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In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014
Penitents in Zamora during celebrations to mark Easter in Spain. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014

As Spain's Holy Week draws to a close, The Local showcases some of the best images from a week of drama, pageantry and mystery. READ () »

Arrested: Spanish art swindler wanted by FBI
Bergantiños is wanted for allegedly creating fake artworks by painters including Jackson Pollock, who created the artwork in this image. File photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Arrested: Spanish art swindler wanted by FBI

A Spanish art dealer who made world headlines through earning millions of dollars by allegedly producing and selling fake artworks by major artists has been arrested during Easter celebrations in southern Spain. READ () »

Deadly road accidents mar Easter holidays
Photo of heavy traffic: Shutterstock

Deadly road accidents mar Easter holidays

Thirty-two people have died on Spain's roads during Holy Week celebrations, six more than last year, the country's traffic authority reported on Monday. READ () »

50% of Spaniards believe Catalonia will vote: Poll
Catalans surround a giant Independentist Catalan flag (Senyara), as part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day on September 11, 2013. File photo: José Jordan

50% of Spaniards believe Catalonia will vote: Poll

Half of all Spaniards believe Catalonia will defy the central government in Madrid and goes ahead with a planned independence vote, with almost the same number saying the region should lose its autonomous powers if that happens, a new poll shows. READ () »

Gibraltar power restored after massive fire
The fire at Gibraltar's main Waterport power station cut electricity supplies to the diminutive UK territory, ruining Easter festivities. Photo: Twitter

Gibraltar power restored after massive fire

Power has been restored to all of Gibraltar after a fire at a local power station left the UK territory without electricity for much of Easter Sunday, a blackout that hit its key gambling industry hard. READ () »

Four confirmed dead after helicopter crash

Four confirmed dead after helicopter crash

A military helicopter that crashed into the sea near the Canary Islands was found on Sunday with the bodies of its four missing crew members inside, the Spanish government said. READ () »

People are being unfair to Messi: Barça chief
Lionel Messi trudges off the pitch after Barcelona's Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid. AFP Photo: Cesar Manso

People are being unfair to Messi: Barça chief

Lionel Messi will continue to be Barcelona's leading light despite the Argentine superstar suffering a stream of criticism in recent weeks, the Spanish team's president said Saturday. READ () »

Atletico maintain title push with Elche win
Diego Costa celebrates after scoring in Atletico Madrid's victory over Elche. AFP Photo/Dani Pozo

Atletico maintain title push with Elche win

Atletico Madrid took another step towards their first La Liga title for 18 years as two goals in the last 20 minutes handed them a 2-0 win over Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday. READ () »

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain
A ship of the Spanish national coastguard. File photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain

Three seamen were found dead and two others were missing after a fishing boat capsized off Spain's northern coast on Thursday, the coastguard said. READ () »

Spain ejects seven illegal migrants from tiny island
File image of Congress Island. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Spain ejects seven illegal migrants from tiny island

Spain on Wednesday sent back to Morocco seven sub-Saharan African migrants who arrived at an uninhabited Spanish island near the Moroccan coast on an inflatable boat, officials said. READ () »

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Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014
Which Spanish beach will you be visiting this year? Photo of Playa de Las Catedrales: Shutterstock

Top ten: Spain's best beaches 2014

With Spain's long summer on the not-too-distant horizon, The Local takes a look at some of the best beach destinations around in the country for 2014. Read on to find out where you could be relaxing some time soon. READ () »

JobTalk Spain
Spain's hottest jobs 2014
Job Interview Photo: Shutterstock

Spain's hottest jobs 2014

Spain's unemployment rate may be at a record high but it's not all doom and gloom in the jobs market according to Adecco, a human resource consulting company, who have identified 15 in-demand positions for 2014. READ () »

JobTalk Spain
Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain
Every restaurant worth its salt in Spain has a top class cortador, or ham slicer. Photo: MJ Spain Export Consulting/Flickr

Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain

If you're planning to take the career path less travelled, Spain is full of exciting one-of-a-kind possibilities. The Local takes a look at some of the weird and wonderful jobs you won't find anywhere else. READ () »

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Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014
Staying at the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal is the closest thing to sleeping at the Bilbao Guggenheim. File photo: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Top Ten: Spain's coolest hotels 2014

Tired of staying in hotels without any character? Looking for accommodation with a difference? Then check out The Local List of Spain's coolest places to stay. We promise you'll never want to leave. READ () »

Spanish Face of the Week
'Job interview left me with crushed vertebra'
Clio Almansa says companies are exploiting young people's desperation for a job. Photo: Facebook

