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'Plaza de marihuana': Police uncover huge plantation in bullring

It seems some people found a much better use for a bullring in Almogía in southern Spain. Unfortunately for them, they were caught growing thousands of marijuana plants instead of the usual "corrida" or bullfight.

Zara withdraws 'Holocaust' shirt for kids from stock

Zara, the large Spanish clothing manufacturer, was called to task for selling a navy-and-white striped shirt for children featuring a gold, six-pointed star on the front, strongly resembling the uniforms worn in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

Robbers foiled in 'Ocean's Eleven' style bank job in Elche, Spain

Elche - Thieves were foiled when they attempted a sophisticated "Ocean's Eleven" style bank robbery in Elche in eastern Spain. It took them some time and a lot of ingenuity to dig a tunnel to the bank's vault, but they got caught in the final act.

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

Madrid - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Swiss tourists having sex on the run fined for no seat belt

Ibiza - Earlier in August on the swinging island of Ibiza there were three married couples from Switzerland, merrily having sex in the back of a van as it drove along. Police officers stopped the van and a routine breathalyzer test did not go quite as expected.

Burial site for Black Death victims a first in Spain

Barcelona - When the Black Death plague hit Spain back in the 14th century, the population reportedly plummeted from around six million to a mere 2.5 million people. However, the first mass grave from that period has only now been discovered, in Barcelona.

German Chancellor Merkel to walk Spanish pilgrimage with PM Rajoy

Santiago De Compostela - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is gearing up for a hike in the next few days, when she will join Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for at least part of the famous "Camino de Santiago" (Way of St James) pilgrimage in north-western Spain.

Ex-Catalan leader hit with corruption lawsuit in Spain

Madrid - A right-wing Spanish public sector union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an ex-president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, accusing him of graft involving up to 18 million euros ($24 million).

Spain mourns priest who died from Ebola

Madrid - Several hundred mourners joined a funeral service on Wednesday for a Spanish priest who died from Ebola after being infected in Liberia, becoming the first European victim of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

Madrid - Spain and Italy struggled to cope Wednesday with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2,300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours as they made desperate attempts to reach the shores of southern Europe.

Irish man arrested after throwing €3.3M cocaine from hotel window

Valencia - A 39-year-old Irish man, possibly suffering from paranoia, has been arrested by police in Valencia, Spain for possession of 55 kgs of cocaine. He made it known he possessed the drugs by throwing a suitcase full of cocaine from his hotel window.

Missionary with Ebola repatriated to Spain has died

Madrid - Miguel Pajares, 75, was recently brought home to Spain from Liberia, suffering from the deadly Ebola virus. Despite being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, he has reportedly passed away from the disease on Tuesday morning.

EU urges Gibraltar, Spain to probe cigarette smuggling

Gibraltar - The EU's anti-fraud office on Monday urged Gibraltar and Spain to launch legal action after it found signs that organised crime was behind a rise in cigarette smuggling in southern Spain.

Megabus passengers stranded in Spain when driver arrested

Girona - Sixty-two tourists were en route from London to Spain Sunday, when they were left stranded in Girona for seven hours after their driver was arrested. He was accused of falsifying his travel documents, which meant he was not allowed to carry passengers.

Spanish tax office summons ex-Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain's tax office summoned a former president of the economically powerful and rebellious region of Catalonia for questioning on Friday after he admitted to concealing undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

The witches cave of Zugarramurdi, Spain (Video)

Zugarramurdi - You missed the ceremony during this year's summer solstice, but it would be worthwhile planning to visit Zugarramurdi in 2015. Home of witchcraft and other pagan practices, the past is brought back to life in this town every year.

Hike the 'Route of the Faces' at Buendía, Spain (Video)

Cuenca - Curving along next to the Buendía dam in the Cuenca province of Castilla la Mancha is a fascinating hiking route, unlike any other in Spain. This is the "Ruta de las Caras," or in English, the "Route of the Faces" and it is well worth the hike.

New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'

Lagos - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria, after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos.

New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic is 'out of control'

Lagos - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is now taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos.

