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Spain: where kings are cooler than Santa
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:24:00 +0100
Santa Claus has come off second best in a survey of Spanish children's Christmas preferences with a local tradition proving far more popular.
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Unemployment falls by 253,000 in 2014
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:22:00 +0100
Spain's jobless queues shrank by 253,627 from December 2013 to December 2014, new figures released on Monday show.
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Ex-IRA members busted in smuggling sting
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:05:00 +0100
Seven people, including two former members of the Irish terrorist group the IRA, have been arrested by Spanish police over their alleged involvement in a massive tobacco smuggling ring.
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150 migrants rescued in waters off Spain
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 08:51:31 +0100
Almost 150 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats have been rescued off the coast of Spain in less than a week, officials said on Sunday.
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Bleak 2015 outlook for crisis-hit Spaniards
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:26:27 +0100
Behind the iron door of a ground floor flat in Madrid's working-class suburb of Vallecas around 30 people have gathered as Veronica Hidalgo announces she will be evicted from her home in 2015.
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Torres looks on as Atletico up Real chase
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 12:55:00 +0100
La Liga champions Atletico Madrid remained in the race to retain their title with a comfortable 3-1 win over Levante on Saturday thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann.
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Real Madrid streak threatened by upbeat Valencia
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:47:00 +0100
La Liga leaders Real Madrid face one of their toughest tests since embarking on a 22-game winning streak back in September when they start 2015 with a trip to Valencia on Sunday.
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Spain road deaths hit record low in 2014
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:42:00 +0100
The number of people who died on Spain's roads fell to a record-low 1,131 in 2014, official figures published on Friday show.
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Cop dies after being pushed onto train tracks
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:44:00 +0100
A policeman has died after being pushed into the path of an oncoming commuter train in the centre of Madrid while the man who pushed him remains in hospital seriously injured.
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Isis a real danger to Spain: foreign minister
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:19:00 +0100
Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are the main security threats to Spain, the country's foreign minister has said, as Spain takes its seat as a non-permanent member of the UN's security council.
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Madrid Atocha bomb scare 'a false alarm'
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:36:00 +0100
Updated: A man arrested for threatening to blow up a suburban train as it entered Madrid's Atocha station on Friday morning is suffering psychiatric problems, Spain's interior ministry said on Friday.
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'I came to Madrid airport to sleep and stayed'
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:14:00 +0100
It may seem like something out of the Hollywood film The Terminal, but for around 40 homeless people, Madrid's Barajas Airport is the closest thing they have to a place to live.
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TV channel 'ruins' NYE countdown with ads
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:13:00 +0100
Andalusia's public television station, Canal Sur, cut to an ad break just as the clocks struck midnight, angering viewers who were ready and waiting for the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at the 12 chimes of midnight.
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Spain's top news in 2015: The Local's predictions
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0100
What will be the front page stories in Spain in 2015? And who, or what, will hog the limelight? The Local has gazed into the crystal ball to make predictions about what the country can expect in the year to come.
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Uber suspends amateur taxi service in Spain
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:44:01 +0100
Popular web-based taxi company Uber has suspended its amateur driver service in Spain after it received confirmation of a court ruling to ban it in the country.
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Madrid ushers in New Year - a day early
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:53:00 +0100
Thousands of horn-tooting, hat-wearing revellers jammed Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square on Tuesday, braving freezing temperatures to ring in 2015 -- a day early.
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Spain reminds Greeks of Europe debt
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:21:00 +0100
Spain said Tuesday it hopes Greeks will recall that European aid helped keep their public services running when they vote in a snap election next month.
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Police bust Spanish coin forgers
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:47:00 +0100
Spanish police arrested three people on Tuesday for allegedly producing up to 12,000 fake €2 coins a month then using them in Madrid's public transport ticket machines.
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Abortion numbers continue to fall in Spain
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:34:00 +0100
The number of abortions carried out in Spain fell to its lowest level in seven years in 2013 despite the introduction of more liberal laws in 2010, new figures reveal.
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Named: Spanish word of the year for 2014
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:30:00 +0100
Spain's Fundéu BBVA language foundation on Tuesday named its word of the year. The winner is a Spanish take on a term allegedly invented by a drunk Australian over a decade ago.
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Spain's regions: how liveable is yours?
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:30:00 +0200
Want to know which Spanish region has the best and worst healthcare? Or the highest and lowest incomes? And what about housing quality? Read on to discover the best (and worst) that Spain's regions have to offer.
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EU tells Spain: Take back company tax breaks
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:05:00 +0200
The EU's anti-trust regulator ordered Madrid on Wednesday to recover tax breaks given to some of Spain's biggest companies to spur foreign acquisitions.
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Airport authority fined for 'anti-mum' hiring policy
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:24:00 +0200
AENA, the public body that owns and operates most airports in Spain, has been fined by the Supreme Court of the Canary Islands after they told a would-be employee in Tenerife they didn't want to hire "anyone who might take maternity leave".
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'Please help us get dad's body home from Spain'
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:32:00 +0200
A British family has launched a Facebook campaign to raise the £4,000 (€5,000) they need to bring home the body of father-of-six Thomas Owens who died while on holiday in the resort town of Benidorm.
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Calm Spanish PM cool on 'new' Catalonia vote
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:28:00 +0200
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday talked down the importance of a newly announced unofficial November 9th independence poll in Catalonia, saying now was the time for sensible dialogue on the issue.
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