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Doctor to sue Ebola survivor for defamation
Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero (c) with Carlos III hospital colleagues following her recovery from Ebola. Photo: Pierre-Phillippe Marcou/AFP

Doctor to sue Ebola survivor for defamation

The doctor is angered by Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero's public statements to the effect that she had ignored an obvious Ebola infection risk. READ  

Brain drain
Lure of UK 'wearing off' for Spanish workers
Photo of London: Shutterstock

Lure of UK 'wearing off' for Spanish workers

The number of Spaniards signing on to the UK's national insurance scheme fell nine percent in the year to September, a sign that people from Spain may be turning their backs on the dream of a better life in Britain, UK-based property expert Borja Mateo told The Local. READ  

Carlos Slim to control Spain's struggling FCC
The deal follows months of talks with several potential investors, including with billionaire investor George Soros. Photo: AFP

Carlos Slim to control Spain's struggling FCC

Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, the world's second-richest man, has agreed to become the main shareholder in Spain's debt-laden builder FCC as part of a capital increase, FCC said on Thursday. READ  

Spanish PM under fire over corruption plans
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in parliament on Thursday. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Spanish PM under fire over corruption plans

Updated: the Spanish government's new plans to clean up politics in the country have been mocked by opposition parties the day after a scandal-hit minister was forced to resign over her links to a high-profile kickbacks scheme. READ  

Spain to keep prehistoric Altamira cave open
The Altamira cave is one of the world's most important sites for prehistoric rock paintings. Altamira cave art Photo:. Shutterstock

Spain to keep prehistoric Altamira cave open

The Spanish government has assured Unesco that the reintroduction of controlled visits hasn't damaged the famous rock paintings at the country's important Altamira cave site. READ  

Video: 'fascist' bulldog’s salute goes viral
The French bulldog rolls over and plays dead when its owner mentions Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spain’s up-and-coming Podemos party. Screen grab: Tómatelo con Humor/YouTube

Video: 'fascist' bulldog’s salute goes viral

The left-wing leader of Spain's Podemos party says he is amused by the antics of Benito, a French bulldog who plays dead when his owner mentions the politician's name. READ  

Spanish shops embrace Black Friday sales
Photo of busy mall Photo: Shutterstock

Spanish shops embrace Black Friday sales

Customers will get a chance to do some early Christmas shopping on the cheap in the coming days as Spanish stores copy the US tradition of post-Thanksgiving sales. READ  

Seized Greenpeace ship leaves Canary Islands
Photo: Remko de Waal/ANP/AFP

Seized Greenpeace ship leaves Canary Islands

A Greenpeace ship impounded by Spain earlier this month as it protested oil exploration off the Canary Islands was allowed to leave on Wednesday after payment of a €50,000 ($63,000) bond, a sum they expect to see refunded, the group told The Local. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Catalan self-rule plans 'road to nowhere': PM
Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Catalan self-rule plans 'road to nowhere': PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called plans by the Catalan government to hold early elections as part of a push to gain independence from Spain "a step to nowhere". READ  

Health minister steps down over graft probe
The judge did not name Ana Mato as an official suspect in the corruption case but said he she benefitted from alleged illegal activity. File photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Health minister steps down over graft probe

Spain's health minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after a judge ruled she had benefitted from alleged illegal dealings carried out by her former husband as part of Spain's infamous Gürtel kickbacks scandal. READ  

Features
The Local List
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  

JobTalk Spain
'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  

Spanish Face of the Week
I paid for 'love flights' to Canaries: Politician
The president of Spains' Extremadura region, José Antonio Monago, said he would not resign and "give in to the bad guys". File photo: PP Madrid/Flickr

I paid for 'love flights' to Canaries: Politician

The president of Spain's Extremadura region on Friday said he was the victim of a "political lynching" after critics accused him of spending public money for flights to the Canary Islands to visit his attractive Colombian lover. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Spain's weirdest place names
A warm welcome may not be forthcoming in the Spanish town of Adiós (Goodbye) Photo of two women: Shutterstock

Top ten: Spain's weirdest place names

How does a long weekend in the village of Malcocinado (Undercooked) grab you? What about Venta de Pantalones (Trousers Stall)? Welcome to the wonderful world of weird Spanish place names! READ  

My Spanish Career
'Spain is getting taste for foreign food'
Madrid-based chef Moustafa Moussaoui says you should make hiring a business consultant (gestor) part of your investment plan.

