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'Independence vote will go ahead': Catalan boss
The President of Catalonia Artur Mas. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

'Independence vote will go ahead': Catalan boss

Catalonia will push ahead with a planned independence vote, preferably with the backing of the central government in Madrid, the president of Catalonia said after a meeting with the Spanish prime minister on Wednesday. READ  

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Orlando Bloom 'punches' Justin Bieber in Ibiza
Some news sources claim there was previous ‘beef’ between the two caused by Bieber's close friendship with the British heartthrob’s ex Miranda Kerr. Photo: AFP

Orlando Bloom 'punches' Justin Bieber in Ibiza

Hollywood star Orlando Bloom has reportedly attempted to punch pop singer Justin Bieber during a confrontation in a restaurant in the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza. READ  

The Local List
Top 10 characters you'll meet in Spain's hostels
Photo: Afik Berlin/Flickr

Top 10 characters you'll meet in Spain's hostels

Spain's hostels are packed with weird and wacky characters. From the so-called 'brag packers' to the hen night weekenders, The Local's Cécilia Brès rounds up the best of the guests from her own experiences working at a Madrid hostel. READ  

Gibraltar relations
Gibraltar slams Spain's plan to end border chaos
Twelve barcode readers and turnstiles will replace the border guard checking pedestrians’ IDs, speeding up the process considerably. Photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

Gibraltar slams Spain's plan to end border chaos

Spain has followed EU recommendations on limiting traffic jams and queues at its border with Gibraltar by announcing it will introduce a pass system for workers commuting from either side. READ  

Game of Thrones scam nets fraudsters €100,000
The scammers set up a phone number which kept hundreds of callers on hold for at least six minutes while they were unknowingly being overcharged. Photo: YouTube

Game of Thrones scam nets fraudsters €100,000

A gang of scammers who are believed to have made up to €100,000 ($134,000) from a fake hotline aimed at eager extras for the hit TV series have been arrested by Spanish police. READ  

Gaza crisis
Spanish film stars slam Gaza 'genocide'
Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem have signed a letter denouncing Israel's bombing of the Gaza Strip. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Spanish film stars slam Gaza 'genocide'

Husband and wife pair Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz are among around 100 Spanish actors, artists and writers who have published an open letter denouncing what they are describe as 'genocide' in the Gaza Strip. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Spaniards ready to give ground on Catalonia: Poll
Supporters of independence for Catalonia and Republicans celebrates the Spanish King Juan Carlos abdication during a demonstration at Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona on June 2nd. Photo: Quique García/AFP

Spaniards ready to give ground on Catalonia: Poll

Nearly two thirds of Spaniards think the Spanish prime minister should negotiate the cancellation of Catalonia's planned independence vote and push for a constitutional solution to the political crisis in the region, a new poll shows. READ  

US family finds sunken Spanish treasure, again
Gold coins making up part of the cargo of the 19th-century Spanish warship the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. File photo: Spanish Ministry of Culture/AFP

US family finds sunken Spanish treasure, again

A family of treasure hunters in Florida say they found a golden pyx - a eucharist case - from a shipwrecked 16th century Spanish galleon, local media reported on Tuesday. READ  

Spain grows 0.6 percent in second quarter

Spain grows 0.6 percent in second quarter

The Spanish economy grew 0.6 percent from April to June, or one decimal point more than initial Bank of Spain estimates, official figures released on Wednesday show. READ  

Scandal-hit ex-Catalan boss stripped of pension
Three of Jordi Pujol's sons are also under investigation for corruption and influence-trafficking, including Oriol Pujol, the only one of his offspring to enter politics. Photo: Quique García/AFP

Scandal-hit ex-Catalan boss stripped of pension

Catalonia's elder statesman, and a leading advocate of its independence from Spain, will be stripped of his pension and privileges after admitting hiding money abroad for more than 30 years, the region's government said on Tuesday. READ  

Features
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'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  

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  

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  

What's on in Spain: August
Crazy festivals, big name concerts and even face-pulling events are taking place in August in Spain. Photo: Pablo Argente/AFP/Christopher Polk/Getty Images/AFP/Aste Nagusia

What's on in Spain: August

It's holiday season and town and cities across Spain are laying on a wealth of events for locals and visitors alike. Here The Local gives you a round up of all the best events around the country in August. 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  

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Spanish police arrest 84 'Nigerian' scammers
Photo: Spanish National Police

Spanish police arrest 84 'Nigerian' scammers

Spanish police have arrested more than 80 people who laundered money obtained by cheating at least 4,500 people out of money, mostly via so-called Nigerian or '419' scams. READ  

Spanish town  fights 'Fifty Shades' bondage hotel
Vilafranca’s town council representatives argue the bondage-themed hotel is "unsuitable" for the village. Photo of woman's legsShutterstock

Spanish town fights 'Fifty Shades' bondage hotel

Spain's first bondage-themed hotel - equipped with a massive dungeon and all the latest gear – has been stopped from opening its doors by the local village authorities. The Local talks to the businessman behind the project. READ  

