Spain snubs plans for longer paternity leave

Spain snubs plans for longer paternity leave

Spain's health minister, Ana Mato, on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of extending paid paternity leave from two to four weeks as planned, citing a lack of funds.

State prosecutor to sue Catalan president

State prosecutor to sue Catalan president

Spain's state prosecutor-general has been given the green-light to investigate top Catalan politicians including president Artur Mas over possible crimes committed during the region's recent symbolic vote on independence.

Israel slams Spain’s ‘unhelpful’ Palestine vote

Israel slams Spain’s ‘unhelpful’ Palestine vote

Israel says a vote by the Spanish parliament on Tuesday calling on Madrid to recognize a Palestinian state is counterproductive because it will encourage Palestinians to take on more extreme positions in negotiations.

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‘World’s longest railway’ links Madrid and China

‘World’s longest railway’ links Madrid and China

China launched an 82-wagon cargo train on Tuesday which will take 21 days to travel 10,000km (6,200 miles) and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Police arrest jihadist bound for Syria

Police arrest jihadist bound for Syria

Spanish police on Thursday arrested a jihadist who had set up a number of online profiles where he offered to go and fight in Syria, according to the interior ministry.

Army prepared to act on Catalonia: chief of staff

Army prepared to act on Catalonia: chief of staff

Spain's top soldier was accused of inflaming tensions over Catalonia on Tuesday when he appeared to compare the current independence push in Catalonia with the collapse of the Spanish empire in the nineteenth century.

Spain seriously short of young people: UN

Spain seriously short of young people: UN

A new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed that Spain has a much lower percentage of young people as part of its total population than most other countries in the world but that it excels in access to education.

Barcelona hotel ‘murder’: French lover arrested

Barcelona hotel ‘murder’: French lover arrested

The boyfriend of a 19-year-old French tourist found dead in a Barcelona hotel room has been arrested on suspicion of homicide.

Spain seizes Greenpeace oil protest ship

Spain seizes Greenpeace oil protest ship

UPDATED: Spain said on Wednesday it impounded a Greenpeace ship because the crew defied orders to leave a restricted zone where they were protesting against oil exploration off the Canary Islands.