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Up-and-coming Spanish tennis players arrested in match-rigging racket
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:09:31 +0200

SEVEN tennis players are among 34 people arrested for allegedly rigging matches to win bets placed, taking home over a half a million euros.

Madrid to ban diesel cars from 2025
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:41:27 +0200

DIESEL-ENGINE cars and other vehicles will be banned from Madrid city from the year 2025, following the example of Paris and México DF.

Email claiming to be from missing Diana Quer says she is in USA
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:58:31 +0200

MISSING persons charity SOS Desaparecidos has received an email purporting to be from vanished sixth-former Diana Quer claiming to be alive and well, but out of the ...
Government takes €9.5bn from pension reserve fund, which could be empty within a year
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:11:26 +0200

ONCE again, Spain's government has dipped its hands into the Social Security pot - this time to pay pensioners' Christmas bonuses.

Talgo wins 'deal of the century' to build 30 fast-track trains for €1.5bn
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:36:48 +0200

LONG-DISTANCE rail manufacturer Talgo has won the 'contract of the century', to build 30 high-speed trains for national transport board ...
Valencia's 'Fallas' fiesta earns UNESCO heritage status
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:42:28 +0200

VALENCIA'S noisy, fun and colourful Fallas festival has been given UNESCO heritage status, putting it on the world map, ensuring its lifelong protection and potentially bringing in even more tourists. Every year ...
Telepizza to open in UK, Iran, Malta and Saudi Arabia next year
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:34:25 +0200

SPANISH fast food chain Telepizza plans to open 200 branches in Iran in the next 10 years, with the first due to be ready to trade by March next year in Teheran. Present in nearly every middle-sized town in Spain and ...
Cash payments for goods and services to be capped at €1,000
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:44:58 +0200

PAYMENTS for goods or services in cash may not be more than €1,000 in the government's latest drive to fight against tax fraud. At present, cash can be handed over up to €2,500 without penalty, but this means a ...
Alcohol and cigarette duties to rise and fizzy drinks taxed
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:00:47 +0200

TAXES will be applied to sugary soft drinks and will increase on cigarettes and alcohol, minister for the treasury Cristóbal Montoro has announced. The State has to increase its tax income by between €7 billion and ...
Barcelona to feed contraceptives to pigeons to control population
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:02:10 +0200

BARCELONA plans to control its urban pigeon population by feeding the birds contraceptives to avoid culling. Around 85,000 pigeons roam around the city, but the birth control method is expected to be approved by the ...
King Felipe and Queen Letizia conclude first official visit to Portugal
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:53:50 +0200

KING Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are part of the way round their first official tour of Portugal involving three cities, six speeches and a meeting with the president, Marcelo Rebelo da Sousa. The monarchs started out in ...
FACUA warns of 'illegal' ticket re-sales for Bruno Mars concerts costing four times original price
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:19:41 +0200

CONSUMER organisation FACUA has denounced re-sales of Bruno Mars concert tickets at inflated prices via unauthorised websites whilst the official channels show up as being sold out. The same practice was detected months ago ...
Ex-Atletico Madrid player Cleber Santana killed in Colombia air crash; Villarreal veteran survives
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:42:15 +0200

FORMER Atlético Madrid FC player Cléber Santana has died in this morning's air crash in Colombia, in which all bar three members of a Brazilian football team, an air hostess and a reporter perished. Santana ...
Flash floods leave woman dead, numerous homes evacuated and drivers trapped in their cars
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:09:14 +0200

TORRENTIAL rain, temperatures dropping to freezing and flash floods in the east of Spain have caused havoc over the last three days and already claimed one ...
Sagrada Familia cathedral is most popular answer to a 'what to see in Spain' Google search
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:03:25 +0200

BARCELONA'S Sagrada Família cathedral is the most-recommended tourist attraction in Spain, according to a new map of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East drawn up by a cartographer on Reddit. The map, now ...
Rita Barbera received death threats hours before her fatal heart attack
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:18:08 +0200

JUST hours before dying from a heart attack in a Madrid hotel, Valencia's ex-mayoress Rita Barberá (PP) sent a text message to a high-ranking official in the ...
Neymar crashes his Ferrari
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:15:35 +0200

BARÇA FC midfielder Neymar has suffered a car crash en route to the training ground in his Ferrari.

DAESH fighter from Gran Canaria arrested during attempt to fly to Syria
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 01:46:07 +0200

GUARDIA Civil officers have thwarted another Jihad cell by arresting a recruiter living in Vecindario, Gran ...

Gas leak from portable heater claims two lives in Albacete village
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 01:41:56 +0200

TWO young adults have died in an Albacete province village due to a gas leak from a heater.

'Unanimous' Parliamentary agreement to reform education law
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 01:39:29 +0200

THREE main parties in Parliament will work on a replacement law for the unpopular schools reform brought in by former education minister, José ...

