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Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists
British tourists on a night out in Puente Ballena last summer. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP

Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists

Bare chests, sex parties, falling down drunk in the streets and balconing will no longer be tolerated in Magaluf under new bylaws. READ  

10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona's bullring
La Monumental bull ring in Barcelona. Photo: Netraam/Wikimedia

10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona's bullring

Since Barcelona banned bullfighting there has been much debate over what should be done with the city's famous bullring, La Monumental. Here's The Local's pick of alternative uses for Barcelona's iconic venue. READ  

Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients
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Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients

Police have arrested a man in Castellón for allegedly seeking to get revenge against former clients by posting ads offering "free sex" with their phone numbers after the women did not renew services with his company. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
'Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance'
Austrian Ambassador Peter Huber with Edurne at a Eurovision event in April Photo: Austrian Embassy

'Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance'

With only a day to go before the Eurovision final in Vienna, The Local caught up with Peter Huber, the Austrian ambassador to Madrid to hear his views on the world’s most prestigious singing competition. READ  

Elections
Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at a PP rally in Valencia. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP

Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote

Spain's indignado movement are out to conquer city halls and regional governments across Spain in elections on Sunday. READ  

Hepburn's son wed 'illegally' at the Alhambra
Left: Sean Hepburn Ferrer with his mother, Audrey Hepburn. Right: Sean Hepburn Ferrer at a UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. Photo: Ho / Bob Levey / Getty Images North America / AFP.

Hepburn's son wed 'illegally' at the Alhambra

Sean Hepburn, son of the Breakfast at Tiffany's star, is in trouble with authorities at the Alhambra in Granada after he threw an 'illegal' wedding celebration at the scenic location. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

Gap widens between Spain's rich and poor
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Gap widens between Spain's rich and poor

The gap between the rich and poor of Spain has widened during the economic crisis, a new report on income inequality has confirmed. READ  

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain
Adou was discovered during a luggage scan at the Tarajal border crossing. Photo: Spain's Interior Ministry

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain

Adou, the eight-year-old boy who was discovered curled up inside a suitcase during a security scan, has been granted permission to stay in Spain. READ  

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs
A man has been arrested for threatening to stab his mother because of her bad meatballs. Photo: Jose-Maria Moreno Garcia/Flickr

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs

A teenager in Mallorca has been taken into custody by police after threatening to stab his mother because her meatballs were not to his liking. READ  

Features
My Spanish Career
'Have fun, smile and lets play some rugby'
Darren was a professional player before coaching the Spanish Rugby League team

'Have fun, smile and lets play some rugby'

In the latest installment of My Spanish career, The Local talks to Darren Fisher, an English rugby league player turned coach who came to Spain to establish the Spanish rugby league. Quite a task in a country where football is the national obsession. READ  

The Local list
7 reasons why Spain's the best place on earth
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7 reasons why Spain's the best place on earth

Don't get us wrong, Spain isn't perfect. It has struggled out of a crippling economic crisis as well as having high pollution levels and a perpetually corrupt political system. But despite all that, it is still the best place to live in the world. And here is why: READ  

The Local list
Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars
HAT terrace, one of Madrid's newest rooftop bars. Photo: Jessica Jones/The Local

Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars

As the temperatures rise in the Spanish capital, Madrileños look upwards, heading to one of the city’s rooftop bars in the hope of catching some of that elusive breeze. Here's our pick of the very best. READ  

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
An independent book shop in Barcelona. Photo: Lluis Gene / AFP

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts

To mark Spanish book day, The Local gives you the ultimate list of Spain-related books that make excellent gifts. READ  

Gallery
All the fun of the fair: Seville's Feria de Abril
Women wearing traditional Sevillana dresses pose during the Feria de Abril, or April Fair. Photo: Cristina Quicler / AFP.

All the fun of the fair: Seville's Feria de Abril

Each year, tens of thousands flock to Seville to partake in the colourful Feria de Abril with carriage rides, tapas, bullfights and lots and lots of dancing. READ  

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Spain in top ten for EU 'excellent' beaches
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands. Photo: Ismail Mia / Flickr Creative Commons.

