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November 1, 2014
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  • 24/06/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina takes anti-vulture funds ad campaign to European media

    Three days after publishing in the Wall Street Journal an ad questioning vulture funds in their 1.3 billion dollar dispute with the country, the government stepped up its pressure against bondholders that rejected the 2005 and 2010 debt swaps.

  • 21/05/2014 | Argentina

    Europe elections: Spain citizens in Argentina can vote up to May 24

    Spanish citizens living in Argentina will have time to vote for their European candidates till May 24, Spain’s Electoral Board has decided following delays in the arrival of ballots.

  • 02/06/2014 | Argentina

    CFK salutes Spain's King Juan Carlos following abdication

    "In Spain the King is abdicating, but in Latin America a friend is leaving," Cristina signalled today, in a statement released by the Presidency. The head of state added that the king's decision "brings to a close an exceptional relationship, and a historic time between Spain and Argentina.

  • 17/06/2014 | Argentina

    ‘My brother is far from being a terrorist’

    By Nadia Nasanovsky
    An Argentine national, César Raúl Rodríguez was arrested in Madrid yesterday, as a suspected member of a jihadist cell accused of recruiting militants for the terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIL). Buenosairesherald.com talked to his sister.

  • 27/02/2014 | Argentina

    Repsol signs agreement for YPF expropriation

    In Buenos Aires City, the Federal Government led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officialised the compensation agreement with Spanish Oil Company Repsol, and signed a 5 billion dollar deal for 51 percent of YPF shares.

  • 28/03/2014 | Argentina

    Repsol shareholders seal Argentina deal

    Shareholders of Spain's Repsol approved the oil major's $5 billion settlement with Argentina over the 2012 seizure of YPF at an annual meeting today.

  • 08/04/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House plenary session debates YPF-Repsol deal

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, the Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Carlos Zannini, and the head of YPF Miguel Galuccio were attending today a plenary session held by the Energy and Budget committees at the Lower House to provide details about the agreement signed between the Argentine government and Spanish Repsol on YPF's expropriation.

  • 27/11/2013 | Argentina

    Repsol's board accepts YPF compensation deal

    The Repsol’s Administrative Council has accepted the preliminary agreement reached among Argentina, Mexico and Spain involving a compensation for the expropriation of the Spanish firm’s 51 percent stake in the energy giant YPF.

  • 26/02/2014 | Argentina

    Repsol chairman: YPF deal 'satisfactory'

    Spain's Repsol is considering the sale of its remaining 12 percent stake in Argentine energy group YPF, its chairman said today, following a settlement with Argentina over the 2012 seizure of its majority stake.

  • 26/02/2014 | Argentina

    US calls Gov't, Repsol agreement 'a positive step'

    The US government expressed its approval for the compensation agreement signed between Argentina and Repsol over the expropriation of YPF shares, defining it as “a positive step,” a State Department spokesperson said.

  • 26/09/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina, Spain join up to pressure Britain on Malvinas, Gibraltar

    Argentina and Spain agreed today to join forces in order to pressure Britain to discuss their separate claims on British territories: the Malvinas Islands and Gibraltar near the southern tip of Spain.

  • 12/11/2013 | Argentina

    Spain confirms ban on Argentine biodiesel exports

    Despite Argentina’s claims at the World Trade Organization, Spain has finally decided to ban the entry of Argentine biodiesel products. The CARBIO chamber of biofuels in Buenos Aires rapidly echoed the news accusing Madrid of an “arbitrary and discriminatory” measure based on “unjustified reasons.”

  • 14/11/2013 | Argentina

    Gov't criticises Spain for ending biodiesel exports

    The government of Argentina has filed a formal complaint against Spain over its decision to close the market for the nation's biodiesel, while defining the measure as “discriminatory” and arguing “an illegitimate and protectionist policy”.

  • 31/05/2013 | Argentina

    Repsol's Brufau threatens to take legal actions against Argentina

    Head of Repsol Antonio Brufau threatened to take legal actions against Argentina’s allegations accusing him of “irregular payments” during the Spanish administration of YPF.

  • 25/07/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina sends condolences to Spain after train tragedy

    The national government expressed the “more sincere and deep condolences”, as result of the train accident where at least 80 people lost their life, and more than 178 were hurt.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    Fears of monopoly grow as Telefónica increases stake in Telecom Italy

    By Pablo Jimenez
    Ambito.com
    Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has confirmed the purchase of a further stake in Telco, the biggest shareholder of Telecom Italy. The company, which operates heavily in South American markets such as Argentina and Brazil, now holds two-thirds of the Italian enterprise.

  • 07/12/2012 | Argentina

    YPF sees deals with Bridas, Chevron before end 2012

    Energy company YPF expects to finalise an agreement with Bridas Holding for it to make a substantial invesmtent in YPF's shale assets before the end of 2012, YPF's chief executive said today.

