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Valor chocolates chairman passes away aged 96
Sun, 1 May 2016 19:57:41 +0200

HONORARY chairman of the famous chocolate brand Valor, Pedro López Mayor has died aged 96.

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia travel together for first time in two years
Sun, 1 May 2016 08:11:54 +0200

THE abdicated King Juan Carlos I and his wife, Queen Sofía have just taken their first trip away together in two years and their first ...
Lleida man proves he is great-grandson of the last Tsar of Russia
Sun, 1 May 2016 08:10:03 +0200

A MAN from Lleida, Catalunya is attempting to prove through the courts that he is the great-grandson of Tsar Nikolái II of ...
Labour Day to bring 76 protests over in-work poverty and unemployment
Sun, 1 May 2016 08:07:46 +0200

A HUGE demonstration is planned for today (Sunday, May 1) in 76 towns and cities across Spain to protest against mass unemployment, the ...
Lliria pensioner dies in house fire after roof collapses
Sun, 1 May 2016 08:06:05 +0200

A 72-YEAR-OLD man has lost his life after a fire in his house in Llíria (Valencia province) caused the roof to collapse.

Roaming charges in EU cut by 75%
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:56:11 +0200

MOBILE phone roaming charges have gone down again today (Saturday) as a prelude to being scrapped altogether throughout the European ...
Builders find 600 kilos of freshly-minted Roman coins worth millions of euros
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:12:59 +0200

OVER half a tonne of bronze coins dating back to the Roman era has been found by workmen fitting mains water and drainage pipes in a ...
DNA test shows famous bullfighters are father and son
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:11:27 +0200

ONE of Spain's most famous veteran bullfighters has persistently denied he is the father of another who uses the same 'stage name' ...
Bright sunshine and 25ºC forecast for Mayday bank holiday weekend
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:08:13 +0200

SUMMERLIKE temperatures are forecast for this year's May bank holiday weekend, despite the chilly climates, cloudy skies and rain which ...
Eurovision retracts ban on Basque flag as Spain threatens to withdraw from contest
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:03:45 +0200

EUROVISION bosses have backtracked after furious Basque politicians found their regional flag was on the contest's 'banned list' ...
IMSERSO pensioners' holiday chaos: cancellations, overbooking and last-minute changes
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:44:57 +0200

A WINTER holiday for pensioners scheme is in 'chaos' and the tour operator behind this year's trips is facing disciplinary ...
Policeman who shot hit-and-run driver 'thought he was a terrorist' due to 'psychotic episode'
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:40:01 +0200

A GUARDIA Civil officer who shot dead a Moroccan hit-and-run driver on the A-3 motorway claims he 'thought he was a Jihad ...
Madrid man, 83, arrested for sexually abusing his mother-in-law, 101
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:17:24 +0200

MADRID police have arrested an 83-year-old man for sexually abusing his mother-in-law, aged 101.

Pensioners paid more: Average retired Spaniard takes home €1,040 a month
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:00:31 +0200

STATE pensions in Spain have reached an average of €900 a month for the first time in history - although this includes every type ...
Working day ending at 18.00 agreed in Parliament
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:56:05 +0200

ACTING president Mariano Rajoy's last-minute idea of ending the working day at 18.00 has been approved in Parliament, but it is not known when it will ...
Buffalo kills builder at Safari Aitana
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:38:32 +0200

A BUILDER at work in a safari park has been killed by a buffalo in the province of Alicante.

CSI: Miami fan helps police solve murder
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:48:52 +0200

POLICE in Sevilla have solved a murder thanks to a park cleaner who watches CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Two Spanish telecomms engineers dead in Cape Verde barracks blast
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:17:05 +0200

TWO Spaniards have been killed and a third escaped unharmed after an explosion at an army barracks in Cape Verde.

Five dead and three injured in van crash near Lorca
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:53:25 +0200

FIVE people have been killed and another three are in a critical condition in hospital after a van veered off the Lorca-Águilas motorway and fell ...
Countdown to general election number two: King Felipe unable to nominate a presidential candidate
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:57:07 +0200

KING Felipe has not nominated any candidate to form a government following his final round of meetings with party leaders yesterday (Tuesday) and Monday, ...
CCTV catches couple having sex on metro platform
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:58:53 +0200

A COUPLE caught having sex on the platform of a Barcelona metro station could be fined up to €6,000 if they are successfully identified. When the man and woman gave into their carnal urges at the Liceu underground stop at ...
Rafa Nadal to sue French ex-sports minister over 'doping' accusations
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:17:58 +0200

MALLORCA-BORN tennis ace Rafa Nadal is suing the former French sports minister for defamation after she accused him of doping last month.

