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Fight against fanaticism not over: Spanish PM
Auschwitz survivors walk through the gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp as they arrive to attend festivities to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation on Tuesday. Pho

Fight against fanaticism not over: Spanish PM

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned about the dangers of religious intolerance and fanaticism. READ  

Spain planned to invade Australia in 1790s
The Spanish Armada, which set off to invade England in 1588. Photo: Themadchopper/Wikimedia.

Spain planned to invade Australia in 1790s

Spain planned to invade British colonies in Australia in the 1790s with a 100-ship armada, recently unearthed Spanish naval documents reveal. READ  

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'The age of financial privacy is over'
Unsuspecting Americans have been hit hard by FATCA. Photo: Shutterstock

'The age of financial privacy is over'

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA. READ  

Wikileaks slams Google 'attack on journalism'
Baltasar Garzón slammed Google's action as "illegal and unacceptable" Photo:Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Wikileaks slams Google 'attack on journalism'

A controversial Spanish former magistrate has tackled Google over its handing of data from Wikileaks, the secrets-spilling website, to the FBI. READ  

Prison staff accused in sex abuse scandal
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Prison staff accused in sex abuse scandal

Four members of staff at a Spanish prison, who are accused of sexually abusing seven inmates as well as bringing alcohol and drugs into the prison illegally, are set to appear before a judge on Friday. READ  

PM denies knowledge of party slush fund
The reemergence of the claims about a secret ruling party slush fund come at a difficult time for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with general elections set to be held in Spain later in 2015. Fil

PM denies knowledge of party slush fund

The Spanish Prime Minister has once again denied accusations made by the former treasurer of his ruling Popular Party that he knew about the existence of a secret party slush fund and even received under-the-table payments from the pool of money. READ  

Transsexual Spaniard meets Pope in Vatican
A private meeting was held at 5pm on Saturday at Saint Martha's House in the Vatican. Photo: Johannes Müller/Wikicommons

Transsexual Spaniard meets Pope in Vatican

A transsexual Spanish man met with the Pope over the weekend, it emerged on Tuesday, according to Spanish press reports. READ  

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base
A Greek fighter jet crashes on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain while taking part in NATO exercises on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 16. Photo: Josema Moreno/AFP

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

Updated: Nine French and two Greek nationals were killed on Monday when a fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots. READ  

Nadal knocked out of Australian Open
Rafael Nadal reacts after losing his tennis match against Michael Berrer of Germany in Qatar's ExxonMobil Open on January 6th. File photo: AFP

Nadal knocked out of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal did not look for excuses after a limp Australian Open exit to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, one of the worst Grand Slam performances in his long career. READ  

Ebola survivor nurse adopts new puppy
Teresa Romero leaving hospital in November after being cured of Ebola Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Ebola survivor nurse adopts new puppy

The Madrid nurse who was devastated after authorities put down her dog as a precautionary measure has rescued a new pet. READ  

Features
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  

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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  

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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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Top travel highlights in Spain for 2015
Where will 2015 take you? Photo of a traveller

Top travel highlights in Spain for 2015

Looking for a Spain holiday with a difference in 2015? Then look no further. The Local has rounded up some of the most interesting travel options the country has to offer in 2015, no matter what kind of traveller you are. READ  

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Fifa probe Real Madrid over underage signings
Real Madrid football team on January 24th 2015. Photo:Cristina Quicler/AFP

Fifa probe Real Madrid over underage signings

Real Madrid director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has insisted the European champions will collaborate with Fifa over any investigation into their recruiting of players under the age of 18. READ  

Zara boss snaps up Madrid landmark
Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

Zara boss snaps up Madrid landmark

Amancio Ortega, Spain's richest man and the head of the fashion empire Inditex, has bought a massive building in Madrid's iconic Gran Vía, a move which will see him become the landlord of several rival fashion brands. READ  

Spain could grow 2.5% in 2015: Economy minister
Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos said the government knows the current forecast of two percent is lower than the market consensus. Photo: AFP