Catoira, Spain and the annual attack of the Vikings (Video)

Catoira - Every year a hoard of "bloodthirsty" Vikings head down the Ulla River and disembark at Catoira in Galicia in northern Spain. While this might sound a little terrifying, its actually a whole load of fun and the blood tastes suspiciously like red wine.

Spain sends plane to repatriate missionary sick with Ebola

Madrid - A Spanish air force plane departed Wednesday for Liberia to fly home a 75-year-old Spanish missionary infected with Ebola, the first patient to be returned to Europe in a fast-spreading outbreak of the deadly disease.

Spain locks up 14-year-old girl jihad suspect

Madrid - A 14-year-old girl detained on suspicion of trying to join Islamic extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria was ordered Tuesday by a Spanish judge to enter a youth detention centre.

UN condemns Spain for negligence in murder of 7 year old girl

Madrid - The United Nations blamed the Spanish State of failing to protect a 7-year-old girl who was killed by her father. The UN condemned Spain to compensate the mother, to investigate the failures causing the tragedy, and to report on actions taken to comply.

Spain's cold shower for sex and booze resorts

- Wearing only underwear and angel wings, three young women wiggle their hips to entice customers to enter one of the many nightclubs in Magaluf, a Spanish beach resort notorious for its sex and booze excess."We came to get drunk, basically.

All-natural, color-changing ice cream is a new Spanish invention

Blanes - Especially in the baking hot summer months, ice cream is a popular treat in Spain. One man has taken the treat to a whole new level, by making it change color as you lick. What's even better is all the ingredients are completely natural.

German homeless man dies at Mallorca airport, no one notices

Palma De Mallorca - René Becker, 61, had been living outside Mallorca's Son Sant Joan airport for seven years. When he passed away Thursday morning, thousands just passed him by without noticing, for at least six hours.

Spain PM vows to block Catalonia independence vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy repeated on Friday his threat to block attempts by leaders of the economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Pinterest buys Spanish start-up Icebergs

Barcelona - Wednesday saw an announcement by the online bulletin-board service, Pinterest, that it was buying out the Spanish start-up Icebergs, a site specializing in letting creative people collaborate on projects by uploading video and other digital content.
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Gaucin market
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 Els Enfarinats  festival in Ibi  Spain.
"Els Enfarinats" festival in Ibi, Spain.
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The  Toro de la Vega  was held in Tordesillas on September 17  2013.
The "Toro de la Vega" was held in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013.
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alhambra palace
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Members of the Fuengirola Despierta 15m (Wideawake Fuengirola) group protest outside the courts.
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Cast and crew of the Bollywood love story  Heart Attack  arrived in Fuengirola on October 2  2013 fo...
Cast and crew of the Bollywood love story "Heart Attack" arrived in Fuengirola on October 2, 2013 for a 40 day tour - breakfast on location.
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Police seized a truck containing frozen sardines  stuffed with hashish  in Spain.
Police seized a truck containing frozen sardines, stuffed with hashish, in Spain.
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International Fair in Fuengirola  Spain - Russia in the street parade.
International Fair in Fuengirola, Spain - Russia in the street parade.
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José Bretón  convicted of murdering his two children  Ruth and José  standing with a poster for h...
José Bretón, convicted of murdering his two children, Ruth and José, standing with a poster for his "lost" children.
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Estepona on the Costa del Sol  Spain
Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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The Plaza de Toros (Bull Fighting Ring) construction site
The Plaza de Toros (Bull Fighting Ring) construction site
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Asturias  Spain - 29 March 2012
Asturias, Spain - 29 March 2012
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Calahonda beach in Mijas Costa  Spain.
Calahonda beach in Mijas Costa, Spain.
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Views of the Hotel El Puerto in Fuengirola, Spain
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Smoke from a fire spreading in the countryside can be seen from Fuengirola on the coast.
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Views of the Coin countryside.
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Arnold Swartzenegger is promoting "Arnold Fighters", a fight extravaganza to be held in Madrid in October 2013.
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A branch of "Krasty" Burger has opened in Fuengirola, Spain - the whole family is there!
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Malaga, capital of Malaga Province, Andalucia, Spain
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Every April an international fair is held in Fuengirola with offerings of food, dance and goods by the multi-cultural society. Egypt.
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