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Lionel Messi equals La Liga scoring record
Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Lionel Messi equals La Liga scoring record

Lionel Messi matched a 59-year-old record with his 251st La Liga goal to equal Telmo Zarra's mark as the leading goalscorer in the history of the Spanish top flight. READ  

Royal affairs
Spain farewells 'rebel' Duchess of Alba
The duchess' body will be cremated and her ashes placed in a side altar of Seville's massive Gothic cathedral, the world's third largest church. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain farewells 'rebel' Duchess of Alba

Tens of thousands of mourners packed Seville's Gothic cathedral and lined nearby streets on Friday for the funeral of Spain's flamboyant Duchess of Alba, the world's most-titled aristocrat, who died on Thursday aged 88. READ  

Ten great quotes about Spain
Ernest Hemingway, pictured here with his wife Mary Welsh, had plenty to say about Spain. Photo: AFP

Ten great quotes about Spain

Who said Africa begins in the Pyrenees, and what is the thing that George Orwell found so easy to come by during his Spanish sojourn? Find out in The Local's list of ten great quotes about Spain. READ  

Suspected Eta forger detained in Germany
Photo of passport: Shutterstock

Suspected Eta forger detained in Germany

German state prosecutors on Friday said they have taken a Spanish national suspected of forging identification papers for Basque terrorist movement ETA while working at a university into custody. READ  

Spain grants citizenship to 'Ebola heroes'
Paciencia Melgar donated her blood to be used in the treatment of Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain grants citizenship to 'Ebola heroes'

Spain on Friday awarded Spanish citizenship to two African missionaries who helped ensure the recovery of Madrid-based nursing assistant Teresa Romero. READ  

Spanish face of the week
Spain’s favourite singer finally behind bars
Isabel Pantoja's life has been public property since she began singing as a child in Seville. Here seen in concert in 2007. Photo: Cristina Quicler / AFP

Spain’s favourite singer finally behind bars

Isabel Pantoja, known as "Spain's widow" after her bullfighter husband's death, began serving a two-year prison term on Friday for money laundering after a seemingly endless series of last-ditch court appeals were rejected. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Prosecutor files criminal suit against Catalan boss
The president of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas, showing his ballot before casting it to vote in Barcelona on November 9th. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Prosecutor files criminal suit against Catalan boss

Updated: Catalonia's embattled president has criticized the state prosecutor-general's lodging of a criminal complaint against him over alleged offenses including abuse of power for holding a symbolic vote on independence in the Spanish region. READ  

34% of Spain's workers on €645 minimum wage

34% of Spain's workers on €645 minimum wage

Just over a third of all Spanish employees earned the country's minimum wage of €9,034 ($11,200) in 2013, with almost all workers under 25 having to make do with that amount, official figures published on Thursday show. READ  

Environment
'Out-of-control tourism' hurting wild Ibiza
Posidonia oceanica, commonly known as Neptune Grass or Mediterranean tapeweed, covers only three percent of the Mediterranean basin. Photo: Boris Horvat / AFP

'Out-of-control tourism' hurting wild Ibiza

Rampant tourism is threatening the coastline of the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza while other major wilderness areas are also being seriously neglected by Spanish authorities, a new study shows. READ  

Actor killed after creepy 'Facebook warning'
Koldo Losada's face was familiar to Spaniards after appearances in hit TV series including Cuéntame and Águila Roja. Photo: AnaLopezAcotres/YouTube

Actor killed after creepy 'Facebook warning'

Police have arrested the long-term partner of Spanish TV star Koldo Losada after the actor's bloody body was found in their Bilbao flat along with corpse of their dog. READ  

Features
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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  

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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  

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Ebola outbreak
Ebola scare: Spanish aid worker repatriated
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (R) meets health workers on Monday in the village of Kouremale near the border with Guinea. Photo: Habibou Kouyate/AFP

Ebola scare: Spanish aid worker repatriated

Updated: a Spanish aid worker who may have contracted the Ebola virus has been admitted to Madrid's Carlos III hospital after being repatriated from Mali. READ  

Crimewatch
Breaking Bad-style speed chef arrested
Photo: Guardia Civil

Breaking Bad-style speed chef arrested

A 65-year-old pharmacy teacher has been arrested along with 14 people in raids against a gang that allegedly produced speed in Spain's Zamora and Salamanca provinces, in a case with similarities to the hit US television show Breaking Bad. READ  

