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Worst military air crash since 1984 leaves 10 dead and seven critical
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:37:15 +0200

AN AIR crash at a military base in the province of Albacete has been described as the worst in over 30 years after leaving 10 people dead and 21 injured.

First-ever transsexual minor runs for Canary Island Carnival Queen
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:19:00 +0200

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Lola Rodríguez is the first-ever transsexual candidate for Carnival Queen in the Canary Islands. The youngster, who is ...
Driver fined for speeding when her broken-down car was being carried on a tow-truck
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:23:25 +0200

A TARRAGONA couple has been fined for speeding - whilst their car was on the back of a rescue truck. Sònia Mirambell, from Calafell ...
Missing Torrent man found 'alive and well'
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:18:06 +0200

A YOUNG man who went missing near Valencia has turned up safe and sound, according to his family. Juan López de la Plaza, 22, from Torrent - just a few kilometres inland of the city - was seen on Saturday, January 17 at ...
Andalucia regional elections brought forward to March
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:17:45 +0200

REGIONAL elections in Andalucia will be brought forward to March 22 as socialist leader and president Susana Diaz has broken her coalition with United Left One dead and two injured in La Manga balcony fall
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:16:41 +0200

ONE person has died and three have been seriously injured after falling from a balcony on the tourist strip in Cartagena (Murcia), the Manga del Mar Menor.

Podemos' optimism grows in light of electoral victory for party's Greek counterpart, Syriza
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:10:15 +0200

GREECE'S ground-breaking election results have thrown Spain into the spotlight as the likelihood of newly-formed left-wing independents, Podemos, netting the lion's share of the votes ...
Fresh protest over 'gagging law' hits major cities
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:07:08 +0200

AROUND 1,000 protesters set out on the streets yesterday (Sunday) in the latest demonstration over the so-called 'gagging law' which will form part of the Penal Code.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's anti-Vietnam war 'Bed-In' photos on display in Malaga
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:25:52 +0200

A NEW exhibition in Malaga features legendary photos of the late Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono protesting over the Vietnam war in a hotel room in 1969.

Ebola nurse Teresa gets a new puppy from local animal shelter
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:22:31 +0200

A NURSE who recovered from Ebola caught whilst treating a patient has adopted a new puppy from a local sanctuary.

New legislation gives better protection for voluntary workers
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:18:40 +0200

A NEW law regulating voluntary work has been approved in Parliament and will provide extra protection and a helpful legal framework for charitable organisations.

King Felipe on the cover of LGB magazine ahead of his 'gay support' award
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:14:52 +0200

KING Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Monarch in the world to feature on the cover of a magazine for gay, bisexual and transsexual readers.
Pope Francisco will not visit Spain this year 'due to national elections'
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:04:58 +0200

POPE Francisco I has declined an invitation to visit Spain this year so as not to interfere with the local and national elections, according to the national Episcopal Conference leader Ricardo ...
AENA announces stock market flotation with 49% of shares due for sale
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:30:59 +0200

PRIVATISATION of Spain's State-owned airport governing body AENA has started with 28% of its share capital floated on the stock market yesterday (Friday) via a public offer.

Anti-cyclone spells end of deep freeze
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:29:33 +0200

THE current cold snap affecting most of Spain is likely to be on its way out, with rising temperatures forecast next week. From Sunday, the ...
Family seeks help to find missing man in Valencia area
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:28:24 +0200

POLICE in the Valencia area are seeking the public's help to find a missing 22-year-old man who has not been seen in a week. Juan López ...
Telefonica sells O2 and pulls out of the UK market
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:14:58 +0200

SPANISH communications giant Telefónica is about to sell its British holding, O2, and will leave the UK market altogether. Initial talks ...
OMD, Patty Smith, The Strokes and Babes in Toyland among artists at this year's Primavera Sound Festival
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:21:33 +0200

TOP international acts have confirmed their presence at Barcelona's world-renowned Primavera Sound music festival at the end of May, and include Patty Smith, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ...
Barcenas leaves prison as family pays his bail release
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:19:41 +0200

FORMER treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas is out of jail after friends and family members rallied round to find the €200,000 bail release applied by the National Court.

Spanish researchers work out how to slow down and reverse osteoporosis
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:18:04 +0200

SCIENTISTS from Barcelona and Madrid have discovered a way of reducing the risk of osteoporosis and slowing down the process in the early stages following diagnosis by reinforcing bone ...
Duke and Duchess of Palma sell their Barcelona mansion for €6m to pay fines
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:24:40 +0200

KING Felipe VI's younger sister, the Infanta Cristina and her husband Iñaki Urdangarín have sold their mansion in Pedralbes, an upmarket neighbourhood in Barcelona, to pay off ...
Chinese bazaar fire forces evacuation of 315 apartments
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:23:21 +0200

A FIRE in a Chinese bazaar in Córdoba has forced the evacuation of 315 homes in 23 apartment blocks. The whole of the Jardines de ...
Thousands of kids miss school due to snow and ice
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:03:06 +0200

SNOW and ice across the country have prevented over 1,000 children from going to school this week, of whom 831 are in the region of Castilla y León.

