Archives for October 2010

October 29th, 2010

Spain’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in the last quarter, while an increase in sales tax aimed at curbing the budget deficit pushed up the inflation rate to its highest level in two years, the National Statistics Institute said today. The unemployment rate fell to 19.8 percent in the

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October 29th, 2010

Spanish police have arrested a total of eight Britons in the last two weeks for cultivating marijuana on a grand scale in Alicante. In the first incident last week three Britons were among a group of six men arrested after police raided a greenhouse approximately half

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October 28th, 2010

The government in Spain said yesterday that it will extend by another six months a payment of 420 euros a month to jobless workers who have lost their rights to benefits. It was the third extension to the measure, which was introduced in August 2009.

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October 28th, 2010

Spain and Portugal have denied allegations they agreed a pact with Qatar to manipulate the voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Fifa is investigating claims of collusion between the two bids, which could lead to disqualification.

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October 27th, 2010

Spain has recovered 260 million euros from 300 tax evaders who had hidden funds in Swiss bank accounts, a Finance Ministry senior official said yesterday. The ministry was expecting to net at least 130 million euros more in sanctions that will be applied to evaders,

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October 27th, 2010

Spain's central government said today its budget deficit hit 3.45% of gross domestic product in the first nine months of the year and is on track to reach the annual target of 9.3% for all of Spain's public administrations, including regional governments. Overall, the central government

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October 26th, 2010

Women touting for customers on a rural highway outside Els Alamus near Lleida in Catalonia have been told to don the yellow fluorescent bibs or pay fines of 40 euros under road traffic laws. Police claim the sex workers on the LL-11 road are not being specifically targeted because

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October 26th, 2010

Fifteen Spanish policemen have gone on trial in Spain's northern Basque region charged with torturing two ETA separatists while they were in custody. The newspaper El Pais said that the accused denied the charges at the start of trial,

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October 26th, 2010

Cesc Fábregas is on of seven members of Spain's World Cup-winning squad to have been included in the shortlist for the prestigious prize. Andrés Iniesta, who scored his country's winning goal in the Johannesburg final against Holland in July, is among the contenders, along with his Barcelona team-mates Xavi, Carles ...

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October 21st, 2010

It has been 100 years since excavations started on the Madinat Al Zahra, the magnificent 10th century palace city near Cordoba in southern Spain. Although only 11% of the city - built by the powerful caliph Abd Al Rahman III - has been uncovered,

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October 20th, 2010

Spain, famed for its smoke-filled bars, corner cafes and restaurants, has set the stage for a tough new anti-smoking law that will get rid of the country's dubious status as one of Western Europe's easiest places to light up. The bill passed by a parliamentary commission will turn all bars and ...

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October 20th, 2010

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero overhauled his cabinet on Wednesday, aiming to strengthen his unpopular government while battling to tame a massive public deficit and revive a stagnant economy. Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, who has a high approval

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October 19th, 2010

One of Real Madrid's top officials has distanced the Spanish club from reports that it will launch a big-money January raid on Manchester United's prize asset Wayne Rooney. British media have been widely speculating that the England striker will not sign an extension to his United contract, which expires in 2012, ...

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October 19th, 2010

A second British holidaymaker has drowned in a hotel swimming pool in the Canary Islands in two days. Andrew Nicol, 38, had been staying in the resort of Puerto de Santiago on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife. He died on yesterday, a day after

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October 18th, 2010

A British girl has drowned in a hotel swimming pool in the Canary Islands on the second day of a family holiday. Megan Thrower, six, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, died after getting into difficulties in the pool at the four-star Gran Canaria Princess Hotel in the popular resort of Playa ...

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