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Missing Air Algérie flight 'has crashed': Reports
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 belonging to Spanish aviation company Swiftair. File photo: Curimedia/Flickr

Missing Air Algérie flight 'has crashed': Reports

UPDATED: An aircraft owned by Spanish company Swiftair, crewed by Spaniards, and operated by Air Algérie has crashed with 119 people on board, according to an Algerian aviation official. READ  

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers
Angel Fenoll was found guilty of 11 tax crimes, each accounting for three years behind bars. Photo: YouTube

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers

A waste management tycoon who fooled Spain's tax office with fake invoices has been handed a 35-year jail sentence, a harsher punishment than most murderers receive. READ  

WWF calls for Canary Islands whale sanctuary
The WWF is pushing for the creation of a sanctuary for whales and dolphins near the Canary Islands, home to nearly a third of the cetacean species on the planet. Photo: Joachim S. Müller/Flickr

WWF calls for Canary Islands whale sanctuary

The environment group WWF is calling for the creation of a whale sanctuary off the Canary Islands after Spanish energy giant Repsol announced recently it wants to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the region in October. READ  

Robots could take half of jobs in Spain
The study from Brussels think-tank Bruegel found 55.3 percent of jobs in Spain at the moment could be computerized. Photo of robot :Shutterstock

Robots could take half of jobs in Spain

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Spain could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank. READ  

JobTalk Spain
'Being an au pair in Spain can be really tough'
Marion spent ten months as an au-pair with a Spanish family in Madrid and took the opportunity to visit the mythical Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid.

'Being an au pair in Spain can be really tough'

Every year, thousands of youngsters move to Spain as au pairs to learn a new language, see the country and find out about the culture. But is the experience everything it's cracked up to be? The Local's Cécilia Brès investigates. READ  

Madrid train evacuated after brakes catch fire
A suburban 'Cercanias' train at Pinar de Las Rozas station. File photo: Hugh Llewelyn

Madrid train evacuated after brakes catch fire

A suburban train in Madrid was evacuated on Thursday morning after the train's brakes caught fire: service has now resumed on the line. READ  

Catalonia crisis
'A divided Spain will weaken EU': French PM
Valls, who speaks better Catalan than he does Spanish, met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

'A divided Spain will weaken EU': French PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, born in Barcelona to Catalan parents, has sided with Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy on the issue of Catalonia’s call for independence. READ  

402,000 Spaniards find work in three months

402,000 Spaniards find work in three months

Over 400,000 people went back to work in the second quarter of 2014, the highest such three-month figure since the middle of 2005, official figures released on Thursday show. READ  

53 freed drug suspects sent back to prison

53 freed drug suspects sent back to prison

Over 50 alleged drug smugglers who had previously been released from detention will now have to return to prison, the latest blow to new Spanish laws which prevent judges from trying international cases READ  

The Local List
Top ten 'English' words made in Spain: Part 2
Anybody fancy going 'puenting' aka bungee jumping? Photo: Tomas Cuba

Top ten 'English' words made in Spain: Part 2

When it comes to adapting the English to their own needs, the Spaniards are masters. In our latest picture gallery, The Local takes a look at ten more 'English' words that people in Spain have made their own. READ  

Features
Face-off
'Madrid is like a zombie movie in summer'
Should I stay or should I go? The Local's Alex Dunham (left) and George Mills don't see eye to eye on the issue of spending summer in the city.

'Madrid is like a zombie movie in summer'

Does the idea of August in Madrid sound like heaven or hell to you? In the first of our face off series, The Local's Alex Dunham and George Mills go head to head over whether it's better to stay in the city or get out as fast as possible. READ  

The Local List
Top Ten: Summer music festivals in Spain 2014

Top Ten: Summer music festivals in Spain 2014

It's summer in Spain which means there are a wealth of music festivals to choose from, whatever your taste in tunes. Read on to see The Local's round up of the very best events for 2014. READ  

Spanish Face of the Week
From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace
Let's Gowex founder Jenaro García. Screen grab: YouTube

From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace

Just weeks ago, the head of Spanish Wi-Fi firm Let's Gowex was being hailed as a business visionary. Now he's facing court after it emerged he cooked the company books. Meet the disgraced founder of Let's Gowex Jenaro García. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Spain's graduates 'not workplace ready': OECD

Spain's graduates 'not workplace ready': OECD

Spain's university graduates leave "a lot to be desired" when it comes to basic skills like reading comprehension and maths knowledge, the head of the OECD warned during a conference in Madrid on Monday. READ  

The Local List
Top 10 Spanish locations to film Game of Thrones
Spain has enough amazing nature and awe-inspiring architecture to impress Game of Thrones producers over and over. Photos: Shutterstock/YouTube/Flickr

Top 10 Spanish locations to film Game of Thrones

Now that Seville has been chosen as one of the locations for Season Five of the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones, The Local casts its eye across Spain to suggest ten other mythical locations US network HBO should consider in the future. READ  