  • 26/12/2012 | Argentina

    Gov't says Spain lifted biodiesel imports restriction

    Spain has lifted the biodiesel imports restrictions that had applied months ago after a bilateral dispute, the government announced after presenting a complaint before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • 24/05/2013 | Argentina

    King Juan Carlos I of Spain salutes CFK on National Day

    Juan Carlos I of Spain today sent a letter addressed to president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to express "my best wishes of peace and prosperity for the Argentine brotherly nation" as Argentina is celebrating another anniversary of its National Day May 25th.

  • 08/11/2012 | Argentina

    President suspends official trip to Spain after medical recommendation

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will fail to assist the Ibero-American Summit to be held in Cádiz city, after her personal doctors recommended her to "avoid additional efforts" in her agenda.

  • 17/11/2012 | Argentina

    'Relations between Spain and Argentina are good'

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman assured that the relation with Spain is good, after he met with Spanish counterpart José Manuel García Margallo in Cádiz during the Ibero-American summit.

  • 03/12/2012 | Argentina

    Repsol files ICSID complaint against Argentina

    Spain's Repsol SA filed a complaint against Argentina before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) today over its nationalization of energy company YPF SA, a source familiar with the matter told reporters.

  • 14/05/2012 | Argentina

    EU to lodge suit against Argentina with WTO, reports say

    The European Union has agreed to file a trade suit with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over Argentina's import restrictions, a senior Spanish government source said today.

  • 15/05/2012 | Argentina

    Repsol says starts legal process over YPF seizure

    Spanish oil major Repsol said today it had taken the first step in a process to pursue legal action against Argentina for seizing energy firm YPF.

  • 04/06/2012 | Argentina

    Galuccio, Kicillof lead new YPF board of directors

    The YPF shareholders picked the company's new board of directors, which includes sixteen members representing the nation and the provinces, and one member representing Spanish oil company Repsol.

  • 24/04/2012 | Argentina

    Spain to fight for YPF 'fair compensation', willing to maintain good relations with Argentina

    Spain's Industry Minister José Manuel Soria said today the Spanish government wants to sustain “good relations” with Argentina but vowed to do everything in their power to assure a “fair compensation” for the expropriation of shares held by Spain-based oil energy company Repsol.

  • 04/05/2012 | Argentina

    'Spain needs to accept Argentina's sovereign decision,' Pichetto

    The head of the Senate's Victory Front bloc Miguel Angel Pichetto today stated that “Spain needs to accept the sovereign decision made by Argentina,” in reference to the expropriation of oil and gas giant YPF, which last night was approved by a wide majority in the Congress.  

  • 14/05/2012 | Argentina

    Gov’t expresses 'concern' over Spanish bio fuel trade restrictions

    The government expressed “great concern” today over the Spanish decision to ban bio fuel “not produced within the European Union” from the country.

  • 20/04/2012 | Argentina

    CFK assures Spain's biodiesel imports restriction will not affect the country

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner minimized Spain’s decision to reduce the biodiesel imports as a retaliation over the expropriation of YPF and called for “tranquility” after assuring that Argentina “is in condition to absorb” that production in the domestic market.

  • 20/04/2012 | Argentina

    Randazzo rules out that Gov't analyzes other expropriations

    Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo assured that it is not in the government’s plans to expropriate other companies, after the nationalization of the 51 percent that Spain’s Repsol had in YPF.

  • 23/04/2012 | Argentina

    Aníbal Fernández: 'We won't pay what the main responsible for looting YPF says'

    Kirchnerite Senator Aníbal Fernández assured today that the government “will pay what YPF truly worth, and not what Repsol’s chairman [Antonio Brufau] wants.”

  • 11/04/2012 | Argentina

    YPF shares plunge in Buenos Aires and New York ahead of announcement

    Shares in Argentina's biggest energy company YPF plunged 5.6 percent in Buenos Aires today while the company's US-listed shares were 5 percent lower in New York.

  • 17/04/2012 | Argentina

    ‘The real success of the 15M is that it changed people’s minds’

    By Ana Patiño.- Spaniard Stéphane Grueso assured that a new way of protest has appeared after the Tahrir, 15M and Occupy Wall Street movements, and despite their “little” concrete achievements, the change in the people’s minds has showed that it is in fact a success.

  • 20/04/2012 | Argentina

    Spain retaliates against Argentina restricting biodiesel imports

    In what can be understood as a first measure of retaliation against Argentina, on its decision to expropriate YPF, Spain is about to approve restrictions on biodiesel imports from the South American country.

  • 07/10/2011 | Argentina

    Top Spanish matador gored through head by bull

    One of Spain's most popular matadors, Juan José Padilla, was gored through the head by a bull during a bullfight in Zaragoza in a grisly incident highlighting the danger of the traditional spectacle at a troubled time in its history.

