Summer in Madrid: Hail, storms and flashfloods

Summer in Madrid: Hail, storms and flashfloods

Freak weather conditions for June caused chaos in Madrid on Thursday when the capital was hit by electric storms, torrential rain and even hail.

Cervantes given formal burial and a monument

Cervantes given formal burial and a monument

Miguel de Cervantes was given a formal burial in Madrid on Thursday, almost four centuries after the Don Quixote author died.

Spain welcomes back Jews after 500-year exile

Spain welcomes back Jews after 500-year exile

More than five centuries after Jews were banished from the kingdom of Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, lawmakers on Thursday righted an "historical mistake" and approved a law to allow their descendants win dual citizenship.

Hapless robber loses half of loot on getaway bike

Hapless robber loses half of loot on getaway bike

A thief in Extremadura fled from police on a bicycle after robbing a bank, but lost half of the stolen €5,000 in the process.

More than 400 people drown each year in Spain

More than 400 people drown each year in Spain

Eighty percent of drowning victims in Spain are male, with the biggest risk to men aged over sixty, a new report shows.

Boy, 8, electrocuted when plugging in fan

Boy, 8, electrocuted when plugging in fan

An eight-year-old boy in Valencia died after suffering a "strong electric shock" while handling an fan, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

Messi will face trial over €4.6 million tax fraud

Messi will face trial over €4.6 million tax fraud

Barcelona star Lionel Messi lost his appeal over tax fraud charges on Wednesday, meaning he could face a trial over the allegations which involve an estimated €4.6 million.

Cuban author awarded Spain’s literature prize

Cuban author awarded Spain’s literature prize

Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, whose crime novels explore Havana's grubby underside, has been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for literature.