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Spanish sun attracts tourists shunning attack-hit Mediterranean

Barcelona - It's low season and the sun in Barcelona shines only timidly, but Noel Sheehan's cycling tours are doing a roaring trade as holiday-makers shun their usual Mediterranean tourism hotspots after a spate of jihadist attacks.

Spanish potholers trapped in southwest France are alive: Police

Toulouse - Seven Spanish potholers trapped in a cave in southwestern France have been found unhurt and rescuers are preparing to bring them to the surface, police said Wednesday."Contact has been made.

Spanish princess' fraud trial told of lucrative contracts

Palma De Mallorca - The first defendant to take the stand in Spain's landmark corruption trial involving Princess Cristina spoke Tuesday of lucrative no-bid contracts allegedly negotiated after playing sports at a royal palace.

Trial of Spain's Princess Cristina resumes

Palma De Mallorca - Spanish Princess Cristina's trial for tax evasion charges in a corruption scandal over her husband's business dealings resumed on Tuesday with the start of questioning of defendants in the case.

Spanish artists held over ETA word-play

Madrid - Two puppeteers detailed for allegedly "glorifying terrorism" with a play on words on ETA during a show asked to be freed Monday, as controversy over the case mounted.

Seven arrested in Spain over suspected jihad links

Madrid - Spanish police said they arrested seven people on Sunday with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups and uncovered an operation to smuggle arms to jihadists under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Setback for Spain government formation as Podemos, Socialist talks deadlocked

Madrid - Spain suffered a fresh setback Friday after the Socialists and anti-austerity party Podemos -- key players in a weeks-long bid to form a government -- hit a deadlock in talks.

Florida top court overturns Spaniard's death penalty conviction

Miami - Florida's supreme court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Spaniard sentenced to death for a triple murder in 1994, and ordered a retrial.

Spain's royals postpone Britain visit over political situation

Madrid - The March visit of the Spanish royal couple to Britain has been postponed due to the political situation in Spain, which has yet to form a government following inconclusive elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

Madrid - Spain said Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.

Passengers evacuated from Madrid-Riyadh flight after bomb threat

Madrid - Passengers on a flight to Riyadh from Madrid were evacuated Thursday after a note that read "11:30 bomb" was found pinned to the inside of the aircraft with a knife, police said.

Stricken 'moving mountain' ship towed into Spanish port

Bilbao - A stricken cargo ship carrying timber from west Africa was successfully towed into the northern Spanish port of Bilbao Wednesday after a days-long salvage operation prevented it from crashing into the neighbouring French coast.

Stricken cargo ship towed into Spanish port

Bilbao - The operation began Wednesday to tow a stricken South Korean cargo ship into the northern Spanish port of Bilbao, days after it was prevented from crashing into France's picturesque Atlantic coast.

Spanish king nominates Socialist chief as PM candidate

Madrid - Spain's king gave Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez the tough task of forming a government Tuesday in a bid to end a potentially damaging political deadlock more than six weeks after inconclusive elections.

Ex-IMF chief Rato to stand trial for misusing bank funds: Spanish court

Madrid - Rodrigo Rato, a former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is to stand trial for misusing funds when he was head of a bailed-out Spanish bank, a court in Madrid said Monday.

Bid to tow stricken ship away from French coast a 'success'

Bordeaux - Maritime experts on Monday successfully managed to tow a stricken South Korean cargo ship away from France and prevent it from crashing into the country's picturesque Atlantic coast.

Salvage experts board stricken cargo ship off French coast

Bordeaux - Dutch salvage experts on Friday began preparing a stricken Panamanian-registered cargo ship for towing three days after it broke down off the western coast of France, maritime authorities said.

Spanish court refuses to drop case against Princess Cristina

Madrid - A Spanish court refused Friday to drop a case against Princess Cristina, who is on trial charged with tax evasion in a corruption scandal centred on her husband's business dealings.

