Xabi Alonso quits Spain international team

Xabi Alonso quits Spain international team

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, as Spain's golden generation of players begins its slow march into the sunset.

Barcelona mayor vows to close illegal holiday flats

Barcelona mayor vows to close illegal holiday flats

The mayor of Barcelona has vowed to "get tough" on people who rent out illegal tourist apartments in the city's Barceloneta neighbourhood after demonstrations by locals against the unruly behaviour of tourists.

In pictures: Spain’s Tomatina festival 2014

In pictures: Spain’s Tomatina festival 2014

Spain's crazy Tomatina festival was its usual squishy self on Wednesday as nearly 22,000 people gathered in the Spanish town of Buñol to pelt each other with ripe tomatoes.

Tired man kills neighbour over barking dog

Tired man kills neighbour over barking dog

A siesta-deprived man from eastern Spain has shot dead his neighbour during an argument they had over the victim's dog and its barking.

‘Ice bucket videos can distract from ALS cause’

‘Ice bucket videos can distract from ALS cause’

Although donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge craze are finally starting to pour into Spain's ALS Association, president Adriana Guevara tells The Local that many sufferers of this crippling illness are being overlooked by the Spanish government.

I didn’t want to leave Real Madrid: Ángel di María

I didn’t want to leave Real Madrid: Ángel di María

Argentine midfielder Ángel di María has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, €75 million) move to Manchester United.

Zara pulls plug on ‘Holocaust shirt’ for kids

Zara pulls plug on ‘Holocaust shirt’ for kids

UPDATED: The Spanish clothing giant Zara has apologized for selling a striped shirt for children which appears to resemble the clothes worn by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

New mortgages shoot up 19 percent in June

New mortgages shoot up 19 percent in June

The number of new mortgages in Spain in June was up nearly 20 percent on the same month in 2013, only the second such year-on-year rise in four years, official figures released on Wednesday show, but the credit crunch is far from over.

Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves

Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves

Security cameras from a hotel on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza have helped police catch a Camorra gang specializing in luxury watch theft, as footage showed one of the thieves kissing his partner in crime on the lips when he pulled out a Rolex he'd just stolen.

Brits arrested over bullring pot plantation

Brits arrested over bullring pot plantation

Spanish police arrested seven people, including three Brits, after raiding a giant marijuana farm built into a bullring, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

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It’s time to set aside your summer tops and bikinis and swap them for the crisp autumn months of soft knits and gorgeous statement coats. This autumn’s fashion has something to suit all tastes, as Marks and Spencer’s latest collection shows.

Tomatina fest fights on despite corruption claims

Tomatina fest fights on despite corruption claims

Thousands of half-naked revellers will pelt each other with squishy tomatoes on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a world-renowned fiesta stained this year by a row over its privatization.