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Spain's thalidomide victims lose damages bid
Opponents to a memorial dedicated to the victims of thalidomide in Germany. File photo: Henning Kaiser/DPA/AFP

Spain's thalidomide victims lose damages bid

A Madrid court has overturned a 2013 sentence which would have seen German pharmaceutical company handing Grünenthal paying millions of euros in damages to Spanish victims of the faulty drug. READ  

Wild weather
Freak winter wave 'was Spain's biggest ever'
The wave which hit during wild winter storms nudged out the previous holder of Spain's biggest wave: a 26.13-metre giant near the city of Santander during 2009's dramatic Cyclone Klaus. File photo: Be

Freak winter wave 'was Spain's biggest ever'

A genuine 'freak' wave in January 2014 broke all existing Spanish records, officials said on Wednesday after the release of new data. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: things your Spanish 'mamá' says
You had better listen up. Photo of woman with wooden spoon: Shutterstock

Top ten: things your Spanish 'mamá' says

Spanish mothers are renowned for their close relationships with their children. But while they may come across as over-protective, they ultimately do it because they care. Here, The Local lists ten things she might say. READ  

Gay teens pelted with stones outside school
Participants at Madrid's Gay Pride event in June 2013. File photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Gay teens pelted with stones outside school

Gay groups have called for tougher anti-homophobia laws in the wake of an incident which saw a gay teenage girl left unconscious after she was pelted with stones after leaving school in Spain's Murcia region on Monday. READ  

Summer love: Spain sees tourism record

Summer love: Spain sees tourism record

Spain welcomed a record 31 million international visitors this summer in what looks set to be another record-breaking year, the Spanish government said on Wednesday. READ  

Spain's legal system only fit for 'chicken thieves'
Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos Lesmes (second left) with King Felipe VI at the opening of the judicial year earlier in October. Photo: AFP

Spain's legal system only fit for 'chicken thieves'

Spain's top judge said on Tuesday the penal country's system isn't up to dealing with the complex corruption cases it faces and urged the new justice minister to roll out radical reforms aimed at greater efficiency. READ  

One in eight working Spaniards live in poverty
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One in eight working Spaniards live in poverty

While Spain struggles with a jobless rate of close to 25 percent, many of the country's salaried employees are living below the poverty threshold, a new study shows. READ  

Two Uber vehicles torched in Barcelona

Two Uber vehicles torched in Barcelona

Two cars belonging to drivers working for the app-based chauffeur service Uber saw their vehicles torched recently, the latest incidents in the company's difficult arrival on the Spanish market. READ  

Spanish nurse with Ebola beats virus
Spanish medics treating Ebola-infected Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero give a press conference at Madrid's Carlos III Hospital on Tuesday. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spanish nurse with Ebola beats virus

Updated: A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa is now free of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed on Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe. READ  

Spain can't use force to stop migrants: EU
Screen grab of a video showing how a man the human rights group Prodein has named as Danny, a Cameroonian believed to be 23 years old, was beaten by security forces with truncheon recently. Screen gra

Spain can't use force to stop migrants: EU

The EU has warned Spain it can not use violence to stop migrants from trying to enter the country after video footage emerged of a young African being beaten by Spanish border guards recently. READ  

Features
Spanish Language
Top Ten: best new Spanish words
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Top Ten: best new Spanish words

Spain’s royal language watchdog, the RAE, has just published its massive new dictionary. Here The Local lists ten of the best words appearing for the very first time for your reading pleasure. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Spaniards 'work longer hours than Germans'
Spain has been accused of suffering from 'presentismo' – a culture of staying late in the office even when not doing much work. Photo: Shutterstock

Spaniards 'work longer hours than Germans'

The average Spaniard worked 1,665 hours in 2013 — more than people in Germany (1,388) or France (1,489), a new study published by Madrid's Institute of Economic Studies (IEE) reveals, but productivity remains a major obstacle to growth in Spain. READ  

Bulls to balconies: 10 travel warnings for Spain

Bulls to balconies: 10 travel warnings for Spain

Many of us have a tendency to leave our brains at home when heading abroad on holiday, and with that in mind governments issue travel warnings covering everything from etiquette to, most recently, Ebola. Here are some of the most striking — and eccentric — warnings about Spain. READ  

Job Talk
Madrid world's 5th most desirable city to work

Madrid world's 5th most desirable city to work

Madrid has ranked fifth in a major new survey of top destinations for expat workers. The Local spoke to relocation expert Pierre-Alban Waters to find out why. READ  

Quiz
The great Spanish food and drinks quiz

The great Spanish food and drinks quiz

Consider yourself an expert in all things culinary? Know your pulpo from your paella? Prove it with The Local's very tasty Spanish food and drinks quiz. Read on to take the test. READ  

More News
Cinema prize
Gallery: Hits and misses of Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas has starred in over 100 movies, playing Benito Mussolini and Che Guevara along the way. Screen grab/YouTube

Gallery: Hits and misses of Antonio Banderas

The Málaga-born actor who cut his teeth with Pedro Almodóvar before conquering Hollywood is to be awarded the Goya (or Spanish Oscar) of Honour for lifetime achievement by Spain's Film Academy. Here The Local casts an eye over some of the best and worst films he's starred in. READ  

