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Tense standoff mounts over Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - The Spanish government launched a fresh judicial challenge Friday against plans for a symbolic vote on independence for the Catalonia region, whose leaders promptly vowed their own legal counter-attack.

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

Madrid - Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.

Scary clown phenomenon hits Gijón in northern Spain

The scary clown phenomenon, doing the rounds in France, has now hit the streets of northern Spain. Whether it’s the copycat effect, upcoming Halloween, or maybe even the terrifying clown on “American Horror Story Freakshow,” the trend has spread.

Spanish man must continue child support to 29-year-old daughter

Cadiz - The current economic crisis in Spain, together with rife unemployment, is having its effect on Spaniards in many unusual ways. In this case, a man has been told he has to continue paying child support, despite the fact that his daughter is 29 years old.

Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine found with bananas

Madrid - Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country's biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia.

Pressure grows on Spanish PM to tackle corruption

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy scrambled Wednesday to contain the fallout of a new graft scandal involving members of his conservative Popular Party which has outraged voters ahead of next year's general election.

Spain's National Police gain interest on Instagram with hunky cop

Madrid - Spain's National Police have been beefing up their social media presence recently. Having already gained a huge following on Twitter, they are now a great hit on Instagram, after posting a photo of a muscular and very attractive anti-riot police officer.

Spanish filmmaker from Beijing banned from entering North Korea

Pyongyang - A Spanish cinematographer and documentary film director, based in Beijing, has been banned entry into North Korea on business Monday, due to Ebola fears. Pyongyang apparently considers Spain to be a risk country.

Barcelona increasing number of public WiFi hotspots

Barcelona - Anyone visiting, or indeed living in, Barcelona who needs their online fix will be pleased to hear that the city will be expanding its WiFi service by adding hundreds more access points in public spaces and transport.

Legal woes of former Catalan leader's family deepen

Madrid - The legal woes of the family of a former longtime leader of Spain's independence-minded region of Catalonia deepened Thursday after police arrested his son on fraud charges.

Spain nurse definitively cured of Ebola: doctors

Madrid - A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe.

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola (Updated)

Madrid - Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who was thought to be the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa, has tested negative for the virus. A further test within the next 48 hours was to confirm the diagnosis. Latest update: Romero is clear of Ebola.

Peace process deadlocked 3 years after ETA's farewell to arms

Madrid - Three years ago, Basque separatist group ETA declared it was ending a more than four-decade secessionist campaign in Spain, but lasting peace is not exactly around the corner.

Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State

Washington - Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

Fuengirola resident fined for calling for help for 'drowning men'

Fuengirola - A young woman in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain has been hit with a 300 euro ($385) fine for calling out the Coast Guard in what turned out to be a false alarm. She thought two men were drowning out at sea.

Two of six new Ebola suspects in Spain test negative

Madrid - Two of six new Ebola suspects admitted to hospital for monitoring in Spain have tested negative for the deadly virus, the government said Friday.

Judge sets 3-mn-euro bail for ex-IMF head in credit card scandal

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato to pay a three-million-euro bond as a court probes allegations that former bank bosses spent millions on nightclubs, safaris and other treats using company credit cards.

Venezuela, New Zealand win UN seats but Turkey rebuffed

New York - Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela won coveted seats on the UN Security Council Thursday, but Turkey suffered a humbling defeat in its bid to join the world's "top table.

IRB Barcelona dances for biomedical research (Video)

Barcelona - Scientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) based in Barcelona, Spain are starring in a five-minute music video, dancing and making the moves to raise funds for Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes research.

Catalan parties urge snap election over independence

Barcelona - Opposition parties in Catalonia on Wednesday demanded a snap regional election after pressure from Madrid forced leaders to water down plans for a vote on independence from Spain.

Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's president Artur Mas said Tuesday a snap election could be held to let the Spanish region vote on independence, watering down plans for a referendum under pressure from authorities in Madrid.

Spain's Catalonia calls off independence referendum

Barcelona - The Catalan government on Monday decided to call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for November 9 which has been fiercely opposed by Madrid.

