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Barcelona school attack
Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona
Police officers stand guard outside Joan Fuster secondary school in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona

UPDATED: Police have detained a 13-year-old after a teacher was shot dead with a crossbow and several others injured in a Barcelona secondary school. READ  

Barcelona school attack
What we know about the crossbow killer
Emergency service members outside Joan Fuster school, Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

What we know about the crossbow killer

A 13-year-old secondary school pupil armed with a crossbow and machete killed a teacher and injured four others on Monday in Barcelona in the first ever such incident in Spain. READ  

My Spanish Career
'If the surf's up I head straight to the beach'
Morgan Howie surfing at El Sardinero (La Concha) Santander

'If the surf's up I head straight to the beach'

In the latest installment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Morgan Howie, an American surf enthusiast and graphic designer who traded land-locked Columbus, Ohio for windswept Cantabria. READ  

Yanis Varoufakis: 'I am a reluctant politician'
Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, dislikes his popularity. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Yanis Varoufakis: 'I am a reluctant politician'

While Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has established quite a fanbase since taking up the post, he has revealed that the personality cult surrounding him "is unpleasant" in an interview on Spanish television. READ  

UK General Election
Expats face deadline to register for UK election
Time is nearly out to register for UK election. Photo: AFP

Expats face deadline to register for UK election

British expats across Europe have until midnight on Monday to register to vote in the upcoming UK general election. Here's how to do it. It only takes a matter of minutes. READ  

Nobel writer Vargas Llosa backs Islam critic
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. Photo: Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Nobel writer Vargas Llosa backs Islam critic

Nobel-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa on Sunday praised Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women's rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, calling her "one of the most valuable" adversaries of "Islamic fanatics". READ  

Migrant boat tragedy
Rajoy urges EU to take action after latest tragedy
A boat tarnsporting migrants arrives at port of Messini, Sicily after a rescue operation April 18th. Photo:Giovanni Isolino / AFP

Rajoy urges EU to take action after latest tragedy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday urged the EU to do more to prevent further loss of life at sea after 700 migrants were feared drowned in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. READ  

Real suffer double blow ahead of Atletico clash
Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Real suffer double blow ahead of Atletico clash

Real Madrid suffered two injury blows ahead of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric hobbled off during their 3-1 win over Malaga on Saturday. READ  

Canaries pollution fears after trawler sinks
The port of Las Palmas. Photo: Pneumanan

Canaries pollution fears after trawler sinks

Bad weather Friday hampered efforts to prevent the spreading of an oil leak from a Russian trawler that sank near the Canary Islands, Spanish rescuers said. READ  

Two 'most wanted' Brits nabbed within 24 hrs
Photo: Crimestoppers

Two 'most wanted' Brits nabbed within 24 hrs

Two suspected drug traffickers who featured in the Operation Captura fugitive campaign have been arrested in the space of 24 hours. READ  

Features
Gallery: Almodóvar's most iconic leading ladies
Almodóvar unveils cast for latest film 'Silencio'
Pedro Almodóvar at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

Almodóvar unveils cast for latest film 'Silencio'

Celebrated Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has unveiled the cast for his next film, Silencio, including his two new "chicas Almodóvar". READ  

In pics
Battle of the cities: Madrid vs Manchester
Tonymadrid Photography and Bryan Ledgard

Battle of the cities: Madrid vs Manchester

In a vicious war of words, "ugly" Manchester has been pitted against "miserable" Madrid. Who will be victorious in the battle of the cities? The Local finds out... READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Madrid Podemos rally
Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march
Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march

Not just young radicals: Spaniards of all ages and backgrounds came out in their thousands to support a left-wing political party currently making waves in Spain. The Local caught up with some of them to find out why they are such big fans of Podemos. READ  

Opinion

The five strangest things about Spaniards

After two years at the helm of The Local Spain, George Mills is moving on. Here he reflects on some of the most puzzling aspects of life in a country he believes is one of the greatest places to live in the world. READ  

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Ibiza animal lover in dog house over 101 pets

Ibiza animal lover in dog house over 101 pets

An Ibiza animal lover has been reported for the noise produced by the estimated 70 dogs and 30 cats that she rescued and kept at her home. READ  

Spaniards have highest life expectancy in Europe

Spaniards have highest life expectancy in Europe

A new study has revealed that Spaniards live the longest in Europe, to an average of 83 years old, while Spanish mothers are the oldest on the continent, delaying having their first child until they reach 30. READ  

Italian dad on run with newborn found in Spain
If you see Enzo Costanza contact the police. Photo:Carabinieri