  • 16/03/2012 | Argentina

    De Vido lashes out at Spanish minister for YPF comments

    Planning Minister Julio de Vido lashed out at Spanish Industry Minister José Manuel Soria by saying though oil company YPF is run by Spanish investors it should not be considered an asset of the European country. Previously, the Spanish official affirmed that the company’s interests “were those of Repsol and Spain.”

  • 21/03/2012 | Argentina

    Gov't rejects Repsol-YPF's dividend reinvestment plan

    During a crucial Repsol-YPF board meeting held at the oil giant offices in Puerto Madero, government officials rejected a proposal brought by Repsol CEO Antonio Brufau to recapitalize the company by returning last two years dividends to shareholders.

  • 14/01/2011 | Argentina

    Spanish Police assures it knew the plane carried 944 kilos of cocaine

    Spain's Interior Minister and Vice-President Afredo Pérez Rubalcaba announced that the Spanish Civil Guard was informed about the plane carrying 944 kilos of cocaine to Barcelona’s airport before it landed. The sons of former Argentines brigadier-generals, Gustavo and Eduardo Juliá and Matías Miret, remain arrested.

  • 18/02/2011 | Argentina

    Court urges US, Uruguay for information on Juliá case

    National Court sent two exhorts to the United States and Uruguay in order to obtain information linked to the leasing contract of the plane that the brothers Gustavo and Eduardo Juliá used to transport 944 kilograms of cocaine, which were discovered in Barcelona, Spain, on January 2.

  • 28/07/2011 | Argentina

    Repsol Q2 falls on weak upstream

    Spain's Repsol YPF SA said today adjusted net profit fell 7.3 percent in the second quarter of the year due to the loss of production in Libya and strikes at its Argentine division.

  • 06/01/2011 | Argentina

    Three Argentines detained in Spain with 900 kilos of cocaine

    Two sons of a retired Argentine brigadier were detained when they arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport in a private plane from the Argentine company Medical Jet with more than 900 kilos of cocaine, according to sources from Spain’s police.

  • 07/01/2011 | Argentina

    Cocaine trafficking into Spain 'linked with PAMI', Ocaña

    Ex-Health Minister and ex-manager of PAMI healthcare, Graciela Ocaña revealed that the air company, Medical Jet, which tried to enter over 900 kilos of cocaine into Spain yesterday was contracted by PAMI for medical flights. The Medical Jet firm is owned by the Juliá family.

  • 07/01/2011 | Argentina

    Drug trafficking: Spain's Justice to define judicial situation of three Argentines detained

    A Spanish Judge will unveil within the next hours the judicial situation of the three sons of former brigadiers of the Argentine Air Force detained with 944 kilos of cocaine at Barcelona’s El Prat airport five days ago.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections

    Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona today calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease

    The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said today.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Spanish nurse infected with Ebola officially cleared of disease

    The Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid while caring for a priest who later died of the virus has been cleared of the deadly disease after testing negative two times in a row, doctors said on Tuesday.

  • 13/10/2014 | World

    Catalonia to seek alternatives to independence vote

    The leader of Spain's Catalonia region will call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for November 9 and look for alternative ways to consult Catalans, a key regional political party said today.

  • 16/10/2014 | World

    Priest, air passenger among six hospitalised in Spain for Ebola tests

    Spanish authorities have reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight and a Spanish priest who had been in Liberia.

  • 17/10/2014 | World

    Spain: four suspected Ebola cases test negative

    Spain said today all four suspected Ebola cases hospitalised yesterday, including a Nigerian passenger taken from an evacuated plane by police-escorted ambulance, have tested negative for the deadly disease.

  • 08/10/2014 | World

    First person diagnosed with Ebola in US dies in Texas hospital

    A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a Texas hospital today, his case having put health authorities on alert for the deadly virus spreading outside of West Africa.

  • 09/10/2014 | World

    Health of Spanish nurse with Ebola worsens

    The health of the 44-year-old Spanish nurse with Ebola has worsened, a hospital official said today, without giving further details.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Signs of hope for Spanish nurse with Ebola

    Spanish health authorities have said there were signs of hope for a nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid as the levels of the virus in her body were diminishing, though they also said she remained in a serious condition.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    Spanish nurse tests positive for Ebola in Madrid

    The Spanish nurse who treated priest father Manuel García Viejo, who died in a hospital in Madrid after being airlifted from Sierra Leone, has tested positive for the disease in initial tests, becoming the first case of infection in the European continent.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Four hospitalised in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa detected

    Four people have been hospitalised in Spain to try to stem the spread of Ebola after a Spanish nurse became the first person in the world known to have contracted the virus outside of Africa. Twenty-two people who came into contact with the nurse are being monitored, health authorities said.

  • 08/10/2014 | World

    Spain Ebola nurse may have touched face with contaminated gloves

    A Spanish nurse who is the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa may have touched her face with the gloves of her protective suit while caring for a priest who died of the disease, a doctor treating her said today.

