

Puerto De La Cruz - Two months prior to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, another SeaWorld-owned orca killed trainer Alexis Martinez. The official incident report filed after the accident, revealed several concerns.

Mystery Spanish cat found in Scotland reunites with owner

Muchalls - When a short-haired tabby mysteriously appeared in a garage in Scotland recently, she was taken to the vet for identification. The cat's microchip showed she was from the Spanish Canary Island, Fuerteventura. So how on earth did she get to Scotland?

Spain to cameo in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film

Looks like the Canary Islands are doing the Hollywood thing again in February 2014, as the honeymoon scenes in the film version of "Fifty Shades of Grey" are set to be filmed in Tenerife. This will be followed by a business meeting scene set in Madrid.

Earthquake measuring 5.1 hits Canary Islands

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the small Canary Island of El Hierro just before 6 pm local time on Friday Dec 27. Tremors were felt across all of the Canary Islands.

Video: Epic fail as Spanish cop forgets handbrake

Las Palmas - Police were recently called to break up a street fight between two young men in the Spanish Canary Islands. However, the driver of the police car forgot something really important.

Spanish police seize 550 kilos of cocaine from yacht

Spanish police arrested three people, including two French crew members from a yacht approximately 550 nautical miles from Spain's Canary Islands and one Spaniard on land. In the process they also seized 550 kilos (1,200 pounds) of cocaine.

Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame shooting in the Canary Islands

Fans of the "Thor" films will be pleased to hear that Chris Hemsworth, who played the lead, is busy on location with a new film in La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands. This time he is playing a 19th century shipwrecked sailor.

UK para-glider dies of heart attack in the air in Tenerife, Spain

Adeje - In a tragic turn of events, a 53-year-old woman suffered a heart attack and died while para-gliding with her husband near Adeje on the island of Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands.

Spain might put the clocks back to boost the country's economy

Madrid - We're not actually talking about going back in time here, but Spanish lawmakers proposed on Thursday switching the country to a more appropriate time zone to make sleeping and eating times more regular, workers more productive.

Photo Essay: Discovering Lanzarote — Images create 100 stories Special

Arrecife - Lanzarote is known for its volcanoes, unique landscapes, temperate climate and fine beaches but why not take a look at some of the local people, residents and tourists too and create a story for them from their actions, settings and backgrounds.

Photo Essay: Discovering Lanzarote's volcanic farming techniques Special

Arrecife - On the Canary Island of Lanzarote, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the visitor can admire the ways the people of this unusual volcanic island have adapted their farming techniques to cope with an unforgiving yet spectacular environment.

Photo Essay: Discovering Lanzarote's unique volcanic landscapes Special

Arrecife - Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, offers the visitor, especially those who enjoy hiking and appreciate unusual scenery, a unique opportunity to experience an exceptionally striking moon-like landscape formed by volcanism and erosion.

Photo Essay: Discovering dining in Lanzarote — Fish and seafood Special

Arrecife - Visit the island of Lanzarote located 70 miles (112km) off the African coast and experience simple, traditional food together with dishes based on old favourites whilst discovering this volcanic island’s unique attractions.

Megalodon fossils found off Canary Islands coast

A deposit of fossils, thought to belong to the largest-ever marine predator, were found recently off the coast in the Spanish Canary Islands. They have now been confirmed as belonging to a megalodon.

41-year-old chimpanzee has cataract operation, regains her sight

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - A heartwarming story comes out of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Silvia, a 41-year-old blind chimpanzee at the Loro Parque Zoo, has undergone a cataract operation and has had her sight restored.

Possible meteorite lights up the sky in the Canary Islands, Spain

Twitter went a little wild at 10:35pm local time on Sunday in the north of the Canary Islands, as witnesses reported a light streaking across the sky, "as bright as if it was daytime."

Lanzarote town hall rallying support against oil exploration

Arrecife - The Spanish multinational, Repsol, is planning to explore for oil 40 kilometers off the coast of Lanzarote in Spain's Canary Islands, and they have admitted there is a "moderate" risk of an oil spill.

Seeking the best beach in Spain for 2013

The Spanish television channel, Antena3.com, has launched a competition to find the very best beach in Spain and is inviting people to vote for their favorites this summer.

