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Legionnaire's disease kills two in Spain
Legionnaire's disease is a lung infection caused by the legionella bacteria. Photo: Pierre Franck Colombier/AFP

Legionnaire's disease kills two in Spain

Two people have died and 20 others have fallen ill in an outbreak of the lung infection Legionnaire's disease in northeastern Spain, regional health authorities said on Tuesday. READ  

Champions League
Real silence doubters with Basel thrashing
Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, James Rodríguez and Benzema all scored against Basel on Tuesday night. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Real silence doubters with Basel thrashing

Real Madrid put their La Liga woes behind them to get their defence of the Champions League off to a flying start with a 5-1 hammering of Basel on Tuesday. READ  

EU's new green energy man flogs his oil shares
The total value of Cañete's oil shares stands at €320,000, an asset declaration report he presented in the Spanish Parliament suggests. Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP

EU's new green energy man flogs his oil shares

The EU's newly appointed Climate Action and Energy commissioner - Spain's controversial politician Miguel Arias Cañete - has decided to sell €320,000 ($414,000) worth in shares in two oil companies owned by his wife's family to avoid a 'conflict of interests'. READ  

Catalonia crisis
'We'll axe their autonomy but won't send in tanks'
Margallo also gave his opinion that a 'yes' vote in Thursday's Scottish independence referendum would lead to a "Balkanization" of Europe. Photo: ISHARA S.KODIKARA / AFP

'We'll axe their autonomy but won't send in tanks'

José Manuel García-Margallo, Spain's Foreign Minister, has said that his government would use "all means necessary" to stop the planned independence referendum in Catalonia, including stripping the region of its autonomous powers, but ruled out 'sending in the tanks' because it was 'not in the constitution'. READ  

VIDEO
Spanish bus driver busted texting at wheel
The driver reportedly ignored passenger complaints and only stopped texting when he saw that he was being filmed. Screen Grab: YouTube/El Periódico

Spanish bus driver busted texting at wheel

The driver of a shuttle bus service between Barcelona's airport and city centre is facing disciplinary action after a passenger videoed him sending WhatsApp messages on his mobile phone while steering through traffic. READ  

'Drunk' tamer ties bear to lamp post in hail storm
Village authorities had paid the man to make the bear walk with a music band and pretend to play the trumpet. Photo: FAADA

'Drunk' tamer ties bear to lamp post in hail storm

A Spanish animal rights group is suing a circus worker who left a bear tied to a lamp post in the middle of a hail storm while he went to a bar to have a drink. READ  

Madrid unveils Margaret Thatcher square
The square is in the wealthy Salamanca district and was previously un-named. Photo: GERRY PENNY / AFP / Google Street View

Madrid unveils Margaret Thatcher square

The Spanish capital became the first city in the world to name a square after Margaret Thatcher, the controversial former British Prime Minister whose political legacy still divides opinion. READ  

Business
Orange buys up Spanish rival for €3.4 billion
If the acquisition goes ahead, Orange expects synergies worth €1.3 billion from the deal. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Orange buys up Spanish rival for €3.4 billion

French telecom giant Orange on Monday made a €3.4-billion offer ($4.4 billion) to acquire Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel. READ  

Spain's prehistoric cave art open to lucky few
Experts weren't sure the paintings could withstand the breath and germs of visitors. Handout photo: Museo Arqueológico Nacional de España

Spain's prehistoric cave art open to lucky few

A cave in Spain containing some of the world's most precious prehistoric art will stay open for trial visits after decades closed for conservation reasons. READ  

Catalan leader's son denies graft allegations
Jordi Pujol Ferrusola is suspected of collecting millions of euros by winning bids on government contracts and hiding the money in foreign bank accounts. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Catalan leader's son denies graft allegations

The son of a former president of Catalonia denied tax fraud and money-laundering allegations in court on Monday in a probe that has tarnished the region's campaign for independence from Spain. READ  

Features
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  

The Local List
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  

Travelling Spain
Top ten: best bike rides in Spain
From short family day-trips with family to mega two-week circuits, Spain offers something for all cyclists. Photo of a cyclist: Shutterstock

Top ten: best bike rides in Spain

To honour the start of the 2014 edition of Spain's amazing Vuelta cycling race on Saturday, The Local has put together a list of some of the greatest Spanish bicycle rides. Saddle up everyone! READ  

More News
Dutchman in Spanish jail waits for DNA justice
The case has remained tied up in legal red tape despite DNA evidence linking a convicted British killer and rapist to the crime. Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Maggie Bartlett, NHGRI

Dutchman in Spanish jail waits for DNA justice

A Dutchman convicted of sexually assaulting three women in Spain has been in prison for the last 11 years despite DNA results 7 years ago suggesting he wasn't the culprit. READ  

Catalonia crisis
'What weapon to punish separatist Catalan boss?'
The tweet, which has since been deleted, shows a photo of the Catalan leader surrounded by different weapons, including a handgun, a grenade, a broken glass bottle and a grenade. Photo: Twitter/PP Mas

'What weapon to punish separatist Catalan boss?'

