Crime literary fest draws crowds to northern Spain

Crime literary fest draws crowds to northern Spain

Many English-speakers may not have heard of the Semana Negra book festival held every year in Gijón, on the northern Spanish coast, but it draws writers like Ian Rankin and dwarfs many a prestigious litfest.

Officer asks government for Mecca travel grant

Officer asks government for Mecca travel grant

A Muslim Civil Guard officer has asked Spain's Interior Ministry for a grant to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, just as his colleagues have been funded for Christian holy trips.

Almodóvar calls for unity against conservatives

Almodóvar calls for unity against conservatives

The famous Spanish director has joined more than 100 artists in signing a letter putting pressure on left-wing parties to form a "popular front" against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s ruling conservative party in the end of year elections.

French tourist gored to death by bull in Spain

French tourist gored to death by bull in Spain

The 44-year-old Frenchman was gored to death during a bull festival in Alicante.

Spanish holiday islands consider limit on tourism

Spanish holiday islands consider limit on tourism

Both the president of the Canary Islands and the government of the Balearic Islands have said they are considering putting limits on the number of tourists flocking to the balmy getaways this summer.

Madrid chief denies Casillas was pushed out

Madrid chief denies Casillas was pushed out

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted on Monday the club did not pressurize the club's iconic goalkeeper Iker Casillas to leave after 25 years with them for FC Porto.

Podemos leads criticism of Greek bailout deal

Podemos leads criticism of Greek bailout deal

Spain’s Podemos have led the criticism of European powers, accusing them of staging a "coup d'Etat" against Greece and popularizing the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsACoup.