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Gun permit debate provoked after hunter shoots forestry officers who asked to see his licence
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:44:43 +0200

A DOUBLE murder in the province of Lleida after two forestry brigadiers asked a hunter to show his gun licence has sparked debate about whether firearms possession should be restricted. The 28-year-old man, who shot dead the ...
British supermarkets report vegetable shortage and price hike due to cold snap in Spain
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:09:29 +0200

FREEZING temperatures in the east of Spain have lead to a dearth of vegetables on shelves in UK supermarkets - and prices rocketing for the few that are left. Popular grocery chain Tesco said the violent storms, ...
Valencia arrests 12 years after Dutch airport multi-million diamond robbery
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:26:23 +0200

SEVEN people have been arrested in Valencia 12 years on from the biggest diamond heist of the century, worth €67 million.

Barcelona anti-Trump protest brings over 700 women onto city streets
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:21:47 +0200

AT LEAST 700 women demonstrated in Barcelona yesterday (Saturday) against the investiture of US president Donald Trump, who officially became the leader of the world's ...

Huelva woman, 22, finds long-lost brother in California via Twitter in two days after a decade-long search
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:44:39 +0200

A YOUNG woman from Spain's far south-west took just two days to find her long-lost brother after announcing her search on Twitter, having spent the previous 10 years ...
Regional league women's rugby player, 26, found dead in her Costa del Sol flat
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:32:48 +0200

A LEAGUE-LEVEL women's rugby team member has been found dead in her Málaga home aged just 26, lying in the corridor with multiple bruising all over her body, ...
Air in Barcelona metro carries fewer bacteria than health centres, says study
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:17:38 +0200

TRAVELLERS on Barcelona metro are less likely to pick up contagious illnesses such as the 'flu than they are in a health centre, according to long-term ...
Prosecution to investigate 'historic' electricity bill hike
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:18:16 +0200

CIVIL prosecutors at Spain's Supreme Court have opened an inquiry into the historic electricity price hike which came into effect yesterday (Friday), ...
C&A to shut 23 stores in Spain and make 300 workers redundant
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:13:39 +0200

BUDGET clothing chain C&A has announced plans to close down 23 'loss-making' branches across the country, which will involve 16% of its staff ...
Julio Iglesias' much-loved 1972 Seat 1430, his first 'flash' car, up for auction
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:50:36 +0200

LEGENDARY crooner Julio Iglesias' 45-year-old car is up for bidding on the web-based auction site Catawiki, with an expected sale price of around ...
'Flu epidemic rages with patient numbers up by 26% in a week
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:24:27 +0200

THE INFLUENZA epidemic across Spain has reached new highs this week, with the average of 1.74% of the population affected rising to 2.2%.

Petrol and diesel fall in price after two months of consistent rises
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:21:39 +0200

PETROL and diesel prices have come down for the first time after two months of consecutive increases, some of the highest seen in the past few years but a ...
Russian hacker sought by US justice system arrested in Barcelona
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:14:18 +0200

A RUSSIAN hacker wanted by the USA and arrested in Barcelona is due to be transferred to a prison in Madrid today to await extradition ...
Drivers trapped all night on Valencia and Alicante roads and rail traffic disrupted due to snow
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:58:21 +0200

CHAOS continues in the east of Spain due to snow falling in places it is rarely seen - main highways in the province of Valencia are ground to a halt ...
Health minister stresses pensioners' prescription charges will not go up, but 'reforms are needed'
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:31:17 +0200

HEALTH minister Dolors Montserrat has stressed the government has 'no plans' to increase prescription payments for pensioners, but ...
Rihanna, Arya, Daenerys, Shakira, Britney, Madonna and Miley: celebrity baby names become commonplace in Spain
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:04:47 +0200

BABY girls in Spain are now increasingly more likely to be named Miley, Shakira, Rihanna, Madonna, Britney, Arya and Daenerys than María, according to latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics ...
More snow expected today across Spain - even on Mediterranean beaches
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:31:53 +0200

SNOW and high winds are expected across practically the whole of mainland Spain and the Balearics today (Thursday), and it is likely residents ...
FITUR tourism trade fair opens in Madrid with a new 'green' and 'pet-friendly' focus
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:28:33 +0200

THE world's second-largest tourism trade fair is now in full swing: FITUR was opened yesterday at Madrid's IFEMA exhibition centre by King Felipe ...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: RENFE to hook up with uber and offer combined car-share and train tickets
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:44:08 +0200

NATIONAL rail board RENFE is considering linking up with car-pooling network Über to increase passenger numbers and 'become more modern'. Initially suffering backlash across Europe, particularly from taxi drivers, ...
Diesel cars cause more than twice the air pollution of buses and lorries
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:12:22 +0200

DIESEL-POWERED cars create more air pollution than buses and lorries running on the same fuel, according to a report by the independent International ...
Madrid to Tangiers in an hour on Hyperloop inter-continental bullet-train
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:08:40 +0200

AN AMBITIOUS and futuristic rail project which has reached the semi-final of a global competition could involve being able to travel by train from Madrid ...
Five ex-managers of Novacaixagalicia Bank jailed for giving themselves millions in early retirement pay-offs
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:45:31 +0200

FIVE former managers of the north-western bank Novacaixagalicia have been sent to prison for two years for giving themselves multi-million ...
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez admits to €984,000 tax evasion whilst playing for Barca FC
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:50:06 +0200

FORMER player for FC Barcelona Alexis Sánchez has admitted to having 'defrauded' nearly €984,000 from the Spanish tax ...
U2 Barcelona concert tickets sold out in eight hours
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:21:22 +0200

TICKETS sold out for Irish rock band U2's Barcelona concert in just eight hours, promoter Live Nation revealed last night ...
Barcelona taxi 'slow' protest causes 17-kilometre gridlock
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:00:20 +0200

A TAILBACK of over 17 kilometres built up from Barcelona airport to the city centre and beyond when over 5,000 taxi drivers staged a ...
Spain's economic growth exceeded forecasts for 2016 thanks to 'more international' business focus
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:39:07 +0200

THE national economy grew by 3.3% in 2016, according to government data released during the Spain Investors Day forum (pictured left with King Felipe VI ...
Irish president Enda Kelly gives Rajoy a named football shirt for the 'Galicia national team'
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:07:25 +0200

IRISH prime minister Enda Kenny met with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on Thursday and gave him a 'personalised' football shirt.

Maximum temperatures nationwide of 5ºC and snow at sea-level on Mediterranean coast from Tuesday
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:17:54 +0200

WINTER will truly set in this week starting from tomorrow (Tuesday), and Wednesday will be the coldest day of the season so far - so ...
'Blue Monday', the most miserable day of the year and how to cope with it Spanish-style
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:10:56 +0200

TODAY is officially the gloomiest day of the year - known as 'blue Monday', according to a mathematical ...
Bottled gas goes up in price from Tuesday this week
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:01:28 +0200

BOTTLED butane gas is set to go up another 5% from tomorrow (Tuesday) - just as temperatures are about to plummet to unprecedented ...
Andalucia marches against funding cuts and mergers in region's health service
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:57:14 +0200

TENS of thousands of residents marched across Andalucía cities in protest over their regional government's funding cuts in healthcare yesterday (Sunday).

Spanish aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan released
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:53:34 +0200

A RED Cross worker from Spain who was abducted on December 19 in Afghanistan has been released and is 'safe and sound', according to ...
BARCELONA RENOVATION: What Planning Permission do you need?
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:32:09 +0000

What planning permission do you need to renovate an apartment in Barcelona?
CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Political pronouncements push the Pound around
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:38:41 +0000

Luke Trevail, a currency exchange specialist at forex brokers TorFX, looks at the factors driving the pound's exchange rate this week.
Costa del Sol has the biggest inventory of new(ish) homes
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:41:46 +0000

A new report just published by the Spanish appraisal company Sociedad de Tasación (ST) reveals the biggest inventory of newish homes for sale is on the Costa del Sol.
Madrid to regulate tourist rentals as Barcelona beefs up inspection teams
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:14:23 +0000

Both Madrid and Barcelona have announced plans to increase control over tourist rentals, though Barcelona is far more advanced than Madrid.
NOTARIES: Sales up and prices down in November 2016
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:34:47 +0000

The Spanish house market was back to double-digit growth in sales in November, according to the latest figures from the Association of Spanish Notaries.
Banks now also on the hook for mortgage setup costs
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:21:28 +0000

A recent ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo or TC) means that banks can be obliged to repay some or all of the mortgage set-up costs they passed on to borrowers.
Renting in Spain: Non-Resident Landlord´s Rental Allowances
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:11:38 +0000

Regular legal-contributor Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt explains the tax allowances that non-resident landlords may now benefit from following a recent European Court of Justice ruling.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Pound sinks in Brexit fog
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:17:21 +0000

Luke Trevail, a currency exchange specialist at forex brokers TorFX, looks at the factors driving the pound's exchange rate this week.
Rental prices rise in cities, led by Barcelona up 66%
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:52:34 +0000

Rental prices are rising in most Spanish cities, led by Barcelona up almost 66% in the last five years, reports the Spanish press.
Home sales in November: Market roars back with 17% increase
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:54:54 +0000

The number of home sales inscribed in the Spanish property register in November rose 17% compared to last year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

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