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DNA from 78 crash victims found
Crews resumed work at the remote mountainside on Sunday. Photo: DPA

DNA from 78 crash victims found

Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts recovered from the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. READ  

Post office cleared due to suspicious package
Photo: AFP

Post office cleared due to suspicious package

A package containing "a suspicious white substance" led to the evacuation of a Madrid post office on Saturday. Emergency services said 23 people underwent decontamination as a safety precaution. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Crash co-pilot told ex 'all will know my name'
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Crash co-pilot told ex 'all will know my name'

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild. READ  

Germanwings co-pilot hid illness from airline
A memorial in the town of Vernet, near the scene of the crash. Photo: AFP

Germanwings co-pilot hid illness from airline

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said Friday amid reports he was severely depressed. READ  

Britain seeks scientific collaboration with Spain
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Britain seeks scientific collaboration with Spain

Britain is reaching out to scientists in Spain in the hope of strengthening the exchange of knowledge to further scientific research. 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  

Alps Plane Crash
Co-pilot had 'serious' depressive episode
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Co-pilot had 'serious' depressive episode

Update: Police said they had no "smoking gun" after a search of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's home, after tabloid Bild reported on Friday that Lubitz received treatment for a “serious depressive episode” during a break in his training six years ago. READ  

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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  

Pompeu Fabra named 'young gun' university
Photo of Pompeu Fabra University building. Photo: Teresa Grau Ros/Flickr

Pompeu Fabra named 'young gun' university

Spain's Pompeu Fabra has been named on a list of the seven "fastest rising young universities in the world" by UK-based Times Higher Education. READ  

Pensioner claims €15m Picasso was a gift
Celebrated Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Photo: Ralph Gatti/AFP

Pensioner claims €15m Picasso was a gift

UPDATED: Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth €15 million after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free. READ  

Features
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  

My Spanish Career
'There is joy in learning something new yourself'
Samantha Chappell is an English primary school teacher in Oviedo

'There is joy in learning something new yourself'

Samantha Chappell took a sabbatical from a publishing job in London to spend a summer living in the northern city of Oviedo. She loved it so much that eight years later she is still there and has discovered her vocation. 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  

Opinion

The five strangest things about Spaniards

After two years at the helm of The Local Spain, George Mills is moving on. Here he reflects on some of the most puzzling aspects of life in a country he believes is one of the greatest places to live in the world. READ  

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Airlines rush to bring in two-person cockpit rule
Two people in the cockpit at all times. That will be the new rules for many airlines now. Photo: Mathieu Marquer/Flickr

Airlines rush to bring in two-person cockpit rule

Airlines around the world including low-cost carrier easyJet, rushed to implement a new rule that two crew members must be in the cockpit at all times. It follows revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane deliberately crashed the aircraft. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Police search co-pilot's home in Germany
Photo:DPA

Police search co-pilot's home in Germany

UPDATED: The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane refused to open the cockpit door and seemed to "want to destroy the plane", a French prosecutor has said. DPA reported police are investigating his home. READ  

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Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?
Can any security system prevent a pilot from committing murder-suicide? Photo: AFP

Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?

The discovery that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane will inevitably raise questions about security on airplanes, but is it really possible to prevent a pilot from committing mass murder-suicide? READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot
Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of crashing the Germanwings plane into the French Alps. Photo: Twitter

What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot

Here's what we know about the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who French prosecutors suspect deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?
A helicopter flies at the scene of the crash site in the French Alps. Photo: AFP

What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?

After it emerged that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit as Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed and killed 150 on board, speculation has swirled as to what exactly happened in the moments before the disaster. READ  

Protests as Spain's gag law comes into force
"Freedom to protest!" reads a sign held by a protester on February 14th 2015. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Protests as Spain's gag law comes into force

A new "gagging law", criticized by the United Nations and Council of Europe is to be passed on Thursday by the Spanish parliament. READ  

Scare after emergency landing at Barcelona
A plane from the Spanish low-cost airline Vueling. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Scare after emergency landing at Barcelona

A Vueling flight had to make an emergency landing at Barcelona’s El Prat airport this morning a little after takeoff because of a "burning smell". READ  

New law welcomes back Spain's expelled Jews
Children standing outside "El Transito" synagogue and Sephardic museum in Toledo. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

New law welcomes back Spain's expelled Jews

Descendants of Sephardic Jews who were banished from Spain in 1492 are to be allowed Spanish citizenship, under a new law approved on Wednesday. READ  

Spain signs world's first organ trafficking treaty

Spain signs world's first organ trafficking treaty

Fourteen European nations signed on Wednesday in Spain the first ever international treaty to fight human organ trafficking, a business that generates over one billion dollars in illegal profits worldwide every year. READ  

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Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial
The Mauthausen Memorial site. Photo: APA/Rubra

Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial

A 71-year-old doctor from Upper Austria has been sentenced to one year’s house arrest for Holocaust denial. 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  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

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As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps
Emergency services are on the scene. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps

AS IT HAPPENED: An airbus A320 carrying 150 people has crashed in the southern French Alps. French President François Hollande has said there are no survivors from the crash. READ  

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian
A 42-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping, raping and beating a Swedish model. Italian police photo: Shutterstock

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian

UPDATED: A 22-year-old Swedish model has been hospitalized after allegedly being kidnapped, raped and beaten over a six month period by an Italian man in a town near Milan. READ  

Police find torture clips on refugee phones
An image from an Islamic State propaganda video released in March.

Police find torture clips on refugee phones

Norwegian Police have found video clips of torture, mutilation, and executions saved on the mobile phones of those seeking asylum in Norway, the Police Immigration Service has told the country’s Dagsavisen newspaper. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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