Spain’s opposition calls for secret abortion vote

Spain’s opposition calls for secret abortion vote

Spain's largest opposition party, the socialist PSOE, is hoping to block the progress of the country's controversial draft abortion law by making the ballot secret.

Talking Jesus doll teaches kids how to pray

Talking Jesus doll teaches kids how to pray

Conservative Spanish daily ABC is promoting the online sale of "Little Jesus of my life", a cuddly toy which teaches and records children's prayers.

Wanted UK paedophile arrested in Canaries

Wanted UK paedophile arrested in Canaries

Police on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria on Thursday arrested a British pensioner wanted for sex crimes involving minors. He had been travelling using his brother's passport.

New car sales rise on back of subsidies in 2013

New car sales rise on back of subsidies in 2013

Recession-hit Spaniards bought more cars and trucks in 2013, halting a two-year plunge in the market as they cashed in state subsidies for scrapping old vehicles, industry figures showed on Thursday.

New year kicks off with lower borrowing rates

New year kicks off with lower borrowing rates

Borrowing rates for Spain and Italy dipped below 4.0 percent on Thursday in a comforting new year start for countries whose economies are still considered the eurozone's weakest links.

Ten ways to spice up your Spanish life in 2014

Ten ways to spice up your Spanish life in 2014

Need some inspiration for ways to spice up your Spanish life in 2014? Here The Local offers you ten easy-to-achieve resolutions that will make this year in Spain one to look back on with pride.

Spanish firm halts $5.3b Panama Canal project

Spanish firm halts $5.3b Panama Canal project

A Spanish-led consortium threatened on Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (€3.9-billion) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.

VIDEO: What pregnant Spaniards miss most

VIDEO: What pregnant Spaniards miss most

Spanish women crave one food above all others when they're pregnant. A new advertising campaign is hoping to cash in on this by offering new mothers their baby's weight in that product.

Row over lion cubs at Spanish celebrity fiesta

Row over lion cubs at Spanish celebrity fiesta

Spanish celebrity Kiko Rivera caused controversy on New Year's Eve when he decided to invite two lion cubs along to his party on the outskirts of Seville.

Cable car fail: 70 trapped in Barcelona breakdown

Cable car fail: 70 trapped in Barcelona breakdown

Seventy people in Barcelona were trapped 85 metres above ground level on New Year's Day when the famous city cable car they were travelling in suffered technical problems.

Major parties start new year on back foot

Major parties start new year on back foot

Spain's two largest political parties are both struggling in the polls but the ruling conservative Popular Party still has a nine point advantage over its closest rival, the socialist PSOE, a new poll shows.

Repsol slashes debt via Shell gas deal

Repsol slashes debt via Shell gas deal

Spanish oil group Repsol announced on Thursday that it has completed the sale of its liquefied natural assets to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.1 billion (€3 billion), slashing its heavy debt load.