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Suarez opens Barca league account
Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Suarez opens Barca league account

Luis Suarez celebrated Barcelona's final La Liga game of 2014 with his first league goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday. READ  

Attack on ruling party HQ targeted 'all politicians'
The area around the head office of Spain's ruling Popular Party in Madrid was off by police after the attack. Photo: George Mills/The Local

Attack on ruling party HQ targeted 'all politicians'

Updated: The man who rammed a car loaded with gas bottles into the headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party in Madrid on Friday morning has said any party could have been the target of the attack as "all politicians are the same". READ  

Nine migrants die in Strait of Gibraltar
A would-be migrant to Africa receives assistance from Spain's Red Cross. File photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

Nine migrants die in Strait of Gibraltar

Moroccan authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of three babies and six adults who died while trying to cross to Spain in a small boat. READ  

Brit wanted for Spain murder caught in UK
Paul John Scott, from Liverpool, was apprehended on Tuesday night when he flew into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk from the Netherlands. Screen grab: Youtube/Steve Ivie /National Crime Agency

Brit wanted for Spain murder caught in UK

A UK man wanted by Spanish police in connection with the Alicante murder of a fellow Brit in April has been arrested while trying to enter the UK in a light aircraft. READ  

Most Catalans say no to independence: new poll
Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Most Catalans say no to independence: new poll

For the first time since Catalonia’s independence drive began to pick up momentum in 2012, more people are against independence from Spain than in favour of such a move, a new poll run by the regional government shows. READ  

Man torches warehouse full of African migrants
Police watch on as firefighters battle the warehouse blaze in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photo: Quique García/AFP

Man torches warehouse full of African migrants

Police in Barcelona have arrested a young man who allegedly set fire to a warehouse with 14 African migrants inside after they failed to pay rent on the property. READ  

Gang found drug mules in jobless queues
A queue of people waiting at an employment office in Spain. File picture: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Gang found drug mules in jobless queues

A gang of Nigerian drugs traffickers has been busted for recruiting mules from Spanish unemployment queues, as well as for trafficking drugs into Japan disguised as sweets. READ  

Rent hikes threaten Spain's unique shops
A hat store in Madrid's Plaza Mayor: shops like this could be affected Spain's current system of rent controls is scrapped at the end of 2014. File photo: j.labradro/Flickr

Rent hikes threaten Spain's unique shops

Around 200,000 people could lose their jobs just after Christmas when Spain scraps its current system of protected rents for small businesses. Critics worry the move could also turn Spain's high streets into bland, chain-store dominated affairs. READ  

80 percent of under 30s still living at home

80 percent of under 30s still living at home

A new report reveals that the idea of flying the nest remains little more than a pipe dream for many young Spaniards. READ  

Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park
Smurfs wear Phrygian caps which symbolize freedom and the pursuit of liberty. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP

Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park

The Spanish city of Lleida is set to become home to a Smurf theme park, a project that will create 200 jobs in the region. READ  

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Top ten Christmas gifts to take home from Spain

Top ten Christmas gifts to take home from Spain

Still stressing out about what to take home to your family and friends for Christmas this year? Have no fear: the Local has rounded up a dozen of the very best gift ideas from Spain. READ  

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best

If you've ever thought that skiing and Spain don't mix, think again. Here are eight great resorts worth checking out this winter. READ  

Ten Spanish museums you need to know about
The innovative NMAC foundation in southern Spain's Cádiz province features contemporay art in a former military installation. Photo: Guillermo Varela

Ten Spanish museums you need to know about

While millions of tourists flock to Spain every year to visit amazing galleries like the Prado and the Reina Sofia, the country is also home a wealth of other lesser-known museums you may not know. Here are ten of the best. READ  

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Top ten: Spain's ugliest buildings
Modern masterpiece or crashed UFO? Critics are divided on Oviedo's Princess Letizia Congress Centre. Photo: Jsmq/Wikimedia

Top ten: Spain's ugliest buildings

Ah Spain! Land of history, passion and beauty. Or maybe not. Here The Local takes a journey through some of the buildings you won't find in any tourist brochure. READ  

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'Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously'
Impact on Integrity Managing Director Murray Grainger with Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC.

'Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously'

What do you do when personal circumstances bring you to corruption-hit Spain? Set up a business ethics consultancy of course. At least that’s what this Madrid-based Brit decided to do. READ  

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Spain's embattled chief prosecutor steps down
Spain's state prosecutor-general Eduardo Torres-Dulce said he was resigning for "personal reasons". File photo: Salvador Victoria Bolívar/Flickr

Spain's embattled chief prosecutor steps down

Updated: Spain's opposition Socialists say Spain's state prosecutor-general resigned "out of fear" on Thursday after the government pressured him to act against the government of Catalonia over its recent staging of a symbolic independence vote. READ  

Baby Jesus stolen from Christmas crib again

Baby Jesus stolen from Christmas crib again

The nativity scene in the heart of Santiago de Compostela is missing one of its most important components after a statue of the baby Jesus was stolen for the second time in three years. READ  

Spain's Acciona inks €1.4bn Sydney rail deal
Work on the line with 19 stops is scheduled to start in April 2015 and it is expected to start operating at the beginning of 2019. Screen grab: Acciona/YouTube

Spain's Acciona inks €1.4bn Sydney rail deal

Spanish builder Acciona said Wednesday that a consortium it is part of has signed a contract worth €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) to build and operate a light-rail line through Sydney. READ  

Families urge Pope to intervene in cult case
Pope Francis pictured on his recent visit to Turkey. Photo: Filipo Monteforte/AFP

Families urge Pope to intervene in cult case

The parents of 'nuns' with a Spanish sect hit whose leader has been hit with sexual abuse charges have called on the Pope to help convince the young women to leave the order. READ  

Weak rouble to hit Russian tourism to Spain

Weak rouble to hit Russian tourism to Spain

Tourism operators in Spain are worried a weak rouble could take a serious bite out of luxury Russian tourism to the country, a booming business in recent years. READ  

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

In a story that could come straight from Hollywood, a man facing 20 years in prison in Spain for murder has been sending postcards to his trial judge from the Caribbean, despite there being an international warrant for his arrest. READ  

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Soldier and cop held over Spain football brawl
A man looks at a message reading "Here Francisco J. Romero was murdered. No forgetting no forgiving" on December 1st. Photo: Pierre-Phillipe Marcou/AFP

Soldier and cop held over Spain football brawl

A soldier and a policeman are among 41 people arrested in Spain over a football riot last month in which a Deportivo La Coruña fan died after being thrown into a river, officials said on Wednesday. READ  

Spain hails news stage in US–Cuba relations
People outside the Little Havana restaurant of Versailles in Miami after news of US President Barack Obama's announcement of a change of United States–Cuba policy on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty

Spain hails news stage in US–Cuba relations

Spain's foreign minister on Wednesday hailed the restoration of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, saying it opened "a new stage" in ties between the two nations. READ  

Madrid: police seize 220,000 dangerous toys
The toys seized in a joint operation between the national police and Madrid’s local police posed risks including asphyxiation and poisoning. Photo: Policía Nacional

Madrid: police seize 220,000 dangerous toys

Over 220,000 toys have been seized from toy-sellers in Madrid in an operation named Black Toy, with police saying they posed a serious risk to child safety. READ  

'If my husband died for Isis I would accept it'
A general view of El Principe district in Ceuta, home to 87,000 people, 99 percent of whom are Muslim. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

'If my husband died for Isis I would accept it'

Fears are growing over increased radicalization of women in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta with local leaders saying a lack of opportunities is exacerbating the problem. READ  

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Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
 READ  

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow
Demonstrators in Dresden on Monday night. Photo: DPA

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow

Federal Security Service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned Germany could see confrontations between Salafists and people drawn to right-wing, xenophobic politics. READ  

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill
American expat Larry Feinberg and Anne Marie Dalgaard of Danes Worldwide in the Danish parliament just prior to the vote on dual citizenship. Photo: David S. Miller

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill

Thursday marked "a great day for expats" as the Danish parliament agreed to implement dual citizenship. The Local spoke to supporters and detractors of dual citizenship about the change. READ  

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France
"Legal" marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty/AFP

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France. READ  

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Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words
In Italian a "Menefreghista" is someone who doesn't care and comes from the phrase "Non me ne frega" (I don't care). Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words

What’s the word for the mark left on a table by a cold glass? Oh that’s right, there’s no word in English for that - but in Italian, on the other hand… READ  

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court
Oslo District Court. Photo: Mahlun

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court

A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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