Father stabs his 11-year-old daughter's rapist
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:33 +0200

A FATHER from Lorca (Murcia) stabbed his 11-year-old daughter's rapist in the early hours of Wednesday morning and left him fighting for his life in hospital, National Police inform. Officers heard that the child's ...
Gurtel suspect 'commits suicide' in Bilbao hotel
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:37:54 +0200

A WOMAN charged and facing prison over the long-running Gürtel corruption racket is thought to have committed suicide in a Bilbao hotel.

Swimmer Mireia Belmonte named 'Adopted Daughter' of Badalona
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:29:30 +0200

SPANISH Olympic swimmer Mireia Belmonte will be named Adopted Daughter of her town of birth, Badalona, in the province of Barcelona. A ceremony ...

Spanish researchers working on Mars 2020 NASA scheme to study living conditions on red planet
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:09:39 +0200

SPANISH investigators are taking part in a new NASA mission to Mars with a view to studying whether or not the red planet is habitable. The ...
Barcenas can get out of prison with a €200,000 bail bond, says National Court
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:11:16 +0200

FORMER treasurer for the PP Luis Bárcenas may be able to get out of jail at last if he pays a bail release of €200,000, the National Court has decided.

Speed limits and breathalysing for pedestrians and cyclists 'absurd', says Council of State
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:41:37 +0200

PLANS to apply speed limits to cyclists and pedestrians and to breathalyse and drug-test walkers have been branded 'absurd' by the Council of State.

Top artists on tour in Spain include U2, Robbie Williams and Lenny Kravitz
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:13:58 +0200

SOME of the biggest and best bands and artists of the moment and old favourites back on the scene will grace Spain's stages and concert halls with their presence this year - Robbie Williams, ...
Rare early Sorolla painting identified
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:10:07 +0200

A RARE original painting from Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla's early days has been identified by Lleida University after its owners bought it as an anonymous canvas in an online ...
Rental Prices Up In 2014 Says Portal
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:14 +0000

Average residential rental prices ended 2014 slightly up on the previous year, according to data from the Spanish property portal
Santander: Spanish Home Sales To Stagnate In 2015
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:46:25 +0000

Spain's biggest bank, Santander, does not expect the Spanish property market to expand in 2015, largely due to constraints in mortgage lending.
NOTARIES: Market Momentum Maintained In November
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:03:10 +0000

Spanish home sales increased by 14 per cent in November, but average prices declined by 1.5 per cent, according to the latest figures from the General Council of Notaries.
Spain Leads European Construction Growth In November
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:41:59 +0000

The growth in output of Spain’s construction sector was the biggest in the EU in November, show the latest figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office.
Fitch: Spanish Property Market Stabilising But Still Overvalued
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:39:56 +0000

Spanish house prices are still 10 per cent too high, despite a seven-year crash in prices, argues the international ratings agency Fitch in a new report on housing affordability.
What Lies Behind The Plunge In New Home Sales?
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:53:21 +0000

The market for new homes in Spain appears to be drying up, so what lies behind this news? asks a recent article at the Spanish property portal
Pivotal Year For Spanish Home Building Industry
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:43:25 +0000

The Spanish home building industry is forecast to grow this year for the first time since the crisis struck, offering a glimmer of hope to a sector that went from number one in Europe to almost non-existent in the space of seven years.
Tinsa: Spanish House Prices Fall Three Per Cent In 2014, Bottom Out In 2015
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:19:39 +0000

The Tinsa General and Large Markets House Price Index (IMIE) published this week shows that property prices (resale and new-build) decreased by 3 per cent between December 2013 and December 2014.
IMF: Spanish Property Market Has Bottomed Out But Risks Remain
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:21:47 +0000

The IMF has published a report on four European housing markets including Spain, concluding that the Spanish property market has bottomed out, but risks remain.
Spanish Property Market Maintains Growth In November
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:45:21 +0000

The Spanish property market grew by 13 per cent in October, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). There were 22,675 home sales recorded in the Property Register in October (excluding social housing), 13 per cent more than last year, but five per cent down on a monthly basis. Home sales tend to taper off towards the end of the year, as illustrated above. Annualised sales have increased in eight out of ten months so far this year, compared to just three out of ten last year, as this chart shows: The market is growing despite a big decline in new homes sales, as the supply of new properties that people want to buy runs dry. Resales increased an annualised 45 per cent in November, whilst new home sales plunged 21 per cent. By region, annualised sales exploded 94 per cent in Teruel, but that was almost certainly a one-off from a low base that won’t be repeated. More interesting was the 56% increase in Malaga, home to the Costa del Sol, where sales have increased way above the national average almost every month this year. Property professionals talk of a “mini-boom” in the area, especially Marbella, which is reflected in these figures. Looking at the annualised change in new home sales by region in November, the drama of the Spanish home building industry is clear to see. Sales declined or collapsed in most regions, with the exception of Malaga and Girona, home to the Costa Brava. Year to date, over ten months to the end of December, the market has grown the most in annualised terms in Málaga, Cádiz (Costa de la Luz), and the Balearics, despite declining new home sales in all regions. At the other end of the scale, the market shrank in Teruel, Almeria (Costa Calida), Granada (Costa Tropical), Tarragona (Costa Dorada), and Castellón (Costa Azahar). The INE’s figures reflect sales that took place a month or two before, when they are recorded by the Notaries. Given that the most recent report from the Notaries showed a small dip in sales in October, we can expect the INE’s figures to follow suit next month. And finally, a table summarising monthly sales for the last seven years (excluding social housing):

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