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Israel agrees probe into Spanish soldier's death
Spanish soldiers with the United Nations in Lebanon in an armoured emergency vehicle after picking up the body of Spaniard Francisco Javier Soria Toledo. Photo: Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Israel agrees probe into Spanish soldier's death

Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint investigation on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper who was killed in Lebanon during Israeli shelling near the border, Madrid said on Friday. READ  

Spain uses stem cells to repair damaged hearts
Doctors at Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital announce the successful trial. Photo: Gregorio Maranon hospital

Spain uses stem cells to repair damaged hearts

A Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells culled from healthy donors to treat seven heart attack victims, in what officials said was a world first. READ  

Immigration crisis
At least six dead in shipwreck off Melilla
Immigrants rescued by the Spanish Red Cross in 2013. File photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

At least six dead in shipwreck off Melilla

Six would-be migrants have died and four are missing after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of the north-African Spanish enclave of Melilla. READ  

Spanish Face of the Week
Is 400 year Cervantes mystery solved?
A portrait thought to be of Miguel de Cervantes by Juan de Jauregui y Aguilar, The Bridgeman Art Library Photo: Botaurus/Wikipedia

Is 400 year Cervantes mystery solved?

Four hundred years after he died a pauper in near obscurity, archaeologists announced that they may have solved the mystery of his final resting place. Meet our Spanish Face of the Week, Miguel de Cervantes. READ  

Madrid stand at tourism expo deemed 'too gay'
Madrid holds one of Europe's biggest gay pride marches every July. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP.

Madrid stand at tourism expo deemed 'too gay'

Madrid is renowned as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, but the city's stand at this year's International Tourism Fair was reportedly repainted at the last minute because the city council deemed it "too gay". READ  

Hash helicopter pilot was Albanian major: reports
Wreckage of the hashish-filled helicopter which crashed near the mountain town of Cortes de la Frontera in Malaga province. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Hash helicopter pilot was Albanian major: reports

A helicopter loaded with hashish which crashed in southern Spain on Tuesday after hitting an electricity pylon was piloted by a major with the Albanian army, according to media reports. READ  

'Green' Cordoba wins global praise
Photo of Cordoba: Shutterstock

'Green' Cordoba wins global praise

Cordoba, in Andalucia, southern Spain, might already be world-famous for its medieval former mosque, but now its efforts to go green are also gaining global attention. READ  

Shakira gives birth to second son
Smiles all round: Colombian pop star Shakira gave birth to her second site on Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP

Shakira gives birth to second son

Pop superstar Shakira and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué welcomed their second child into the world on Thursday night. READ  

Spain's far left to rally after Syriza win
"Hope is born," the leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, said after the left-wing party Syriza was victorious in the recent Greek elections. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spain's far left to rally after Syriza win

Buoyed by its Greek ally Syriza's victory, Spanish protest party Podemos kicks off election year with a mass rally on Saturday, vowing to defeat a political elite it brands corrupt. READ  

Spanish airport staff announce major strikes

Spanish airport staff announce major strikes

The two main unions at Spanish airport operator AENA on Thursday called 27 strike days between February and August in protest at the partial privatization of the firm. READ  

Features
My Spanish Career
'I want to be known as a gonzo chef'
Joel Serra moved to Spain after stints with the Australian Government and consulting with KPMG. Photo: Aldo Chacon

'I want to be known as a gonzo chef'

Chef, entrepreneur, Pilates instructor: meet Barcelona-based New Zealander Joel Serra — a man with many pots on the stove. READ  

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation
Photo: Steve Optix

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation

From a very low crime rate to the largest wealth divide in the European Union, here are ten key statistics that shine a light on modern Spain. READ  

The Local list
Top ten: must-know Spanish superstitions
How many lives does an Iberian cat have? Photo: James Whitesmith

Top ten: must-know Spanish superstitions

If you're the kind of superstitious soul who never walks under a ladder and is always confused about whether black cats are meant to bring bad luck or good, then read on for the lowdown on all the strangest Spanish superstitions. READ  

My Spanish career
'The crisis hasn't put Spaniards off weddings'
Photo: Marjorie González

'The crisis hasn't put Spaniards off weddings'

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Andreas Fischer, originally from Venezuela, now at home in Tenerife where he helps couples tie the knot as a wedding celebrant. READ  

Guest blog
5 things no one tells you about renting in Spain

5 things no one tells you about renting in Spain

From ancient appliances to dodgy apartment owners, finding a place to live in Spain can be a real nightmare. But before you tear your hair out, guest blogger Cat Gaa is here to lend a helping hand. READ  

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Spanish economy grows by 1.4 percent in 2014
People shopping in the Spanish sales. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP.

