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Woman attacks man at karaoke for his 'bad singing'
Sun, 24 May 2015 16:02:46 +0200

A WOMAN spent a night in a police cell in Gijón (Asturias) after punching a man at a karaoke because his singing was so bad.

Spain goes to the polls
Sun, 24 May 2015 14:29:24 +0200

LOCAL elections are being held today in every town, city and village in Spain and regional polls in 14 out of the country's 17 autonomously-governed federal states - ...
Barca fans pay homage to Xavi and Valencia snatch final Champions League spot
Sat, 23 May 2015 20:46:40 +0200

Barça legend Xavi Hernández was honoured by fans at the Camp Nou before his final league game against Deportivo de la Coruña this evening. The legendary midfielder will play for Al-Saad in Quatar next ...
Pilgrims honour the Virgin of El Rocio
Sat, 23 May 2015 20:02:33 +0200

One tiny village in the Andalusian province of Almonte has once again become the epicentre of the annual Rocío pilgrimage, with all 116 confraternities having made their way there to honour the Virgin of the ...
Eurovision Song Contest celebrates 60th anniversary
Sat, 23 May 2015 19:13:28 +0200

A record 27 countries will take part in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna later tonight. Russia, Italy and Sweden are amongst the favourites to win. To mark the diamond anniversary of the event, Australia has ...
Response to pre-electoral ban on Catalunya regional flag: Fly the Danish one instead
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:40:26 +0200

TOWN halls in Catalunya have been sanctioned by their district electoral boards for hoisting the regional flag rather than that of Spain - and one of them has responded to the ban by flying ...
AVE fast train breakdown leaves passengers stranded
Fri, 22 May 2015 20:24:51 +0200

A BREAKDOWN on the long-distance AVE train from Marseille (France) to Madrid left over 200 passengers stranded for two hours yesterday, the rail board has just reported.

Another award for Rafa: Nine-times Roland Garros winner gets Paris Gold Medal for 'making history'
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:36:04 +0200

TENNIS ace Rafa Nadal has been collecting awards lately - his latest is the Gold Medal of the city of Paris, where he has won the Roland Garros Grand Slam nine times.

Fatal Airbus crash link to software error probed
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:08:32 +0200

AN AIRCRAFT on its second test flight which crashed near Sevilla killing four members of the crew may have suffered 'computer problems', says a recent report. Data logs in the Airbus A400-M were said to contain ...
'Day without music': Spain silenced as top pop acts protest over VAT rise
Thu, 21 May 2015 19:01:29 +0200

SPAIN fell silent yesterday (Wednesday) as top chart singers and bands called a 'day without music' in protest over the VAT hike of September 2012 which they say has killed off the arts ...
'Low-cost' first communion in school uniform for Princess Leonor
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:40:49 +0200

CROWN Princess Leonor's first communion ceremony brought the ...
It's a dog's life in Ibiza
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:03:57 +0200

NEARLY a third of family dogs decide their owners' holiday destinations these days - and if they opt for Ibiza, the four-legged members of the clan can ...
Ciudadanos: "Maximum permitted occupation of a property should be two people per bedroom"
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:02:55 +0200

LEADER of up-and-coming centre-right independent party Ciudadanos says public authorities should have the power to investigate 'over-populated' homes.

Trains grounded in Catalunya due to IT fault
Thu, 21 May 2015 09:48:17 +0200

RAIL services in Catalunya were disrupted this morning due to a computer failure in the control room at around 06.25hrs. Long-distance trains heading for Valencia and Alicante, as well as local and regional traffic were ...
Green light for Orange takeover of Jazztel
Wed, 20 May 2015 16:50:19 +0200

A BUY-OUT of mobile and internet provider Jazztel by its French counterpart Orange has been approved by the European Commission and is reported to carry a price tag of €3.4 billion.

British chimp expert Jane Goodall wins Catalunya International Award
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:58:44 +0200

BRITISH wildlife expert Jane Goodall, 81, has been granted the 27th Catalunya International Award for her commitment and ...
Costa Blanca holiday home for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:56:49 +0200

HOLLYWOOD couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may be seeking ...
All Germanwings victims formally identified
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:54:33 +0200

ALL 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps have been identified and will be repatriated, according to authorities in Marseille.

World's largest cruise-liner will use Barcelona as a base for the summer
Tue, 19 May 2015 15:36:26 +0200

THE biggest cruise-liner in the world has docked in Barcelona, from where it will run all its weekly trips throughout the summer, bringing a cash injection of ...

'Suitcase boy' and his mother meet in emotional reunion at Ceuta children's home
Tue, 19 May 2015 15:35:30 +0200

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD African boy smuggled into Spain in a suitcase has been reunited with his mother when she travelled to Ceuta to appear in court.

George Clooney in Valencia for premiere of 'Tomorrowland', filmed at City of Arts and Sciences
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:53:01 +0200

VALENCIA is ready and waiting for the première of massive Disney silver-screen production Tomorrowland, filmed almost entirely at the ...

Man survives being stung by 700 bees
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:50:37 +0200

AN ELDERLY gentleman was attacked by over 700 bees whilst out walking on Sunday evening - and his daughter says she 'does not know how he ...
Aircraft 'hijack warning' was 'pilot typing in wrong code'
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:48:25 +0200

A HIJACK warning from a pilot about to land at Palma de Mallorca's Son Sant Joan airport caused panic yesterday (Monday) and saw the ...
British tourist critical and another dead in Magaluf hotel falls
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:47:31 +0200

A BRITISH man trying to climb from one room to another in a Magaluf hotel is fighting for his life after losing his balance and suffering a fall.

