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EU orders Spain to recover high-speed train test funds

Brussels - The EU ordered Spain on Monday to recover 140 million euros ($150 million) in illegal state aid set aside for a high-speed train test centre that Brussels said was unnecessary.

Spain’s pension system paid out $330mn to dead people in 1 year

Spain's National pension system which is running the biggest deficit in its history, paid out $330 million in pensions to 29,321 deceased Spaniards in one year, says a report issued by country's audit office.

Spain seeks 'urgent' answers from London after nuclear sub collision

Madrid - Spain said Thursday it had asked London for "urgent" explanations after a British nuclear submarine collided with a vessel off the coast of Gibraltar, forcing it to dock in the disputed territory.

Three climbers rescued after Peru avalanche

- Rescuers in Peru found three of nine mountain climbers who went missing after an avalanche in the Andes mountains, as the search continued Wednesday for the others.

Spain deputies choose Rajoy ally as parliament speaker

Madrid - Lawmakers on Tuesday picked a close ally of Mariano Rajoy as parliamentary speaker as Spain's acting prime minister cast around for coalition partners following last month's inconclusive general election.

Spain under bombs: 'Testing ground' for WWII

Benasal - Teenager Angel Bertran had just gone out to work in fields of hazelnut trees when Spain's civil war burst into his small town with the arrival of Nazi bomber planes.It was May 25, 1938.

Bullfighting tensions rise in Spain

Madrid - Tensions over bullfighting are growing in Spain, where the death of a matador in the ring broadcast live on television has added fuel to a national debate over the centuries-old but controversial tradition.

Wildfire forces holidaymakers to flee Spanish beach hotel

Madrid - Firefighters on Wednesday tamed a wind-fuelled wildfire that forced roughly 400 mainly German holidaymakers to be evacuated from their beach hotel on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, officials said.

Spanish PM without allies to form government after party talks

Madrid - Spain's acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, remained isolated on Wednesday after he wrapped up talks with other parties on forming a government after a repeat general election.

Scores in copter evacuation after Canaries road collapse

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Over 100 people were rescued by helicopter Wednesday following the collapse of a cliffside road in Spain's Canary Islands that left a village cut off, official said.

15 arrested for sexual assault at Pamplona bull-running

Madrid - Fifteen men have been arrested for rape and sexual assault at Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival in the northern town of Pamplona, the city hall said Tuesday.

Spain proposes tax hike to dodge EU deficit fine

Madrid - Spain's acting Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Tuesday proposed hiking corporate taxes to avoid a fine from the European Commission for repeatedly failing to bring government deficits into line.

Spain summons UK envoy over 'reckless' Gibraltar boat

Madrid - Spain on Monday summoned Britain's ambassador following what it said were "reckless" moves by a Gibraltar police patrol boat, the latest in a long line of diplomatic spats over the disputed territory.

Myanmar to deport Spanish tourist for Buddha tattoo: police

Yangon - A Spanish tourist faces deportation from Myanmar over a Buddha leg tattoo that offended monks, police said Monday, in a country where the influence of religious hardliners is growing.

Spanish police smash global GPS tracker scam

Madrid - Spanish police said Sunday they had broken up a crime group suspected of cheating over 8,000 people in over 70 countries of around 25 million euros ($27 million).

Two men gored in Pamplona bull run

Madrid - Half-tonne fighting bulls gored two Spanish men on Sunday as thousands of red-scarved daredevils sprinted down narrow dew-slicked streets in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.

80 years ago, Spain plunged into civil war

Madrid - Eighty years ago, civil war broke out in Spain, a painful, bloody wound that has yet to heal.A dark prelude to World War II, the conflict unleashed passions around the world for close to three years and led to a decades-long dictatorship.

From Guernica to slavery, Spanish vet recalls war horrors

Bilbao - Luis Ortiz Alfau was 19 and working at a food warehouse when Spain's civil war began in 1936, as general Francisco Franco led an uprising against a democratically elected Republican government.

Spanish matador gored to death in the ring

Madrid - A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death in front of horrified spectators at a corrida, the first to be killed in the ring in more than three decades.

Obama visits Spain on symbolic but curtailed trip

Madrid - Barack Obama wrapped up a lightning visit to Spain on Sunday, an abbreviated first presidential trip to the country overshadowed by the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

Spain holds 5 men suspected of Pamplona rape

Madrid - Spanish police detained five men Saturday arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman during Pamplona's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, judicial sources said.

Five hurt, five arrested at Spain's famed bull run

Pamplona - Five people were hurt, including one seriously, at Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, also marred by five arrests over allegations of sexual assault, authorities said Thursday.

Pamplona bull-running festival kicks off with wine battle

Pamplona - Thousands of revellers wearing red and white sprayed each other with red wine in Pamplona's main square on Wednesday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee speaks against animal cruelty

Madrid - Nobel prize winning author J.M. Coetzee denounced animal cruelty in a rare public reading, calling for humans to treat them with "justice".

Google's Madrid offices 'raided in tax probe'

Madrid - Google's offices in Madrid were being searched in a tax probe Thursday, an internal source said, just over a month after police raided the Internet giant in Paris in a similar investigation.

Spain, France reject Scottish role in Brexit talks

Brussels - Spanish and French leaders on Wednesday rejected any possibility of Scotland having a separate role in talks between Britain and the European Union after the Brexit vote.

Spain's Socialists refuse to back conservatives after election

Madrid - Spain's Socialists said Monday they would not back a government led by Mariano Rajoy, in the first sign that the incumbent prime minister may have a tough time forming a coalition after yet more inconclusive elections.

Spain's PM calls for government by early August after polls

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called Monday for a government to be formed by early August after his conservative Popular Party (PP) emerged stronger from another inconclusive general election.

Spain's Rajoy: The no-frills, under-estimated survivor

Madrid - Criticised as dull and uncharismatic, Spain's outgoing prime minister Mariano Rajoy retorts that he represents stability in the face of inexperienced upstarts, especially the "radicals" of the anti-austerity Podemos party.

Spain's conservatives steal show from Podemos in polls

Madrid - Spain's incumbent conservatives stole the show away from a far-left coalition led by Podemos Sunday, finishing stronger in repeat elections with more seats than in December polls though still falling short of a majority.
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