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'Hit-and-run' politician smacked with mic
A swarm of journalists surrounded the 62-year-old former president of Madrid as she walked up the steps of a criminal court in the Spanish capital. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

'Hit-and-run' politician smacked with mic

Controversial Spanish politician Esperanza Aguirre has become Monday's social media sensation after a journalist hit her in the face with a microphone as she was arriving at a court hearing. READ  

Catalan mayor charged over Russian mafia links
Xavier Crespo, a former politician with Catalonia's ruling CiU party, is now facing up to two and half years in prison for accepting bribes over a period of eight years. Photo: CiU

Catalan mayor charged over Russian mafia links

The former mayor of the Catalan town of Lloret de Mar is facing bribery and graft charges after the region's high court ruled there was strong evidence of a criminal link between him and Russian crime boss Andrei Borisovich Petrov. READ  

IAG snaps up new Airbus jets for Iberia
President of Iberia and Chairman of International Airlines Group Antonio Vazquez poses during the presentation of Iberia new logotype in Madrid in October 2013. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

IAG snaps up new Airbus jets for Iberia

International Airlines Group said Monday it has finalized a deal to buy eight long-haul Airbus A330-200 aircraft worth $1.48 billion (€1.15 billion) at list prices for Spain's Iberia airlines. READ  

Spain's royal 'bad boy' to be sent to UK school
Froilán made national headlines in 2012 when at just 14 he shot himself in the foot (literally) while out hunting with his father. Photo: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AFP

Spain's royal 'bad boy' to be sent to UK school

Felipe VI's nephew, fourth in line to the Spanish throne, continues to be viewed as the black sheep of the royal family after being kicked out of his school for failing his end-of-year exams twice. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Catalonia problem needs constitutional fix: PSOE
The leader of Spain's socialist opposition PSOE party Pedro Sánchez. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto

Catalonia problem needs constitutional fix: PSOE

Spain needs to find a constitutional solution to the "serious problem" of Catalonia, the leader of Spain's major opposition party said on Monday, calling on the government to participate in a major revamp of the 1978 document. READ  

Madrid fights traffic jams with city centre car ban

Madrid fights traffic jams with city centre car ban

Authorities in the Spanish capital are looking to restrict access to drivers who don't live in the city's most central neighbourhoods by imposing €90 ($115) fines on cars that breach the new regulations. READ  

Tourism talk
Spain welcomes record 9 million tourists in August
Photo of Albarracin: Shutterstock

Spain welcomes record 9 million tourists in August

The number of foreign visitors to Spain topped 9 million in August, the highest number ever and up nearly 9 percent on the same month in 2013. READ  

Ebola outbreak
Spanish priest with Ebola won't receive ZMapp
An image of the the plane used to transport Manuel Garcia Viejo back to Spain. Photo: Spanish Ministry of Defence

Spanish priest with Ebola won't receive ZMapp

UPDATED: A Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus who arrived in Madrid early on Monday morning after being flown home from Sierra Leone will not be treated with the experimental ZMapp medication as global supplies have dried up. READ  

Pro-lifers slam delays to tough new abortion law
Spanish daily El Mundo recently reported the plan was unlikely to ever make it into law because of divisions inside the government. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Pro-lifers slam delays to tough new abortion law

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday, accusing the government of betrayal amid reports lawmakers are poised to abandon plans for tough new abortion laws. READ  

Sport
Ronaldo praised as Real win 8-2 in La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match against RC Deportivo de la Coruna. AFP Photo/Miguel Riopa

Ronaldo praised as Real win 8-2 in La Liga

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded Cristiano Ronaldo's killer instinct in front of goal after the Portuguese scored his 23rd hat-trick for Los Blancos in a 8-2 rout at Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday. READ  

Features
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Top 10: best Spanish movies of all time
Pan's Labyrinth, set in post-Civil war Spain, has been described as "one of the greatest ever fantasy films."

Top 10: best Spanish movies of all time

With San Sebastián's prestigious film festival just round the corner, The Local has rounded up the all-time greats of Spain’s cinematic history. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Office slang: Top ten Spanish expressions
Are you enchufado (plugged in) at your workplace? Photo of rich man: Shutterstock

Office slang: Top ten Spanish expressions

With the summer holidays now over for most people in Spain, The Local has put together some of the most common and useful slang expressions used in Spanish workplaces to help ease the pain of the return to work. READ  

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Ten things you need to know about La Liga
1905 to 2014 - Find out why Real Madrid have worn white since their very beginnings. Photo: Glyn Kirk /AFP &Wikimedia

Ten things you need to know about La Liga

Now that a new season of Spain's La Liga is just getting underway, The Local has put together some of the most intriguing facts about the best football league in the world and its history. READ  

Opinion
Is tourism destroying Barcelona?
Some argue Barcelona is in danger of becoming the new Venice. Photo of cruise ships in Barcelona: Shutterstock

Is tourism destroying Barcelona?

It's Spain's most popular city destination but is beautiful Barcelona in danger of becoming a victim of its own success? The Local takes a peek at the dark side of the city's tourism boom. READ  

JobTalk Spain
'This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain'
François Derbaix says Spain has plenty of advantages for entrepreneurs but the State needs to simplify the operating environment.

