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Spain is shipping in police to boost forces in Catalonia ahead of referendum

Spain is shipping in police to boost forces in Catalonia ahead of referendum

Spain's interior ministry has chartered three ferries to house police sent to back up forces in Catalonia where Madrid is pulling out the stops to halt an outlawed independence referendum.

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Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Want to go on a real adventure and help a disadvantaged community at the same time? You can, and here's how...

 
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MEPs urge Spain to release Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalcin

MEPs urge Spain to release Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalcin

Nine Swedish members of the European Parliament have written to Spain's prime minister and justice minister, demanding the release of Swedish-Turkish journalist Hamza Yalcin.

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Nine essential Spanish phrases for the modern traveller

Nine essential Spanish phrases for the modern traveller

Want to learn useful Spanish phrases and nail the accent? With Tandem, you can instantly connect with a native speaker and practice for free.

 
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The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

Moving abroad? Nothing helps you feel at home faster than having a new luxury car to zip around in. And it's easier to get one than you think.

 
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Madrid has imposed 'de facto' state of emergency in Catalonia

Madrid has imposed 'de facto' state of emergency in Catalonia

Catalonia's leader accused Madrid Wednesday of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region, with a series of measures to prevent an illegal independence referendum taking place.

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The eleven most annoying Spanish false friends of all time

The eleven most annoying Spanish false friends of all time

Spanish is full of false friends and can sometimes be a linguistic minefield. The Local takes a look at some of the worst offenders.

'The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste'

'The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste'

OPINION: It is time to stop moving the EU parliament between Brussels and Strasbourg every month, argues Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and the Single Seat Steering group.

Two injured during ‘running of the balls’ fiesta

Two injured during ‘running of the balls’ fiesta

Swapping balls for bulls makes for an animal-cruelty free fiesta but it is still proving quite a trecherous activity.

Ten great reasons to visit San Sebastián

Ten great reasons to visit San Sebastián

As the San Sebastián film festival gets underway this week, here's a reminder why the northern coastal city is well worth a visit.

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Eight of the most outrageous rude expressions to learn in Spanish

Eight of the most outrageous rude expressions to learn in Spanish

Spaniards, from young children to old people, just love to swear. The Local gives you a round-up of some of the more bizarre phrases.

Thousands of Basques march in solidarity with Catalan independence vote

Thousands of Basques march in solidarity with Catalan independence vote

Thousands of Basques holding banners that read "we want to decide" marched Saturday in support of Catalonia's independence referendum to separate from Madrid, which Basque separatists have long fought for.

Worried Catalan employers make referendum back-up plans

Worried Catalan employers make referendum back-up plans

Catalonia's powerful business leaders are starting to lose their patience with an increasingly bitter tussle over an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.

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French au pair found murdered and burned in London garden

French au pair found murdered and burned in London garden

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Catalan independence: 'Politicians are acting like children with a box of matches'

Catalan independence: 'Politicians are acting like children with a box of matches'

A new book provides valuable insight into how a surge of separatist feeling has gripped Catalonia and put it on a collision course with Madrid.

Catalonia's mayors caught in referendum crossfire

Catalonia's mayors caught in referendum crossfire

Whether they have come out as supporters or opponents of an independence referendum banned by Madrid, Catalan mayors are all under pressure and some even say they have received death threats.

Real Madrid star benched over infected pimple from shaving legs

Real Madrid star benched over infected pimple from shaving legs

Rising star Marco Asensio missed out on his club’s Champions League opener on Wednesday due to an infection caused by shaving his legs.

Death toll from Spain attacks rises to 16 with death of German woman

Death toll from Spain attacks rises to 16 with death of German woman

The number of people killed in twin vehicle attacks in Spain last week rose to 16 on Sunday, local authorities in Barcelona said.

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain

It's almost the start of a new school year and that means a whole new intake of Erasmus students will flood into Spain. Here's what makes Spain the most popular destination for students on the European exchange programme.

Bilbao health authority in hot water over cocaine sniffing 'kit'

Bilbao health authority in hot water over cocaine sniffing 'kit'

Health authorities distributed plastic cards with advice for how to chop cocaine and sniff it safely.

112-year-old Spaniard claims title of world’s oldest man

112-year-old Spaniard claims title of world’s oldest man

A Spaniard has become the oldest man in the world at the grand old age of 112 years and eight months.

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Erdogan critic urges Spain to block his extradition to Turkey

Erdogan critic urges Spain to block his extradition to Turkey

A Turkish-born German writer facing extradition from Spain to Turkey, which accuses him of "terrorism", on Wednesday urged Madrid not to send him to a country that is "slipping towards fascism".