Spaniards eye one-way ticket to Mars

Spaniards eye one-way ticket to Mars

Eleven Spaniards have made a bid for a place on Mars One, an international project to set up a human colony on Mars. It’s a one-way ticket but in the project's first two weeks 78,000 people around the world have already applied.

‘That’s like Paris Hilton founding convents’

‘That’s like Paris Hilton founding convents’

Some politicians prefer to toil away quietly in the background for the public good. Spain's Esperanza Aguirre is not one of them. Meet The Local's very outspoken Spanish Face of the Week.

Greenpeace clamber up congress in coast protest

Greenpeace clamber up congress in coast protest

Eight Greenpeace activists have been arrested after they climbed up to the top of the Spanish Congress, or national parliament, on Thursday morning in protest against a new law that will, in some cases, reduce the protection belt for building along Spain’s coastline from 100 to 20 metres.

TV prayer row stirs psychologist outrage

TV prayer row stirs psychologist outrage

Spain's national television broadcaster TVE has come under fire for a news segment in which psychologists were misquoted as saying that prayer can help people suffering from the effects of the country's economic crisis.

Film-maker Haneke wins Spain’s top art prize

Film-maker Haneke wins Spain’s top art prize

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke won one of Spain's highest honours, the Prince of Asturias prize for arts, on Thursday.

‘We can’t have jails with pools and plasma TVs’

‘We can’t have jails with pools and plasma TVs’

Spain’s Interior Ministry has called into question the building of a new prison in the Basque country which will see each inmate have a flat screen TV in their cell and the use of a brand-new indoor pool.

Spain lifts lid on baby-trafficking racket

Spain lifts lid on baby-trafficking racket

Spanish police said Wednesday they had uncovered a racket in which babies born to needy mothers in Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla were sold to wealthy families in Spain during the 1970s and 1980s.

Nadal cruises as Azarenka crashes out

Nadal cruises as Azarenka crashes out

Rafael Nadal made a comfortable start to his quest for a third Madrid Masters title on Wednesday but Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka slumped to a shock exit.

Madrid stymies Catalan independence push

Madrid stymies Catalan independence push

Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday put a brake on Catalonia's drive for a referendum on independence by opening the door to a legal challenge against the region's claim to sovereignty.

Madrid hit Malaga for six to delay Barça title party

Madrid hit Malaga for six to delay Barça title party

Real Madrid once again ensured Barcelona will have to wait a few more days before sealing the La Liga title as they beat nine-man Malaga 6-2 in a wildly open game at the Santiago Bernabeu.