'This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain'

He has been involved in 25 web start-ups in Spain and recently set up Bewa7er, an innovative stock market for cash-starved non-listed companies. Meet Madrid-based Belgian entrepreneur extraordinaire François Derbaix. READ  

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Catalonia vote
Catalan parliament okays independence vote law
The law was passed with 106 votes in favour and 28 against. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Catalan parliament okays independence vote law

Catalonia's regional parliament on Friday passed a law that its leaders say will authorise them to hold a non-binding "consultation" on independence from Spain on November 9. READ  

Spanish thief jailed for €640 ham heist
The man broke a car window to steal the ham but was stopped and arrested by police before he could eat any of it. Photo: Flickr/coche jamonero

Spanish thief jailed for €640 ham heist

A 27-year-old Spanish man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay €7,960 ($10,237) compensation for stealing a cured ham worth €640 ($823) then assaulting two police officers. READ  

Hospital turns kids' MRI into space odyssey
HP has used the latest in latex printing to decorate the once bland and lifeless walls and equipment with huge images of stars, planets and astronauts. Photo: Sant Joan de Déu Hospital

Hospital turns kids' MRI into space odyssey

A Barcelona hospital has been able to reduce general anaesthetic among its child patients needing MRI scans by 18 percent thanks to an innovative new scheme that relaxes them. READ  

Madrid mayor appoints soon-to-retire cop chief
Botella's new appointment as chief inspector is retiring in October and has three weeks of holiday to take before then. Photo:FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Madrid mayor appoints soon-to-retire cop chief

Madrid mayor Ana Botella has been stood up by fire, police and ambulance personnel on her visit to their new joint headquarters because of her "disrespectful" appointment of a new police chief who has just weeks in the job before he retires. READ  

Spain welcomes Scots' 'no' but Catalans unfazed
A Catalan supporter of the 'Yes' campaign holds up a banner outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Lesley Martin/AFP

Spain welcomes Scots' 'no' but Catalans unfazed

The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans set on breaking away from Spain vowed to push on for their own ballot on self-rule. READ  

Malaga gang rape accuser: 'I made it up'
A "selfie" taken at the time of the alleged rape showed the girl relaxing with three of the men on a fairground ride safety mat. File photo: Luis Guerrero

Malaga gang rape accuser: 'I made it up'

A woman who accused five men of raping her in a Spanish fairground in August has admitted to a judge that the sex was consensual and that she invented the rape claim to prevent video footage of the sex being made public. READ  

Shark attacks boy on Spanish beach
Witnesses reported that the boy was bitten by a blue shark, a common Mediterranean species. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Mark Conlin/NMFS

Shark attacks boy on Spanish beach

A 16-year-old boy playing in the sea at the popular Catalan tourist town of Salou this month needed thirty stitches after being bitten on the hand by a shark. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Madrid ready to fight as Catalonia 'legalizes' vote
Artur Mas will not call the November 9th referendum on self-rule immediately after the “consultation” bill is passed. Photo: Pierre Philippe Marcou/AFP

Madrid ready to fight as Catalonia 'legalizes' vote

Spain’s central government will hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Saturday or Sunday if Catalonia’s regional parliament approves the “consultation” law on the referendum on Friday, a move it hopes will make a possible independence vote more legal. READ  

Not happy: Pharrell Williams axes Spain tour
The singer and style icon's song 'Happy' topped the charts in Spain but fans will now miss out on the chance to hear it live. Photo: KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Not happy: Pharrell Williams axes Spain tour

The American star's promoter announced on Friday that concerts planned for Barcelona and Madrid in October have been axed due to scheduling issues. READ  

95 percent of Spaniards prefer texting to talking
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp was the favourite messaging app of 98 per cent of those surveyed. Photo: Flickr/Adam Fagen

95 percent of Spaniards prefer texting to talking

A mobile industry survey has revealed that the vast majority of Spaniards are no longer the talkative and up-close communicators they were once known to be. READ  

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Viennese 'jihadist' teen girls alive in Syria
Photo: APA/Interpol

Viennese 'jihadist' teen girls alive in Syria

One of two Viennese teenagers rumoured to have been killed in Syria has confirmed she is alive, and said the other girl is too. READ  

Football club fires masseuse over sex video
FC Lenzburg team: "We could not fire half the team." Photo: FC Lenzburg

Football club fires masseuse over sex video

The masseuse for the Lenzburg football club, a second division team from the canton of Aargau, was fired following a sex scandal, a newspaper reported on Monday. READ  

Oktoberfest 2014
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA

Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents

There are 14 "tents" at Munich's Oktoberfest, all with their own uniqueness and theme. In the second of The Local's four-part guide to the world's biggest beer festival, we look at some of the best ones. READ  

Booth's view
Denmark's national dish is a tasteless gimmick
The food and agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, wants Danes to pick a national dish. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Denmark's national dish is a tasteless gimmick

Agriculture Minister Dan Jørgensen wants Danes to pick a national dish but columnist Michael Booth argues that not only should the minister have more important things to tend to, the proposed options don't reflect true eating habits. READ  

Paris installs new device to stop 'love lock' craze
The days of the love locks craze in Paris may be numbered. Photo: AFP

Paris installs new device to stop 'love lock' craze

'Love locks' have become such a problem in Paris the city has just installed panels intended to block couples from latching their passion to the town's infrastracture, leaving it straining under a dangerous load. READ  

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic
The American tourists allegedly stole an artefact from Pompeii weighing 30kg. Photos: Il Mattino

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic

Two American tourists were caught at Rome’s Fiumicino airport with a 30kg artefact from the ruins of Pompeii stashed in their luggage. READ  

Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
Jens Breivik at the press conference for the launch of his new book "Min skyld?". Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'

Jens Breivik, the father of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, revealed on Thursday his son is becoming more and more extreme in prison and fears he may never see him again. READ  

National
Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions
A Gripen plane was scrambled to see off the Russian planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions

UPDATED: Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. READ  

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