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At least five dead and three injured in explosion at fireworks factory
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At least five dead and three injured in explosion at fireworks factory

10 hours ago

UPDATED: An explosion at a fireworks factory left at least five people dead and three seriously wounded on Monday in Zaragoza.

Son arrested for starving 76-year-old mother to death in Tenerife
The son and his wife are in custody. Photo of a National Police car / Wikimedia

Son arrested for starving 76-year-old mother to death in Tenerife

9 hours ago

A man has been detained after his mother was discovered starved to death, and in a state of utter neglect, weighing just 25kgs.

Spain arrests trafficker on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges
The arrest of 'blood diamond' trafficker was hailed as a landmark. Archive photo: Issouf Sanogo / AFP

Spain arrests trafficker on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges

11 hours ago

Spanish authorities have arrested a Belgian-American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war.

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Barcelona to London: Top tips from the world's most famous commuter
After nine years in London, Sam Cookney relocated to Barcelona but kept his job in London. Photo: Sam Cookney

Barcelona to London: Top tips from the world's most famous commuter

12 hours ago

Priced out of London and looking for a better life-work balance, he decided to set up home in Barcelona and commute back and forth to his job in the British capital. Sam Cookney shares his top tips for a smooth commute.

Outrage after breastfeeding mother expelled from Granada tourist spot
The woman was asked to leave by a guard who saw her breastfeeding her baby. Archive photo: Hector Retamal / AFP.

Outrage after breastfeeding mother expelled from Granada tourist spot

14 hours ago

A mother was asked to leave a historic tourist attraction in Granada because she was breastfeeding her infant in public, stirring up controversy with mothers' rights groups.

Catalan independence debate
Message to Catalonia: ‘We are much better together,’ says ex-PM
Felipe González, the former socialist prime minister of Spain wrote an open letter to the Catalans. Photo: AFP

Message to Catalonia: ‘We are much better together,’ says ex-PM

14 hours ago

Felipe González has urged Catalans to turn away from the path towards independence, likening the movement to the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy in the 1930s.

Wildfire rages in Galicia destroying more than 2,000 hectares of forest
A firefighter works to extinguish the flames in Cualedro, Galicia. Photo: Pedro Armestre / AFP.

Wildfire rages in Galicia destroying more than 2,000 hectares of forest

15 hours ago

A wildfire that ignited on Sunday has burned through more than 2,000 hectares of forest in region of Galicia, becoming what could be the biggest fire in the area this year.

Twelfth man dies in bull run fiesta after being gored through the heart
The fatal goring brings the number to have died at bull running fiestas t o 12. Photo: AFP

Twelfth man dies in bull run fiesta after being gored through the heart

17 hours ago

A man in his 60s died on Sunday after being gored in a bull run in Spain, bringing the total number of deaths to 12 this year, the deadliest in 15 years.

15 arrested in Spain for smuggling migrants on jet skis from Morocco
A picture taken by Spanish Guardia Civil shows jet skis parked after being seized by the police off the coast of Tarifa. Photo: AFP/Spanish Guardia Civil

15 arrested in Spain for smuggling migrants on jet skis from Morocco

1 day ago

Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said on Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice."

Spanish police hunt for Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar
Packs of hashish seized by the Spanish police in 2013. Photo: AFP/Handout Spanish police

Spanish police hunt for Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

2 days ago

Morocco has become the world’s top producer and exporter of hashish over the past decades and, with just 14 kilometres separating northern Morocco from Spain’s southern Andalucia region, Spanish police have their work cut to stem the flow of illegal drugs.

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Grape Escape: Discovering the art of winemaking in the vineyards of La Rioja
There is even an art to tasting the grape itself. Photo: AFP

Grape Escape: Discovering the art of winemaking in the vineyards of La Rioja

August 21, 2015

There's more to wine than tasting it as Sophia Smith Galer discovered on a trip to the rustic vineyards of the Rioja region.

Michelin-starred Indian chef opens up new restaurant in Madrid
The two-michelin starred Atul Kochar will open Benares in Madrid. Photo: Benares

Michelin-starred Indian chef opens up new restaurant in Madrid

August 10, 2015

He became the first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star and is widely regarded as one of the best chefs in London. The Local talks to Atul Kochhar as he prepares to launch his new restaurant Benares in Madrid.

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Thirteen mouthwateringly delicious reasons to be a vegetarian in Spain
Pimientos de padron - like playing Russian Roulette with a spicy pepper. Photo: The Table Hopper / Flickr

Thirteen mouthwateringly delicious reasons to be a vegetarian in Spain

August 04, 2015

Long feared by vegetarians as the land of jamón, Spanish cuisine also boasts a host of delicious traditional alternatives. Foodie experts, Devour Spain, share their tips for the best vegetarian food in Spain.

Madrid's traditional museum scene gets a haute couture makeover
Vogue Like a Painting merges high fashion with high art. Photo: Sara Houlison

Madrid's traditional museum scene gets a haute couture makeover

July 30, 2015

Madrid’s museums are moving away from the traditional to embrace new artistic forms and the latest brings a touch of haute couture to the capital's celebrated art scene.

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Ten interesting facts you probably didn't know about Spanish wine
Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world. Photo: LexnGer/Flickr

Ten interesting facts you probably didn't know about Spanish wine

July 29, 2015

It was the Romans' favourite drink, a muse to Picasso and fell victim to the fascist regime of dicator Francisco Franco. Wine blogger Timmer Brown lifts the lid on everything you (probably) didn't know about Spanish vino.