Spain could grow 2.5% in 2015: Economy minister

Spain's recovering economy could grow as much as 2.5 percent this year if oil prices and the euro stay low, the economy minister said in an interview published on Monday. READ  

Galicia: homesick horse causes traffic chaos
File photo of a horse: Shutterstock

Galicia: homesick horse causes traffic chaos

A horse caused havoc along the roads of the Galician town of Carballo at the weekend, when the mare decided to escape its current home and make the dangerous journey back to its original owner. READ  

IN PICS: Galicia's flour bombing fest
People taking part in the annual 'flour fest' in the Galician town of Xinzo de Limia on Sunday January 25th. Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

IN PICS: Galicia's flour bombing fest

Crowds gathered in the Galician town of Xinzo de Limia over the weekend to celebrate 'Floury Sunday', an annual festival that marks the beginning of a month of festivals in the northern Spanish province. READ  

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  

King pays respects to late Saudi monarch
Spain's King Felipe, pictured in December 2014, visited Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

King pays respects to late Saudi monarch

King Felipe travelled to Saudi Arabia at the weekend to pay tribute to the country's late king, Abdullah, who died on Friday. The Spanish king also met with Saudi Arabia's new monarch, Abdullah's brother, Salman. READ  

Podemos hails Syriza victory in Greece
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens on Sunday. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

Podemos hails Syriza victory in Greece

Spain's anti-austerity party hailed on Sunday its Greek radical left-wing ally Syriza which appeared on course for a stunning election victory. READ  

FOCUS: IMF praises Spain's 'virtuous circle'
Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish populist left party Podemos, who the IMF warns threaten the recovery. Photo: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

FOCUS: IMF praises Spain's 'virtuous circle'

Spain has emerged from a devastating crisis and entered a "virtuous circle" with faster growth than its neighbours, but the IMF warns that high unemployment and the rise of populist parties still threaten the recovery. READ  

Hundreds protest ETA terrorist releases
People hold a Spanish flag as thousands gather Plaza de Colon in Madrid during a demonstration called by the Victims of Terrorism Association (AVT) association in Madrid. Photo: DANI POZO / AFP

Hundreds protest ETA terrorist releases

Hundreds of Spaniards rallied in Madrid on Saturday accusing the government of betraying them by allowing the release of jailed convicts from the armed Basque separatist group ETA. READ  

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Man leaves baby on U6 metro
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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  

Switzerland tops global cost of living study
Countries in brown have highest costs, according to data. Map: Movehub.com

Switzerland tops global cost of living study

A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway. READ  

Judge: Landlords can't stop men standing to pee
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Judge: Landlords can't stop men standing to pee

Splashy urinators may now micturate in peace, after a man won a court battle against his landlord for the right to tinkle as nature intended. READ  

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Ten Danish words the world should start using
Impress your friends by casually dropping one of these ten Danish words into your next conversation. Photo: Colourbox

Ten Danish words the world should start using

Danish is a tough language, but it has some real gems. We guide you through ten Danish words that are just so good that we should all start using them. READ  

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The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris
There are no-go zones in the City of Light after all. Photo: AFP

The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris

Fox News came under fire recently for listing areas in Paris they claimed were "no-go zones". But what do they know? We've listed the real places in the City of Light that you'd want to avoid. Although they're more "don't-go" zones than "no-go". READ  

Another nun gives birth in Italy
The nun was taken to the maternity ward, where her waters broke and she gave birth. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Another nun gives birth in Italy

A nun has given birth in Italy after going to hospital with a stomach ache, a year after a similar case in a country still strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. READ  

Norway ranks second for cost of living
Staff celebrate a Michelin star for Ylajali in Oslo. We suspect they didn't have to pay for the meal. Photo: Erlend Aas/NTB Scanpix

Norway ranks second for cost of living

A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway. READ  

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Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden
Swedes love getting married...and divorced. Photo: Sonia Jansson/Image Bank Sweden

Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden

Dating is relatively new to Sweden - bumping into a new partner at a night club or getting off with a colleague is a more common way into a relationship. But if you are single, here are ten unique (and often untranslatable) Swedish words you should know about. READ  

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