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Spain arrests Polish millionaire in arms bust
The gang sold more than 200,000 AK-47s, as well as missile launchers and tanks. Photo: AFP

Spanish police said Saturday they had arrested a Polish millionaire suspected of masterminding a ring that smuggled assault rifles and heavy weapons into South Sudan.

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Stag party bungee jump prank goes viral in Spain
Screen grab: Jaime Cuesta/YouTube

A group of friends made this stag think he was going bungee-jumping on his last night of freedom... but they had an entirely different plan in mind.

Spain pays €300m each year in pensions… to dead people
Photo: Paco Cameo / Flickr

Almost 30,000 Spaniards continue to receive a state pension despite the fact that they have died.

Catalan separatists overtake 'remainers' for the first time
People wave pro-independence Catalan flags. Photo: AFP

For the first time ever, the number of people in favour of an independent Catalonia has surpassed the number of those against.

Childless households are the new normal in Spain
More and more Spanish households are comprised of flatmates rather than families. Screen grab: YouTube

Spain is in the middle of a never-before-seen demographic shift.

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Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain's heatwave
A chimp slurps on frozen fruit as temperatures soar across Spain. Photo: Bioparc Valencia

Vegetable ice cream, fruit lollies and for the carnivores among them, generous helpings of frozen meat, this is how zoo animals across Spain have kept their cool this week.

Girl rescued after night spent adrift on surfboard off Spain
File photo of a girl with a surfboard. Photo: hjl/Flickr

The young woman could not beat the strong currents to make it back to shore.

Spain's new coach Lopetegui promises 'evolution'
Lopetegui during a press conference on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Newly named Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has already led Spain's youth teams to international success.

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10 super Spanish drinks everyone should try
Photo: Ignacio Palomo Duarte/Flickr

While we've all been tempted by the Spanish holiday classic of a chilled glass of sangria, Spain has much more to offer when it comes to tantalizing tipples. Here's The Local's guide to some of the best.

The Spanish Civil War and the Americans who fought in it
U.S volunteers in Spain, spring 1938. New York University's Abraham Lincoln Brigades Archives.

James D. Fernandez of New York University explains the convoluted legacy of the Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War.

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Gallery
Top ten: Spain's best natural swimming spots
Fancy taking the plunge in one of Spain's beautiful natural swimming pools? Photo: N4no/Flickr

The best place to bathe isn't always at the seaside!

Brexit
Seven burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Photo: AFP

Uncertainty has kicked in over Brexit and what it may mean for British expats living in Spain.

The ultimate guide to Madrid Gay Pride 2016
Photo: Missiz Me/Flickr.

From a two million-strong parade to fiestas across the city, the Madrid Gay Pride Festival 2016 promises to be one of the best yet. The Local takes a look at the highlights.

Opinion
Why we are part of the Brexit problem - and what to do
Photo: AFP

It’s been a long night, and for those of us Brits who have made our lives elsewhere in Europe, it will be a long road ahead writes The Local's managing editor James Savage.

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Ten Spanish 'false friends' you need to watch out for
This woman has been embarrassed for months. Photo: Flequi

Spanish is full of false friends and can sometimes be a linguistic minefield. The Local takes a look at some of the worst (and most amusing) offenders.

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Julen Lopetegui named as Spain's new football coach
Julen Lopetegui takes over La Roja. Photo: AFP

La Roja has a new football manager. Welcome Julien Lopetegui!

Couple plant bomb at Lidl to earn place in the Spanish sun
Photo: Terry King / Flickr

It must have sounded foolproof when they came up with it.

Spain seeks 'urgent' answers over Gib nuclear sub collision
Damage to HMS Ambush's conning tower could be seen as it arrived in Gibraltar. Photo: DM Parody / AFP

Spain has asked London for "urgent" explanations after a British nuclear submarine collided with a vessel off the coast of Gibraltar, forcing it to dock in the disputed territory.

Surfs Pup! Barcelona opens its first dog-friendly beach
One end of Barcelona's city beach has been given over to dogs. Photo: Nathan Rupert / Flickr

Barcelona has just opened its first beach area especially for dogs.

Tax returns reveal true extent of Spain's north-south divide
Pozuelo de Alarcón is the richest town in Spain. Photo: F de Halley/Wikimedia

New figures reveal Spain's richest towns are located around the country's two biggest cities: Madrid and Barcelona, while the poorest are located in the south of the country.

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From our other editions
Tattooist jailed for drawing penis instead of Yin Yang sign
Landesgericht St. Pölten

An Austrian woman who wanted a tattoo of a Yin Yang sign on her back was left in tears after a hobby tattooist decided to draw a penis and the word ‘Fuck’ there instead.

Police break up dispute over late-night laundry
File photo: Chris Marquardt

Neighbours come to blows over the sensitive Swiss issue of when to do your laundry...

Würzburg axe attack
Isis releases video of Bavaria train attacker making threats
An ambulance on the scene in Würzburg. Photo: DPA

Terror group Isis have released a video which apparently shows the teenager who attacked passengers with an axe on a train in Bavaria on Monday making threats.

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm
The CPR numbers and health information of 5.3 million residents was sent to a Chinese company. Photo: Colourbox

If you lived in Denmark between 2010 and 2012, it’s almost certain that your personal identification number (CPR number) and health information ended up in the hands of a Chinese company.

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