Archives for February 2011

February 25th, 2011

After having been deemed illegal in 2007 by the Andalucia regional government for being constructed on non-urban land, around a thousand homeowners in the town of Zurgena have been assured that their properties will not be demolished. Despite assurances from the town's mayor, Candido Trabalon, that the homes will not be

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February 24th, 2011

Five soldiers were killed and three injured today in an accidental explosion at a military facility in central Spain that houses a bomb disposal training centre, the defence ministry said. The accident occurred at the Military Engineering Academy at Hoyo de Manzanares, 35 kilometers from Madrid, which also houses the International ...

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February 24th, 2011

We are much better" now than three decades ago, King Juan Carlos told Spaniards during yesterday's observance of the 30th anniversary of a failed coup against what was then a fledgling democracy. The monarch made this remark upon his arrival at Parliament to attend a luncheon with the country's top political ...

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February 22nd, 2011

Spanish police have arrested a suspected drug trafficker just hours after his name and photo appeared on a list of Britain's 10 most wanted fugitives who are believed to have fled to Spain. Everardus Wijtvliet, 29, a Dutch national, was detained on Monday night in Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands as ...

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February 22nd, 2011

A Spanish mother has been reunited with her daughter four decades after being told the child had died at birth. It is the first proven case in a growing scandal over babies stolen by Spanish hospital doctors and sold for adoption. A DNA test proved the blood tie between the two women ...

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February 21st, 2011

The final test of the pre-season will take place at the Barcelona circuit following the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Bahrain was scheduled to host the test from the start of next week, but with the news that the Sakhir event has been withdrawn, teams have decided to do all ...

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February 21st, 2011

A convent in Spain has expelled a 54-year-old nun for spending too much time on social networking website, Facebook. María Jesús Galán, 54, overcame the resistance of some of her companions at the 14th-century convent to install a computer. With the aid of modern technology, "Sister internet," as Galán became ...

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February 19th, 2011

Average speed cameras in the AP-6 tunnel located in Guadarrama (Madrid) and in the A-7 tunnel in Torrox (Malaga) have come into full operation this month following a trial period. In contrast to traditional speed controls these new cameras will measure the average speed of a vehicle passing through the ...

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February 18th, 2011

The DGT, Spain's highway authority, is investigating the possibility of imposing a 30km/h speed limit on all single-lane, two-way streets in urban areas, regardless of whether there is a speed-limit sign or not. "The intention is to pass a royal decree this year," DGT sources said during the Cities Conference ...

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February 18th, 2011

Police in Spain's Catalonia region have dismantled a network that trafficked in performance-enhancing drugs, arresting seven amateur sportsmen. VNAMP42DWX28 Among the substances seized was clenbuterol, the drug for which three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive

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February 17th, 2011

Spain looks set to top the charts as the most popular holiday destination for Brits in 2011 with a huge 25% of car hire bookings made this winter confirmed to the land of sangria, salsa and sun. But who will be donning their shades and taking the driving seat when it ...

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February 16th, 2011

54 per cent of all illegal game file sharing takes place in France, Spain, Italy, China and Brazil, according to new research. A report filed by US trade group the Entertainment Software Association and reported by Gamasutra asks for 33 countries to be put on a watchlist of nations not taking ...

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February 16th, 2011

Greenpeace Spain activists climbed one of the cooling towers Tuesday at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant near the Mediterranean city of Valencia to demand the facility's closing. The environmentalists wrote the word "Peligro" (Danger) on the tower, which they climbed after entering the complex in the early morning hours, plant operator ...

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February 16th, 2011

Spain’s cycling federation yesterday cleared three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of knowingly using a banned substance, his lawyer said yesterday , in a dramatic U-turn in the case. "We can confirm the dropping (of the case)," lawyer Andy Ramos said. "At this time, he can race and justice has ...

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February 15th, 2011

Spain hopes to raise between 1.5 and 2 billion euros by selling frequency space on the 310Mhz broadcast spectrum for mobile phones, the industry ministry said yesterday. The government predicts this will require an investment of 1.2 billion euros by telecom providers and create 40,000 jobs. The sale follows similar

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