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Benzema gives Real slim Champions League advantage
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:14:37 +0200

Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win at the Bernabéu tonight and a slim advantage going into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie with Bayern Munich. After Bayern's ...
Prime-time TV and the news to finish earlier at night
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:38 +0200

HEALTH minister Ana Mato wants to bring forward prime-time TV shows and news programmes but up to an hour so that they finish no later than 23.00hrs.

Expert turron-maker part of drug-dealing gang selling sweets made with magic mushrooms and marijuana
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:14 +0200

A MASTER confectioner has been arrested for mass-producing and selling sweets and chocolates made with marijuana and magic mushrooms. The ...

Benidorm's InTempo, tallest block of flats in Europe now on the market
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:19:23 +0200

EUROPE'S tallest residential block, the InTempo apartments in Benidorm, has finally been built and is looking for buyers. Already, 120 flats ...
Stalemate between Atletico and Chelsea
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:22:30 +0200

Atlético Madrid and Chelsea played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last night, handing Chelsea a distinct advantage for the return leg, according to Diego Simeone. Despite ...
Houses burnt down and residents flee their homes as raging inferno engulfs Torrent
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:23:25 +0200

AN INFERNO near Valencia has led to two urbanisations and seven nursing homes being evacuated and numerous houses going up in flames. Red Cross ...
Antonio Banderas to play Picasso in Civil War film by Carlos Saura
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:21:05 +0200

ACTOR Antonio Banderas will play the part of cubist painter Pablo Picasso in a film about the bombing of Basque town Guernika during the Civil War.

Spanish woman stabbed by robber in Senegal aid camp
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:06 +0200

A SPANISH tourist staying with her sister in Sénégal has been seriously injured after being stabbed by a mugger. The young woman, ...

Marbella, Benidorm and La Manga will be wiped off the face of the earth by the end of this century, warns Greenpeace
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:18:49 +0200

BENIDORM, Marbella, San Sebastián's iconic 'shell beach' and La Manga (Murcia) would disappear under water if the North Pole melted, environmentalists reveal.

Michael Schumacher 'sued' over Sevilla road crash
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:40:59 +0200

MICHAEL Schumacher has been sued by a Spanish biker after the seven-times world champion allegedly knocked him off his motorcycle at a roundabout near Sevilla.

Power cut affects whole of Gibraltar due to substation blaze
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:35:38 +0200

A FIRE in a Gibraltar substation left the whole of the Rock without power all day Saturday and part of Sunday.
Missing Down's Syndrome teen found dead near campsite
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:32:39 +0200

THE body of a teenage boy who went missing from a camping site near Jaén has been found just four kilometres from where he disappeared on Maundy Thursday.

Tax evader on the run from the USA courts found in Sevilla hotel
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:44:17 +0200

A BUSINESSMAN from Galicia wanted by the US authorities after fleeing the country has been caught in a Sevilla hotel. According to police in the ...
Down's Syndrome teen goes missing in Jaen campsite
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:12:58 +0200

A TEENAGE boy with Down's Syndrome went missing from a camping site near Jaén on Maundy Thursday, and his family and the police are calling for any information that may lead to ...
Taxi firms call for paid car-pooling App to be scrapped
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:48:49 +0200

SPANISH taxi drivers are calling for a mobile phone application which puts ordinary motorists in touch with each other for paid lifts to be banned.

Crashed Air Force helicopter found in sea with bodies of four crew inside
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:33:25 +0200

A HELICOPTER which crashed off the coast of the Canary Islands a month ago has been found several miles under water with the bodies of four missing soldiers inside.

Firms' financial struggles 'no excuse' for not paying workers on time, Supreme Court rules
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:25:33 +0200

COMPANIES struggling financially have no excuse not to pay employees' wages, nor to pay them late, the Supreme Court has ruled. Under ...
Formula 1: Podium for Alonso at China Grand Prix as Hamilton takes third victory on the trot
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:21:10 +0200

SPAIN'S Fernando Alonso took his first podium position at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai this morning (Sunday) by netting an unexpected third place, just a week after Ferrari team ...
Child's mobile phone video leads to burglars' capture
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:05:31 +0200

BURGLARS who attempted to ransack a home near Barcelona have been caught after the young daughter of the house filmed them on her mobile phone.

Girl of 14 killed in ninth-floor fall in La Manga
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:03:18 +0200

A TEENAGE girl has died after falling from a ninth-floor balcony on an urbanisation in La Manga (Murcia. Few details have been released as ...

Guardia Civil display with guns at primary school fires up criticism
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:44:36 +0200

AN EXHIBITION at a school by the Guardia Civil who were carrying guns at the time has sparked controversy in the northern region of Navarra - especially as some of the children were allowed ...
Bystanders hurt as Jesus statue falls during Motril's Good Friday procession
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:20:21 +0200

FIVE people have been injured - one of whom is in a serious condition - after an image of Jesus Christ on the cross fell off its stand during the Good Friday parades in Motril ...
Antonio Banderas shows Tony Blair the Easter processions in his home town
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:55:11 +0200

ACTOR Antonio Banderas has been showing off his native Málaga to former British PM Tony Blair during the Easter parades, an event the star never misses.

Ferrer knocks Nadal out of Monte Carlo Masters
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:52:52 +0200

World number one Rafael Nadal went out of the Monte Carlo Masters tournament today at the hands of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Ferrer, ranked sixth in the world, took every opportunity handed to him in the most anticipated ...
'Violent' gang burgled at least 20 luxury Costa del Sol villas
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:45:51 +0200

BURGLARS who targeted luxury villas on the Costa del Sol - often involving violence towards the occupants - have ben arrested in a National Police swoop the length and breadth of the ...
Easter parade stampede caused by cafe fire leaves 22 injured
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:43:59 +0200

A STAMPEDE at the Maundy Thursday late-night procession in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz province) caused by a fire breaking out in a nearby café led to 22 people needing first aid and ...
'Pegasus' helicopter catches motorists reading, texting or using tablets whilst driving
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:23:22 +0200

A 'SPEED camera' helicopter flying above Spain's roads over Easter week has already caught several drivers on film chatting on WhatsApp or using their Tablets at the wheel.

Ibiza government gets stricter with 'party boats'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:00 +0200

IBIZA'S provincial government has announced plans to monitor and regulate 'party boats', or floating nightclubs which are popular with young tourists in light of a growing number of ...
'Legendary' Spanish language novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:26:29 +0200

ONE of the most-read bestselling authors of novels in Spanish, Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87. 'Gabo', as ...
Two dead and three missing as fishing boat capsizes
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:23:10 +0200

TWO men have died and three are missing after a fishing boat sank off the coast of the northern region of Asturias in the Bay of Biscay. The ...
Toll road traffic volumes lowest in 18 years
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:07:52 +0200

TRAFFIC on toll roads in Spain has fallen to record lows - in fact, there has never been fewer cars on the motorways in the last 18 years.

Tourist, 23, dies in Magalluf hotel balcony fall
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:12:04 +0200

A 23-YEAR-OLD holidaymaker has lost his life in a fall from a hotel balcony in the Punta Ballena neighbourhood of Magalluf (Mallorca). It is not ...

King's aircraft breaks down in Kuwait - fifth incident with Air Force fleet since November
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:29:00 +0200

AN AIRCRAFT from the Armed Forces fleet due to fly King Juan Carlos home from Kuwait was delayed yesterday (Wednesday) due to a mechanical breakdown - the fifth time this has occurred in six ...
Sun goes in and temperatures drop for Easter Saturday and Sunday
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:25:22 +0200

SUNNY climes are forecast for today (Maundy Thursday) and Good Friday, but a cold mass of air from the Atlantic will bring temperatures down from Saturday onwards, especially in the north, centre ...
Inferno sweeps Sierra Espadan
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:18:29 +0200

A FOREST fire which broke out in the Sierra Espadán inland of Castellón yesterday (Wednesday) lunchtime continues to burn at the time of publication, emergency services ...
Stunning solo effort from Bale hands Real Madrid the Copa del Rey
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:08:37 +0200

