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'We're going to occupy Gibraltar': radical union
Cañamero (left) is known as “the right-hand man of Gordillo”, the village mayor of a “communist utopia” in Spain’s largely agricultural Andalusia region. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP

'We're going to occupy Gibraltar': radical union

A Spanish trade union with a proven track record of land-grabs and close links to Spain's 'Robin Hood' have announced on Facebook their plans to occupy The Rock on August 29th. READ  

Child minding chores make grandparents sick
Half of Spanish grandparents spend at least six hours a day with their grandchildren. Photo of grandfather and grandchildren: Shutterstock

Child minding chores make grandparents sick

Young children in Spain could be making their grandparents depressed, a group representing the country's elderly warned recently, saying older people are at risk of being overworked. READ  

Spain's 'most stupid driver' gets 6 months jail
In the 36-second YouTube video, the young man can be seen grinning and talking to a non-existent driver. Screen grab: YouTube

Spain's 'most stupid driver' gets 6 months jail

A 20-year-old man who was arrested by police after posting a YouTube video of himself driving from the passenger seat on a highway near Barcelona has been given a six-month suspended sentence. READ  

Video
Spain's flamenco priest wins new fans for church
Father Pepe’s unusual style of devotion involves challenging female churchgoers to a flamenco face-off. Photo: YouTube

Spain's flamenco priest wins new fans for church

A 66-year-old priest from the southern Spanish city of Malaga is drawing in new followers with his unique style of worship: flamenco dancing from the pulpit. READ  

'Leave Libya now': Spain warns nationals
A picture taken on July 24th shows smoke billowing from an area near Tripoli's international airport during fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

'Leave Libya now': Spain warns nationals

Spain's foreign affairs ministry is warning nationals to leave Libya immediately as the security situation in the North African country worsens, with terrorist attacks threatened. READ  

Spain's opposition fights to win back voters
The new Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez waves as he arrives to take part in the PSOE extraordinary congress in Madrid on Saturday. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/A

Spain's opposition fights to win back voters

The new leader of Spain's embattled main opposition Socialist (PSOE) Party vowed Sunday during his inaugural speech to lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country "back on track". READ  

Spanish cops bust human trafficking ring

Spanish cops bust human trafficking ring

Spanish police said Sunday they had smashed a ring suspected of trafficking people, mainly Cubans, from Spain to the United States through Mexico, with the arrest of 14 people. READ  

Barcelona: A new haven for cannabis smokers
A picture taken on July 9, 2014 shows a member of the Catalan Federation of Cannabis Association smoking marijuana in Barcelona. AFP Photo/Lluis Gene

Barcelona: A new haven for cannabis smokers

Hundreds of cannabis clubs are cropping up all over Barcelona thanks to owners exploiting a legal loophole, which doesn't penalise people for setting up smokers' associations. READ  

Catalan leader sorry for foreign money stash
Former President of Catalonia Jordi Pujol poses during an interview with AFP in Barcelona on May 26, 2014. AFP Photo/Quique Garcia

Catalan leader sorry for foreign money stash

A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake." READ  

Spaniards more positive on jobs growth: Poll
Many Spaniards are not yet feeling the benefits of improvements at the macroeconomic level. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spaniards more positive on jobs growth: Poll

Almost half of all Spaniards still think the country's job situation is going to get worse before it improves but optimism is growing, the results of a new European Union poll released on Friday reveal. READ  

Features
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  

Spanish Face of the Week
From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace
Let's Gowex founder Jenaro García. Screen grab: YouTube

From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace

Just weeks ago, the head of Spanish Wi-Fi firm Let's Gowex was being hailed as a business visionary. Now he's facing court after it emerged he cooked the company books. Meet the disgraced founder of Let's Gowex Jenaro García. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Spain's graduates 'not workplace ready': OECD

Spain's graduates 'not workplace ready': OECD

Spain's university graduates leave "a lot to be desired" when it comes to basic skills like reading comprehension and maths knowledge, the head of the OECD warned during a conference in Madrid on Monday. READ  

