Somali pirate suspects stand trial in Madrid

Somali pirate suspects stand trial in Madrid

Six Somali men went on trial on Monday in Madrid accused of trying to attack a Spanish warship in 2012 during an anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean.

‘Making mistakes is the only way to learn’

‘Making mistakes is the only way to learn’

In the latest edition of My Spanish Career, The Local speaks to Madrid-based journalist Ann Bateson about how she ended up producing her own radio show in Spain, the importance of professional risks, and why she once interviewed a flamenco star in a toilet.

Fake paralympians escape cheating charges

Fake paralympians escape cheating charges

The man who was responsible for sending a team of 'fake' disabled basketball players to the Sydney Paralympic Games has been fined — 13 years after the fact.

Top 15: Spain’s most beautiful villages

Top 15: Spain’s most beautiful villages

The Local takes a wander through Spain's most charming villages in a gallery which is sure to get you packing your bag and setting off on a memorable road trip.

‘Brits in Spain should learn to help themselves’

‘Brits in Spain should learn to help themselves’

You can't always expect the British consulate will help you if you are in trouble: that was the key message for British expats given by Britain's Ambassador to Spain during a recent television interview.

‘Dirty, decaying, broke’: Newspaper slams Madrid

‘Dirty, decaying, broke’: Newspaper slams Madrid

Spain’s biggest newspaper published a controversial article about Madrid on Sunday in which they labelled the Spanish capital as “decaying”, “bankrupt” and “dirty” in the wake of its third consecutive Olympic bid failure.

VIDEO: Giant squid found on Spanish beach

VIDEO: Giant squid found on Spanish beach

A giant squid washed ashore in northern Spain recently, with the odd-looking 9-metre (30 foot) long creature causing both amazement and disgust among locals.

Returning teachers vow trilingual war ‘not over’

Returning teachers vow trilingual war ‘not over’

Schools in Spain's Balearic Islands opened for business again on Monday after a three-week strike against against a new trilingual education law which many argue undermine the role of Catalan in the classroom.

Nadal regains number one despite China loss

Nadal regains number one despite China loss

It was a bittersweet end for the Majorcan tennis player at the China Open as he lost 6-3, 6-4 to arch rival Novak Djokovic in the final but regained the number one spot in the world rankings after nearly two years.

Italian tragedy highlights Spain’s refugee crisis

Italian tragedy highlights Spain’s refugee crisis

Packed in wooden boats or rubber dinghies, migrants from Africa are still making the journey across the sea to try to enter Spain illegally despite the perils highlighted by the tragic shipwreck off Italy.