• Diplomatic Leaks Cite US Pressure on Spanish Investigations

    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, …

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  • Press Pile Misery on Real Madrid After 5-0 Barca Loss

    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 …

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  • Spanish Government: Chewing Gum is Too Sticky

    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 …

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  • Spanish Woman Lays Claim to the Sun

    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 …

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  • Zapatero on the Economy: I Have Confidence Based on Concrete Data

    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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  • Catalonian Election Fear for Central Government

    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 …

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  • Spanish Alphabet to Lose Two Letters

    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 …

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  • ‘Clasico Fever’ as Biggest Club Game in the World Approaches

    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 …

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  • Spanish Police Detain Man Accused of Brutal Murder

    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 …

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  • Drivers in Spain are the Least Fuel Efficient

    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 …

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  • Beef Producers Call for Inquiry into Contador Claims

    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 …

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  • Valencian F1 Grand Prix Under Threat?

    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 …

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  • Spanish Public Deficit Down Nearly 50%

    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 …

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  • Government Expected to Approve ‘Death with Dignity’ Law

    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 …

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  • Spanish PM: No More Cuts Will Be Necessary

    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 …

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