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Erotically-shaped fruit craze hits Barcelona
Penis peppers are just one of the variety of rude seeds available in Barcelona. Photo: ludovic/Flickr

Erotically-shaped fruit craze hits Barcelona

Flower stalls along Barcelona’s famous Rambla were once the domain of elegant blooms, but are now embracing wares of a much more erotic variety to pull in the tourists. READ  

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Is the Battle of the Wine Spain's coolest festival?
A town in Rioja celebrates its wine. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Is the Battle of the Wine Spain's coolest festival?

Every June 29th Spaniards in the wine making region of La Rioja spend the say dousing each other in wine during 'la batalla del vino': the battle of wine. READ  

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain
John Noakes with Shep during his Blue Peter days. Photo: BBC archive

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain

Police on the island of Mallorca have launched a search for Blue Peter legend John Noakes after he disappeared this morning outside his home on the Balearic island. READ  

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The best gay wedding destinations in Spain
Photo: Amy Schubert/Flickr

The best gay wedding destinations in Spain

More than 31,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot across Spain since a law permitting gay marriage was introduced in 2005. To mark the anniversary, here are ten of the best places in Spain to celebrate your nuptials. READ  

Passengers stranded by thieves for hours in 40C
A photo of a Renfe train. Photo: Luis Zamora / Wikimedia Commons.

Passengers stranded by thieves for hours in 40C

A train with more than 200 people was left stranded amid sweltering temperatures for three hours on Monday after thieves attempted to rob cables from the track. READ  

Rajoy calls for change to the Greek government
Protesters pictured in Athens on June 29th. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Rajoy calls for change to the Greek government

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday became the first European leader to openly back the departure of Greece's far-left government as he urged Greeks to accept bailout proposals in a crucial referendum. READ  

Healthy diet? A quarter of Spaniards are obese
Photo of overweight men: Shutterstock.

Healthy diet? A quarter of Spaniards are obese

Often lauded for their healthy Mediterranean diet and longevity, it may come as a surprise to learn that nearly a quarter of Spaniards are now obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). READ  

Air traffic controllers call July strike across Spain
Passengers waiting at Madrid Barajas airport during the 2010 air traffic controllers strike. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Air traffic controllers call July strike across Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers have called partial strikes over two weekends in July - threatening to disrupt some of the busiest travel days for holidaymakers. READ  

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Spanish King and Queen on state visit to Mexico
Mexican First Lady Angelica Rivera, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP

Spanish King and Queen on state visit to Mexico

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Mexico on Monday to begin a three-day trip, their first state visit to the Americas since the coronation. READ  

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Rafa Nadal leads revolt against tennis federation
Nadal after winning the ATP Mercedes Cup title in Stuttgart, Germany, June 14th. Photo: Thomas Kienzle / AFP

Rafa Nadal leads revolt against tennis federation

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has lashed out against the president of the nation's tennis federation, calling his leadership "chaotic" in an open letter. READ  

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Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
Photo: Tinnyaw/Flickr

Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

Summer is officially here and the mercury is rising - for those of you who can't get to a beach, The Local offers you our tips on keeping cool in the city. READ  

My Spanish Career
'Valencia is the perfect place to live and work'
Stephanie Schulz settled in Valencia four years ago. Photo: Agustin Millan

'Valencia is the perfect place to live and work'

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local meets Stephanie Schulz, a German living in Valencia where she gives guided tours of the city. READ  

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In pics: King Felipe's first year on the throne
King Felipe celebrates one year on the Spanish throne on June 19th. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

In pics: King Felipe's first year on the throne

As King Felipe celebrates one year on the Spanish throne, The Local takes a look at what he has been up to during his first 12 months as Spanish monarch. READ  

Six Spanish streets you have to walk down
Passeig del Born in Barcelona. Photo: 1997 / Wikimedia Commons.

Six Spanish streets you have to walk down

To mark World Sauntering Day on Friday (yes, that is a real day), The Local counts down six of the loveliest streets to stroll down in Spain. READ  

Women shaping Spain: The top 100
Top from left: Queen Letizia, Ana Botin, Mireia Belmonte. Bottom from left: Ada Colau, Amaya Valdemoro, Sister Lucia Caram. Photo: AFP and Wikimedia Commons.