Spanish science
Big vocabulary could help fight Alzheimer's

Big vocabulary could help fight Alzheimer's

People with more words at their disposal might be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a surprising new study by Spanish scientists shows. READ  

Spain swelters in autumn 'heatwave'

Spain swelters in autumn 'heatwave'

Weather warnings have been issued for parts of eastern Spain including Valencia and Alicante on Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach highs nearly ten degrees above average for this time of year. READ  

Madrid museum honours Hepburn's style guru
Hubert de Givenchy, who retired in 1995, was behind many of the designs worn by Audrey Hepburn in her best known films and was a lifelong friend. Photo: AFP

Madrid museum honours Hepburn's style guru

Madrid's Thyssen Museum opens on Wednesday the first major retrospective of designs by French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who worked for such famous clients as Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. READ  

Family-friendly official 'sorry' he sacked mum

Family-friendly official 'sorry' he sacked mum

The mayor of Madrid mayor has ordered a councillor to reinstate a legal official he sacked after complaining she wasn't showing "complete dedication" to her job because she was a mother. READ  

Calatrava to 'rebuild' Ground Zero church
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been plagued by massive cost overruns and allegations of poor use of materials. Photo: Michel Krakowski/Belga/AFP

Calatrava to 'rebuild' Ground Zero church

Controversial Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been given the brief to design a Greek Orthodox Church to be built on the site of New York's World Trade Centre, destroyed in terrorist attacks in 2001. READ  

Morocco oil find shakes up Canary Islands vote
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Morocco oil find shakes up Canary Islands vote

Drillers say have found oil in Moroccan waters just 200 kilometres (125 miles) from Spain's Canary Islands, a possible game changer as Canarians prepare to vote on whether Spanish energy giant Repsol should be allowed to search for oil in the waters off the archipelago. READ  

Spain vows to crush 'still alive' terror group Eta
A man with a scarf with a Spanish flag and reading "Justice" at an anti-Eta demonstration in Madrid in October 2013. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spain vows to crush 'still alive' terror group Eta

Spain's government vowed on Monday that it would smash the Basque separatist group Eta after claiming that it was still "alive" three years after it ended its violence. READ  

What's on in Spain: November 2014

What's on in Spain: November 2014

November in Spain is bursting at the seams for lovers of art, culture, food and sport. Find out what's on as The Local showcases the best the country has to offer in the month before Christmas. READ  

UN slams Spain over assault on migrant
A still image from the video in which Melilla Civil Guard officers are shown beating a migrant before carrying him to the other side of the fence. Screen grab: Prodein/AFP

UN slams Spain over assault on migrant

The United Nations has criticized Spain over a recent incident which saw a Cameroonian man dumped back inside Morocco after video footage showed him being assaulted by Spanish border police. READ  

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Missing Vienna teen appears in Isis video
Screenshot from Youtube showing the teenager believed to be Oliver N.

Missing Vienna teen appears in Isis video

A 16-year-old Viennese student who was reported as missing by Interpol has appeared in a video on the internet calling on Muslims to “kill infidels” and join Islamic State (Isis) militants. READ  

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection
Irving Dunn has lived in Switzerland for 43 years. Photo: SRF

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection

A 75-year-old American denied Swiss citizenship earlier this week, despite having lived in the country for 43 years, told The Local on Thursday that he is hoping for a “second chance” with the authorities who rejected his application. READ  

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
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German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight

Members of a German motorcycle gang have travelled to Syria to join Kurds fighting against Islamic extremists (Isis), raising the prospect of Germans fighting Germans in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Denmark drops its first bombs on Isis targets
Danish fighter jets have participated in 11 "offensive operations". Photo: Forsvarskommandoen

Denmark drops its first bombs on Isis targets

Danish F-16 jets have dropped their first bombs on Isis targets, military officials said on Monday. READ  

Ebola fears
Ebola: Air France flight from Paris held in Spain
An Air France plane was grounded in Madrid on Thursday over fears a passenger had contracted Ebola. Photo: AFP

Ebola: Air France flight from Paris held in Spain

UPDATED: An Air France flight from Paris was grounded in Madrid on Thursday after passenger fell ill. The sick man, who had just returned from Africa has been isolated while tests are carried out. He complained of shivering but is not reported to have had a fever. READ  

The Local List
Where's the best place to live in Italy?

Where's the best place to live in Italy?

Want to know which Italian region has the best and worst healthcare? Or the highest and lowest incomes? And what about housing quality? Read on to discover the best (and worst) that Italy's regions have to offer. READ  

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
Norway's richest man Kjell Inge Røkke. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List

A list of Norway' highest taxed of 2013 was published by the government on Friday, showing businessman Kjell Inge Røkke and a 19-year-old are the top richest people in the country. READ  

Stockholm 'Russian sub' alert
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Commanding officer Jonas Wikström holds a press conference after reports of foreign underwater activity in Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund

Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat

UPDATED: Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a foreign threat in the waters, with the size of the operation unchanged overnight. READ  

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