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160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Friday, days after Morocco warned the EU of fresh migrant trouble following a row over a trade deal.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco: officials

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday, the emergency services and police said, adding that some were injured in the process.

Spanish king's sister cleared in tax fraud case

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday acquitted King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, of charges that she helped her husband evade taxes, in a case that shamed the royal family.

Verdict due Friday in Spanish royals' fraud trial

Madrid - Princess Cristina of Spain, the country's first royal to face criminal charges since the monarchy's 1975 restoration, will learn Friday the verdict from her trial over claims she helped her husband evade taxes.

Spain will seek deal for expats after Brexit: Rajoy

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he thinks a deal can quickly be worked out with Britain to defend the rights of British expats in Spain after Brexit.

Mariano Rajoy, solidly in charge in Spain

Madrid - Often criticised for his "wait-and-see" approach, Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outfoxed rivals to govern without serious competition, making him a rare European leader to survive the region's debt crisis.

Spain's Rajoy takes EU defence as far-right threatens

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leapt to the defence of Europe in an interview, describing it as the "best region in the world" but warning it could implode if populists win elections this year.

Spanish court blocks Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court quashed Tuesday a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament calling for a referendum on independence this year, a ruling that will further stoke tensions with Madrid.

Spanish PM's ex-minister testifies in corruption case

Madrid - Spain's ex-health minister Ana Mato took the stand Monday in a major corruption scandal, the first time that a former member of Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has appeared in court.

Iglesias: Charismatic face of Spain's Podemos

Madrid - At the head of Spain's far-left Podemos party for three years, Pablo Iglesias is considered a dangerous populist for some Spaniards, and a passionate and sincere leader to others.

Spain's leftist Podemos leader wins battle for party soul

Madrid - Supporters of Spain's Podemos party handed Pablo Iglesias a clear victory Sunday in a battle for the far-left party's direction, re-electing him as leader and backing his call to return to the streets as a protest movement.

Spanish PM Rajoy re-elected head of his party

Madrid - Spain's ruling conservatives on Saturday voted to keep Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as their leader, after a wave of high-profile corruption scandals threatened to push the party out of power.

Unity pleas as Spain's divided Podemos holds congress

Madrid - Shouting "yes we can" and "unity", thousands of Podemos supporters gathered Saturday at a meeting in Madrid that could eventually unseat the charismatic leader of one of Europe's leading far-left parties, now deeply divided.

Ex-Catalan chief's trial over independence vote ends

Barcelona - The trial of Artur Mas, former president of Spain's Catalonia region, over a non-binding independence vote in 2014 ended Friday after a day of heated courtroom exchanges.

Ex-IMF chief Rato, already in dock, accused of 'tax fraud'

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato stands accused of tax fraud carried out in his native Spain over more than a decade, according to a report Wednesday detailing charges that come atop another ongoing trial for embezzlement.

Catalonia's former separatist leader Mas warns of backlash

Barcelona - On trial for holding a symbolic independence vote, Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas warned Madrid against implementing drastic measures to stop another such referendum -- binding this time -- from taking place as planned by his successor.

Mas: Catalonia's unlikely independence champion on trial

Madrid - Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas was not always a nationalist. But his decision to devote his political life to gaining independence from Spain ultimately landed him on the wrong side of the law.

On trial, ex-Catalan chief defends independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of supporters protested Monday in Barcelona as Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas went on trial for holding a non-binding independence referendum in 2014 -- a move he defended as legitimate.

High-profile Spain trial stokes Catalan independence fervour

Madrid - Separatists in Catalonia plan to come out in force Monday when the Spanish region's former leader, Artur Mas, stands trial over a non-binding independence referendum he held, further straining ties with Madrid.

Spain's Balearic Islands hit by deadly olive tree bacteria

Madrid - A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected in Spain's Balearic Islands where authorities are racing to contain it, a regional government official said Friday.

Madrid, Catalonia tensions spike over independence

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist government hit out Thursday at reported plans by Madrid to close schools in the northeastern region and even take control of the police to stop a contested independence referendum.

Once inseparable, Podemos chief and deputy in merciless duel

Madrid - They met at university 14 years ago, became firm friends, founded Spain's far-left Podemos party off the back of a wave of anti-austerity protests and catapulted it to national prominence.

Barcelona bans new hotels in city centre

Barcelona - The mayor of Barcelona on Friday banned the opening of new hotels in the saturated city centre, to end the flow of locals out of the area due to pressure on housing from the tourism sector.

Gibraltar accuses 'predator' Spain of Brexit ploy

London - The head of the tiny British overseas territory of Gibraltar, which is hugely dependent on a free-flowing border with Spain, has accused Madrid of acting like a "predator" by trying to exploit Brexit.

Spanish PM warns Brexit a 'serious threat' to economy

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Tuesday that Britain's exit from the EU posed a severe threat to the country's recovering economy, and made a plea for cohesion in Europe.

Spain alarmed as White House Spanish website vanishes

Barcelona - Spain voiced alarm Monday as the US White House's Spanish-language website vanished after Donald Trump came to power, saying removing it was "not a good idea" in a country with millions of Hispanics.

Spanish village hurls turnips to drive away evil

Piornal - Residents of a Spanish town pelted a devil-like character portrayed by a young man with thousands of rock-hard turnips Thursday in a tradition that aims to drive away evil.

Catalan, Basque leaders snub Spanish regional talks

Madrid - Spain's regional tensions took centre stage Tuesday as Catalan and Basque leaders boycotted a major gathering attended by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, in a first.

Topless Madrid protester grabs crotch of Trump... waxwork

Madrid - A topless protester managed to get so close to Donald Trump on Tuesday that she grabbed his crotch... or rather that of his effigy, the latest addition to Madrid's Wax Museum.
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Málaga 12m - protest on May 12, 2012 - Plaza de la Merced
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Baelo Claudia - Roman city from the 2nd Century near Tarifa, Spain - the Basilica.
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53rd International Paella Competition held in Sueca (Valencian Community), Spain on September 15, 2013.
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Mothers strip for an erotic calendar to raise money for their children's school bus.
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The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, July 16, in Fuengirola, Spain
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Two Spanish shepherds discovered a strange object lying in a field. It turned out to possibly be part of a rocket.
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Twin boys using a trolley as a skate board in the fishing port of Fuengirola.
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People queue with the hope of getting a small part in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones to be filmed in Osuna, Spain.
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Castle Sohail, Moorish fortress in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain - view of the bridge and beach.
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padthaiwok - Thai Restaurant and Takeaway in Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Spain - a healthy salad.
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Spring in the Spanish countryside
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Scenes around Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.
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Fountain at the Puerta del Sol (square) in Madrid (Spain).
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King Juan Carlos abdicates the crown of Spain.
King Juan Carlos abdicates the crown of Spain.
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Hotel Los Castanos, Cartajima, Spain
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Three Al Qaeda terror suspects arrested in Spain.
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National police officers protest in Madrid, Spain, October 27, 2012
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