Spain PM reels as corruption cases harm last-ditch power bid

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scrabbling to cling to power, but a relentless series of scandals engulfing his conservative Popular Party (PP) may well be the final blow to his hopes.

Spanish bullfighter creates stir by bringing baby into ring

Madrid - The photo of a famous Spanish bullfighter training in the ring while holding his baby daughter created a stir on Tuesday, sparking an official complaint by a child protection agency.

Spain rocked by fresh corruption scandal

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday 24 people had been detained in the eastern Valencia region in a fresh corruption case that allegedly involves a former high-profile member of the ruling Popular Party (PP).

Spain court finds captain, British insurer liable for Prestige oil spill

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court said Tuesday it had found the captain, British insurer and owner of an oil tanker that broke up off northwestern Spain in 2002 liable for one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Strong 6.1 quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain

Rabat - A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck early Monday in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain, the US Geological Survey said.

European culture capital San Sebastien kicks off 'peace' festivities

Donostia-san Sebasti - San Sebastian kicked off its year as the European Capital of Culture Saturday with a concert on the beach as the northern Spanish city pushes a banner of peace years after being hit by waves of violence.

Spain's opposition Socialists accuse hard-left Podemos of 'blackmail'

Madrid - Spain's Socialist party on Saturday accused hard-left group Podemos of "blackmail" as the country grapples with an unprecedented political impasse after inconclusive elections.

Spain's Rajoy gives up bid to form government

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday abandoned attempts to form a government due to lack of support in parliament, a statement issued by the royal palace said, a month after inconclusive elections.

Spain's anti-austerity Podemos proposes forming govt with Socialists

Madrid - The leader of Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos on Friday proposed forming a government with the Socialists, making a left-wing governing alliance more likely after last month's inconclusive election.

Spain's PM falls prey to practical joke on radio

Madrid - Spain's embattled incumbent prime minister fell prey to a practical joke when an imitator pretending to be Catalonia's new separatist leader managed to speak to him on the phone on radio.

Culture capital San Sebastian pushes peace to heal ETA wounds

Donostia-san Sebasti - Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group ETA ended decades of killings and kidnappings.

Mother, daughter go on trial in Spain for shooting of politician

Madrid - A mother and her daugher went on trial in Spain on Tuesday for shooting dead a ruling party politician in broad daylight after the younger woman lost her job with a local council, in a case that shocked the country.
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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
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to  move for clean air  on the last day of the European Mobility Week...
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to "move for clean air" on the last day of the European Mobility Week - kids got in on the action.
Feeding the cat  and one of the twins.
Feeding the cat, and one of the twins.
Terrace views before the fire.
Terrace views before the fire.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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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Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol  Spain
Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, Spain
Autumn colors in the Spanish countryside
Autumn colors in the Spanish countryside
Fuengirola  Spain: Plaza de Toros -  Bullfighter dead .
Fuengirola, Spain: Plaza de Toros - "Bullfighter dead".
Living room of Casa Battló.
Living room of Casa Battló.
Cuidado  recien pintado.  Careful  recently painted.
Cuidado, recien pintado. Careful, recently painted.
3rd Reding Swiss Regiment (Re-enactment)
3rd Reding Swiss Regiment (Re-enactment)
Reding
Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
View from the top  Ronda  Spain
View from the top, Ronda, Spain
Statue of a bull in park near the Plaza de Toros of Ronda  Andalucia  Spain.
Statue of a bull in park near the Plaza de Toros of Ronda, Andalucia, Spain.
Joonas Lyytinen
Malaga  capital of Malaga Province  Andalucia  Spain
Malaga, capital of Malaga Province, Andalucia, Spain
Meerkat (Suricat)
Meerkat (Suricat)
Café Yanx - Marbella  Spain.  Lox and bagels.
Café Yanx - Marbella, Spain. Lox and bagels.
Café Yanx
The work of Maria José
The work of Maria José
Brunete near Madrid came up with novel ideas to solve a doggie poo problem in the town.
Brunete near Madrid came up with novel ideas to solve a doggie poo problem in the town.
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