More News
Air Algérie crash
Five things you need to know about Swiftair
A Swiftair ATR 72 in Lanzarote in Spain's Canary Islands. Photo: Alec Wilson

Five things you need to know about Swiftair

The day after a plane owned by Spanish aviation firm Swiftair crashed in West Africa details of the Madrid-based company that leased the aircraft to Air Algérie are beginning to emerge. Here are five things we've learned so far. READ  

Seville cracks down on noisy domino players
The new measures will also look to clamp down on unnecessary car engine revving and loud TVs in restaurant terraces. Photo: Diego Urdaneta/AFP

Seville cracks down on noisy domino players

Authorities in the southern Spanish city of Seville have taken the unusual decision to ban dominoes and dice games in outdoor cafe areas, as part of a wider plan to crack down on noise in the city. READ  

Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down
Playhouse club and Carnage Magaluf (not pictured), the firm organizing the bar crawl, will also have to pay a €55,000 fine. File Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down

A nightclub in the notorious Spanish holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca has been forced to close for a year by local authorities following a sex-for-drinks scandal which made international headlines. READ  

Air Algérie plane was not shot down: France
French soldiers standing by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017. Photo: ECPAD/AFP

Air Algérie plane was not shot down: France

The wreckage of the missing Air Algerie flight has been found and authorities say survivors are unlikely. Meanwhile France is ruling out the possibility the jet was shot down, saying bad weather is thus far the apparent cause. READ  

Official: Spanish women are Europe’s hottest
Spanish journalist Sara Carbonero, the wife of Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Photo: Franck Fife/Fife

Official: Spanish women are Europe’s hottest

Spanish women have come out top in a new survey looking at people's preferred nationality when it comes to finding their dream partner. READ  

Spain's new royals spend big on airplane food
Segovian suckling pig (Spain’s finest) is on the royal plane menu. Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP, Puroticorico/Flickr

Spain's new royals spend big on airplane food

Spain's government is set to double the plane food budget for the country's ministers and monarchs, with everything from suckling pig to Iberian ham and melon on the menu. READ  

Moroccan youths stone Spanish paedophile
Under Moroccan criminal law, sex offenders are punished by up to 30 years in prison. Photo: Khalid Albaih

Moroccan youths stone Spanish paedophile

A Spanish tourist in Marrakech has been stoned by a group of youngsters who caught him sexually abusing a young boy. READ  

Santiago train driver apologizes one year on
Francisco Jose Garzon Amo survived the crash which caused 79 deaths on July 24th 2013. Photo: Xoana A. Soler Monica Ferreiros / La Voz de Galicia / AFP.

Santiago train driver apologizes one year on

A year after a train flew off the tracks on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, the driver on Thursday asked for forgiveness in an open letter to the victims. READ  

Gaza crisis: Spaniards stage anti-Israel protest
About 400 demonstrators, many of them waving Palestinian flags in red, white, green and black, chanted "murderers" as police looked on. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Gaza crisis: Spaniards stage anti-Israel protest

Several hundred protesters demanded a halt to Israel's ground offensive in Gaza during a peaceful demonstration on Thursday outside the Israeli embassy in Madrid. READ  

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers
Angel Fenoll was found guilty of 11 tax crimes, each accounting for three years behind bars. Photo: YouTube

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers

A waste management tycoon who fooled Spain's tax office with fake invoices has been handed a 35-year jail sentence, a harsher punishment than most murderers receive. READ  

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From our other editions:
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  

Seven German family members killed in Gaza
An Israeli strike on Gaza City on Monday. Photo: DPA

Seven German family members killed in Gaza

UPDATE: Seven members of a German family living in Gaza City were killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday evening. 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  

Report - 'Little Jerusalem'
'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'
Police in Sarcelles face-off with rioters who targeted the Jewish community in Sarcelles, to the north of Paris. Photo: AFP

'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country. 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  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

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