  • 27/09/2014 | World

    Catalonian leader orders referendum on independence from Spain

    The president of Spain's Catalonia region has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence to be held on November 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal.

  • 29/09/2014 | World

    Spanish court halts Catalan independence vote, but supporters press on with campaign

    Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote.

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    Catalonia suspends formal campaign on Spain independence vote

    Catalonia's regional government has said it would temporarily suspend campaigning for a vote on independence from Spain, after Madrid filed a legal block to the referendum.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Barcelona swamped by supporters of Catalan independence vote

    Thousands of Catalans packed the streets of Barcelona to demand the right to vote on a split from Spain, their ambitions boosted by an independence referendum scheduled for next week in Scotland.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    Wall Street flat as Oracle takes air out of Alibaba debut

    US stocks closed little changed today after Alibaba's strong debut was offset by falling technology shares as Oracle and Yahoo stumbled, but the Dow managed to edge higher to set a record for a second straight session.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    Catalonia to defy Madrid on independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

    The leader of Spain's Catalonia region said he would defy Madrid to hold a non-binding independence vote in less than two months, saying his people deserved the same right to determine their future as Scots who voted to stay in Britain.

  • 07/07/2014 | World

    Four hospitalised on first day of Pamplona bull run

    Four people were hospitalised today on the first day of Spain's San Fermin bull run, a daily race through the narrow, cobbled streets of Pamplona that forms part of the northern city's week-long festival.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Basque separatist group ETA announces full dismantlement

    Armed Basque separatist group ETA has dismantled its military wing and set up a group to finalise the deactivation of any remaining weapons and explosives, according to an ETA statement in a Basque newspaper.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    Santander bank's Emilio Botín dies

    Emilio Botín, one of Spain's most powerful men who transformed Santander from a small domestic lender into the euro zone's biggest bank, has died of a heart attack, aged 79.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Spain’s King Juan Carlos signs abdication law

    Spain’s Juan Carlos lived today his last day as monarch. The 76-year-old has signed the act of abdication in a ceremony at Madrid’s Royal Palace. At midnight - once the abdication becomes effective -, his son Felipe will officially take over the throne.

  • 19/06/2014 | World

    Spain's new King Felipe VI calls for unity with diversity

    Spain's new king, Felipe VI, was sworn in today in a relatively modest ceremony which monarchists hope will usher in a new era of popularity for the troubled royal household.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Spanish court upholds corruption charges against Princess Cristina

    The rulings by the Palma de Mallorca court come barely a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favor of his son, who sought to repair the royal family's scandal-worn image with a promise of honesty and transparency when he took the throne.

  • 02/06/2014 | World

    Spain's King Juan Carlos abdicates in favour of son Prince Felipe

    Spain's King Juan Carlos announced today he would abdicate in favour of his more popular son Prince Felipe in an apparent bid to revive the scandal-hit monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing discontent with the wider political elite.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    Prince Felipe set to become king of Spain after June 18

    Spain's Prince Felipe will probably succeed his father Juan Carlos as king after June 18, parliament speaker Jesus Posada said today, a day after the long-reigning monarch announced he would abdicate.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    Argentine arrested in Spain for jihadist recruitment

    Spain's police arrested an Argentine national who converted to Islam in a raid against an international network that recruited jihadists for the terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

  • 25/03/2014 | World

    Spanish court declares Catalonia sovereignty claim unconstitutional

    Spain's Constitutional Court partially struck down a sovereignty claim approved by lawmakers last year in the northern region of Catalonia, a vital step toward a referendum on full independence.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Catalan leader says parliament rejection won't halt referendum

    Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition.

  • 12/05/2014 | World

    Spanish municipal leader dies after being shot in León

    Isabel Carrasco, the conservative People's Party president of the county council of León in northern Spain, was shot dead today while walking through León city, Spanish police said.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Spain increases African enclave security after border rush

    Immigrants from all over Africa regularly dare the razor-wire fences of Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, which are surrounded by Moroccan territory and sea. The numbers have multiplied as increased naval patrols discourage attempts to get to Europe by boat.

  • 22/03/2014 | World

    Anti-austerity protesters join forces in Madrid

    Tens of thousands of protesters from across Spain converged in Madrid today calling for an end to EU-imposed austerity which has deepened poverty amongst the worst-off.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Post-Franco PM Suárez passes away in Spain

    Former prime minister Adolfo Suarez, who steered Spain through one of the most turbulent periods in its political history after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, died today at the age of 81.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Spanish princess Cristina testifies in corruption case

    Spain's Princess Cristina was questioned by a judge in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over graft among the ruling class and discontent with the royal family.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Spanish parliament to advance with restrictive abortion bill

    Spain's Socialists failed today to block an unpopular draft law restricting women's access to abortions, which has sparked large protests across the country and caused rare rifts in the conservative People's Party (PP) that sponsored the bill.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    Spain's Princess Cristina charged with tax fraud, money-laundering

    A Spanish judge charged Princess Cristina - younger daughter of King Juan Carlos - with tax fraud and money laundering, possibly paving the way to an unprecedented trial of a member of the royal family, the Superior Justice Tribunal of the Balearic Islands has said.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    Pro-abortion demonstrators fill streets of Spanish capital

    Thousands of people marched in Spain's capital to protest against a government plan to limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions in the ruling conservative People's Party.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Princess Cristina to give testimony in royal corruption case

    Spain's Princess Cristina - younger daughter of King Juan Carlos - will appear in court for questioning by a judge in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over ruling class graft at a time of government spending cuts.