Bullish Spain bumps up growth forecasts

Bullish Spain bumps up growth forecasts

Spain's government on Tuesday raised its growth forecasts for this year and next as the country pulls away from economic crisis, and said it hopes this will soon cut into high unemployment. READ  

Spanish property
Spanish house prices to climb in 2016: S&P

Spanish house prices to climb in 2016: S&P

House prices in Spain will climb 2 percent in 2016 after hitting rock bottom in 2015, the ratings agency Standard & Poors predicts in a new report released on Tuesday. READ  

Spaniards score high in beach topless ratings

Spaniards score high in beach topless ratings

Spanish women are the world's second most likely nationality to bare their breasts on the beach, a global survey looking at people's holiday habits has found. READ  

'Jews aren't made to coexist': Spanish writer
Spanish writer Antonio Gala caps off his short op-ed piece by saying "I am not a racist". Photo: Alex Slocker/Flickr

'Jews aren't made to coexist': Spanish writer

A controversial writer is facing legal action from Madrid's Jewish community after writing an opinion piece in a leading Spanish daily in which he justified the expulsion of Jews throughout history on the basis that they aren't made to "coexist". READ  

Ex-minister jailed on corruption charges
Former President of the Balearic Islands regional government Jaume Matas, in Palma de Mallorca in 2012, during the trial of the Palma Arena affair. Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Ex-minister jailed on corruption charges

A former environment minister with Spain's ruling Popular Party has been sentenced to nine months' prison on corruption charges, the highest profile political figure to be jailed since Spain's economic crisis began. READ  

France wages 'peach war' on Spanish imports
A protester plants a French flag on peaches discharged from Spanish trucks. Photo: Raymond Roig/AFP

France wages 'peach war' on Spanish imports

France is stepping up cargo checks on trucks carrying fruit over the border from Spain in what is increasingly looking like a "peach war" between the European Union neighbours. READ  

Judge refuses to drop Messi tax fraud case
Despite the court case, Messi continues to lead advertising campaigns for brands like Adidas and video games maker EA Sports.

Judge refuses to drop Messi tax fraud case

A Spanish court on Monday rejected public prosecutors' request to drop charges of tax fraud against four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi and ordered the probe to go ahead. READ  

Catalonia crisis
New opposition leader calls for federal Spain
The new leader of Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party Pedro Sánchez (left) with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

New opposition leader calls for federal Spain

The new head of Spain's main opposition party, the socialist PSOE, believes turning the country into a federal state with more powerful regions is the best way to quell an independence drive in Catalonia. READ  

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A carnivore explores vegan Vienna
All Photos: Gareth Smith

A carnivore explores vegan Vienna

Confirmed carnivore and The Local's resident food writer Gaz Smith decides to cross to the dark side, and explores some of Vienna's vegan restaurants. He was pleasantly surprised by what he found. READ  

Red Cross officially declares Ukraine civil war

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. READ  

German of the Week
Should we all get €12,000 a year?
Martin Bohmeyer has not worked for money in six months. Photo: DPA

Should we all get €12,000 a year?

What would happen if everyone was suddenly paid €1,000 a month with no strings attached? "Let's try it," says Michael Bohmeyer, who raised the money through crowdfunding and will now experiment with the idea of a basic income for one year. READ  

VIDEO: Denmark's 'crazy terrifying' ride goes viral
The view down. Screenshot: Theme Park Review/YouTube

VIDEO: Denmark's 'crazy terrifying' ride goes viral

In just over a week, nearly two million YouTube viewers have taken a virtual ride on the Sky Tower at Aarhus's Tivoli Friheden. READ  

Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'
The latest map released by officials in Burkina Faso, showing the presumed site where the plane is believed to have come down. Photo: Airport of Ougadougou

Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'

An Air Algérie-operated flight carrying 116 people on board, including 51 French nationals, is believed to have crashed in Mali on Thursday. There have been unconfirmed reports that the wreckage of the plane has been found. READ  

Italian prison blasted over inmate 'happy hour'
The prison guards' union said a catering service and alcohol were offered to inmates. Happy hour photo: Shutterstock

Italian prison blasted over inmate 'happy hour'

A row has erupted in Milan over prison staff allegedly organizing regular "happy hour" nights for inmates, complete with alcohol and external guests, Italian media reported on Wednesday. READ  

Day 2: Norway terror warnings
Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Day 2: Norway terror warnings

UPDATED: Norway's nuclear facilities and a Jewish Museum in Oslo are the latest security closures amid the imminent terror threat to Norway announced on Thursday. READ  

Floods replace Swedish heatwave
The Viking Lines ferry pictured was ripped away from the dock as a result of the storm. Per Gustavsson / TT

Floods replace Swedish heatwave

The Swedish summer was washed away on Sunday as thunderstorms caused chaos in Stockholm, including torrents of water flooding down stairways at metro stations. READ  

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