Italian dad on run with newborn found in Spain

Police in Spain have tracked down an Italian father who abandoned his wife outside a toy shop near Turin and fled with his new born son. READ  

Assad warns that Spain attack was 'tip of iceberg'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pictured in Damascus in January 2015. Photo: AFP

Assad warns that Spain attack was 'tip of iceberg'

In an interview with a Swedish newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Spain’s terrorist attacks ten years ago, as well as those in London and the recent Charlie Hebdo shootings are just "the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to terrorism in Europe. READ  

Spain must allow asylum requests at border: EU
The EU urged Spain on Thursday to allow migrants trying to enter its north African enclaves to present their asylum requests without having to scale border fences.

Spain must allow asylum requests at border: EU

The EU urged Spain on Thursday to allow migrants trying to enter its north African enclaves to present their asylum requests without having to scale border fences. READ  

Home of Ex-IMF chief searched in fraud probe
Former IMF head and ex economy minister with Spain's ruling conservative party Rodrigo Rato. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Home of Ex-IMF chief searched in fraud probe

Spanish tax office agents on Thursday searched the Madrid home of former IMF head Rodrigo Rato, who has already been charged in two graft cases, as part of a new money-laundering probe. READ  

Alps plane crash
Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash
President Joachim Gauck stands before the altar in Cologne Cathedral on Friday. Photo: DPA

Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash

Hundreds of bereaved relatives and world leaders gathered in Cologne on Friday for a memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash. READ  

Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum
Woody Allen, who is to be honoured with a museum about his life and work in Barcelona. Photo: Thomas Samson.

Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum

It has museums devoted to Dali, Picasso and Miro but now Barcelona is set to honour an artist of a different kind, by opening the first museum dedicated exclusively to Woody Allen. READ  

Rajoy more hated than Franco among youth
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is more unpopular than Franco among young Spaniards. Photo: AFP.

Rajoy more hated than Franco among youth

A survey of Millennials in Spain has revealed that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is a more hated figure than the Francisco Franco, who imposed a 36-year fascist dictatorship. READ  

MasterChef hopeful mauled over 'lion' dish
Photo of the dish "Lion eats prawn". Screen grab: Isabel Ramirez/YouTube

MasterChef hopeful mauled over 'lion' dish

A contestant on Spain's version of MasterChef was accused of "insulting" behaviour and unceremoniously kicked off in the first round for presenting his dish, entitled "lion eats prawn". READ  

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Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

The city of Salzburg has confirmed that it will outlaw begging in many parts of the city centre, as well as in markets and cemeteries. The local government will agree on the terms of the ban by May 20th. READ  

Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event
Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event

Zurich city police are investigating an accident caused by an exploding fire cracker that injured eight people, including an 11-year-old boy, following the burning of the Böögg snowman in a traditional ceremony to bid farewell to winter. READ  

German is world's fourth most popular language
An international German class point to where they are from on the map. Photo: DPA

German is world's fourth most popular language

After 15 years of research and a 1,300 page book on the subject, sociolinguistics professor Dr. Ulrich Ammon found that German is surprisingly popular with language learners all over the world. READ  

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture
Artists' illustration of how the sculpture will look when placed in Kultorvet. Photo: Invivia/Folkedrab100

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture

Plans to install a sculpture commemorating the Armenian Genocide in one of Copenhagen's busiest squares have Turkish officials up in arms. READ  

When French tourists behave badly abroad
A quokka in western Australia. Photo: OzinOH/Flickr

When French tourists behave badly abroad

As two French tourists are fined for burning a small Australian mammal, we take a look at some of the worst examples of the French misbehaving abroad - including orgies in Pompeii to near-naked dancing in Roman fountains... READ  

How to live in Italy without speaking Italian
Jay Desind has lived in Italy for three years. Photo: Jay Desind

How to live in Italy without speaking Italian

Jay Desind, a writer from the US, talks to The Local about moving to Padua and living life without speaking Italian. READ  

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway
The mystery worms spotted lying on the snow by Karstein Erstad on Sunday. Photo: Karstein Erstad

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads. READ  

The Local investigates
Why is Sweden top in the world for expat families?
Is Sweden one of the best places to raise children? Photo: Martin Svalander/imagebank.sweden.se

Why is Sweden top in the world for expat families?

With inexpensive childcare and generous parental leave, Sweden is often painted as a family paradise. As the Nordic country once again comes out top in a poll of where in the world is best for raising children, three families tell The Local about their ups and downs of expat life in Sweden. READ  

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