Archives for November 2010

November 30th, 2010

American diplomats put heavy pressure on Spanish authorities to drop three investigations targeting the US and its soldiers, Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported citing documents released by WikiLeaks. The first investigation concerned the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso, who was killed by American shells

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November 30th, 2010

Spain's press was littered with words such as "thrashed", "humiliated" and "ridiculed" following Barcelona's comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Real Madrid at Camp Nou last night. Madrid went into the match unbeaten in 19 competitive matches under the coach José Mourinho and with

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November 29th, 2010

The state of pavements, shoe soles and the undersides of school desks look set to improve dramatically in Spain following a government decision to take some of the gumminess out of chewing gum. A full cabinet meeting has decided that Spanish gum is just too sticky, costing local councils large sums ...

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November 29th, 2010

For the first time in five thousand million years, the Sun has an owner and it is a 49-year-old Spanish woman from Salvaterra de Miño in the northwest region of Galicia. The notary who attended to Ms. Sol Angeles Duran was at first flummoxed by the claim and was forced to ...

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November 26th, 2010

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Friday there was absolutely no chance Spain would seek a bailout. Asked in an interview on Spain's RAC 1 radio if he ruled out financial help from the European Union, Zapatero said "absolutely."

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November 26th, 2010

The elections this Sunday in Catalonia, Spain's wealthy northeastern region, are expected to usher in a combative nationalist government that could shake up Spanish politics. Support for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist party, which governs in Catalonia as well

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November 26th, 2010

The Royal Spanish Academy is lopping two letters off the Spanish alphabet, reducing it to 27. Out go “ch” and “ll,” along with lots of annoying accents and hyphens. The simplified spelling from the academy, a musty Madrid institution that is the chief arbiter of all things grammatical, should be welcome ...

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November 25th, 2010

All eyes fall on the Nou Camp as heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid go toe-to-toe in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes between the two in recent times. Although it is still early days in the season, the title race in Spain yet again looks like being between the two arch ...

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November 25th, 2010

Spanish police detained a Pakistani man accused of stabbing a man to death in Indonesia and then chopping his body into pieces, the interior ministry said today. Police arrested the 32-year-old father of two as he was about to enter a metro station in central Madrid, it said in a statement.

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November 24th, 2010

Spanish drivers are the least fuel-efficient out of all of the main motoring countries in Europe, a survey has announced. According to car company Fiat, motorists in Britain were the most fuel efficient, driving at around 62% of possible fuel efficiency, beating drivers in Spain, France, Germany, Italy.

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November 24th, 2010

Spain's leading association of beef producers, the Asociación Española de Productores de Carne de Vacuno (ASOPROVAC), has criticised Alberto Contador’s claims that his positive test for Clenbuterol was caused by contaminated meat purchased in Spain and has called for a formal investigation to ascertain the facts in the case.

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November 23rd, 2010

Reports in the Spanish press have suggested that organisers of the European Grand Prix are seeking to move the event away from the Valencia street circuit. The venue has hosted the event since 2008 but crowds have dropped from over 110,000 for the inaugural race down to 75,000 this year.

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November 23rd, 2010

Spain's central government public deficit was down nearly 50 percent in October at 31.26 billion euros or just under three percent of Gross Domestic Product, the economy ministry said yesterday. The deficit shrank 47.3 percent in October to 2.96 percent of GDP, compared with 59.31 billion euros and 5.63 percent a ...

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November 22nd, 2010

Spain's socialist government will approve a draft law in March 2011 on end-of-life care that will allow people with incurable diseases to "die with dignity", the deputy prime minister said Friday. The law will spell out the rights of patients facing death and their families and the medical staff who care ...

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November 22nd, 2010

Spain has no plans for more spending cuts on top of May’s austerity measures, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in an interview with El Pais newspaper on Sunday. The government implemented a 15 billion euro austerity package six months ago, including civil servant salary cuts and scrapping bonus

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