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    Catalonia sets referendum date next year, Spain says no

    Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set Nov. 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government poured cold water on the plan.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    Most Spaniards want king to abdicate: poll

    Almost two thirds of Spaniards want their king to abdicate and hand the crown to his son, according to a poll that was released on the monarch's birthday, that also showed his popularity slumping to a record low.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Spain tells UN no rethink on post-Franco amnesty

    Spain told a critical United Nations panel that a 1978 amnesty for political crimes committed during the 1936-39 civil war and the right-wing dictatorship of Francisco Franco would not be reviewed, despite growing calls for a rethink.


  • 17/11/2013 | World

    Madrid garbage strike to end after 12 days

    A 12-day strike by street sweepers that left Madrid littered with garbage was set to end today after private maintenance companies cancelled plans to lay off a fifth of the Spanish capital's street cleaners.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    Britain protests to Spain over Gibraltar diplomatic bag incident

    Britain accused Madrid of a "serious infringement" of international protocol, saying Spanish police had opened a British diplomatic bag on the border with its contested territory of Gibraltar.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    Spain summons US ambassador over spying

    Spain summoned the US ambassador today to discuss alleged spying on Spanish citizens and said the action was unacceptable behavior by an ally.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Spain launches legal inquiry into US spying allegations

    Spain's public prosecutor launched a preliminary inquiry today into reports that US intelligence has spied on million of its citizens.

  • 04/11/2013 | World

    Spanish judge seeks UN action on Franco victims

    Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon urged a United Nations panel to push his country into investigating the disappearances of 150,000 civilians believed killed by forces of the late dictator Francisco Franco between 1936 and 1951.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    Catalans form human chain to press for independence from Spain

    Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 400-km (250-mile) human chain across their region to press the Spanish government to let them vote on breaking away and forming their own country.

  • 20/09/2013 | World

    Spain's king will have hip surgery for a third time

    Spain's King Juan Carlos will have hip surgery for a third time, the royal palace said reviving speculation the ailing monarch may be close to abdicating.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    UN tells Spain to revoke Franco-era amnesty law

    The United Nations has called for Spain to overturn a 1977 amnesty law that pardons crimes committed during the 36-year dictatorship of General Franco.

  • 12/08/2013 | World

    Britain weighs legal action against Spain on Gibraltar

    Britain warned Spain it might take legal action to try to force Madrid to abandon tighter controls at the border with the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar in what it called an "unprecedented" step against a European ally.

  • 20/08/2013 | World

    Britain rejects Spanish request for Gibraltar talks

    Britain rejected a Spanish proposal to hold talks over the sovereignty of the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar after Spain issued an appeal for such negotiations to be held "as soon as possible".

  • 20/08/2013 | World

    Spain state rail officials face investigation after crash

    A judge investigating Spain's worst train disaster in decades will question safety officials from state rail company Adif after finding basic precautions were not made, papers released today showed.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Britain and Spain agree to try to defuse Gibraltar row

    Britain and Spain have agreed to try to find a way to defuse tensions over the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar to avoid damaging relations, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Spain wants Gibraltar talks but will take 'unilateral' measures

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he hoped for dialogue with Britain soon regarding Gibraltar, but he said until talks took place his government would continue to consider unilateral measures to defend Spanish interests.

  • 11/08/2013 | World

    Madrid may ask UN for support over Gibraltar

    Spain may take its row with Britain over the disputed territory of Gibraltar to the United Nations, stepping up its actions in the conflict, a diplomatic source said.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Spain mourns train crash victims in official Mass

    Mourners packed a memorial service today for the 79 people who died in the country's worst rail disaster in decades, as investigators prepared to analyze information from the train's data recording device, or "black box."

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Spain's Rajoy says he was wrong to trust treasurer in party funding scandal

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy apologised for mishandling a major corruption scandal, but denied he or his centre-right People's Party accepted illegal payments and rejected opposition calls to step down.

  • 05/08/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron "seriously concerned" by Gibraltar/Spain tensions

    Prime Minister David Cameron is "seriously concerned" by reports that Spain is considering introducing fees at the border with Gibraltar and closing its airspace to planes using the British overseas territory's airport, his spokesman said today.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    Spanish train crash driver leaves hospital, remains in custody

    The driver of a Spanish train that derailed at high speed killing 78 people was released from hospital, but he remained in police custody ahead of an appearance before a judge to answer questions about what went wrong.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    Spain offers apology to Bolivia after Morales incident

    Angel Vásquez, Spain's ambassador in La Paz, has delivered a letter to the Bolivian foreign ministry apologising for the aerial incident that forced Evo Morales to make an unscheduled stop in Vienna.