Popular Party representatives in a village in Catalonia sent out a photo tweet on Saturday suggesting various weapons which could be used against the region’s president Artur Mas if he continues to push for a referendum on independence. READ  

Photos & Videos
Tornado twists past Spanish nudist beach
Waterspouts are intense vortexes of whirling air that form over water under certain climactic conditions. Waterspout photo: Flickr/Niccolò Ubalducci

Tornado twists past Spanish nudist beach

A type of tornado known as a waterspout surprised bathers on a famous nudist beach near the Catalan city of Tarragona on Sunday when it swirled close to the shore in a spectacular vortex of wind and water. READ  

Spanish youths fined for late-night Ludo session
The Ludo players were fined for meeting and drinking non-alcoholic beverages in an "unauthorized area". Photo:Wikipedia Commons/ajmint

Spanish youths fined for late-night Ludo session

Eight people were each fined €101 ($130) last Wednesday for playing the Ludo board game late at night in Malaga by police who had received complaints from neighbours about the "noise made by the dice". READ  

Spain's divisive abortion law to be shelved: source
A member of feminist group Femen disguised as a skeleton is arrested during a protest in March against the controversial abortion law. Photo: Curro de la Torre/AFP

Spain's divisive abortion law to be shelved: source

After months of demonstrations for and against a draft bill which would see Spain have its most stringent abortion laws since the 1980s, a leading Spanish daily is claiming the country's Prime Minister is preparing to shelve it. READ  

France releases unseen Picasso 'doodle' letter
The letter, to his friend the French poet Max Jacob, comes from a private collection and is displayed at the fine arts museum in the western city of Quimper. Photo: Ralph Gatti/Fred Tanneau/AFP

France releases unseen Picasso 'doodle' letter

A previously unseen letter written by Pablo Picasso, complete with sketches, has gone on display in western France. READ  

Barcelona is Spain's priciest tourist spot: poll
Taxis in Barcelona cost almost 34 per cent more than in the second most expensive Spanish city, Soria. Photo: LLUIS GENE/AFP

Barcelona is Spain's priciest tourist spot: poll

A study by travel website TripAdvisor has concluded that Barcelona is the most expensive place to visit in Spain, with average costs for accommodation, taxis and entertainment almost double those of the cheapest city, Lugo. READ  

Spanish cyclist Contador wins his country's Tour
Although Contador lost 27sec to Chris Froome, he did enough to add to his 2008 and 2012 Vuelta victories, taking his Grand Tour successes to six.Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Spanish cyclist Contador wins his country's Tour

Alberto Contador won his third Vuelta a España as Italian Adriano Malori took victory on the final stage 9.7km timetrial in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday. READ  

Spain's El Corte Inglés store boss dies
Photo: PP Marcou/AFP,Hannu Makarainen/Flickr

Spain's El Corte Inglés store boss dies

The chairman of Europe’s biggest department store and a household name in Spain died on Sunday aged 79. READ  

Mum who froze babies ‘not insane’: doctors
After giving birth in the bath tub, the woman claims the baby wasn’t breathing and decided to freeze it.Photo: Chris Waits/Flickr

Mum who froze babies ‘not insane’: doctors

Psychiatric experts studying a Spanish mother who allegedly killed two of her babies and hid their bodies in her kitchen freezer have told a Seville judge she has no mental illness. READ  

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From our other editions:
Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row
Photo: Shutterstock

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row

Police in Geneva arrested an Italian woman over a spat about the size of her hand luggage when boarding an easyJet flight from the Swiss city to Venice, according to a media report. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Isis fighters (l) and Thomas de Mazière (r) Photo: DPA/EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting
The shooting took place on a side street to Copenhagen's Town Hall Square. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting

Two victims were hit by shots from a sawed-off shotgun on Tuesday morning. One has died and the other is in critical condition. READ  

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike
Air France pilots are strike to strike on Monday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike

With negotiations sputtering, it’s looking increasingly likely that Air France pilots are going to carry out their threat of a “massive” walkout on Monday. Their unions have called for a week-long strike over re-organization plans. READ  

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'
Paolo Dall'Oglio was kidnapped in Syria more than a year ago. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'

An Italian priest who has been missing in Syria for more than a year was held with James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last month, a Syrian dissident has said. READ  

Ships without crew set for the seas
In the near-future merchant ships may sail with the aid of technology, not humans. Photo: Luigi Cotrufo / Scanpix

Ships without crew set for the seas

Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the red-greens and the Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

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