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Varoufakis warns Spain could 'become Greece'

Madrid - Spain could become like Greece if the same austerity policies are imposed on the country, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview published Sunday.

Spanish government, region lock horns over radioactive waste site

Madrid - Spain's conservative government and the central region of Castilla-La Mancha locked horns Thursday over plans to build the nation's first-ever temporary storage facility for highly radioactive waste.

Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia.

Two injured in central Barcelona shooting: Police

Barcelona - A hooded attacker opened fire Tuesday outside a hotel in downtown Barcelona near the Spanish city's popular Las Ramblas boulevard, leaving two people injured, police said.

New leftist Spanish town halls rebel against royal symbols

Barcelona - Spanish leftwingers who swept to power in several major cities last month have removed royal symbols from their town halls, renewing a debate over the nation's scandal-hit monarchy.

From building sites to pumpkin patches in Spain's crisis

Madrid - Five years ago, during Spain's housing boom, Felix Jumbo worked as a builder. Now he digs pumpkins and cabbages in a district where construction cranes once swung.Like millions in Spain, the 51-year-old Ecuadorian lost his job.

Alleged German Hells Angels boss bailed in Spain

Madrid - A Spanish judge freed on bail Monday a German suspected of being a top leader of the Hells Angels biker gang on money-laundering and prostitution-related charges, a judicial source said.

France charges Spanish coach driver after freak accident

Lille - French prosecutors Monday charged a Spanish coach driver with reckless endangerment after he drove the vehicle under a low bridge, causing the roof to be shorn off and seriously injuring six passengers.

Wildfire in Spain ravages 1,200 hectares

Barcelona - A wildfire raging in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia on Monday has destroyed over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land and forced the evacuation of some 800 people, local officials said.

French farmers block routes from Spain, Germany

Strasbourg - French farmers blocked roads from Spain and Germany to stop foreign products entering the country, the latest protest against a fall in food prices that has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.

Six injured when roof sheared off bus in northern France

Lille - Six passengers were seriously injured early Sunday in a spectacular accident in northern France when the top of a bus was shorn off while trying to pass under a low bridge.

Spain train crash victims demand justice two years on

Madrid - Relatives of some of the 79 people killed in a high-speed train crash in northwest Spain marked its second anniversary Friday angrily demanding Spanish leaders answer for the tragedy.

Monarchists hit back in Catalonia row over king's bust

Barcelona - Spanish monarchists outraged at the removal of a bust of their ex-king from Barcelona city hall hit back Friday by putting a portrait of his successor Felipe VI in its place.

Spain raises marrying age to 16

Spain no longer has the lowest marrying age in Europe, as the country raised the minimum age to get married. The country raised the age from 14 to 16.

Spain king urges Catalan separatists to show 'respect for the law'

Barcelona - Spanish King Felipe VI warned Catalan leaders on Thursday to obey the law in their drive for autonomy, as tension mounted over the region's bid to break away from Spain.

Spain races to find three journalists missing in Syria

Madrid - Spanish intelligence agents were working urgently Wednesday to track down three journalists from Spain, the latest foreigners to go missing while reporting in war-torn Syria.

Spain arrests man accused of recruiting women for IS

Madrid - Police in Spain's north African territory of Melilla arrested a man suspected of recruiting women for the armed jihadist group Islamic State, the government said Wednesday.

Asian, Saudi owners polish Madrid Ritz's faded glory

Madrid - From a cocktail inspired by Salvador Dali to a piano Frank Sinatra once played for Ava Gardner, Madrid's Ritz hotel has a century's worth of classy artefacts and anecdotes. But its gilded taps and Baroque facade are showing their age.

Three Spain journalists missing in Syria

Madrid - Three Spanish freelance journalists have gone missing in Syria where they were reporting from the northwestern Aleppo region, the head of a Spanish press federation said on Tuesday.

Catalan separatists ready to declare unilateral independence

Barcelona - Catalan separatists said they were ready to declare unilateral independence if Madrid attempted to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September's regional elections.

Cuban vice president in highest level visit to Spain in decade

Madrid - Cuba's vice president for economic affairs held talks with Spain's economy minister in Madrid on Friday, in the highest level visit by a Cuban official to Spain in a decade.

EU watchdog urges expanded pilot mental health checks

Brussels - Europe's aviation watchdog on Friday recommended expanded mental health and medical checks of pilots after a rogue airman apparently deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet in March, killing all 150 people on board.

Catalan parties make election alliance for independence

Barcelona - Parties seeking independence for Catalonia have forged an alliance for September regional elections that they hope will boost their drive to break away from Spain, sources said Wednesday.

Two gored in Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Two people were gored Monday while running through the streets alongside half-tonne fighting bulls at Spain's famed Pamplona festival, organisers said.

Two suspected wanted ETA members charged in France

Oss - Two alleged members of the Basque separatist group ETA, including a man suspected of killing a policeman in 2010, have been charged and remanded in custody in France, a judicial source said Sunday.

Spain retirement home blaze leaves eight dead

Madrid - A blaze in a retirement home in northern Spain overnight left eight people dead and 11 hurt, the regional government said Sunday.

When Pamplona bull runners get hooked

Pamplona - Last year a 600 kilogramme (1,300 pound) bull jammed a horn as thick as a man's arm through Bill Hillmann's thigh twice, narrowly missing his femoral artery.

One injured at Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Hundreds of thrill-seekers dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls through the cobbled streets on Pamplona in northern Spain on Friday in the fifth day of the famed San Fermin festival.

Spanish court opens crimes against humanity probe against ETA

Madrid - A Spanish judge has opened a crimes against humanity probe against the Basque separatist group ETA in what a judicial source called the first such case of its kind.

Spain wildfires burn more than 15,000 hectares

Madrid - Forest blazes in Spain have ravaged more than 15,000 hectares this week as the country chokes in a record heatwave at the start of its wildfire season, officials said Thursday.
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