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Spain 'fiddles numbers' to shave jobless rate
Spain's official unemployment rate fell from 26.03 percent to 25.77 percent in one fell swoop on Thursday. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spain 'fiddles numbers' to shave jobless rate

Spain has managed to push down its unemployment rate to 25.77 percent — by adjusting the formulas used to establish the country's jobless rate to include the latest census data. READ () »

What's on in Spain: May
This is just a sampling of some of the amazing events happening in Spain during the month of May. Photo: David Sim/Jason Paris/Circuito de Navarra/Flickr

What's on in Spain: May

Still not booked up for May? The Local has rounded up a list of some of the best events in Spain, including cultural festivals, music festivals, and major sporting events. READ () »

Martial arts tourists tackle Spanish mugger
The Taiwanese visitors to Ronda were among hundreds of tourists who flock to see the town's historic architecture. File photo: zoetnet/Flickr

Martial arts tourists tackle Spanish mugger

Two Taiwanese tourists used their martial arts skills this week to take down and detain a mugger who tried to steal a woman's mobile phone in the southern Spanish town of Ronda. READ () »

Spanish fascists make Euro election bid
A member of Alianza Nacional (National Alliance), part of the far-right coalition hoping to represent Spain in Europe. File photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish fascists make Euro election bid

The list of candidates submitted by two far-right Spanish parties for May's European parliamentary elections includes people who were arrested for attacking Madrid's Catalan centre last year and criminals convicted of possessing explosives. READ () »

Spain records highest growth figure in six years
File photo: Antonio Tajuelo

Spain records highest growth figure in six years

Spain's economy grew at the fastest pace in six years in the first quarter of 2014, the central bank said on Thursday in a preliminary estimate. READ () »

Dad smuggles girl into Spain in suitcase
The eight-year-old was found in a foetal position inside a suitcase Photo: Spanish Civil Guard

Dad smuggles girl into Spain in suitcase

A young Moroccan girl who was smuggled into Spain by her father inside a suitcase has been given permission to stay in the country. READ () »

Catalonia chief vows to call independence poll
Catalan President Artur Mas says if the referendum is frustrated he could call snap elections as a form of plebiscite on the future of Catalonia. File photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Catalonia chief vows to call independence poll

Catalonia's political chief Artur Mas vowed on Wednesday to push ahead with a vote on independence from Spain on November 9th, flying in the face of fierce opposition from Madrid. READ () »

Memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's reversed
Some 35 million people worldwide are thought to suffer from Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia.File photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's reversed

Spanish scientists have for the first time used gene therapy to reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's, an advance that could lead to new drugs to treat the disease, they said on Wednesday. READ () »

Barcelona book day hit by author strike
Instead of the anticipated queues for book signings, booths were left vacant as authors abandoned the store. Photo: Twitter

Barcelona book day hit by author strike

People in the Spanish region of Catalonia traditionally celebrate La Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day) by giving each other books, but this year's celebrations have been marred by an author-backed strike at a major city centre book retailer. READ () »

Police chief sacked over Madrid demo turned ugly
Police officers found themselves surrounded and isolated by small groups of violent demonstrators and could not received help from other agents, Spain's top police official explained. Photo: Pedro Arm

Police chief sacked over Madrid demo turned ugly

The head of the anti-riot squad involved a March demonstration in Madrid which turned violent will be removed from his post because of the "intolerable" number of police injured during the event, Spanish authorities said on Wednesday. READ () »

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Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets
Spain's most expensive street is not in Madrid or Barcelona. Photo: Wikimedia

Top Ten: Spain's most expensive streets

Spanish property website Idealista has just released a list of the ten most expensive streets in Spain — so what is the most exclusive address in the country? Read on to find out. READ () »

Spanish Face of the Week
Judge sells suppers and shirts for campaign cash
Judge Elpidio José Silva is currently suspended after sending a friend of the former Spanish PM to jail. Photo: Wikimedia

Judge sells suppers and shirts for campaign cash

A controversial Spanish anti-corruption judge who is standing as a candidate in May's European elections is selling everything from autographs to coffee-side chats in a bid to raise cash for his campaign. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

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Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014
Which Spanish beach will you be visiting this year? Photo of Playa de Las Catedrales: Shutterstock

Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014

With Spain's long summer on the not-too-distant horizon, The Local takes a look at some of the best beach destinations around in the country for 2014. Read on to find out where you could be relaxing some time soon. READ () »

