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Fernando Torres agrees two-year loan to AC Milan
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:59:05 +0200

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has agreed a two-year deal to join AC Milan. With two years left on his £150,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge, the 30-year-old former Atlético Madrid and Liverpool star has moved ...
'Time is running out' to find British boy taken from hospital by parents
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:02:08 +0200

A BRITISH boy suffering from a brain tumour has been snatched from Southampton General Hospital by his parents, and UK police searching for him on the Costa del Sol say it is 'vital he is found today' ...
Teens smash up church during 'satanic ritual'
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:57:37 +0200

THREE teenagers on holiday in rural western Spain caused major damage to a hillside chapel during a satanic ceremony, police reveal. Graffiti described as ...
Another child kidnapper strikes - this time in Huelva
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:55:40 +0200

AN ATTEMPTED child kidnap in Huelva mirroring recent incidences in Madrid has put police and parents on the alert. The six-year-old girl was with a group of other children ...
Tailbacks on main roads expected all weekend as holidaymakers return home
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:54:02 +0200

TRAFFIC is likely to be extremely heavy on Spain's main roads this weekend as millions return home after their August holidays. Residents in large, land-locked cities, ...
Mercury falls across Spain and rain forecast for weekend
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:52:50 +0200

SWELTERING temperatures on the Mediterranean and south coasts are set to plummet starting from today (Saturday) and light to moderate rainfall is expected in the north and west.

Woman sets fire to supermarkets to get away without paying for groceries
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:10:04 +0200

A WOMAN who has been deliberately setting fire to supermarkets to avoid paying for her groceries has been arrested. The accused, C.B.S., 51, is said to have an existing ...

Air Force craft carrying foreign affairs minister breaks down
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:07:41 +0200

A PLANE carrrying Spain's foreign affairs minister to Bali has suffered a breakdown - the sixth time this has happened on an Air Force craft transporting heads of State.

San Roque blaze forces motorway closure and evacuation of 200 people
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:49:06 +0200

AN INFERNO near the Costa de la Luz has forced over 200 residents on an urbanisation to flee their homes and led to a holiday park being evacuated. The A-7 motorway has ...
Man killed in Costa del Sol shopping centre shoot-out
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:22:33 +0200

A MAN has been shot dead in a shopping centre on the Costa del Sol, emergency services reveal. The victim's identity, age and nationality have not been ...
Madrid Arena Hallowe'en tragedy trial looms with 16 people facing jail
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:32:28 +0200

THE judge handling the case of the Hallowe'en party tragedy which claimed the lives of five young women has finished his investigations - and up to 16 people could face prison sentences.

Bra chain around town hall in protest over mayor's 'sexist' rape comments
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:22:54 +0200

A CHAIN of bras has been woven around a town hall yesterday (Wednesday) in protest over the mayor of Valladolid's controversial rape comments and calling for him to resign.

Metro tunnel fire halts rail traffic
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:20:11 +0200

A FIRE in a Madrid metro tunnel caused panic to break out late at night and led to rail traffic being disrupted for two-and-a-half hours. Transport firm ADIF reported last ...

Xabi Alonso retires from international football
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:44:43 +0200

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. The 32-year-old Real Madrid player has notched up a total of 114 caps for Spain and was part of the squad that dominated world football for ...
Zara withdraws T-shirt from sale after Israel compares it to Nazi concentration camp uniform
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:06:17 +0200

HIGH-STREET clothing chain Zara has withdrawn a top for babies and toddlers after heavy criticism from Israel claiming it matches the prison uniform worn by Jews after they were captured by Nazis in World War ...
Britain's most-wanted rapist caught in Barcelona
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:22:46 +0200

BRITISH authorities have called for the extradition of a rapist arrested in Barcelona who fled to Spain to escape the course of justice. The accused, N. V. K. B., a ...
Di Maria bids sad farewell to Real Madrid
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:07:31 +0200

After the confirmation that Manchester United had signed Ángel Di María from Real Madrid yesterday, the Argentinian international made public his mixed emotions about the move by publishing his farewell letter to ...
Ice-bucket challenge from plane leaves expat critical
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:00:48 +0200

AN EXPATRIATE who took the ice-bucket challenge to the extreme is in a serious condition in hospital with multiple injuries. The 51-year-old Belgian, a photographer living ...
"Do you know who I am?" Moroccan King's fury at Spanish border police
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:15:52 +0200

KING Mohammed VI of Morocco was incensed after Guardia Civil officers stopped him off the shores of the Spanish-owned city-province of Ceuta demanding his ID. The Monarch ...
Compensation after accident victim's severed fingers 'lost in transit'
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:14:26 +0200

A PATIENT has been awarded 15,000 euros in compensation after his severed fingers got lost en route to hospital. The victim has been fighting regional health ...
Madrid paedophile strikes a fifth time
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:11:47 +0200

A FIFTH attempt to kidnap a little girl in Madrid may have provided clues that could identify the paedophile involved. The latest near-victim, said to be aged 'between ...
British government 'gambling with Gib jobs'
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:09:59 +0200

AT LEAST 1,300 jobs could go in Gibraltar now that the UK has changed betting laws and levied new taxes. The Rock's head minister Fabián Picardo is said to be ...
Mallorca tour company CEO found shot in head
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:08:26 +0200