More News
Slow but steady: Spain's economy keeps growing
Spain's economy emerged last year from its second recession in five years, achieving growth of 0.1 percent in the third quarter. Photo of warehouse: Shutterstock

Slow but steady: Spain's economy keeps growing

The Spanish economy continued to claw its slow way back towards recovery, expanding in the first quarter of 2014 by 0.5 percent, the fastest rate in six years, the central bank said on Wednesday. READ  

Injured Contador pulls out of Spain's Vuelta
Spain's Alberto Contador sits after a fall during the tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14th. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Injured Contador pulls out of Spain's Vuelta

Spanish rider Alberto Contador, who crashed out of the Tour de France last week, on Wednesday ruled out competing in next month's Vuelta a España. READ  

Spanish village turns horses into garbage men
The carts come equipped with everything from USB portals to solar panels for the vehicle’s lights. File Photo: Arif Ali/AFP

Spanish village turns horses into garbage men

A small village in eastern Spain has started using horses and carts as a cheaper and greener alternative to rubbish trucks. READ  

Brains behind 'ghost airport' jailed for 4 years
Ex-president of the council and the PP of Castellon Carlos Fabra (L), flanked by his ex-wife Amparo Fernandez at the Castellon provincial court in October 2013. File photo: Domenech Castello/Pool/AFP

Brains behind 'ghost airport' jailed for 4 years

Carlos Fabra, the man behind Spain's infamous 'ghost airport' in Castellón, will spend four years in prison on charges of tax fraud after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against the sentence. READ  

Top officials cut costs by driving 'mafia' cars
Interior Minister Jorge Fernández is one of several top government officials now being driven around in the 'mafia' cars. Photo: Jorge Colón/AFP

Top officials cut costs by driving 'mafia' cars

Spanish politicians are saving the government €400,000 (€539,000) by using four armoured mafia vehicles seized in a massive money laundering sting operation. READ  

Named: Spain's most respected celebrity
Tennis star Rafa Nadal (left), King Felipe and actress Penélope Cruz. Photo: Scott Heavey/AFP/AELTC/Stephanie de Sakutin//AFP/Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images/AFP

Named: Spain's most respected celebrity

A new poll has identified Spain's most-respected celebrity. So who is at the top of the list which contains everyone from film directors to footballers and thinkers? READ  

Eight dead in horror road smash near Alicante
Police fear the number of victims could still rise. Screen grab: Google Maps

Eight dead in horror road smash near Alicante

Eight people travelling in a van were burned to death on Tuesday after a head-on collision with a lorry on a highway near Murcia, in eastern Spain. READ  

Spanish airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights

Spanish airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights

Spain's flagship carrier Iberia cancelled its Tuesday night flight to the Israel capital of Tel Aviv as a preventative measure due to the worsening security situation in the region, while low-cost carrier Vueling is also avoiding the zone. READ  

'Spain needs to drill for oil off the Canaries'
Soria has ignored the concerns of many Canary residents who feel the islands’ pristine coastline and tourism industry could be greatly affected by any potential oil spill.Photo: AFP

'Spain needs to drill for oil off the Canaries'

Spain "can't afford the luxury" of not drilling for oil and gas off the coast of the Canary Islands, the country's Industry Minister has said, despite strong opposition to the plans from local politicians and green groups. READ  

Real Madrid sign World Cup star Rodríguez
AS reported on Tuesday the Colombian star will be earning €7 million a year from his move to Real Madrid. Photo: Luis Acosta/AFP

Real Madrid sign World Cup star Rodríguez

Champions League winners Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of everyone's favourite World Cup player — Rihanna included: Colombian midfielder James Rodríguez. READ  

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From our other editions:
It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu
A Zanoni & Zanoni ice cream bar in Vienna. Photo: Zanoni

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu

After a month in Vienna one thing in particular stands out for American journalism student Gretchen Henderson, as she writes for The Local. READ  

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers
Foreign drivers have up to a year to exchange their licence. Photo: State Farm

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers

Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said. READ  

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty
Who was it then? Photo: DPA

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty

Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina. READ  

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study
Photo: Jens Dresling/POLFOTO

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study

One international survey after the other has pointed to Denmark as the world's happiest country and now a researcher in England tells The Local that he may have discovered the reason why. READ  

Report - 'Little Jerusalem'
'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'
Police in Sarcelles face-off with rioters who targeted the Jewish community in Sarcelles, to the north of Paris. Photo: AFP

'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country. READ  

The Local List
Top 10 foreign films made in Italy
The famous vespa scene in 1953's Roman Holiday. Screengrab: YouTube

Top 10 foreign films made in Italy

From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long held an allure for foreign filmmakers. READ  

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert
Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

UPDATED: Norway’s security police have warned that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway imminently. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

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