JobTalk Spain
Spain's hottest jobs 2014
Job Interview Photo: Shutterstock

Spain's hottest jobs 2014

Spain's unemployment rate may be at a record high but it's not all doom and gloom in the jobs market according to Adecco, a human resource consulting company, who have identified 15 in-demand positions for 2014. READ () »

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Hamster-sized deer born at Spanish zoo
The newborn deer weighed in at only 100g but should eventually grow to the size of a rabbit. Photo: Fuengirola Bioparc

Hamster-sized deer born at Spanish zoo

A baby Java mouse-deer, the smallest hoofed animal in the world, was recently born at a zoo in in the south of Spain, to the delight of staff. READ () »

Spain revises up growth forecast for 2014–15
Economy Minister Luis de Guindos. File photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Spain revises up growth forecast for 2014–15

Spain's government forecast Wednesday faster economic growth in the next two years as the nation emerges from a long downturn with unemployment still topping 26 percent. READ () »

VIDEO: Virgin falls from float in Easter fail
The religious revellers rocked too enthusiastically and caused the Virgin to take a tumble. Screen Grab: YouTube

VIDEO: Virgin falls from float in Easter fail

One of the 28 Easter parades held in Spain's Alicante province last week took an unexpected turn when a statue of the Virgen de los Dolores toppled from her float and almost landed on the heads of her bearers. READ () »

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets
The light of the moon and the rising sun shines onto the temple walls to reveal hidden symbols. Photo: Flickr/ Juan Fco. Marrero

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets

A mysterious cave-temple built by the original inhabitants of the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria contains evidence of their advanced knowledge of astronomy, a Spanish archaeologist believes. READ () »

Moody's backs Spain's 'improving' economy
Spain's public finances are said to be "on a gradually improving trend" but "still comparatively weak". Photo: Grumo/Flickr

Moody's backs Spain's 'improving' economy

Credit rating agency Moody's said on Tuesday that Spain is "now firmly on an improving trend" with exports boosting the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy as it crawls out of recession. READ () »

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test
Currently individual judges in Spain set their own criteria for assessing whether applicants should be awarded Spanish citizenship. Photo: Alberto G./Flickr

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test

Immigrants to Spain will have to sit standardized online language and culture tests before being granted citizenship, Spain's justice minister announced in the country national parliament on Tuesday. READ () »

Spain loses asylum seeker deportation battle
The asylum seekers claimed that they have faced physical torture and sexual abuse in the past due to their ethnic origin. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Spain loses asylum seeker deportation battle

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Spain could not go ahead with plans to deport 30 Sahrawi asylum seekers from the Western Sahara because Spanish authorities had failed to properly hear their claims. READ () »

Independence website pushes Catalonia cause
The homepage of the Catalonia votes website features a clock which counts down the days, hours and minutes until the planned vote on the issue of self-rule for the wealthy region.

Independence website pushes Catalonia cause

Supporters of an independent Catalonia have stepped up their bid for international backing by launching a new website promoting the cause. The Local spoke to the organization behind the site to find out more. READ () »

Police nab Spain's 'Willy Wonka' drug chef
'Més Que Un Club': The seized sweets in the shape of Barcelona FC's crest contained a coctail of drugs. Photo: Policia Nacional

Police nab Spain's 'Willy Wonka' drug chef

Spanish police have arrested a master 'turrón' (nougat) maker accused of concocting chocolates, formed in the shape of FC Barcelona's club crest, which contained the secret ingredients of magic mushrooms and marijuana. READ () »

Spanish art scammer fights US extradition
José Carlos Bergantiños Díaz is suspected of selling fake artworks by artists including Dutch-American master Willem de Kooning, whose work is pictured above. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Spanish art scammer fights US extradition

A Spaniard suspected of perpetrating one of the world's biggest art frauds has been freed ahead of a legal fight over his extradition to the United States. READ () »

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Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster. READ () »

IN PICTURES
French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château
Catherine Deneuve's Château de Primard, which she is selling for €4 million. Photo: Sotheby's

French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château

Famed French actress Catherine Deneuve has reportedly put her holiday home up for sale. The Château de Primard, located 75 km from Paris, will go on the market for a cool €4 million. READ () »

We did not rule baptism a crime: court
Baptism photo: Shutterstock

We did not rule baptism a crime: court

A European court has dismissed as untrue a story that claimed baptizing newborn children without permission from both parents "violates their freedom". READ () »

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year
da Beate Løken in her cave. Photo: Screen Grab Romerikes Blad TV

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year

A 19-year-old girl from the most fjord-filled region of Western Norway has been living a cave for almost a year with little but a high-grade sleeping bag to get her through the gruelling Norwegian winter. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

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