Spanish police publish 10 fugitives' photos, including one Brit
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:27:44 +0200

NATIONAL Police in Spain are hunting for 10 criminals on the run - one of whom is British - and have published their photos to enlist the ...
French 'Spiderman' fined for climbing 34-floor skyscraper in Barcelona with his bare hands
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:23:16 +0200

FRANCE'S very own 'Spiderman' could be fined after he was caught climbing the Agbar Tower skyscraper in Barcelona - something he has done ...
Rajoy: "Spain is especially united in grief with Cuba over the loss of a great historical figure"
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:48:05 +0200

SPAIN'S president Mariano Rajoy says the late Fidel Castro (pictured) was 'a figure of great historical ...
Cubans for and against Fidel Castro clash violently in front of embassy in Madrid
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:14:20 +0200

PRO-CASTRO and anti-Castro demonstrators had to be broken up by police after they came face to face outside the Cuban ...
Dutch passenger caught in Madrid airport with €180,000 in cash in heels of her shoes
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:01:04 +0200

A PASSENGER due to fly to Colombia from Madrid's Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport was carrying €180,000 in cash in her ...
Botulism cases in Alicante and Germany linked to brand of dried salted fish
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:56:46 +0200

TWO cases of botulism in the province of Alicante and another in Germany linked to a brand of dried salted fish produced in The Netherlands has led ...
Unions call mass demonstrations across Spain over lack of confidence in Rajoy to tackle 'poverty, pensions and unemployment'
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:49:09 +0200

SPAIN'S main unions will stage a protest march in Madrid and call a country-wide demonstration three days earlier, after meeting with government ...
PSV Eindhoven MD claims Spanish reporters 'tried to bribe fans to riot' during Atletico match
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:45:43 +0200

A DUTCH football club has denounced Spanish reporters for 'paying fans to riot' so they could film them.

Sevilla researcher wins Cambridge University prize for investigating cancer-causing genetic mutations
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:36:27 +0200

A SEVILLA researcher has been given an award by Cambridge University, the top higher education centre in the UK, for his ...
Australian woman paid to read 'Don Quijote' for five hours a day
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:53:21 +0200

AN AUSTRALIAN mum-of-four has been paid to read Don Quijote for five hours a day and to recount her experiences on Twitter and Facebook.

Cecilia's 'Ecce Homo' - the real one - emerges at Zaragoza antique shop
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:50:26 +0200

A PAINTING of the Ecce Homo thought to have been lost forever after it was inadvertently defaced by an 80-something parishioner has turned out to ...
Mother of missing Martina Alemany, 16, praises Facebook after it led to a stranger finding her daughter
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:42:46 +0200

CRITICS of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter were left eating their words after it was revealed missing 16-year-old Martina Alemany Casas was ...
Minimum wage to increase to €800 in 2018 and €950 by 2020 in line with European Social Charter
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:38:39 +0200

PARLIAMENT has approved a motion by left-wing Podemos to raise the national minimum wage for a full-time, 40-hour week to €800 in 2018 and €950 ...
FOREX NEWS: Pound comes back to life
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:58:07 +0000

Luke Trevail, a currency exchange specialist at forex brokers TorFX, looks at the factors driving the pound’s exchange rate this week. The pound has come to life in the last couple of weeks. Following Donald Trump’s shock win earlier in (more…)
MORTGAGE NEWS: Interest rates just keep going down
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:04:39 +0000

Eurozone mortgage base rates were down again in november, the tenth consecutive month of negative rates.
Spanish house price data published in November
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:02:16 +0000

Every month the SPI House Price Index Tracker plots the progress of the seven most-watched house price indices in Spain, and puts them all on one page.
Planning approvals up 7% in September, but big picture still dismal
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:23:48 +0000

Planning approvals were up an annualised 7% in September, and 32% year to date, but new home building is still at crisis levels when you take the long view.
SHOWCASE: Anamaya Villas, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella – contemporary design with a twist
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:52 +0000

Anamaya Villas is a boutique, high-end development project to build five villas with a novel contemporary design in Marbella’s Nueva Andalucia suburb, also known as Golf Valley.
What impact has Brexit had on British demand for property in Spain?
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:07:27 +0000

What impact has Brexit had on British demand for property in Spain in the five months since the referendum? The latest official figures show a substantial fall in British purchases, and a survey I recently carried out suggests a big overall drop in British buyer activity, especially in the top two destinations of the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.
Another Spanish housing bubble on the horizon?
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:29:17 +0000

Another housing bubble will inflate between 2018 and 2020, warns Ignacio de la Torre, economist and head of the investment firm Arcano, speaking at a recent industry conference. An association of Spanish estate agents has been echoing similar concerns, albeit for different reasons.
Foreign borrowers have higher risk of mortgage default, warn Moody’s
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:59:59 +0000

With foreign demand for homes in Spain once again on the rise, the international ratings agency Moody’s has warned that lending mortgages to foreign buyers carries a higher risk.
Foreign buyers and investors drive recovery in two-speed market say CaixaBank Research
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:09:04 +0000

A report this month from CaixaBank Research explains why the recovery in demand for housing in Spain is so skewed towards the coast.
Brexit sinks British demand 16pc in Q3, but foreign demand up overall
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:15:47 +0000

Foreign demand for property in Spain rose by 9.4% in the third quarter of the year, but British demand fell 16% as a result of Brexit, show the latest figures from the Spanish Land Registrars’ Association.

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