Top ten surprising Spanish inventions

Top ten surprising Spanish inventions

In this week's The Local List, we take you on a voyage into Spain's most groundbreaking ideas and inventions, from the humble bucket and mop to the world's first space suit.

Knife wielding driver tries to run over Malaga police

Knife wielding driver tries to run over Malaga police

A visibly drunk man tried to run over a police officer in Malaga on Saturday before going on to threaten other officers with a knife.

Brand Spain seeks boost with Brussels fiesta

Brand Spain seeks boost with Brussels fiesta

The Spanish Government launched their controversial 'Marca España' (Brand Spain) initiative in Brussels on Tuesday, a program designed to promote the image of the country abroad.

Basques turn backs on indepedence

Basques turn backs on indepedence

More than half of all Basques are against the idea of independence from Spain, a new study shows.

Real Madrid squash Zidane coach rumours

Real Madrid squash Zidane coach rumours

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Zinedine Zidane has all the right coaching qualifications needed to replace Jose Mourinho in the dugout at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Spanish giants believe he needs more experience before being considered for the position.

Spain’s top cigarette firm takes axe to workforce

Spain’s top cigarette firm takes axe to workforce

Spain's number one cigarette company Altadis, the producer of renowned cigarette brands Gauloises, Nobel and Fortuna, announced on Wednesday it will axe nearly 10 percent of its staff in Spain as cigarette sales slump in the face of no-smoking bans and a booming black market in the country.

Google honours Spanish poetry great

Google honours Spanish poetry great

The internet search engine Google has marked the 115th anniversary of the birth of the famous Spanish poet Federico García Lorca with one of its famous home page 'doodles', or logos commemorating important holidays and events.

El Corte Inglés slammed in pay equality dispute

El Corte Inglés slammed in pay equality dispute

Spain’s largest department store chain El Corte Inglés has been given just three months by the country’s National High Court to balance out salaries between its male and female employees. At least 25,000 female employees at the company are believed to get slimmer wage packets than their male counterparts.

Shaolin torturer’s young victim passes away

Shaolin torturer’s young victim passes away

The woman who was tortured by a self-proclaimed martial arts expert in Bilbao has died.

The Local launches Italy’s news in English

The Local launches Italy’s news in English

As The Local flings open its doors in Rome on Wednesday, country editor Angela Giuffrida tells us what to expect from the network’s bright new Italy edition.

Spain tops world gay-friendly rankings

Spain tops world gay-friendly rankings

Spanish people are more accepting of homosexuality than is the case anywhere else in the world, a new study shows.

Andalusia ramps up food aid for needy children

Andalusia ramps up food aid for needy children

Schools in Spain's southern Andalucia region, which has the country's highest jobless rate, have started providing free breakfasts and snacks to around 11,000 needy students.