Catalan government member opens door to delay in independence vote

Barcelona - A top member of the Catalan government on Monday opened the door to a possible delay in a contested referendum, set for November 9, on separation from the rest of Spain.

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalonia independence

Barcelona - Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spain's national day, to oppose moves to make their Catalonia region an independent state.

Authorities try to prevent panic as Ebola toll passes 4,000

Madrid - Authorities worldwide were trying to prevent panic Saturday as the death toll from Ebola passed 4,000 and a Madrid nurse infected by the deadly virus continued to fight for her life.

'A Lannister always pays his debts,' even in Spain it seems

Seville - The motto of a certain family of 'Game of Thrones' fame is that a Lannister always pays his debts. Well, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, got to prove that motto recently, while filming Season Five of the popular TV series in Seville, Spain.

Ebola panic fears grow as A Madrid nurse fights for her life

Madrid - A Madrid nurse infected with Ebola was fighting for her life Friday as authorities worldwide tightened screening of travellers and tried to prevent panic over the deadly disease spreading.

Ebola panic fears grow as Spanish nurse fights for life

Madrid - A Madrid nurse infected with Ebola was fighting for her life Friday as authorities worldwide tightened screening of travellers and tried to prevent panic over the deadly disease spreading.

U.S. warns Ebola could become next AIDS

Madrid - A top U.S. health official urged swift action Thursday to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from becoming the next AIDS epidemic, while a Spanish nurse was at "serious risk" of dying.

Spain Ebola patient at 'serious risk' of dying

Madrid - The Spanish nurse infected with Ebola is at "serious risk" of dying from the disease after her condition worsened on Thursday, officials said.
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Casa Battló  designed by Antoni Gaudí
Casa Battló, designed by Antoni Gaudí
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Walking down to Fuengirola beach.
Walking down to Fuengirola beach.
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Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz province  Spain
Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz province, Spain
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16th Annual European HOG Rally - Fuengirola.
16th Annual European HOG Rally - Fuengirola.
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Can Fabes restaurant in Sant Celoni north of Barcelona  Spain.
Can Fabes restaurant in Sant Celoni north of Barcelona, Spain.
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Millions of tourists flock each year to Barcelona  home of the world-famous  Gaudi-designed Sagrada ...
Millions of tourists flock each year to Barcelona, home of the world-famous, Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia cathedral
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Spanish police seized 550 kilos of cocaine from a sailboat and arrested two French nationals and one...
Spanish police seized 550 kilos of cocaine from a sailboat and arrested two French nationals and one Spanish man.
National Police
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Annual Feria (fair) in Fuengirola  Spain.
Annual Feria (fair) in Fuengirola, Spain.
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Unlucky 13 - part of Operation Captura  a joint initiative between the UK and Spain.
Unlucky 13 - part of Operation Captura, a joint initiative between the UK and Spain.
Operation Captura
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Spring in the Spanish countryside
Spring in the Spanish countryside
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Benalmádena Cableway (Teleférico Benalmádena) and Eagle Valley
Benalmádena Cableway (Teleférico Benalmádena) and Eagle Valley
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Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz province  Spain
Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz province, Spain
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Scenes from Alexandr Kravtsov s motion timelapse video of Barcelona  Spain.
Scenes from Alexandr Kravtsov's motion timelapse video of Barcelona, Spain.
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(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain  final game of EURO 2...
(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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Spring in the Spanish countryside
Spring in the Spanish countryside
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Views of the Coin countryside.
Views of the Coin countryside.
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50% off  but it looks like everything is 100% gone - Estepona  Spain.
50% off, but it looks like everything is 100% gone - Estepona, Spain.
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Baelo Claudia - Roman city from the 2nd Century near Tarifa  Spain - Roman Amphitheater.
Baelo Claudia - Roman city from the 2nd Century near Tarifa, Spain - Roman Amphitheater.
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Amusing street performer in Las Ramblas  Barcelona  Spain
Amusing street performer in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
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Playa de Alojera  La Gomera  Canary Islands  Spain
Playa de Alojera, La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
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