Spanish economy grows by 1.4 percent in 2014

Spain's recovering economy grew by 1.4 percent in 2014, provisional official data showed on Friday, after shrinking by 1.2 percent in the previous year but remains plagued by mass unemployment. READ  

Marriage proposal ends in fatal clifftop fall

Marriage proposal ends in fatal clifftop fall

A young tourist in Ibiza has died after falling off a 15-metre (50-foot) cliff just moments after her boyfriend proposed to her. READ  

Spain braces for weekend of wild weather
The worst weather will hit Spain on Thursday evening and last until Sunday with only the Canary Islands being spared. File photo: Desiree Martin/AFP

Spain braces for weekend of wild weather

Many parts of Spain are set for wild weather conditions in coming days with gale force winds, rain and snow all on the cards. READ  

Gravedigger trapped under 200kg tombstone

Gravedigger trapped under 200kg tombstone

A young gravedigger in northern Spain was trapped under a gravestone weighing 200kg (440 pounds) when the scaffolding on which he was working collapsed. READ  

Weaker euro to boost UK tourism to Spain

Weaker euro to boost UK tourism to Spain

A drop in the value of the euro against pound sterling is expected to lift the number of British tourists visiting Spain this year. READ  

Missing UK man thought to be in Spain
Graham Wragg's family believe he may be in the Santander area of Spain (left) and are hoping he will get in touch. Photo: Photo of Santander: Shutterstock/Derbysh

Missing UK man thought to be in Spain

UK police are calling for help in their search for a man who went missing from his home in Derbyshire and who they now believe could be in the Barcelona or Santander areas of Spain. READ  

Police smash 'Pig's Head' prostitution ring

Police smash 'Pig's Head' prostitution ring

Police in Madrid have arrested six men thought to be members of a prostitution ring formerly led by an infamous Romanian clan leader known as 'Pig's Head'. READ  

Environment
Pyrenean snowfall halves in 60 years

Pyrenean snowfall halves in 60 years

Snow accumulation in the Pyrenees has halved since the 1950s, a new study shows, with some experts saying global temperature is to blame. READ  

Looted Egyptian treasures seized in Spain
Spanish police examine seized Egyptian artefacts. Photo: Guardia Civil.

Looted Egyptian treasures seized in Spain

Over 2,200 looted artefacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a Europe-wide crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced on Wednesday. READ  

UN peacekeeper from Spain killed in Lebanon
Spanish soldiers with the United Nations in Lebanon in an armoured emergency vehicle after picking up the body of Spaniard Francisco Javier Soria Toledo. Photo: Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

UN peacekeeper from Spain killed in Lebanon

Updated: Spain on Wednesday said Israeli fire had killed a Spanish UN peacekeeper serving in south Lebanon, and called on the United Nations to fully investigate the violence. READ  

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Man leaves baby on U6 metro
File photo: Shutterstock

Man leaves baby on U6 metro

A desperate young father realized only after exiting the carriage of the U6 metro train that he'd left his baby on board. READ  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Gareth Knott: "Thankfully design is a universal language." Photo: Handout

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: DPA

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany's 1990 "annexation" of East Germany as Moscow's answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. READ  

Video
Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters
Mohammad Sharaa, Samih Alnakawah and other members of Syrian Touch at Aalborg's J.F. Kennedys Plads. Photo: Facebook

Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters

A group of Syrian refugees in Denmark has started handing out free coffee to morning commuters to thank the country for the warm welcome they’ve received since escaping the ongoing civil war in their homeland. READ  

Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

The Local List
Ten Italian words used differently in English
A bimbo in English is a rather unintelligent woman. In Italian it’s a young male child. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten Italian words used differently in English

Many Italian words are now embedded the English language – particularly in the realms of music and food. But not all mean the same thing in both tongues. Here we list ten of the most problematic expressions. READ  

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown
Jansrud during his victorious run on Saturday. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway joined the pantheon of greats to win the men's World Cup downhill at Kitzbühel on Saturday. READ  

The Local List
Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes
A Viking - sometimes pronounced 'Wiking', in Sweden. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes

While Swedes are among the world's best English speakers, there are a few common - and often charming - mistakes The Local's team has spotted while chatting to Swedes in their second language (because yes, of course, it is still better than our Swedish). READ  

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