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Spain court jails five over deadly Halloween stampede

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday jailed five men over the stampede deaths of five young women at an overcrowded Halloween event they organised in 2012.

ETA calls for peace agreement similar to Colombia-FARC deal

Madrid - Basque separatist group ETA criticised Spain and France on Tuesday for failing to reach the kind of peace agreement with it that Colombia did with the leftist FARC rebel force.

Ex-IMF chief Rato is the fallen star of Spain's conservatives

Madrid - Former Spanish finance minister Rodrigo Rato was hailed for kicking off a golden decade of growth in Spain's economy from the late 1990s and later led the International Monetary Fund.

Spain's Socialists under pressure to allow conservative to form government

Madrid - Spain's Socialist leader faced mounting pressure Monday to let acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government and end a months-long political impasse, after his party suffered losses in two regional elections.

Ex-IMF boss Rato on trial over bankers' luxury sprees

San Fernando De Henares - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato went on trial Monday accused of overseeing a "corrupt system" that helped him and other executives misuse funds when he was the boss of two of Spain's top banks.

Spain's regional elections boost acting PM's party, weaken Socialists

Donostia-san Sebasti - Regional elections in Spain on Sunday strengthened acting Prime Minister's Mariano Rajoy's conservatives and weakened the Socialists, under pressure to let him form a government and end a months-long political impasse.

Spain's Basques, Galicians vote in key regional polls

Donostia-san Sebasti - Spain's Basque country and Galicia went to the polls Sunday in regional elections that may help unblock the long-lasting national political paralysis.

Spain's Basques set to vote as memories of violence fade

Donostia-san Sebasti - Spain's Basque region goes to the polls Sunday seeking to turn the page on past violence by ETA separatists, in elections that could also have an impact on the national political deadlock.

Spanish football chief's niece found dead in Mexico after kidnapping

Madrid - A niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was found dead Tuesday in Mexico after she was abducted and held for ransom for several days, Spain's foreign minister said.

From attempting suicide in Nigeria to Miss Transsexual final

Barcelona - Miss SaHHara was born in the wrong country, and in the wrong body.

Family found dismembered in Spain were Brazilian

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday identified as Brazilian a couple and their two young sons found hacked to pieces in a house near Madrid, in a suspected revenge killing.

Four dismembered bodies found in house near Madrid

Madrid - The bodies of two adults and two children were discovered, hacked into pieces in a house outside Madrid on Sunday, police and the local mayor told AFP.

Honeymooning Spaniard killed in Bali boat blast

Denpasar - A Spanish woman on her honeymoon was killed in an explosion on a Bali tourist boat that left another foreigner dead and about 20 injured, officials said Friday.

Spain's Tomatito: 60 guitars and family-style flamenco

Seville - He's won Latin Grammy awards, toured the world and played with flamenco's superstar "gods" Camaron de la Isla and Paco de Lucia.

Spain's Donana wetlands going dry, WWF warns

Madrid - It's one of Europe's most important wetland reserves, a World Heritage site full of lagoons, woodlands, pristine beaches and dunes, home to more than 4,000 species including the endangered Iberian lynx.

24 injured as tourist bus crashes in Barcelona

Barcelona - At least 24 people, most of them tourists, were injured early on Wednesday when a coach crashed in Barcelona on its way to the airport, the emergency services said.

Scuffles as Spanish town drops bull-spearing from festival

Tordesillas - Locals scuffled with animal rights activists Tuesday at a centuries-old Spanish festival held for the first time since the event was banned from spearing its half-tonne bull to death.

Spanish crash train going four times speed limit: black boxes

Madrid - The train that derailed and killed four people in Spain was travelling at 118 kilometres per hour, a court said Tuesday based on information from its black boxes, on a track that allowed just 30 kph.

Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday to demand their region break away from Spain, pressuring pro-independence leaders to unite and iron out differences over their secession plan.

Thousands rally in Madrid to demand bullfighting ban

Madrid - Thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to demand an end to the centuries-old but controversial tradition of bullfighting.

Speeding most likely cause of Spain train crash: mayor

Porri - Excessive speed is the most likely cause of a train crash in northwestern Spain which killed four people, the mayor of the local town suggested Saturday.

American, Portuguese among dead in Spain train crash

Spain - A train carrying tourists to Portugal from northwestern Spain veered off the tracks and smashed into a pillar Friday, killing its Portuguese driver as well as a US passenger and two Spaniards.

Throngs mourn Spanish Catholic sister shot dead in Haiti

Port-au-prince - Throngs of mourners attended the funeral Thursday for a Catholic sister from Spain who was shot dead last week on a highway in Haiti.

Catalonia starts DNA project to ID Spain war victims

Barcelona - Spain's Catalonia region said Wednesday it had launched the country's first public DNA profiling project to try to identify some of the 114,000 people who disappeared during the nation's civil war and subsequent dictatorship.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain

Lisbon - Thousands of firefighters in Spain and Portugal on Wednesday battled blazes that threatened locals and tourists, as authorities hoped the arrival of cooler weather would help tame the flames.

Arsonists blamed for Spanish wildfires

J - Spanish authorities on Tuesday blamed arsonists and record temperatures for wildfires ravaging the eastern coast near the popular resort of Benidorm that have forced 1,400 people to flee.

Spanish police rescue migrants hidden in minivan

Madrid - Spanish police freed four young African migrants found squeezed into a hidden compartment of a minivan with no ventilation at a border crossing from Morocco into Spain and arrested the driver, they said Monday.

Spain's king delays further talks on ending political impasse

Madrid - Spain's king will delay holding a fresh round of talks with party leaders to find a solution to the country's political deadlock after a failed attempt to form a new government, the speaker of parliament said Monday.

1,400 flee wildfire on Spain's Costa Blanca

Madrid - Some 1,400 people were evacuated after a wildfire fuelled by intense heat roared through brush surrounding a popular tourist resort on Spain's Costa Blanca, officials said Monday.

Spain PM's bid to form new govt rejected again, elections loom

Madrid - Spanish MPs on Friday rejected acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a minority government for the second time in 48 hours, setting the country on course for a possible third election in a year.
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Castle Sohail, Moorish fortress in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain - a renovated part of the castle with cannons overlooking the modern resort.
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Family tombs in the general cemetery in Valencia, Spain.
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A stroll on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain.
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A stroll on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain.
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Mijas Pueblo - rock climber practicing in the gardens.
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Fuengirola port.
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Maria del Carmen Garcia received a reprieve from her prison sentence for killing her daughter's rapist.
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Greenpeace activists protested on behalf of the Arctic 30 on Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral.
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Annual Feria (fair) in Fuengirola, Spain.
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The beach of L'Escala, Spain
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain - almond blossoms.
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Café Yanx - Marbella, Spain - Breakfast pancakes.
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Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
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Members of the Fuengirola Despierta 15m (Wideawake Fuengirola) group protest outside the courts.
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New signs and sign posts in Fuengirola, Spain
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Waiting for the train, Fuengirola, Spain.
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Scenes of Los Boliches, Fuengirola, Spain