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Madrid hospital struggles with surge in virus cases

Legan - At Severo Ochoa hospital in a Madrid suburb badly-hit during the pandemic's first wave, the intensive care unit is once again full and exhausted medics dread a repeat of the same "horror".

Retrial for ex-leader of Basque group ETA postponed

Paris - One of two trials for Josu Ternera, the former leader of Basque separatist group ETA, was postponed in Paris on Monday to next year after witnesses did not show up in court.

Diaz Ayuso: from Twitter hound to Madrid regional chief

Madrid - An outspoken hardliner who once wrote tweets for a predecessor's pooch, Madrid regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has become the attack dog of the right to take on Spain's leftwing federal government.

Ex-leader of Basque group ETA to appear in French court

Paris - The former leader of Basque separatist group ETA, Josu Ternera, will face justice in France after years on the run, with the first of two retrials in Paris to begin on Monday.

What's up doc? Donkey therapy eases Spain medics' stress

Hinojos - Walking into a dusty paddock, a young nurse is quickly surrounded by a group of donkeys gently nudging her for attention as she strokes their soft noses and feeds them carrots.

Child hand sanitiser poisoning cases spike in Spain

Madrid - The number of children treated in Spain for accidental poisonings after ingesting hand sanitising gels has soared during the pandemic, the government said Wednesday, urging parents to keep the products out of reach.

Madrid emergency looms over lockdown chaos

Madrid - Spain's cabinet was to open urgent talks on Friday to consider imposing a state of emergency in Madrid after judges overturned a partial lockdown that was opposed by the regional authorities.

Tourists vanish from locked down Madrid

Madrid - Taxis line up for hours at Madrid airport without picking up a single client while the square outside of the Royal Palace is deserted.

Random police checks as Madrid partial lockdown begins

Madrid - "Nothing has changed, it's just like any other day in the neighbourhood," shrugged Martinio Sanchez on a busy street in Madrid, a city in partial lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.

Spain to put entire capital under partial lockdown

Madrid - With coronavirus cases spreading like wildfire, the entire city of Madrid is to be put under partial lockdown, Spain's government said Wednesday as it stepped up measures to fight the epidemic.

Top Spain court upholds Catalan president's disqualification

Barcelona - Spain's top court on Monday upheld a court ruling disqualifying Catalan separatist president Quim Torra from office for disobedience, triggering protests across the wealthy northeastern region.

Protests in Madrid before partial lockdown widened

Madrid - Protesters hit the streets of Madrid against virus restrictions on Sunday, a day before a partial lockdown is extended to more areas of Spain's capital region try to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.

HBO series tackles Spain taboo over Basque ETA separatists

Elorrio - Ten years after the separatist group ETA renounced its armed struggle, few will speak of the bloody campaign that ravaged Spain's Basque country, but a new TV series is hoping to shatter that taboo.

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.

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.

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.

Morocco's blocked border with Spain brings suffering

Fnideq - Thousands of Moroccans who once crossed into Spanish enclaves on the North African coast to work every day are struggling after six months of border closures due to coronavirus restrictions.

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.

Italian coastguard comes to aid of Banksy-funded rescue boat

Rome - An Italian coastguard vessel Saturday rushed to a rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy, which sent out a call for help with more than 200 migrants onboard, and took in 49 of the most vulnerable people on board.

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.

Party's over: Airbnb restricts under-25s in UK, France and Spain

Paris - Airbnb said Friday it is restricting the ability of people under 25 in Britain, France and Spain from renting entire homes via its platform in order to reduce unauthorised parties and ensure safety.

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.

Bishop who defended indigenous people dies in Brazil aged 92

Rio De Janeiro - The Spanish bishop Pedro Casaldaliga, a fervent defender of the indigenous people of the Amazon, died Saturday at the age of 92 in Brazil, where he had been living since 1968, his office said.

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.

Placido Domingo insists 'I have never abused anyone'

Rome - Famed Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, denied the allegations Thursday in an interview in which he talked about getting over coronavirus."I've changed. I am no longer afraid.

Canary Islands to insure tourists who catch virus

Madrid - Spain's Canary Islands has taken out insurance to cover costs visitors face if they become infected with the coronavirus, the archipelago's regional government said Wednesday.

Spain's scandal-hit ex-king flees into exile

Madrid - Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to Portugal after a shock announcement he was going into exile.
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