Archives for September 2010

September 30th, 2010

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has protested his innocence after testing positive for a banned substance during this year's race. The Spaniard tested positive for clenbuterol on July 21st, but claimed at a press conference near Madrid today that the cause was contaminated food.

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September 29th, 2010

A 49-year-old man, who has not been named, is thought to be behind 15 hold-ups in the provinces of Malaga and Alicante, accompanied by a 31-year-old Russian woman. Spanish police believe the pair could have stolen about 115,000 euros in the raids. They are suspected of working together to carry ...

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September 29th, 2010

Spain's first general strike in eight years to protest government spending cuts aimed at slashing the budget deficit had limited impact today beyond disrupting transport and some factories. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, due to unveil his 2011 budget plan in parliament tomorrow,

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September 28th, 2010

Passengers flying to Spain tomorrow face significant disruption as a result of the general strike, called following austerity measures by the country’s socialist government. The strike is likely to affect thousands of flights in and out of Spain, with air traffic controllers operating a significantly reduced service.

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September 28th, 2010

Forced to impose unpopular measures to fix the economy, Spain's Socialist government faces a general strike tomorrow amid union anger over what they see as a policy U-turn. But many view the government's tough labour reforms and belt-tightening measures as inevitable, and even necessary, and a low turnout is expected.

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September 28th, 2010

Spanish police detained seven suspected members of a group close to the militant Basque separatist organization ETA, police said Tuesday. The arrests, which were made overnight in the Basque region and neighbouring Navarre, constitute a new crackdown on

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September 28th, 2010

On Wednesday this week, Spain will endure a general strike. Union members will protest against the recent labour-law changes which they say favour the employer, not the employee. The popularity of Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero has taken a big hit over this particular issue: He had previously vowed not to mess ...

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September 27th, 2010

Sevilla have parted company with coach Antonio Alvarez and replaced him with Gregorio Manzano. Alvarez was sacked following Sunday's 2-0 defeat at newly promoted Hercules - a result that left Sevilla seventh in the Primera Division standings with eight points from five games. The loss to Hercules was Sevilla's first league ...

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September 27th, 2010

Almost 100 defendants, including two former mayors, have appeared in court in the Spanish city of Malaga for the first day of one of the country's biggest ever corruption trials. The scandal, which broke in March 2006, centres on the alleged payment of millions of euros in bribes to city officials ...

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September 24th, 2010

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved a draft of a new Gambling Act, which is designed to regulate and tax all forms of gambling including online, interactive television and mobile gambling. The draft legislation has tax and regulatory provisions relating to advertising, sponsorship, consumer protection

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September 23rd, 2010

Spain's government has reached a deal with a small opposition party that will help it pass a 2011 budget that is key to getting the deficit down, reassuring markets worried over the country's finances and its survival in power. The ruling Socialist

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September 23rd, 2010

Spain's Ministry of Tourism said that seven million international tourists visited Spain last August, about 4 percent more than the same month of 2009, representing the largest increase in that month since 2006. According to the ministry, the main sources of tourists

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September 22nd, 2010

Spain rejected a call yesterday to probe the disappearances of tens of thousands of people during the 1936-39 civil war and the subsequent Franco-era. During an examination of Spain's human rights record in May at the UN Human Rights Council, Mexico asked Madrid to investigate cases of forced disappearances,

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September 22nd, 2010

The water in the canals and irrigation channels in the L'Albufera Natural Park in Valencia contain cocaine, ecstasy and a further six drugs. This has been confirmed by a study carried out by researchers from the University of Valencia (UV), who have issued a warning about the continued presence of ...

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September 21st, 2010

Spain and France are pressing for a tax on global capitalism, each telling the opening day of the UN's development-review summit that the recession has made "innovative financing" essential to help the world's poor. The tax should be imposed on all financial transactions, insisted

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