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Franco finally stripped of mayor title by Catalan town
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Photo: AFP

Better late than never...

Why Nigeria is furious over Spain's wasteful tomato fiesta
Nigerians in the grip of a tomato blight are furious over Spanish wastefulness. Photo: AFP

A small town in eastern Spain has become the object of derision from Nigeria for its shocking wastefulness of tomatoes for the sole pursuit of fun.

Police sieze haul of elephant tusks from Madrid home
74 elephant tusks were discovered in the home. Photo: Spanish Civil Guard.

The Spanish Civil Guard discovered 74 elephant tusks at a residence in Madrid.

Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Archeologist Diego Garate with the cave paintings in Atxurra. Photo: bizkaia.eus

The once in a generation find has been hailed as one of Spain’s most important prehistoric discoveries.

Spain has 58 bathing spots that don't meet EU standards
Photo: AFP

But don't worry there are 1,821 bathing spots that meet the excellent quality standard.

Fleet of jets take Madrid fans to Champions League final
Atlético Madrid fans. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

More than 200 charter flights have been laid on to take fans to Milan for the all-Madrid final of the Champions League.

DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Iberian ancestry
Young Man of Byrsa. Reconstruction: University of Otago

The man likely came from modern day Spain or Portugal, researchers have revealed.

Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom
Saulo Sarmiento is a pole dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. Screen grab: Britain's Got Talent/YouTube

Saulo Sarmiento got pulses racing during his audition for Britain's Got Talent, but who is the man behind the moves?

Police backtrack over fine for 'All Cats Are Beautiful' bag
The offending bag and the fine issued over it. Photo: Bélen Lobeto

Police have admitted that perhaps the phrase "All Cats Are Beautiful" isn't quite as offensive as first thought.

Brit historian Mary Beard wins prestigious Spanish award
The award will go nicely with Beard's OBE (pictured above). Photo: John Stillwell/AFP

The British academic is to follow in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough, Bob Dylan and Margaret Atwood.

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Ten 'English' words adopted and adapted into Spanish
Friki is just one of the English sounding words to become slang in Spanish. Photo: Antonio David Fernández / Flickr

Have you ever noticed that some words used in Spanish seem familiar yet don't sound quite right?

Ten fascinating museums in Spain you REALLY must visit
The innovative NMAC foundation in southern Spain's Cádiz province features contemporay art in a former military installation. Photo: Guillermo Varela

To mark International Museum Day, The Local takes a look at ten museums in Spain, you may not have visited. But should.

7 incredible ways Spain has profoundly changed my life
Photo: Photo: Peter Zuco/Flickr

British travel blogger Lizzie Jones tells The Local how living in Spain changed her life.

Born on this day
Six surreal facts from the life of Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dalí was born on May 11th, 1904. Photo: AFP

To commemorate the fact that Salvador Dalí was born on this day in 1904, the Local takes a look at some of the more surreal aspects of his life.

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at same time
How do babies learn language? Photo: Irene Zaccari / Flickr

Is it confusing for babies to learn two languages simultaneously?

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British holidaymakers flock to Spain to avoid terror threat
Bookings to Spain are up by a quarter this year. Photo: AFP

More British tourists are set to spend their summer holidays in Spain as demand for sunshine breaks in Tunisia and Egypt declines over fears of violence.

5 reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Plaza Mayor, Cáceres, Extremadura. Photo: Tomás Fano/Flickr.

It may surprise you to learn that Extremadura has been tipped as one of Europe's top destinations for 2016.

Refugees arrive in Spain (but really want to be in Germany)
The Spanish Secretary of State Security and the Secretary General of Immigration and Emigration greet refugees newly arrived in Madrid. Photo: Spanish Interior Ministry.

Spain welcomed 20 new arrivals this week but some admit they hope it is just a stepping stone to their prefered destination: Germany.

Kitesurfer speared through ankle by fish off Costa Blanca
Photo: Marcos Gomez Mora / Juan Antonio Pujol / Cronicas Naturales de Torrevieja

A kitesurfer got a nasty surprise after a freak encounter with a fish off Torrevieja.

Squatters clash with police over Barcelona bank eviction
Police faced off against protesters on Monday night. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

There were riots for a second night in a row in the Gràcia neighbourhood of the city.

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A gift for Euroskeptics?
A choice between green and blue at the ballot. Photo: Monusco Photos/Wikimedia

Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine
File photo: Broad Bean Media

Decision by Basel education authorities comes after two Muslim boys refused to shake their female teacher's hand on religious grounds.

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6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
Photo: DPA

Leaving Munich can be a heart-wrenching experience. No German city rivals it for extremities of kitsch, good taste, beauty, and unabashed pride in its roots.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holder Mehvish Kiran said that her four children would not be able to adjust to life in Pakistan. Photo: Submitted

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

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