Ten Catalan expressions you need to know

Ten Catalan expressions you need to know

In this week's The Local List we look at Catalonia's most colourful colloquialisms to stop you getting lost in translation next time you roam beyond the Ramblas in Barcelona.

Cops seize 900kg of cocaine in floating bags

Cops seize 900kg of cocaine in floating bags

Spanish police seized 900 kilograms (nearly 2,000 pounds) of cocaine in rucksacks found floating in the sea and fitted with tracking devices, officials said Monday.

King freezes wages of Queen and Princess

King freezes wages of Queen and Princess

King Don Juan Carlos has gone against the trend of royal secrecy in Spain and publicized the new fixed salaries of his wife Queen Sofía and daughter-in-law Princess Letizia.

Secret tape: UK’s Francis Bacon had Spanish muse

Secret tape: UK’s Francis Bacon had Spanish muse

Taped conversations have revealed that Francis Bacon gave $4 million (€3 million) as a gift to Madrid-based banker Jose Capelo, 40 years his junior, who appeared in two of the artist's paintings, after falling in love with him.

Zero tolerance to Coke plant closures

Zero tolerance to Coke plant closures

Thousands of workers from Coca-Cola bottling factories in Spain marched on Sunday in protest at plant closures they say will cost 750 jobs.

Spain vows not to thwart Scotland’s independence

Spain vows not to thwart Scotland’s independence

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Margallo has said Spain will not interfere in Scotland's quest for independence and potential entry to the EU, arguing that the cases of the British territory and that of Catalonia are "fundamentally different".

Spain’s press freedom under fire in US media

Spain’s press freedom under fire in US media

Influential US newspaper The New York Times has reported the sacking of El Mundo editor Pedro J. Ramírez as "engineered retribution" by the Spanish government and compared press freedoms in Spain with those in China and Egypt.

Teenager missing as fierce storms lash Spain

Teenager missing as fierce storms lash Spain

A teenager was swept out to sea as fierce storm surges hit northern Spain on Sunday, authorities said, with waves reportedly as high as 10 metres (more than 30 feet) washing through the streets of the Basque city of San Sebastian.

Atleti go top as Ronaldo’s red holds Real back

Atleti go top as Ronaldo’s red holds Real back

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off as Real Madrid lost ground in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Bare-breasted feminists besiege pro-life bishop

Bare-breasted feminists besiege pro-life bishop

Bare-breasted feminists belonging to the exhibitionist protest group FEMEN hurled knickers at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at church on Sunday in protest against his support for Spain's stringent new abortion law.