  • 22/07/2013 | World

    Spain's PM to appear in Parliament over corruption scandal

    Spain's Prime Minister today said he would soon appear in Parliament to face questions over a corruption scandal that has dented his ruling People's Party's credibility and upset Spaniards as they go through deep cuts in social welfare.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    At least 60 killed, up to 131 injured, after train derails in Spain

    A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 60 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    Rajoy: 'I will defend Spain's political stability'

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke to the media today as pressure mounted on him after a once-trusted aide gave more testimony before a judge looking into allegations of illegal financing in the ruling party. 

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Spain's Repsol rejects offer for YPF

    Spanish oil giant Repsol’s council of administration decided to unanimously reject Argentina’s compensating offer after last year's expropriation.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Spain sees no reason to apologise to Bolivia's Morales in Snowden saga

    Spain said it had no reason to apologise after a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted on suspicion that fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    Spain ready to apologise to Bolivia for Snowden 'misunderstanding' led by US request

    Spain is ready to apologise to Bolivia's president for events that delayed his plane, the foreign minister said today, but he again denied banning the jet from Spanish airspace on the belief that US fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard.

  • 24/05/2013 | World

    Princess Cristina faces new tax probe charge

    A Spanish judge has opened an investigation into Princess Cristina's tax returns after an earlier charge of being an accomplice in an embezzlement case against her husband was dropped.

  • 01/06/2013 | World

    Spain PM Rajoy sees hope for unemployment on day of protests

    Spanish unemployment figures next week may strike a more encouraging note, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told an economic conference, holding out some hope for an economy deep in its second year of recession.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    S&P says affirms Spain's BBB-/A-3 rating, outlook negative

    Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has affirmed Spain's sovereign debt ratings at 'BBB-/A-3', one notch above junk, with a negative outlook, according to its web site.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    Rajoy government support dips as Spaniards tired of crisis

    Public support for the Spanish government has slipped following a high-level corruption scandal and ongoing recession, and Spaniards remain pessimistic about the political and economic outlook, a poll showed.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    'Decision to expropriate YPF responds to Argentina's sovereignty,' Spanish official says

    Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister José Manuel García Margallo said the Spanish government is no longer “discussing” Argentina’s “sovereign decision to seek energy sectors’ control.” “It could seem to me a mistake, but it is the responsibility” of the Argentinean government, García Margallo stated.

  • 25/04/2013 | World

    Spain joblessness hits new high

    Unemployment in Spain jumped to a record 27.2 percent, data showed today, fuelling a European debate over whether to ditch austerity policies and switch to reviving economic growth.

  • 25/04/2013 | World

    Europe austerity debate to weigh on Spain's new economic plans

    Spain will unveil new economic plans that government officials say will tread a fine line between growth and austerity.

  • 26/04/2013 | World

    Spain admits recession worse but gets deficit leeway

    Spain acknowledged that its economy would shrink more than initially expected in 2013 and its budget deficit would be higher than promised, but the European Union gave it more time to bring the shortfall back down to bloc limits.

  • 05/04/2013 | World

    Spain's royal family agrees to open up to scrutiny

    Spain's embattled royal family has agreed to open its affairs to more public scrutiny under a new transparency law intended to restore confidence in a political establishment sapped by corruption and economic crisis.

  • 10/04/2013 | World

    Spain politicians to be fenced off from evictions protesters

    Spanish police will erect barriers around politicians' residences to shield them from protests over the growing number of home evictions and to call for changes to mortgage laws.

  • 22/04/2013 | World

    Spain's population falls as immigrants flee crisis

    Spain's official population fell last year for the first time since the 1940s as immigrants fled a five-year on-and-off recession that has sent unemployment soaring.

  • 16/03/2013 | World

    Spain: Thousands against the 'European Union of markets'

    Thousands took to the streets of Madrid and other Spanish cities calling for a “Europe of the people, against the European Union of the Markets” and responding to the pledge of the so called “Indignants” movement that protests the European leaders’ failure to overcome the crisis.

  • 21/03/2013 | World

    Spain's Catholic Church expels pedophile priest in unprecedented call

    For the first time in its history and following an order by then Pope Benedict XVI to cast light on “any sign” of pedophilia, the Spanish Catholic Church has expelled a pedophile priest who was facing criminal and ecclesiastical charges since 2011.

  • 26/03/2013 | World

    ETA: Spain's rejection of talks will delay political resolution

    Basque separatists ETA today said the Spanish government's rejection of talks with the group until it dissolves itself would delay the process initiated to end a four-decade armed struggle for independence.