'Job interview left me with crushed vertebra'

This budding saleswoman was trampled on by a mob of job candidates while trying to grab a €50 (worth $70) note from the floor during a gruelling recruitment process. Meet our latest Spanish Face of the Week: Clio Almansa. READ () »

More News
Spain hails Gareth Bale's wonder goal
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (C) scores during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final "Clasico" football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on We

Spain hails Gareth Bale's wonder goal

Spain on Thursday hailed Gareth Bale's wonder goal that downed arch rivals Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey final, with national sports daily Marca dubbing him 'Gareth Bolt'. READ () »

Real Madrid fans jam streets after Cup win
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas displays the Copa del Rey trophy. Photo: AFP/Gerard Julien

Real Madrid fans jam streets after Cup win

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early on Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. READ () »

Rising imports boost Spain's trade deficit
File photo: PromoMadrid/Flickr

Rising imports boost Spain's trade deficit

Spain's trade deficit jumped by more than a third in February compared to the almost 20-year low it hit a year earlier, official data released on Wednesday shows. READ () »

Fake terrorist jailed for extorting businessmen
His extortion methods, commonly known as revolutionary tax, were actually employed by ETA until 2011. Photo of phone call: Shutterstock

Fake terrorist jailed for extorting businessmen

A man has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars after he pretended to be a member of Basque separatist group ETA in threatening letters sent out to 100 Spanish businessmen. READ () »

Spanish king's plane breaks down again
Spain's King Juan Carlos (centre) at the first UAE-Spain Economic Forum at the Emirates Palace hotel on Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP

Spanish king's plane breaks down again

Spain's King Juan Carlos saw his return home from the Middle East on Wednesday delayed after the military plane he was travelling on experienced engine problems, the fifth such incident in recent months. READ () »

Punches thrown during packed Easter parade
The aged victim of the attack received emergency treatment after the incident. Screen grab: 8 Andalusia

Punches thrown during packed Easter parade

Holy Week celebrations in the Spanish city of Seville were marred by violence on Tuesday when a young man attacked an older man in a dispute over the best spot to watch a passing religious procession. READ () »

Spanish restaurant to be world's most expensive
Sublimotion will offer a “gastro-sensory” spectacle to the lucky dozen; including lights, sounds and levitating dinner plates. Photo: YouTube

Spanish restaurant to be world's most expensive

The Spanish party island of Ibiza will soon house the most expensive restaurant on the planet, where a meal for one will cost the (not so) lucky customer a staggering €1,500 ($2075). READ () »

Immigrants gatecrash 'forgotten' Spanish isle
Isabel II Island, with a military barracks that houses around 30 soldiers is the only one of the three Chafarinas Islands which is inhabited. Photo: Miguel González Novo

Immigrants gatecrash 'forgotten' Spanish isle

Seven would-be immigrants arrived on the Spain's tiny Isla del Congresso on Monday, startling the small band of Spanish soldiers stationed on a neighbouring island. READ () »

Spain's 'corruption king' turns violent in prison
“I’m not a criminal,” Bárcenas shouted as he refused to be handcuffed behind his back, a requirement for prisoners travelling in Spain. Photo: YouTube & Pierre Phillipe Marcou/AFP

Spain's 'corruption king' turns violent in prison

The former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party won't be allowed to walk the prison courtyard for nearly five months after directing insults at Civil Guard police officers and refusing to be handcuffed. READ () »

Catalan report is wrong on independence: EU
Young activists calling for independence for Catalonia take part in a 'human chain' on the region's national day on September 11, 2013. File photo: José Jordan/AFP

Catalan report is wrong on independence: EU

The European Union has once again said an independent Catalonia would be automatically left out of the EU, a day after lobby group for the region's government released a report arguing this would not be the case. READ () »

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UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia
EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia

The UK has scuppered, at least temporarily, an agreement in principle between Bern and Brussels over the free movement of people between Switzerland and Croatia, the Swiss broadcaster RTS says. READ () »

Germany warns of war in Europe
Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Germany warns of war in Europe

Germany warned of war in Europe on Monday, with vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stating the continent was being "dragged" into a "smouldering conflict" with Russia over Ukraine. READ () »

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

VIDEO
Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra
Angelina Jordan Astar performs in the semi finals of Norway's Got Talent. Photo: YouTube

Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra

Angelina Jordan, the Norwegian eight-year-old who wowed the world with her eerily perfect Billie Holiday cover last month, has done it again with a rendition of Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang (my baby shot me down). It's so good, you suspect some trickery at play. READ () »

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Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

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