A TRAVEL agency chief executive officer has been found dead in his home in Valldemossa (Mallorca) with a gunshot wound to the head. Gabriel Català, 46, boss of tour ...
Catalunya's leading beach towns kick off over 'noisy drunken northern European tourists'
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:51:49 +0200

RESIDENTS in popular Catalunya seaside towns have staged a series of protests over 'drunken tourism'. They complain that foreign holidaymakers have been seen ...
Security warnings as 30 Spanish Islamic State supporters detected in Middle East
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:50:38 +0200

STATE security forces are on red-alert after detecting the presence of 30 Spanish nationals currently in Syria in 'training' to carry out fundamentalist Islamic terror attacks upon their ...
Rajoy and Merkel heckled in Santiago de Compostela after walking pilgrims' route
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:48:06 +0200

SPANISH president Mariano Rajoy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were subjected to booing and hissing after a six-kilometre hike across Galicia yesterday (Sunday). Frau ...
Formula 1: Alonso loses four-way battle after breakdown leaves him with five-second penalty
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:47:00 +0200

SPAIN'S Fernando Alonso missed out on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday (Sunday) thanks to a five-second penalty through no fault of his own.

Known paedophile strikes three times in Madrid neighbourhood - and remains on the loose
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:26:17 +0200

PARENTS are living in terror in a district of Madrid where a young girl was kidnapped on Friday and two others abducted and sexually-abused in April and June by the same known paedophile.

Mountain rescue officers killed in helicopter crash
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:34:47 +0200

THREE Guardia Civil officers have been killed in a rescue helicopter crash in the Picos de Europa national park. A fourth officer, who survived by sheer miracle, raised the ...
Well-known sports personality murdered in Nicaragua
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:45:47 +0200

A FAMOUS Spanish pentathlete has been found murdered in a Nicaragua river. Juan Manuel Araujo Farray, 39, had been killed with a gunshot wound to the head and left in the ...
Toy-boat crammed with north African children and teenagers docks on southern Costa Blanca
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:44:36 +0200

RAFTS carrying 19 north Africans - all bar six of whom are children or teenagers - was intercepted off the coast of Torrevieja (Alicante province) in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Climate change could bring dengue fever to Spain by the middle of the century
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:39:26 +0200

GLOBAL warming could mean tropical diseases such as dengue reach Spain within a short period of time, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Valencia mayoress moves her car 23 years after parking it
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:34:34 +0200

CITY mayoress of Valencia Rita Barbera has finally moved her car from a public car park - 23 years after she stationed it there. Two years ago, Sra Barbera said she parked ...

Sierra Nevada fire may have been caused by arsonists
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:30:16 +0200

A BLAZE has broken out in the Sierra Nevada mountain range not far from Granada, leading to 15 helicopters and hydroplanes being sent out. The fire started at 16.00hrs (on ...
Leading mental health expert's advising serial rapists and paedophiles to 'commit suicide' sparks mixed reactions
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:26:08 +0200

A PSYCHOLOGIST and former regional government child defence lawyer sparked controversy this week when he said paedophiles and rapists who have no remorse and know they will reoffend should consider ...
Latest Housing Market Figures In Detail
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:58:23 +0000

The Notaries, and the National Institute of Statistics (INE), published some market data in August, but holidays got in the way of a proper analysis. So here we look at the latest homes sales figures graphically, and in a bit more detail
Foreign Buyers Push Barcelona Sales Higher
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:02 +0000

Buyers from the Middle East, Russia and Asia helped boost Barcelona sales in the first half of 2014, according to a new report from estate agency Lucas Fox.
Barcelona Launches Sweep Against Illegal Rentals
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:29:40 +0000

Barcelona city inspectors swept the beachfront neighborhood of Barceloneta this week searching for illegal short-term rentals, in the escalating effort to crack down on unregistered tourist apartments.
New Mortgage Activity Jumped in June
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:58:27 +0000

Good news for Spain’s domestic property market. The number of home mortgages issued in June was 19 per cent higher than the same month of 2013, only the second time in the last four years monthly mortgage activity has spiked, according to the INE, the National Statistics Bureau.
More Evidence That Brits Are Buying Again
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:37:17 +0000

The number of overseas property deals closed by British citizens jumped 56 per cent in the last year, according to currency exchange specialist Currencies Direct.
Town Hopes Cheap Land Will Lure New Residents
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:38:06 +0000

A small village southeast of Madrid is offering plots of land for as low as €200, as it tries to stave off extinction.
Agency Predicts Home Building Will Restart in 2015
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:27:28 +0000

The long-stalled residential construction industry could bounce back as early as next year, credit agency Cesce predicts. The agency believes home building will increase 6 per cent increase in 205, and jump another 8 per cent in 2016.
Zara Real Estate Subsidiary Posts Big Profit Jump
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:50:18 +0000

At least one person in Spain is making money on property these days. The real estate business controlled by Amancio Ortega, founder of the Zara retail chain and one of the richest men in the world, posted a profit of €93.3 million last year, a 32 per cent increase from the previous year.
Sareb Decision Could ‘Change the Direction of the Market’
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:27:42 +0000

Spain’s bad bank, Sareb, is in the final stages of selecting new operators to manage its €50 billion in property assets, a decision that could “change the direction of the market,” according to a bank director.
New Merlin REIT Has Already Spent Most of Cash
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:22:42 +0000

The Merlin real estate investment trust, which debuted in July as the largest initial public offering in Spain in three years, has already invested almost all its funds.

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