Top Ten: Spaniards who shaped the news in 2013

Top Ten: Spaniards who shaped the news in 2013

With 2014 just around the corner, The Local takes a look at ten key figures who have shaped the news in Spain over a dramatic 12 months.

Smog alert issued for ‘toxic’ Barcelona

Smog alert issued for ‘toxic’ Barcelona

Authorities have raised an air pollution alert for the Spanish city of Barcelona, a major tourist draw which has lain for days under a toxic grey mist, an official said on Tuesday.

Code Red: Wild storms to batter Canaries

Code Red: Wild storms to batter Canaries

Up to 30 litres per square metre could fall in a single hour on the islands of Tenerife, EL Hierro and La Palma. Winds of up to 100km/hour are also expected.

Police bust ‘low-cost’ dope dealers

Police bust ‘low-cost’ dope dealers

Two men have been arrested for selling cheap 'anti-crisis' drug packages to school students in the Spanish city of Alicante.

EU backs Spain’s ‘destructive’ trawlers

EU backs Spain’s ‘destructive’ trawlers

The European Parliament has narrowly rejected a ban on bottom trawling, blamed by environmentalists for massive deep-sea destruction but defended by Spain and France.

Banned: Boys’ guide on ‘how to mistreat women’

Banned: Boys’ guide on ‘how to mistreat women’

A joke book for young boys has been taken off the market after Spain's Women's Institute threatened to take the publishing company to court over its chauvinistic content.

Child ‘brainwashed’ into protesting: Government

Child ‘brainwashed’ into protesting: Government

The government of Spain's Valencia region is investigating a local primary school where it says children as young as six could have been 'brainwashed' into carrying out a political protest.

Rebels capture Spanish journalists in Syria

Rebels capture Spanish journalists in Syria

A radical group linked to Al-Qaeda kidnapped two Spanish journalists reporting in Syria in September and is holding them captive, El Mundo newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ronaldo eyes Champions League goal record

Ronaldo eyes Champions League goal record

Cristiano Ronaldo can set a new record for goals scored in a Champions League group stage when already-qualified Real Madrid visit FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.