Spain in top ten for EU 'excellent' beaches

Nearly 86 percent of Spain's beaches were rated 'excellent' for bathing water quality according to a report released on Wednesday, but the country also had one of the highest numbers of beaches rated 'poor' across Europe. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision
Arguably Spain's feakiest Eurovision act, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, dancing the Chiki Chiki. Screen grab: YouTube

Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision

As the Eurovision final approaches it's time to swot up on some facts about Spain's history in the most celebrated singing contest in the world. From false starts to Franco, here is The Local's list: READ  

Lucía and Hugo are the top baby names in Spain
Photo of a baby: Shutterstock

Lucía and Hugo are the top baby names in Spain

Spain's most popular baby names have been revealed by Spain's national statistics office, with parents choosing more traditional names over modern monikers. READ  

Spain to make another EU bank bailout payment
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Spain to make another EU bank bailout payment

Spain plans to pay back €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) in bailout loans it received in 2012 from the European Union to bolster its ailing banks, the economy ministry said on Wednesday. READ  

Elections
Sun, sea and corruption: Valencia looks to change
Ciudadanos campaigning ahead of election on May 24th. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP

Sun, sea and corruption: Valencia looks to change

Valencia, the seaside city famed for huge scale public works projects and blighted by corruption scandals, will be a key test for the new electoral dynamic when it goes to the polls on Sunday. READ  

Civil Guard included on Basque terrorist list
Guardia Civil officers in a car. Photo: Sonia Gaitan / AFP.

Civil Guard included on Basque terrorist list

The Basque government has been forced to apologize after mistakenly listing the Civil Guard police force as a terrorist group on a website aimed at providing information on victims. READ  

Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C
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Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C

It is said that what goes up must come down. After sizzling through a heatwave last week parts of Spain are now shivering in temperatures as low as 2C. READ  

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling
Television sensation Sister Lucia appearing at a campaign meeting in Barcelona on May 20th. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling

A couple of Catalan nuns are defying the Vatican and even the Spanish government by throwing their wimples into Spain's political arena. READ  

Gallery
Spain's little Princess Leonor: A life in pics
Princess Leonor gives her grandad, the former King Juan Carlos, a kiss, on the day of her father's coronation. Photo: AFP

Spain's little Princess Leonor: A life in pics

As Spain's heir to the throne celebrates her First Holy Communion, The Local takes a look at the life so far of Spain's little princess. READ  

Action: Pedro Almodóvar starts shooting new film
Pedro Almodóvar, on the set of his latest film Silencio. Photo: Augustín Almodóvar/Twitter

Action: Pedro Almodóvar starts shooting new film

The first photograph has been released from the set of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, a Spanish set drama following the life of one woman over 30 years. READ  

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Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

Railways rely on sheep to 'mow' grass by tracks
Photo: SBB

Railways rely on sheep to 'mow' grass by tracks

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has contracted out with 80 four-footed individuals to cut the grass in areas alongside rail tracks. READ  

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union
GDL members in Munich station on May 7th 2015. Photo: DPA

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that members would strike on goods trains from Tuesday and passenger services from Wednesday in a long-running battle with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). READ  

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits
Waging jihad while collecting unemployment. Photo: Stringer/Scanpix

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits

Thirty-two Danes have collected nearly 400,000 kroner worth of unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria, it was revealed on Monday. READ  

French language
More English words sneak into French
A copy of the 2015 Larousse dictionary. Photo: AFP

More English words sneak into French

France's two main dictionaries have revealed some of the new words that are set to grace their 2016 editions - and plenty of them come from English. READ  

Three killed in shooting from Naples balcony
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Three killed in shooting from Naples balcony

A 48-year-old man shot dead three people, including a police officer, and injured five others after opening fire from his balcony in Naples, police said. READ  

Video
Norway woman makes film about own rape
An image from the film A Tacit Consent. Photo: Screen Grab

Norway woman makes film about own rape

A Norwegian woman has turned her own experience of being raped in her sleep into a short YouTube film designed to highlight the issue. READ  

Swedish man's roar sees off charging bear
A Scandinavian brown bear. Credits: Håkan Vargas S/imagebank.sweden.se

Swedish man's roar sees off charging bear

Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden, scared off a charging bear by roaring at the animal as it attacked him, it has emerged. READ  

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