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WorldPride festivities kicks off in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of revellers, many draped in rainbow flags, packed a Madrid square on Wednesday for the official launch of WorldPride festivities, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transgender rights.

Madrid metro drivers go on strike during WorldPride

Madrid - Madrid metro drivers began a five-day strike Wednesday, threatening to create travel chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights.

Spain's two main leftist parties team up against Rajoy

Madrid - Once fierce rivals, the leaders of Spain's two main left-wing parties agreed Tuesday to attempt to form an alternative to conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's minority government.

Dali's 'daughter' says she wants her identity

Barcelona - Pilar Abel, the woman claiming to be Salvador Dali's daughter, said Tuesday she wanted to recover her identity more than anything else, a day after the artist's exhumation was ordered.

8,000 migrants rescued in Med in 48 hours

Rome - More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy's coastguard said Tuesday.

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

Madrid - A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists.

From prison to WorldPride: 40 years of gay activism in Spain

Barcelona - Forty years ago their sexual orientation could land them in jail. Now Spain's gay and lesbian community is honouring at WorldPride in Madrid the 4,000 pioneers who dared to protest for change in 1977.

Boy travels from Morocco to Spain under bus

Madrid - A boy travelled at least 230 kilometres from Morocco to Spain hanging underneath a bus, officials said on Monday, in another example of desperate measures taken by migrants to get to Europe.

Spain firefighters gain upper hand over blaze near nature reserve

Mazag - Spanish firefighters on Monday beat back a wildfire which threatens a renowned national park that is home to endangered species and has forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people from homes, campsites and hotels.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve

Madrid - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.

Fire licks Spanish nature reserve, 1,800 evacuated

Madrid - Hundreds of firefighters battled Sunday to contain a fire after it broke out at a nature reserve in southern Spain, prompting the evacuation of more than 1,800 people, authorities said.

Spain rescues more than 200 migrants from Med

Madrid - Spanish coastguards rescued more than 200 migrants on Saturday as they attempted to make the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to Europe.

Madrid bolsters security as WorldPride kicks off

Madrid - Madrid increased security Friday for the start of WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

Spanish lawmakers reject Catalan independence referendum

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday as expected threw out a Catalan bid to hold an independence referendum which a court had already ruled illegal.

Spanish court reins in Catalan foreign policy ambitions

Madrid - Spain's constitutional court on Wednesday forbade the pro-separatist region of Catalonia from promoting its interests abroad through a foreign policy "secretariat.

Thousands march for refugees in Madrid

Madrid - Several thousand people marched in Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish government to honour its commitment to take in more than 17,000 refugees as part of Europe's relocation plan.

Spain may recover only 28% of aid to banks: report

Madrid - The Spanish state may only retrieve 28 percent of the multi-billion-euro aid granted to banks during the crisis, the central bank said Friday, despite past government pledges that it wouldn't cost "one euro" to the taxpayer.

Zara founder's cancer donation stirs controversy in Spain

Madrid - The billionaire founder of clothing giant Zara is donating 320 million euros ($361 million) in cutting-edge cancer-fighting equipment to hospitals in Spain, an act that has raised stinging criticism -- to the dismay and incredulity of patients.

Spain's government survives confidence vote over graft

Madrid - Spain's conservative government on Wednesday survived a vote of no confidence tabled by the far-left Podemos party to denounce rampant corruption after a day-and-a-half of lively, sometimes acrimonious debate.

Spain's government survives no confidence vote over graft

Madrid - Spain's conservative government on Wednesday survived a vote of no confidence tabled by the far-left Podemos to denounce rampant corruption after a day-and-a-half of lively, sometimes acrimonious debate.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

Spain prosecutors seek five years jail for ex-IMF head Rato

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have asked for former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato to be jailed for five years over the failed 2011 listing of Bankia, a bank he led which later had to be rescued by the state.

Spain's government faces no confidence vote over graft

Madrid - Spain's government on Tuesday faced a vote of no confidence tabled by the far-left Podemos to denounce a series of corruption scandals that have hit Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative party.

Spain's government faces no confidence vote over graft

Madrid - Spain's government on Tuesday faced a vote of no confidence tabled by the far-left Podemos to denounce a series of corruption scandals that have hit Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative party.

A tale of two 'Indignants' cities in Spain

Madrid - Swept to power in 2015 by Spain's "Indignants" anti-austerity movement, two political novices lead Madrid and Barcelona with the tough task of increasing social spending without generating more debt.

Peru's leader warns Venezuela heading for 'blood bath'

Madrid - The deadly unrest in Venezuela could lead to "a blood bath" and spark a major refugee crisis, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned on Monday.

Spain says bracing for rising Catalonia tensions

Madrid - Madrid is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia's unilateral separatist drive, Spain's deputy prime minister said Monday, just days after the northeastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of Barcelona's football club, rallied in the city on Sunday to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1.

Catalan public workers caught in referendum crossfire

Barcelona - Whose orders to follow? Civil servants in Catalonia may not know which way to turn if the Spanish region holds an independence referendum that Madrid deems illegal.

Spain gives London attack 'skateboard hero' a posthumous medal

Madrid - A Spanish man hailed as a "skateboard hero" after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants in last weekend's London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal, Madrid said Friday.
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Annual Feria (fair) in Fuengirola  Spain.
Annual Feria (fair) in Fuengirola, Spain.
Final stages of Gaudí s masterpiece - The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Final stages of Gaudí's masterpiece - The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
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Nativity scene in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Scene from  Los últimos días  or  The Last Days  - sci-fi film made in Spain.
Scene from "Los últimos días" or "The Last Days" - sci-fi film made in Spain.
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Seconds before the beginning of the San Fermín Festival in Pamplona (Spain). Town hall Square. Everybody holds his red handkerchief above his head until a firework is exploded at 12 pm; they then put it around the neck.
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Málaga 12m - protest on May 12  2012 - Plaza de la Merced
Málaga 12m - protest on May 12, 2012 - Plaza de la Merced
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This is a great view of the Kings Path. You can get a real perspective of how high it is above the gorge.
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Gaucin street
Los Caracoles  a beautiful rural hotel in Frigiliana near Nerja on the Costa del Sol  Spain  with bu...
Los Caracoles, a beautiful rural hotel in Frigiliana near Nerja on the Costa del Sol, Spain, with buildings built to resemble snail shells.
Rural Hotel Los Caracoles, Frigiliana
Something about summer in Fuengirola  Spain - kids on the loose.
Something about summer in Fuengirola, Spain - kids on the loose.
Scenes around Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.
Scenes around Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.
Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park)  creation of Antoni Gaudí.
Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
Moorish defensive walls in the old town of Marbella  Spain.
Moorish defensive walls in the old town of Marbella, Spain.
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Abstracts and reflections in Fuengirola fishing port.
Abstracts and reflections in Fuengirola fishing port.
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(TV screen shot) Italian fans not giving up after scoring first goal in the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
Members of the Fuengirola Despierta 15m (Wideawake Fuengirola) group protest outside the courts.
Members of the Fuengirola Despierta 15m (Wideawake Fuengirola) group protest outside the courts.
Scientists marched in Madrid and 18 other cities of Spain on Friday against budget cuts in the scien...
Scientists marched in Madrid and 18 other cities of Spain on Friday against budget cuts in the science field.
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Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain
The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen  July 16  in Fuengirola  Spain
The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, July 16, in Fuengirola, Spain
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their sala...
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their salaries, February 12, 2013. Police officer lighting a paint bomb.