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Catalans press independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

Barcelona - The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans determined to break away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

Dancing in silence: Deaf flamenco dancer forms dance company

Seville - Deaf since the age of six, 38-year-old María de los Ángeles Narváez Anguita has not let that hold her back. Both a dancer and also an entrepreneur, she has formed her own flamenco company and is starring in a documentary film.

Thousands of small businessmen duped into ads in fake cop mags

Madrid - In a daring and well-thought-out scam, 52 people allegedly conned around 150,000 small businesses and self-employed persons out of 15 million euros ($19.5 million) over a period of 14 years, by pretending to be representatives of the police.

New EU energy and climate head sells oil shares

Strasbourg - The EU's incoming energy and climate commissioner said on Tuesday he is selling his shares in oil firms to avoid any conflict of interest ahead of a grilling by the European Parliament.

Video: Spectacular high-speed chase & capture of drug smugglers

Melilla - In a case of life resembles cinema, Spain's Civil Guard have released a video of an exciting high-speed boat chase between them and a small boat loaded with 300 kilos of hashish in international waters off the Spanish north African territory of Melilla.

Spain pressured to negotiate on Catalonia: analysts

Madrid - Spain's leaders refuse to let their country break apart, but as Catalonia's independence drive gathers steam, analysts say Madrid may have to negotiate on a question affecting all of Europe.

Adult movie soundtrack prompts panic, locals call police (Video)

Barcelona - Concerned neighbors called the local police in a panic Tuesday after they heard loud screams emanating from an open window in the quiet Barcelona neighborhood of Rubí. While sure a neighbor was being murdered, it seems someone was watching a porn movie.

Catalans form giant 'V for vote' in independence drive

Barcelona - Catalans fired up by Scotland's independence referendum massed in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts Thursday, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

Herd of goats invades railway station in Terrassa, Spain (Video)

Terrassa - Commuters catching trains in Terrassa, Spain Tuesday got somewhat of a shock when a herd of 17 goats invaded the railway line, seemingly from nowhere. The poor animals were very disorientated and the passengers both shocked and amused.

Catalonia independence vote can't be stopped: Leader

Barcelona - Catalonia's president warned Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and looked to Scotland to smooth the way with its own independence referendum.

Irish mobster shot by two 'ninja-like' masked men in Marbella

Marbella - It was apparently like a scene in the movies when two masked gunmen arrived at the Elviria shopping center near Marbella Saturday evening and shot Gerard "Hatchet" Kavanagh nine times in his arm, back and head, killing him execution-style.

Zombie survival mode in Collado Villalba near Madrid (Video)

Madrid - Before you go running for the hills, this was all part of a role-playing game with hundreds of people lurching around like the undead while others tried to escape them, in a town near Madrid. Apparently it was a roaring, lurching and screaming success.

British cancer boy Ashya King arrives in Prague for treatment

Prague - Ashya King, the five-year-old cancer patient whose parents sparked an international manhunt after they took him from hospital in Britain, arrived in Prague Monday for potentially life-saving treatment after leaving Spain.

Barcelona locals rebel at drunken, naked tourist high jinks

Barcelona - Sick of drunken, naked visitors cavorting in the streets, residents of one seaside neighbourhood in Barcelona are fighting back, complaining that the Spanish city has fallen victim to its own tourism success.

Hike through the Alleys of Stone in Cuenca, Spain (Video)

Cuenca - There are many great routes for walking and hiking in the countryside of Spain and Cuenca province has several really fascinating trails to follow, including "Los Callejones de Las Majadas," or the Alleys of Stone.

British brain cancer boy's parents fight for custody

M - The parents of Ashya King fought for custody of their critically-ill son in Spain on Thursday, in the latest chapter of a desperate quest to secure special care for the five-year-old with brain cancer.

Ashya King parents blocked from seeing cancer-stricken son

M - The father of British brain tumour patient Ashya King said Wednesday he was being prevented from visiting the five-year-old in hospital, despite the lifting of an extradition order against him and his wife.

More 'Game of Thrones' extras required in Spain

Osuna - Producers of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" are looking for another 2,500 extras to appear in the scenes to be shot in Osuna in southern Spain. However, there are certain requirements to be upheld before even thinking of applying.

Parents of tumour boy held in Spain as sympathy grows

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Monday extended the detention of a British couple arrested for taking their seriously ill son out of a hospital in England without medical consent, as sympathy for their situation grew at home.

Parents of British brain tumour boy appear in Madrid court

Madrid - The parents of a British boy taken out of hospital in Britain without medical consent appeared before a Spanish judge on Monday for an extradition hearing.

Grandmother of brain tumour boy criticises police

London - The grandmother of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour criticised police for arresting his parents after they removed him from hospital against medical advice.

Catalan anti-independence enclave clings to Spain

Badalona - Red and yellow Spanish flags fly proudly in the town of Badalona as thousands flock to watch the national basketball team play.

British brain tumour boy found in Spain: police

Southampton - Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said.

European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents

Southampton - A European arrest warrant was issued Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent.

'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.
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