  • 20/02/2013 | World

    Spain's Rajoy says no relaxation on reforming economy

    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government would not relax efforts to turn around the Spanish economy after keeping the country's public deficit for 2012 under 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

  • 23/02/2013 | World

    Tens of thousands in Spain protest economic policy, corruption

    Thousands of people participated today in a massive march in Spain to protest against corruption and the austerity measures imposed by the government of Mariano Rajoy.

  • 25/02/2013 | World

    Main suspect in Spain graft scandal has passport seized

    A former treasurer of Spain's ruling party, at the heart of a corruption scandal that has hurt Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, was ordered to surrender his passport today while judges investigate millions of euros he deposited in Swiss banks.

  • 02/02/2013 | World

    Spain's Rajoy says corruption allegations are false

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy strongly denied on Saturday allegations in the media that he and other leaders of his centre-right People's Party had for years received payments out of a secret slush fund.

  • 09/02/2013 | World

    Spain PM publishes tax returns amid corruption scandal

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made public his tax returns as he seeks to quell a corruption scandal that has gripped Spaniards and pushed up the country's borrowing costs.

  • 10/02/2013 | World

    Five crew killed in cruise ship safety drill

    Five crew members died in an emergency drill on a cruise ship in the Canary Islands on Sunday, police said.

  • 19/01/2013 | World

    Spain's PM defends party from corruption inquiry

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed action against wrongdoers in his ruling People's Party (PP) after revelations of a former treasurer's Swiss bank account threatened to stir a deeper party crisis.

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    Spain's El País apologises for fake Chávez photo

    Spain's El País newspaper withdrew what it said was "false photo of Hugo Chávez" that it had published in its on-line and print editions today.

  • 31/01/2013 | World

    Spain corruption scandal turns up heat on PM Rajoy

    Spain's ruling People's Party denied that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    Pilots agree to talk with Iberia about job cuts

    Spanish airline Iberia said today it has reached a preliminary agreement with pilots over plans to restructure the loss-making airline by laying off staff and cutting salaries.

  • 05/01/2013 | World

    Youth unemployment hurts me, says Spain's king as he turns 75

    Spain's King Juan Carlos I said he was worried about high youth unemployment and urged Spaniards to stick together to combat an economic crisis, in an interview to mark his 75th birthday after a year of scandal for the royal family.

  • 15/01/2013 | World

    Fitch warns on US, Spain ratings

    The United States faces a "material risk" of losing its triple-A status if there is a repeat of the wrangling seen in 2011 over raising the country's self-imposed debt ceiling, credit ratings firm Fitch said today.

  • 28/11/2012 | World

    EU approves Spain bank restructuring, opens door to aid

    The European Commission gave the go ahead for Spain to overhaul its stricken nationalized banks today and opened the door for nearly 40 billion euros in euro zone aid to be disbursed, offering hope for an end to Spain's banking crisis.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    WB tribunal accepts Repsol complaint over YPF takeover

    The World Bank's arbitration body started moving ahead this week on a complaint by Spanish oil major Repsol over Argentina's expropriation of its controlling stake in energy company YPF.

  • 29/12/2012 | World

    Spaniard convicted in Cuban dissident death returns home

    A Spanish political activist who was convicted in the death of prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya in a car crash in Cuba in July arrived in Spain to serve out his four-year prison sentence, media reports said.

  • 17/11/2012 | World

    Latin America pledges support for Iberia, warns on austerity

    Latin America pledged investment opportunities for recession-hit Spanish and Portuguese companies but warned its former colonial masters drastic cost cutting would only deepen their misery.

  • 26/11/2012 | World

    Catalan election weakens bid for independence from Spain

    Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections but failed to get a resounding mandate for a referendum on independence, which had threatened to pile political uncertainty on top of Spain's economic woes.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Spain: Same-sex marriage upheld by highest court

    Spain's highest court upheld the country's gay marriage law today, rejecting an appeal lodged by the ruling People's Party seven years ago and confirming the legality of same-sex unions.

  • 12/11/2012 | World

    Spain promises to spare needy from eviction after suicides

    Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos promised today that no needy family will go homeless over mortgage arrears, responding to public fury at a homeowner's suicide as she was being evicted.

  • 13/10/2012 | World

    Spanish aid request from euro zone seen in November

    Spain could ask for financial aid from the euro zone next month and if it does the request would likely be dealt with alongside a revised loan programme for Greece and a bailout for Cyprus in one big package, euro zone officials said.

  • 16/10/2012 | World

    Moody's assigns 'negative' outlook to Spain's rating

    Moody's Investors Service ratified Spain's "Baa3" government bond rating, but has given a negative outlook to its rating.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    Spain: 4 dead, several injured in Halloween party stampede

    Four women were killed and several injured last night in a stampede after a flare was reportedly set off during a large Halloween party at a Madrid indoor venue.