Banco Sabadell's takeover of TSB agreed by Europe
Mon, 18 May 2015 20:35:01 +0200

BANCO Sabadell's purchase of British high-street entity TSB has been approved by the European Commission. The takeover will involve a buy-out ...

Bottled gas goes down in price again
Mon, 18 May 2015 20:01:02 +0200

BOTTLED gas has gone down again in price to €14.11 from its previous €15.80 - the second reduction in two months. Butane gas went ...
Petition for suitcase boy's dad's release: "He did not know his son was being brought here in those conditions"
Mon, 18 May 2015 13:11:43 +0200

AN ONLINE petition calling for the release of an Ivory Coast national in the Canary Islands jailed for 'human trafficking' after his son was smuggled into Spain in a suitcase has gone ...
Barcelona clinch Liga title with Messi goal
Sun, 17 May 2015 21:49:24 +0200

A goal by Lionel Messi gave Barcelona their 23rd Spanish title as they beat Atlético Madrid in the Spanish capital today. The Argentinian striker's 41st league goal of the season leaves Barça four points ...
Constitutional Court rejects paternity suit against King Juan Carlos by Barcelona-born Alberto Sola
Sun, 17 May 2015 06:51:06 +0200

SPAIN'S Constitutional Court - the highest in the land - has rejected Barcelona waiter Alberto Solà's paternity claim against the abdicated King Juan Carlos ...
Daniel '007' Craig's cousin brews real ale in Valencia
Sun, 17 May 2015 06:49:32 +0200

BOND actor Daniel Craig has an Australian cousin who lives and works in Valencia brewing real ale. Robert Craig, an IT technician by trade, moved ...
MotoGP's Marc Marquez gets fans to design his helmet
Sun, 17 May 2015 06:46:58 +0200

TWICE-WORLD champion MotoGP rider Marc Márquez has called upon his fans to design his helmet for the Catalunya Grand Prix on June 14.

Pego-Vall d'Ebo fire flares up again; two homes burn down
Sun, 17 May 2015 06:45:15 +0200

THE Costa Blanca's worst fire in over 20 years flared up again yesterday (Saturday) late afternoon and the road to the valley was cut off to traffic.

NOTARIES: Homes Sales Up, Prices Down, What Gives?
Sat, 23 May 2015 07:55:05 +0000

Spanish home sales are rising by double-digits, whilst property prices are falling by a not-insignificant amount. What is going on?
REGISTRARS: Foreign Demand Up 10 Per Cent, British Lead The Charge
Fri, 22 May 2015 08:58:57 +0000

Foreign buyers were involved in 11,045 Spanish home sales registered in the Property Register in the first three months of the year, reveals the latest report from the Property Registrars (Registradores). Foreign demand was up 10 per cent compared to the same time last year.
REGISTRARS: Sales And House Prices Rise In First Quarter
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:52:48 +0000

Spanish property prices rose 2.65 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter (Q1), according to the latest data from the Property Registrars’ Association, who also report that home sales increased 9.05 per cent - to 90,534 transactions – compared to the same period in 2014.
House Prices In Barcelona And Madrid Cheap By European Standards
Tue, 19 May 2015 16:32:23 +0000

House prices in the Madrid and Barcelona are relatively compared to a selection of other leading European cities, reveals a study by the international estate agency Coldwell Banker.
As New Cycle Begins, Bank Property Director Says Sector Has Learnt From The Past
Mon, 18 May 2015 15:33:31 +0000

Spain and its property sector are paying dearly for the mistakes made during the last boom. Lorenzo Castilla, the Sales Director of ANIDA, the property division of BBVA - one of Spain’s biggest banks - claims the sector now operates along more rational lines, but suggests we mustn’t forget the lessons learnt as a new cycle begins. The priority is to build to satisfy demand, and avoid over-supplying the market.
Bank Repos No Longer Dragging Down Market Claims Industry Insider
Mon, 18 May 2015 12:08:20 +0000

Spain’s gargantuan stock of bank repossessed homes has been dragging down house prices for years, but the depressing influence is starting to wear off as inventories decline, claim Spain’s developers.
UK Election Results Lift Pound
Fri, 15 May 2015 16:47:24 +0000

EDITOR’S NOTE: The UK election result helped lift the Pound back towards 12-month highs, as problems in Greece continue to weigh on the Euro. Foreign currency exchange specialist Will Hewitson looks at the factors driving exchange rates, and what the near future might hold.
How Many New Homes Should Spain Build Each Year?
Fri, 15 May 2015 16:31:40 +0000

The Spanish Developers Association says that Spain should be building 150,000 new homes each year, a far cry from the boom-time figures, but also much more than at present.
Avoiding Another Boom And Bust
Fri, 15 May 2015 15:18:31 +0000

Veteran Spanish property market watcher José Luís Riuz Bartolomé says there is less risk of another real estate bubble this time around, whilst warning we should not lower our guard.
Spanish Property Sales Steady In March
Wed, 13 May 2015 15:33:52 +0000

After several months of feisty growth the Spanish property market was stable in March, with the number of home sales almost exactly the same as last year.

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