'Spain is getting taste for foreign food'

After stints in locations as diverse as Caracas and Kazakhstan, this versatile chef has now bitten the bullet by setting up a catering business in Madrid. Meet Belgium's Moustafa Moussaoui, aka Mousse. READ  

More News
Google Maps 'undeletes' famous Cordoba mosque
The building is referred to as the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Unesco's World Heritage Site listing and is considered an iconic example of Moorish architecture. Image: Google Maps

Google Maps 'undeletes' famous Cordoba mosque

Google has backtracked on a recent decision to alter the name of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba to 'Cordoba Cathedral' in its online map service after thousands of angry citizens started a petition on the campaign website Change.org. READ  

Traffickers torch 'hashish ship' off Spain
Officials have seized over 100 tonnes of hashish from ships in the eastern Mediterranean since June 2013. Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

Traffickers torch 'hashish ship' off Spain

Drug traffickers tried to set fire to their own ship to get rid of tonnes of hashish on board after being intercepted by a Spanish navy ship, the Spanish government said on Tuesday. READ  

Riot cops star in Down Syndrome calendar
The calendar features children with Down Syndrome in action scenes with police officers from different units. Photo: Carracosa

Riot cops star in Down Syndrome calendar

The head of the riot squad in Madrid for Spain's national police force has enlisted his colleagues to pose for a charity calendar in support of the city's Down Syndrome Foundation. READ  

'Plastic wrap pirates' terrorize airport staff
Safebag, licenced to operate bag-wrapping services in Spanish airports, claims the jobs of 60 to 70 workers have been put at risk. Photo: Flickr/Per-Olof Forsberg

'Plastic wrap pirates' terrorize airport staff

Staff at Madrid's Barajas airport are threatening to go on strike after allegedly being violently intimidated by a roving gang of 50 people who offer an unauthorized luggage shrink-wrap service to travellers. READ  

We can't hide truth on Spain abuse case: Pope
Pope Francis addresses the assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday. Photo: COE/AFP

We can't hide truth on Spain abuse case: Pope

Pope Francis on Tuesday spoke up about an alleged paeodophile ring involving priests in Spain's Granada province, confirming he had instigated the investigation and saying the truth about the matter had to come out. READ  

Majorca: pit bulls 'ate body of owner then died'
The bodies were discovered in a caravan parked near a sewage treatment plant. Photo of caravan; Shutterstock

Majorca: pit bulls 'ate body of owner then died'

Two pit bull terriers ate the body of their 65-year-old German owner after he died of natural causes inside his mobile home on the Spanish island of Majorca, then died themselves. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Catalan leader unveils 2016 independence plan
The president of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas (R) with his wife Helena Rakosnik in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Catalan leader unveils 2016 independence plan

The head of the regional Catalan government, Artur Mas, said on Tuesday he wants to hold early elections in the region as the first step in plans aimed at Catalonia becoming independent from Spain in 2016. READ  

Messi breaks Champions League goal record
Messi recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut with the Catalan giants, a period which has seen him win 21 trophies. Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

Messi breaks Champions League goal record

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi became the all time leading goalscorer in the Champions League just four days after achieving the same feat in La Liga with his 72nd goal in the competition against APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday. READ  

What's on in Spain: December 2014
Bonfires will blaze all over Spain to light up the longest night of the year on December 21st. Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

What's on in Spain: December 2014

As the countdown to the new year in Spain begins, The Local rounds up the best sports, arts and cultural activities in the country to keep you entertained during the short days of December. READ  

Ring 'smuggled Syrians into Europe via Spain'
Police said they opened their investigation in April after detecting the "suspicious" entry of various Syrian nationals at Madrid's airport. File photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Ring 'smuggled Syrians into Europe via Spain'

Spanish police said on Tuesday they have broken up a human trafficking ring that smuggled desperate families fleeing the conflict in Syria into Europe, charging up to €10,000 ($12,500) per person. READ  

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Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens
Heinz-Christian Strache (R). Photo: APA/Harald Schneider, Herbert P. Oczeret

Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens

The right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has said it wants to be able to “counter Islamist tendencies” in Vienna’s kindergartens. READ  

Swiss Christmas market season set to kick off
Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, outside his Rochers de Naye 'home' overlooking Lake Geneva. Photo: Montreux tourism office

Swiss Christmas market season set to kick off

The season to be jolly in Switzerland is getting under way in earnest on Friday when some of the country’s most famous Christmas markets open for business. READ  

Police arrest man over Russia-proof bunker
Weapons found by police in the bunker. Photo: DPA

Police arrest man over Russia-proof bunker

Police in Kelheim said on Friday they had arrested a man who hoarded guns, ammunition and bomb-making material in a nuclear-proof family bunker he built fearing an attack by Russia. READ  

Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans
The Danish Immigration Service spent over two weeks in Eritrea on a fact finding mission. Photo: David Stanley/Flickr

Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans

After a major fact finding mission, Denmark will no longer give blanket asylum to Eritreans fleeing their country's authoritarian rule. READ  

Frenchman develops scented flatulence pills
Christian Poincheval, the man behind the scented-flatulence pills. Photo: Pilulepet.com

Frenchman develops scented flatulence pills

A Frenchman may have come up with the perfect solution to one of life's major problems after he claimed to have invented a pill that makes bodily gases smell like roses and chocolate. READ  

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'
Reckless tourists defacing Italy’s priceless monuments have become something of an occupational hazard for authorities. Photo: Aaron Logan

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'

A Russian tourist has been arrested for allegedly carving the letter K on a wall of the Colosseum. READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral
Student Patricia Spång Lundahl holds the sign 'Jimmie sent the rest home' in the protest school photo. Photo. Private

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral

A protest school photo by Swedish students to highlight the anti-immigration polices of the Sweden Democrats has generated a storm on social media. READ  

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