Women shaping Spain: The top 100

Ada Colau, the new left-wing mayor of Barcelona has stormed into the latest list of Spain's most influential women and she is in good company; the Queen, a nun and an Olympian also make the list. READ  

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Eight savings made by Madrid mayor Manuela
On her first day of work as Madrid's mayor Manuela Carmena took the metro. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Eight savings made by Madrid mayor Manuela

In Spain political office has become inextricably linked to privilege, but Madrid's new mayor has shown she is prepared to make the odd personal sacrifice to stay true to her campaign promises. READ  

500 million year old fossil discovered in Salamanca
Photo: The Wonderful Paleo Art of Heinrich Harder / Wikimedia Commons.

500 million year old fossil discovered in Salamanca

A team of Spanish paleontologists have discovered a trilobite fossil that they believe could be the oldest in the world. READ  

Tunisia terrorist attack
Spanish hotel claims police too slow to arrive
Tourists mourn at the site of the beach attack. Photo:KenzoTrinouillard / AFP

Spanish hotel claims police too slow to arrive

The Spanish hotel chain that was the site of the attack in which 38 tourists were gunned down last Friday has claimed that authorities were too slow responding. READ  

Spain on alert as nation swelters in 44C heatwave
Temperatures across Spain will exceed 40C this week. Photo: Shutterstock

Spain on alert as nation swelters in 44C heatwave

Temperatures are soaring across Spain with highs of 44C expected while nearly all of the country has been put on alert for extreme heat. READ  

Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage
Spain legalized gay marriage 10 years ago this week. Photo: Ludovic Bertron/Wikimedia

Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage

As the US supreme court makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide, Spain, which led the way for gay-rights, celebrates 10 years of same-sex marriage. READ  

No fatties or tattoos for Game of Thrones extras
Extras from Game of Thrones during filming last year in Andalusia. Photo: AFP

No fatties or tattoos for Game of Thrones extras

Dozens of hopefuls camped out overnight in an attempt to be chosen as an extra when scenes of the hit series Game of Throne are filmed in Girona in September. READ  

Greece crisis
Spanish bonds tumble amid contagion concern
Spanish borrowing costs soared on Monday amid fears over the Greek crisis. Photo: AFP

Spanish bonds tumble amid contagion concern

Spain's borrowing costs on international bond markets soared at the start of trading on Monday amid fears of contagion over the Greek crisis. READ  

Tunisia terrorist attack
Six in 'serious condition' confirm Spanish hotel
Tourists take photos at the site of Friday's shooting. Photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP

Six in 'serious condition' confirm Spanish hotel

Six people remained in "serious condition" in hospital on Sunday two days after a mass shooting at a beachside hotel in Tunisia that left 38 people dead, the hotel's Spanish management said. READ  

Greece crisis
Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece
People line up to withdraw cash from an ATM outside a Piraeus Bank branch on the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece

UPDATED: European nations on Sunday told their nationals to carry cash with them when vacationing in Greece as the country hurtles towards a banking crisis. READ  

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain
Electron microscope image of the bacterium that causes diphtheria. Photo: Sanofi Pasteur / Flickr

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain

A six-year-old boy from Catalonia, whose parents chose not to have him vaccinated, has died, almost a month after he became the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in almost 30 years. READ  

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Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Inge Rauscher. Photo: Johannes Kernmayer

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st. READ  

Greek minister slams Swiss over tax evasion
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: AFP

Greek minister slams Swiss over tax evasion

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has taken a swipe at Switzerland for providing only limited information about wealthy tax evaders from cash-strapped Greece who are believed to have stashed billions of euros in Swiss banks. READ  

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll
Photo: DPA.

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll

Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans' efforts to fight Isis, according to a new poll. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'
The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'

Reports in France suggest the US spied on French presidents from a secret spy nest on the roof of its embassy in Paris, which stands just a stone's throw from the Elysée palace. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

Video
Is this the worst summer job ever?
A screen grab from RFSU's video. Photo: Screen grab

Is this the worst summer job ever?

A nineteen-year-old in Norway has been hired by a sexual health charity to play a giant penis who surprises passers-by by spraying them with golden confetti. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden. READ  

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