A stunning late solo effort by Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in tonight's the Copa del Rey final. An early goal by Angel Di Maria gave Real the lead and they continued to dominate much of the ...
Spanish Portal Targets Property Buyers From China
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:33:38 +0000, one of Spain’s largest listing sites, has inked a deal with China portal to market Spanish properties to Chinese buyers.
Russian Ruble Decline Hitting Spanish Property Sales
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:31:06 +0000

The falling ruble is starting to impact Spanish property sales to Russians, who have been among the most active foreign buyers in recent years.
Fiscal Distortions Behind February Plunge in Home Sales
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:41:51 +0000

The Spanish property market shrank an annualised 24 per cent to 23,242 sales in February excluding social housing, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics.
Spanish Bank Ready to Sell Struggling Home Loan Portfolio
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:50:37 +0000

Slowly but surely Spain’s bank are moving to jettison the property-related assets weighing down their portfolios. In the latest announcement, Catalunya Banc SA, which was taken over by the government in 2011, is selling €6.95 billion ($9.6 billion) of residential home loans, most of which are described as “heavily delinquent.”
Savills: Vacation Home Markets Set for Price Growth
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:54:39 +0000

While many property markets continue to struggle, second-home and popular vacation spots are ready to rebound, reports Savills, the property consultancy.
Barcelona Developer Sells Out New Apartment Project
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:16:42 +0000

Barcelona-based developer Corp has quickly sold out a new apartment project in the center of the city, providing evidence that there is a still a shortage of affordable new homes in the right locations, despite Spain’s much-reported glut of homes. Sales of the 56 apartments, Calle Entenca, were officially launched on Friday, the company said. Eighty percent of the 28 flats in another project, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, were also sold, according to the developer, which specializes in offering custom elements to buyers. The six-year-old company launched a big marketing campaign promoting their schemes, which allow clients to choose their own finish and interior designs. Off plan prices in the projects range from €320,000 to €350,000, depending on the size and finish selected, La Vanguardia reports. The success may also be attributed to pent-up demand for well-priced, off-plan projects in the city, after years with few new project starts. The building on Calle Entença is centrally located close to Plaza Francesc Macia, a good area of town where there is little stock of new flats on the market. Buyers in Corp projects are “middle class who don’t need more than 80 percent financing, in other words, mainly people with steady jobs and a high level of savings,” a company spokesperson told the Spanish press. Mortgages are difficult to find in Spain, with banks still wary of lending on property after the market collapse. Corp focuses on projects “tailored to customer demand,” according to promotional materials Founders Pau Castro and Pedro Molina highlight “the importance of promoting and building housing adequate for the current market situation,” the company said in a recent press release. “It’s the customer who strikes us the market trends and not the market that strikes the customer trends.” Since its inception in 2008, the company has built more than 1,300 homes in areas such as Maresme, Baix Llobregat, Barcelona and Vallès Occidental. Last year the company debuted a project with 63 houses and 8 offices in Barcelona’s Guinardó neighborhood. That project sold 25 homes in the first 48 hours, the company announced at the time. A photo accompanying the La Vanguardia article shows a long line of people waiting in front of the developer’s office on Friday.
British Pension Reforms Could Boost Spanish Real Estate Market
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:16:53 +0000

The British Chancellor George Osborne has announced sweeping changes to pension legislation giving British pensioners much more flexibility over how they spend their pension pot, freeing up capital to spend on Spanish property. In this guest article, Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt looks at this impact the new rules might have on the Spanish real estate market.
New Plan for €50 billion in Spanish Property
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:31:20 +0000

Spain’s “bad bank” is implementing a new strategy to market and sell the €50 billion in real estate under its control, which could create more opportunities for international investors.
New Life for Doomed Almería Resort Project
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:22:05 +0000

Eight years after courts ordered the demolition of a half-finished hotel development on the Almería coast, the controversial project lives on.
Spain Commercial Property Interests Starwood Fund
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:02:30 +0000

Starwood European Real Estate Finance, a U.K.-listed real estate fund, wants to expand its holdings into Spain and Italy for the first time, moving beyond its current focus on the UK, Holland and Finland.

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