Holy smoke: Police find pot on bishop's plot in Spain

Santa Cruz - A man has been arrested in Santa Cruz in Spain after police found a marijuana plantation on land belonging to the bishop of Tenerife. Apparently the church was unaware of what the man, who had permission to use the land, was growing there.

Turkey's ongoing protests could be good for Spain's 2013 tourism

While Turkey insists that all is well and safe in that country for tourists this summer, people are changing their vacation plans and thinking of heading to Spain instead.

UK tourist throws boiling water from balcony in Canary Islands

Maspalomas - A tourist from the UK, visiting the Playa del Inglés resort on the island of Gran Canaria in Spain, has been on a rampage, pouring boiling water onto passersby from the balcony of his holiday apartment.

Magma moves Canary Island of El Hierro

Today, March 31, saw the small island of El Hierro suffer its biggest earthquake yet, 4.9 on the Richter scale, since this latest bout of seismic activity started earlier this week.

New seismic activity on Canary Island

Following a long period of calm, the small island of El Hierro, part of the Canary Islands, has suffered a new bout of seismic activity with a recent swarm of earthquakes.

Fire on Canary Island 'Arson'

The Canary Island of La Gomera has lost 11% of its surface area to wildfires in recent weeks as a result of what one official has described as 'environmental terrorism'.

Wildfires hit Canary islands

It's the height of the tourist season and the Canary Islands have suffered another blow. This time its wildfires that have broken out on Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera.

Volcanic activity lifts Canary island

Following days of almost continual earthquakes, residents of the small Canary island of El Hierro are once again living in fear of a volcanic eruption as their island begins to lift.
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Evening meeting at Groucho s Bar in Costa Luz  Puerto del Carmen  Lanzarote.
Evening meeting at Groucho's Bar in Costa Luz, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.
Timanfaya Natural Park  Lanzarote  Canary Islands  Spain.
Timanfaya Natural Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.
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Farming in lava fields  farmers built pits. La Geria  Lanzarote  Canary Islands  Spain.
Farming in lava fields, farmers built pits. La Geria, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.
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Southern chain of volcanoes from Playa Grande  Puerto del Carmen  Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
Southern chain of volcanoes from Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Spanish multinational Repsol is planning oil exploration 40 kms off the coast of popular tourist isl...
Spanish multinational Repsol is planning oil exploration 40 kms off the coast of popular tourist island, Lanzarote.
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Lago de los Clicos  El Golfo  Lanzarote  Canary Islands (Spain).
Lago de los Clicos, El Golfo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain).
Scenes of Timanfaya on the island of Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands.
Scenes of Timanfaya on the island of Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands.
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Try Casa Torano for fine local food. El Golfo  Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
Try Casa Torano for fine local food. El Golfo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
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Playing on the sand. Caleta del Sebo  Graciosa  Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
Playing on the sand. Caleta del Sebo, Graciosa, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Caleta del Sebo harbour  La Graciosa  Lanzarote.
Caleta del Sebo harbour, La Graciosa, Lanzarote.
The sand dunes of Maspalomas  Gran Canaria  Canary Islands  Spain
The sand dunes of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
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View from Fundacion Cesar Manrique  Tahiche  Lanzarote  Canary Islands (Spain)
View from Fundacion Cesar Manrique, Tahiche, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain)
Fanabe Beach on Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain.
Fanabe Beach on Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain.
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Playa de Alojera  La Gomera  Canary Islands  Spain
Playa de Alojera, La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
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Playa Grande  Puerto del Carmen  Lanzarote  Canary Islands (Spain)
Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain)
From Nazaret  looking westwards towards MontañaTamia. Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
From Nazaret, looking westwards towards MontañaTamia. Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Friends from the island can help you choose wisely from the extensive menus of the local restaurants...
Friends from the island can help you choose wisely from the extensive menus of the local restaurants.
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Pink-haired woman - El Golfo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Montañas de Fuego from Montaña el Miradero – Fire Mountains from the Miradero Mountain.  Lanzaro...
Montañas de Fuego from Montaña el Miradero – Fire Mountains from the Miradero Mountain. Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
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