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Astronomers on Quixotic quest to immortalize Cervantes with a star
The star currently known as Mu Arae and author Miguel de Cervantes. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Astronomers on Quixotic quest to immortalize Cervantes with a star

3 days ago

Some celebrities get the honour of having their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But a group of Spanish astronomers have something more cosmic in mind for their own literary star.

Catalan ruling party hit by graft probe ahead of September election
Police arrive at the headquarters of CatDem in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago / AFP

Catalan ruling party hit by graft probe ahead of September election

3 days ago

An anti-corruption operation targeted Catalonia's ruling CDC party on Friday, tainting a separatist coalition that wants the wealthy region to secede from Spain if it wins a regional election next month.

What's on in Spain: Sept 2015
Bilbao will host the Red Bull Extreme Cliff Diving Finale. Photo: Diego Jambrina / Flickr

What's on in Spain: Sept 2015

3 days ago

From Roman battle re-enactments, to music festivals to cliff diving, there are lots of great events happening in Spain this September.

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports
The strikes will take place across Spain on four days in September

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports

3 days ago

Spanish airport workers have called a series of strikes for September threatening to cause significant delays for holidaymakers.

Emotional homecoming for granny jailed for refusal to demolish home
Photo: Screenshot from RTVE broadcast.

Emotional homecoming for granny jailed for refusal to demolish home

3 days ago

A grandmother who was sent to prison for refusing to see her family made homeless has been released after becoming a cause celebre and winning sympathy across Spain.

Fake traffic police arrested for robbing tourists on Costa Blanca
The uniforms used by the suspects to allegedly rob tourists in fake traffic stops. Photo: Alicante Civil Guard.

Fake traffic police arrested for robbing tourists on Costa Blanca

3 days ago

The Spanish Civil Guard arrested two men who posed as cops to carry out at least twenty robberies by pulling unsuspecting tourists over on 'routine traffic checks'.

Madrid terrorist suspect ran Isis cell planning massacres in Spain
The suspected jihadist was arrested in Madrid on Tuesday. Photo: Interior Ministry

Madrid terrorist suspect ran Isis cell planning massacres in Spain

3 days ago

A 26-year-old who called himself "Salami Jihadi" is accused of running an Islamic State recruitment network that wanted to "carry out massacres and create a climate of mass panic and instability" in Spain.

Barcelona draws up battle lines to curb Airbnb type tourism boom
Screenshot from an Airbnb YouTube advert

Barcelona draws up battle lines to curb Airbnb type tourism boom

3 days ago

Barcelona's new mayor is drawing up the battle lines in a bid to crackdown on uncontrolled tourism but Airbnb insists that there is a simple solution.

Spanish public radio removes show on Jews and Satanism amid outcry
RNE pulled the programme entitled "The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult". Photo: AFP

Spanish public radio removes show on Jews and Satanism amid outcry

3 days ago

Spain public radio RNE said it had removed an episode of a programme that linked Jews to Satanism from its website after receiving complaints from Jewish groups.

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Eleven Spanish words the English language needs to adopt right now
There are some Spanish words that English should immediately adopt. Photo: Contando Estrelas/Flickr

Eleven Spanish words the English language needs to adopt right now

August 27, 2015

Some Spanish words are so good at perfectly describing a feeling, experience or person you have to wonder why the English language hasn't adopted them yet. The Local has chosen eleven linguistic gems that should be immediately adopted into the English language.

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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000
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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000

August 27, 2015

A six-year-old girl is being sued by a woman for €38,000 for causing a skiing accident in Vorarlberg that left the adult with serious injuries.

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland
Base jumpers in Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern. Photo: AFP

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland

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A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Bernese Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a base jump, the latest in a series of such accidents in Switzerland in the past year, police said.

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Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Big Brother keeping an eye on Big Ben. Photo: DPA

Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame

August 26, 2015

As most true Brits realized long ago, there are a lot of reasons why Britain is pretty rubbish. Jörg Luyken argues that his fellow Brits should pack their bags and move to Deutschland.

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes
Inger Støjberg said she is considering changes to Danish citizenship requirements. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes

August 25, 2015

The Danish government is considering changes to the nation’s citizenship laws that may make it harder to get citizenship in the future and pull the rug out from under 1,950 foreigners who have already satisfied the current requirements.

'Sexist' Paris streets renamed in feminist stunt
A security worker talks to one of the feminist group members about their street sign stunt. Photo: The Local

'Sexist' Paris streets renamed in feminist stunt

August 26, 2015

A feminist organization has changed the street signs of a Paris neighbourhood so that they bear women's names instead, protesting the lack of streets in the city named after famous female figures.

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex
The woman allegedly locked up the man at her home near Naples. Photo: Alexandra Svatikova

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex

August 25, 2015

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of abduction after locking a 25-year-old man in the basement of her home near Naples because he denied her sex, Italian media reported.

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles

August 27, 2015

More than 100 Syrian refugees have crossed the Arctic border into Norway from Russia on bicycles, exploiting a loophole in the country's border regulations.

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'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support

August 25, 2015

UPDATED: A 19-year-old model from Sweden has told The Local she is thrilled to have raised concerns about the fashion industry, after using a video to reveal how agencies said she was "too big" despite her being underweight.

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