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Spanish prosecutors propose replacing Messi jail term with fine

Spanish prosecutors propose replacing Messi jail term with fine

Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced on Friday.

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6 reasons you should study a foreign language abroad

6 reasons you should study a foreign language abroad

If you’ve ever thought about learning a foreign language or exploring a new country, you should probably read this.

 
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Gay-friendly Madrid gears up for WorldPride LGBT celebrations

Gay-friendly Madrid gears up for WorldPride LGBT celebrations

Some two million revellers are expected in Madrid starting on Friday as the Spanish capital hosts WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

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Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

In a globalised world, transferring money abroad doesn't have to be costly and complicated.

 
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Ramadan prayers at Catholic site spark controversy in Granada

Ramadan prayers at Catholic site spark controversy in Granada

The chosen place for Ramadan prayers in Granada provoked outrage from some because it is the site of a Virgin Mary statue that is revered by Roman Catholics.

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What international health plan best suits you?

What international health plan best suits you?

No two people and no two expat stories are the same – so why should health plans be?

 
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GALLERY: Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

GALLERY: Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

The first heatwave of the summer is officially here and the mercury is rising - for those of you who can't get to a beach, The Local offers you our tips on keeping cool in the city.

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Spain says it would not block general Brexit agreement over Gibraltar

Spain says it would not block general Brexit agreement over Gibraltar

Spain's Foreign Minister on Monday dismissed the idea that his country would block a general Brexit agreement over possible disagreements about Gibraltar.

Twelve classic dishes to celebrate World Tapas Day

Twelve classic dishes to celebrate World Tapas Day

In honour of World Tapas Day we've put together a list of 12 classic tapas you absolutely must try at least once in your life.

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British tourists have the most holiday 'mishaps' in Spain, survey shows

British tourists have the most holiday 'mishaps' in Spain, survey shows

A new survey found that British tourists going on holiday on the continent were most likely to suffer food poisoning or lose their phones while on vacation in Spain.

Gibraltar: a history of ill will over the Rock

Gibraltar: a history of ill will over the Rock

The UK and Spain have been at odds for centuries about what to do with “the Rock”.

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Reports of violence against women rose by 20 percent at start of year

Reports of violence against women rose by 20 percent at start of year

The number of reports of domestic violence against women increased by 20 percent within the first three months of the year, compared to the same period last year, according to a new report.

Spanish court reins in Catalan foreign policy ambitions

Spanish court reins in Catalan foreign policy ambitions

Spain's constitutional court on Wednesday forbade the pro-separatist region of Catalonia from promoting its interests abroad through a foreign policy "secretariat."

 Zara founder's cancer donation stirs controversy in Spain

Zara founder's cancer donation stirs controversy in Spain

The billionaire founder of clothing giant Zara is donating €320 million ($361 million) in cutting-edge cancer-fighting equipment to hospitals in Spain, an act that has raised stinging criticism -- to the dismay and incredulity of patients.

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Italy fines BA, Etihad over 'no-show' ticket rules

Italy fines BA, Etihad over 'no-show' ticket rules

Italy's competition watchdog on Friday fined British Airways and Etihad Airways for failing to adequately inform customers booking online that return legs of roundtrip tickets would be cancelled if they failed to travel on the outward journey.

 

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80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory

80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory

Spain has specific laws on protecting historical memory, and yet some would rather forget about them altogether.

Parents arrested over selling daughter for a van and €5,000

Parents arrested over selling daughter for a van and €5,000

The Spanish Civil Guard has arrested parents who are suspected of selling their 14-year-old daughter for €5,000 and a van.

Man United boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations in Spain

Man United boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations in Spain

Jose Mourinho's advisers have hit back at accusations that the Manchester United manager failed to pay millions of euros in taxes to the Spanish authorities during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

Spanish school kids seek heat relief... in funeral home

Spanish school kids seek heat relief... in funeral home

It's hot in Spain, so much so that over-heated students near Madrid were transferred from their school to a cooler place... which turned out to be the local air-conditioned funeral home.

Spain's healthcare ranks among top ten in world

Spain's healthcare ranks among top ten in world

Spain is ranked eighth in the world for its standard of healthcare, according to new research, above that of France, Germany and the UK.

Ten brilliant day trips from Madrid

Ten brilliant day trips from Madrid

Looking for the perfect refuge away from the city? The Local brings you Madrileños' top destinations for a day trip from the capital.

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EU wins prestigious 'Hispanic Nobel Peace Prize'

EU wins prestigious 'Hispanic Nobel Peace Prize'

The European Union on Wednesday received the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Concord - seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Peace Prize - for its achievements over the six decades since its formation.