Last round of Royal interviews: Will the King announce a second general election?
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:18:33 +0200

KING Felipe VI has concluded his first day of interviews with leaders of the four main political parties and is in the process of talking to them once more in what will be the ...
ADECCO reveals this year's most-advertised jobs
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:40:58 +0200

LATEST reports from global recruitment agency ADECCO have listed the type of job vacancies likely to be most prolific in Spain this year - some of which do not require ...
Off-duty Guardia Civil officer 'shot crash driver repeatedly in head'
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:56:29 +0200

A GUARDIA Civil officer has been arrested after allegedly killing a driver with several shots to the head after they became involved in an argument following a motorway ...
Eighth episode of Star Wars may be filmed in Gran Canaria
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:51:02 +0200

DISNEY is considering shooting the next episode of Star Wars in the Canary Islands.
Rise in expats in Madrid for first time since before the crisis
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:49:24 +0200

FOREIGN residents are flocking back to Madrid for the first time since 2009 - the non-Spanish headcount has risen by nearly 6,000 in the past ...
Spain to forge stronger ties with Cuba after US blockade lifted
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:45:08 +0200

SPANISH businesses are hoping to set up in Cuba as soon as possible following the thaw with the USA, and foreign affairs minister José Manuel García-Margallo is planning a ...
Nadal makes it two titles on the trot in Barcelona
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:26:54 +0200

Three years after his last victory in the Catalan capital, Rafael Nadal has reclaimed the Conde de Godó trophy at the Barcelona Open, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over defending champion Kei Nishikori. It was Nadal's ...
Prince of Thailand lands plane in Valencia to buy Lladro figurines
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:59:17 +0200

CROWN Prince of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn and his wife made a swift stop-off at Valencia airport yesterday (Saturday) to visit the Lladró porcelain factory and stock up.

Esperanza Aguirre over politicians' tax return leaks: "It wouldn't happen in England"
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:59:15 +0200

SPOKESWOMAN for the PP in Madrid city council Esperanza Aguirre has hit out at the acting treasury minister for his having leaked top politicians' tax return details.

Spanish town lets its natives apply for Portuguese citizenship: Olivenza, the 'Gaza strip of Spain'
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:24:35 +0200

AROUND 3.4% of the Spanish town of Olivenza's population have Portuguese nationality, even though they have never set foot in the country and have no known family members with Portuguese blood. Olivenza is, in fact, the ...
FOREX NEWS: Pound gets support from the ‘Obama effect’
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:22:14 +0000

The pound has rallied against the Euro after a disastrous month, in part thanks to comments by US President Obama. Foreign currency exchange specialist Luke Trevail explains.
Balearic Government working on restrictive new holiday rental law to address massive problem of illegal rentals
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:07:42 +0000

There are an estimated 50,000 illegal tourist rental apartments in the Balearic islands, which the regional government is struggling to sort out with draft regulations that are causing tensions, reports the local paper El Diario de Ibiza.
NOTARIES: House prices and sales up almost everywhere in 2015
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:39 +0000

The end-of-year market report for 2015 from the General Council of Notaries reveals that house prices and sales rose in almost all autonomous regions last year, though the figures also showed a slowdown in the last quarter.
Survey Spain market report first quarter 2016
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:38:50 +0000

The Survey Spain network of chartered surveyors operate in key resort areas of Spain providing building surveys and valuations for home buyers. Their quarterly market reports provide insight into local property markets of primary interest to foreign investors.
After 8 years of crisis for the market, 8 years of plenty?
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:44:45 +0000

The Spanish property market goes in cycles of 16 years, with 8 years of expansion followed by 8 years of contraction, according to the theory of one industry insider. Does that mean we have 8 fat years ahead?
FOREX NEWS: Pounds continues to hold its ground in relief rally
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:10:32 +0000

EDITOR’S NOTE: The pound has staged a relief rally in recent days, as traders begin to think Sterling may have been oversold. Foreign currency exchange specialist Luke Trevail explains
Rents rise most in 9 years, black-market still large
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:29:08 +0000

Rental prices are rising after years of declines, but many landlords fail to declare their rental income to the tax authorities.
BBVA forecasts growth on all fronts for housing market
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:04:09 +0000

The research division of Spain’s second biggest banking group is upbeat about the prospects for the market this year.
Use a lawyer to help you protect your interests when buying in Spain
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:20:34 +0000

Buying property in Spain, be it a plot, apartment or villa, is often one of the biggest investments of a lifetime, in many cases amounting to a sizeable chunk of the buyer's savings. It's important for buyers to protect their investment by hiring a qualified lawyer to do the legal searches. Rafael Berdaguer, a lawyer with many years experience working in Marbella and the Costal del Sol, explains why.
Barcelona starts prosecuting owners for illegal tourist rentals
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:35:21 +0000

Barcelona has started the first proceedings against illegal tourist rentals, the local press reports.

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