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Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins

Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins

A mother who was planning to send her 16-year-old twin sons to Syria to join a jihadist group has been sent to prison without bail, while the boys’ father has walked free. READ  

This day in history
Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power
A mother and her child arrive in France having fled Spain after Franco's victory. Photo: AFP

Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power

April 1st 1939 brought about the end of the nearly three-year, bloody civil war that even entangled Nazi Germany, and also ushered in the reign of dictator Francisco Franco. READ  

Uber files EU complaint over Spain ban
A man using the Uber app in front of the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. Photo Quique Garcia/AFP

Uber files EU complaint over Spain ban

The company behind the global drive-sharing app has filed a complaint on Monday with the European Commission over its ban from operating in Spain. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Spain we had you fooled that Benidorm had banned full English breakfasts.

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Unemployment at lowest rate since 2012
People outside a government employment office in Madrid. Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP

Unemployment at lowest rate since 2012

Spain's unemployment rate sank 0.2 percent between January and February, to its lowest rate since January 2012, according to new EU figures. READ  

Semana Santa gallery
Spain's incredible Holy Week processions
Cristina Quicler/AFP

Spain's incredible Holy Week processions

From the elaborate costumes to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, The Local takes a look at Spain's incredible Semana Santa processions. READ  

April Fools!
Benidorm to ban 'Full English' breakfasts

Benidorm to ban 'Full English' breakfasts

A raft of new bylaws introduced in the Costa Blanca resort could see the banning of one Brit holiday favourite: the Full English Breakfast. READ  

Spain set to sizzle in sunny Semana Santa

Spain set to sizzle in sunny Semana Santa

Spring has definitely sprung, as much of Spain will be bathed in warm weather during Easter week, the country’s meteorological agency has predicted. READ  

Greece debt deal
Deal ´possible´ but not before Easter: EU pres
EU President Donald Tusk and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy speaking at a press conference in Madrid on Tuesday. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Deal ´possible´ but not before Easter: EU pres

A new Greek bailout deal is possible before an end-April deadline but it will not come before Easter, EU president Donald Tusk said on Tuesday during a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid. READ  

Illegal immigrants to regain free healthcare
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy speaking during a recent visit to Guatemala. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP

Illegal immigrants to regain free healthcare

Spain's conservative government said on Tuesday it would restore free healthcare for illegal immigrants, overturning a controversial decision taken three years ago. READ  

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Gallery: Almodóvar's most iconic leading ladies
Almodóvar unveils cast for latest film 'Silencio'
Pedro Almodóvar at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

Almodóvar unveils cast for latest film 'Silencio'

Celebrated Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has unveiled the cast for his next film, Silencio, including his two new "chicas Almodóvar". READ  

In pics
Battle of the cities: Madrid vs Manchester
Tonymadrid Photography and Bryan Ledgard

Battle of the cities: Madrid vs Manchester

In a vicious war of words, "ugly" Manchester has been pitted against "miserable" Madrid. Who will be victorious in the battle of the cities? The Local finds out... READ  

Matador Madonna in 'glamourizing gore' row
Madonna with a dancer dressed as a bull at the Grammy Awards on February 8th. Photo Robyn Beck/AFP.

Matador Madonna in 'glamourizing gore' row

Animal rights activists have called on Madonna to stop 'glamourizing gore' by dressing as a bullfighter, as the US star announces a Barcelona date on her upcoming tour. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Madrid Podemos rally
Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march
Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march

Not just young radicals: Spaniards of all ages and backgrounds came out in their thousands to support a left-wing political party currently making waves in Spain. The Local caught up with some of them to find out why they are such big fans of Podemos. READ  

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Catalonia
Nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain
A woman with an Estelada, or Catalan separatist flag, draped over her shoulders. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote. READ  

Semana Santa
The essential guide to Easter in Spain
A child member of a brotherhood during Semana Santa in Spain. Photo: Gogo Lobato/AFP

The essential guide to Easter in Spain

As Spain gets set to celebrate its biggest religious festival of the year, The Local gives you the lowdown on how to celebrate Semana Santa like a Spaniard. READ  

Mayor tightens rules for 'Saloufest' partiers

Mayor tightens rules for 'Saloufest' partiers

The mayor of Salou, a town that has become part of an annual pilgrimage of thousands of binge-drinking young Brits is forbidding people from using a local football stadium to party. READ  

Madrid gets 'F' grade for clean air efforts
A view of Madrid, showing the air pollution in the city. Photo: Dominique Faget / AFP

Madrid gets 'F' grade for clean air efforts

Spain's capital city failed to pass the test of promoting clean air, according to city rankings released on Tuesday. READ  

Grand opening for Málaga Pompidou
Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Grand opening for Málaga Pompidou

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy opened the city’s new star attraction over the weekend - the first Pompidou museum outside of France. READ  

Germanwings insurers plan €279m payout
People lay flowers at a memorial for those killed in the Germanwings crash

Germanwings insurers plan €279m payout

Insurers are setting aside €279 million in provisions for the air crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people, German airline Lufthansa said on Tuesday. READ  

Semana Santa
Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week
Antonio Banderas taking part in a Holy Week procession in Malaga. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas returned to his roots this week to take part in Semana Santa in his native Málaga. READ  

Four detained in reported jihadist group
A view of Badalona, where four people were arrested on Tuesday in connection to a jihadist network. Photo: Carquinyol/Wikipedia Commons.

Four detained in reported jihadist group

Update: The Spanish Civil Guard arrested a Moroccan couple in Badalona early on Tuesday as well as their two sons who were about to travel to Syria, the Spanish interior ministry said. READ  

Hospital conducts 'most complex' face transplant

Hospital conducts 'most complex' face transplant

A Spanish hospital said on Monday it has successfully carried out the world's most complex face transplant, reconstructing the lower face, neck, mouth, tongue and back of the throat of a man terribly disfigured by disease. READ  

Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing

Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing

The bodies of a British man, along with a woman believed to be his Spanish wife and his children have been found stabbed to death in Gibraltar. READ  

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April Fool's Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Austria we had you fooled that the government had proposed a hike in sales tax for garden gnomes. Photo: Shutterstock

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

April Fool's Day
Denmark to add English as second language
Thorning-Schmidt said she was partially influenced by her teenage daughter. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

Denmark to add English as second language

UPDATED: PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has proposed officially recognizing English, saying it would help Denmark's global reputation and be a positive gesture toward the country's foreigners. READ  

Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Norway we had you fooled that reindeer had become 'Norway's new salmon'. Photo: M.prinke/Flickr

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre
Elephants may no longer roam Kalmar's streets. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/SCANPIX

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre

You would not normally associate elephants with Sweden. But one town in the Nordic country has decided that it's better to be safe than sorry – so it has created a new bylaw forbidding elephants from parading its streets. READ  

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