Royal affairs
The Duchess of Alba: eight amazing facts
Did you know Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the Duchess of Alba, here pictured in 2010, was a football fan? Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP

The Duchess of Alba: eight amazing facts

She met movies stars like Marilyn Monroe, was married three times and widowed twice, and even took part in a bullfight. Read on to find out all about the amazing life of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Spain's Duchess of Alba who died on Thursday aged 88. READ  

Illegal overtime 'costs Spain 273,000 jobs'

Illegal overtime 'costs Spain 273,000 jobs'

Spaniards are working over 10 million hours a week in illegal overtime a week, the equivalent of over 270,000 full-time jobs, says Spain's opposition Socialist party who are now hoping to change the situation. READ  

Sex-abuse scandal
'Paedophile priests' acted like sect: report

'Paedophile priests' acted like sect: report

The priests in Granada who are being investigated for sexual abuse after a letter sent to Pope Francis allegedly drew young boys into church activities before ruthlessly convincing them to engage in sexual activities, investigators have learned. READ  

Uber row
Catalan parliament wants Uber cars impounded
The proposed changes to the region's taxi laws would see the owners of Uber cars forced to pay €6,000 ($7,500) to recover their immobilized vehicles. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Catalan parliament wants Uber cars impounded

The Catalan parliament on Wednesday stepped up its war against the taxi app Uber by passing a motion calling for an urgent change to existing laws which would see Uber cars impounded, a move that comes in the middle of a PR crisis for the US firm. READ  

Royal affairs
Spain's Duchess of Alba dies aged 88
Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP

Spain's Duchess of Alba dies aged 88

Spain's eccentric Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled noble and a nature treasure in her homeland, has died at the age of 88 in Seville. READ  

Femen urges Spain to end fascist anniversary
Femen activists paint a slogan reading "Stop 20N" on a giant cross above the Paracuellos del Jarama cemetery on Wednesday. Photo: Curto de la Torre/AFP

Femen urges Spain to end fascist anniversary

Activists with the radical protest group Femen have protested against what they see as the glorification of Spain's fascist past by painting graffiti on a gigantic cross at site of a Spanish Civil War massacre. READ  

Spanish cuisine
Madrid big winner in new Michelin food guide
David Muñoz and his DiverXO eatery are thought to be driving Madrid's new-found flavour as a culinary go-to zone. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Madrid big winner in new Michelin food guide

Nineteen Spanish restaurants have earned a Michelin star for the first time in the new Michelin restaurant guide for Spain and Portugal with five of those in Madrid but those hoping for a new three-star restaurant in Spain will have to wait. READ  

F1's former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari
Fernando Alonso has been widely tipped to join McLaren next season. Photo: Tom Gandolfini/AFP

F1's former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's five-year spell with Ferrari will be over at the end of the season after the Italian 'Scuderia' confirmed the Spaniard's departure on Thursday. READ  

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Top mistakes Austrians make in English

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Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday
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Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday

Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs. READ  

Police arrest landlord for naked showings
We doubt the naked landlord was quite this much to write home about. Photo: DPA

Police arrest landlord for naked showings

A man in Oberhausen has been arrested after inviting people over to his house as prospective tenants and welcoming them in his birthday suit. READ  

Denmark selects its first national dish
Want to eat like a Dane? Dig in to a plate of stegt flæsk med persillesovs og kartofler. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Denmark selects its first national dish

The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe. READ  

France gets new power to sack the president
Has François Hollande just heard the news that French MPs now have the power to sack the president? Photo: AFP

France gets new power to sack the president

François Hollande would be forgiven for not sleeping well in his bed tonight after French MPs were, for the first time, handed the power to sack the president in the case of "a breach of duties". READ  

Property
Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily
Potential property buyers have to propose projects they will bring to Gangi. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily

At least 50 people are competing for €1 homes up for sale in a Sicilian village, with prospective owners coming from as far away as Brazil, property broker Marie Wester told The Local. 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  

Technology
'I'm among the first Swedes with a microchip'
Emilott Lantz after having a microchip placed in her hand. Photo: Mikael Hansson/InfoTech Umeå

'I'm among the first Swedes with a microchip'

Sweden has a global reputation as a leader in developing innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips in the human body catch on? The Local spoke to one of the first Swedes to choose an implant to unlock her office door. READ  

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