Archives for August 2010

August 31st, 2010

Spain's budget deficit narrowed 48% year-on-year in the first seven months of the year after the government's austerity measures started working. According to a statement released by the Economy Ministry, the deficit totaled € 25.77 billion, or 2.44% of the country's gross

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August 31st, 2010

Given the impact of climatic extremes on agriculture and health in Spain, researchers at the University of Salamanca (USAL) have analysed the two factors most representative of these thermal extremes between 1950 and 2006 - warm days and cold nights. The results for mainland Spain show an increase in the

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August 30th, 2010

As many as 24 Britons are being held by police after a major operation against drug traffickers in Ibiza. Officers from Spain's paramilitary police force targeted organised British gangs who were operating from houses on the Spanish island's west coast, in the holiday resort

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August 30th, 2010

Jose Mourinho made a poor start to his spell as Real Madrid coach yesterday, with a dull 0-0 draw away to well drilled Mallorca. Earlier on Sunday, Barcelona had kicked off their campaign to retain the Liga title with an emphatic 3-0 win away to Racing Santander, with handsome goals from ...

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August 27th, 2010

Spain confirmed its recovery from recession on Thursday with a 0.2 percent growth in the second quarter, as released in official data today. The figure, which confirmed provisional data issued by the National Statistics Institute (INE) earlier this month, follows growth of 0.1 percent

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August 26th, 2010

The two Spanish aid workers that were freed by Al-Qaeda's North African offshoot on Tuesday are reported to have been released after payment of a ransom of millions of euros. The Spanish government expressed delight at the release of Albert Vilalta, 35, and Roque Pascual, 50

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August 25th, 2010

Spain's government says the nation's tourist arrivals rose by 4.5 percent in July, the biggest year-on-year increase in more than two years. The tourism ministry says about 7 million tourists arrived last month, the third consecutive month of increase.

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August 24th, 2010

A young mother has made an emotional appeal for help in bringing her stranded partner home after he broke his back when a holiday prank went wrong. Timmy Russell, from Hartlepool in the United Kingdom, broke three bones between his neck and spine after jumping off a bridge into a swimming ...

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August 24th, 2010

A wildfire was raging yesterday on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza, where firemen turned the flames away from inhabited areas, local officials said. The blaze in Benirras on northern Ibiza forced the evacuation of some 1,000 sunbathers by sea or land over the weekend. About 60 people living in

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August 23rd, 2010

Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost nine months ago by an al Qaeda group have been set free, Spain's prime minister said today, ending a hostage drama that involved several nations. Roque Pascual and Albert Vilalta were kidnapped when their convoy of vehicles was attacked in Mauritania on November 29th while

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August 23rd, 2010

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona won a record ninth Supercup by beating Sevilla 4-0 in the second leg for a 5-3 aggregate on Saturday. After losing the first leg 3-1 in Seville, league champion Barcelona dominated from the start in its Camp Nou Stadium.

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August 20th, 2010

Spanish traffic chiefs have installed hi-tech traps to identify vehicles with foreign vehicles travelling over the speed limit and ensure the fine is paid before they return home. The new system of fixed cameras will send out instant alerts to the nearest police patrol car so they can track down those ...

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August 20th, 2010

Spanish champions Barcelona remain arguably the best footballing team on the planet and are once again favourites to win every competition in 2010-11, but they may well have to suffer a big disappointment at the start of the new season as they try to claw back a defeat against Sevilla ...

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August 19th, 2010

A bull jumped out of the arena at a bullring in northern Spain yesterday and charged into a crowd of terrified spectators, injuring around 30 people. Television images showed dramatic scenes of screaming spectators, including children, frantically trying to avoid the animal after it hurdled a security barrier that surrounds ...

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August 19th, 2010

Spain recently welcomed the birth of its first bison after a group of seven endangered European bisons were introduced recently in the north of the country north, local authorities have said. One of the five females in the group, which came from Poland, gave birth ten days ago but

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