  • 09/10/2012 | World

    Spain votes to stop Catalonia independence referendum

    Spain's parliament voted to block the northern region of Catalonia from holding a referendum on independence, the latest step in a growing political battle between Barcelona and Madrid in the midst of a deepening economic downturn.

  • 10/10/2012 | World

    S&P cuts Spain credit rating to BBB-minus

    Standard & Poor's cut Spain's sovereign credit rating to BBB-minus, just above junk territory, citing a deepening economic recession that is limiting the government's policy options to arrest the slide.

  • 11/10/2012 | World

    IMF urges Europe to put brake on deep budget cuts

    The IMF today backed giving debt-burdened Greece and Spain more time to reduce their budget deficits, cautioning that cutting too far, too fast would do more harm than good.

  • 04/10/2012 | World

    ECB holds rates, Draghi eyed on Spain

    The European Central Bank kept its interest rates on hold today as markets awaited signals from its President Mario Draghi about when he might pull the trigger on his new bond-buying plan.

  • 07/10/2012 | World

    Spain faces fresh street protests as unions call for strike

    Thousands of Spaniards marched in cities across the country to decry tough austerity measures, part of a growing protest movement that shows no signs of abating and could culminate in a general strike in November.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    Euro zone launches bailout fund

    Euro zone finance ministers launched their permanent 500 billion euro bailout fund but said Spain, the country widely expected to be first to draw on it, was taking steps to overhaul its economy and did not need a bailout for now.

  • 27/09/2012 | World

    Spain's new budget aims at spending cuts not tax rises

    Spain announced a detailed timetable for economic reforms and a tough 2013 budget based mostly on spending cuts in what many see as an effort to pre-empt the likely conditions of an international bailout.

  • 28/09/2012 | World

    Spain bank audit paves way for state bailout

    Spanish banks will need a total of 59.3 billion euros ($76.3 billion) in extra capital to ride out a serious economic downturn, an independent report said, removing a major obstacle in the way of an international bailout for Madrid

  • 29/09/2012 | World

    Spain sees 2012 deficit target jump if bank aid included

    Spain will meet its 2012 public deficit target as dictated by European guidelines, but the shortfall will jump by more than one percentage point if aid to its struggling banks is taken in to account, the government said

  • 17/09/2012 | World

    Spain: influential conservative Esperanza Aguirre resigns

    Madrid regional president Esperanza Aguirre, an influential Spanish politician and a leader of the conservative wing of the ruling centre-right People's Party (PP), resigned today in a surprise announcement.

  • 25/09/2012 | World

    Protesters clash with police in Madrid

    Protesters clashed with police in Spain's capital as the government prepares a new round of unpopular austerity measures for the 2013 budget that will be announced on Thursday.

  • 26/09/2012 | World

    Spain to pass reforms, budget cuts with eye on aid

    Spain will announce a series of economic reforms and a tight 2013 budget today, aiming to avoid the political humiliation of having Brussels impose conditions on a request for an international bailout.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Vast crowds demand Catalan autonomy from crisis-hit Spain

    Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona in an unprecedented show of mass support for autonomy from Madrid, blaming Spain's economic crisis for dragging their wealthy region down.

  • 14/09/2012 | World

    Euro zone officials urge Spain to clarify aid

    Euro zone finance ministers pressed Spain today to clarify whether it will seek financial support after the announcement of the European Central Bank's new bond-buying programme brought Madrid's borrowing costs sharply lower.

  • 15/09/2012 | World

    Ten of thousands of Spaniards rally against spending cuts

    Tens of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid to protest against spending cuts and tax rises in a country reeling from high unemployment and a gruelling recession.

  • 29/08/2012 | World

    Spain, EU in agreement over bad bank terms

    The Spanish government and European Union officials are in agreement on the general terms for creating a bad bank to hold toxic real estate assets, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said.

  • 02/09/2012 | World

    Rajoy says Spain already meets conditions for aid

    Spain will consider seeking extra aid from Europe on top of a 100 billion rescue of its financial sector but does not see any need for new conditions, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in an interview published in European newspapers.

  • 10/09/2012 | World

    Spain's PM expects 'reasonable' terms for any new aid

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he expected the European Union to set reasonable conditions for Spain if the country sought a bailout, saying he should not be told exactly where to trim public spending and would not cut pensions.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    Spain fights worst wildfires in a decade

    Spain is facing its worst wildfires in a decade, after more than three times as much forest has burned so far this year than in the whole of 2011, while firefighting budgets have been slashed by up to a half as part of the drive to cut public spending.

  • 24/08/2012 | World

    Bullfights back on Spain public TV after six years

    Spain's public broadcaster has said it will show its first bullfight in six years next month, a controversial decision at a time when bullfighting faces growing public opposition

  • 28/08/2012 | World

    Spanish recession deepens as austerity plan moves forward

    Spain’s recession worsened in the second quarter as the government’s austerity push to reduce the euro area’s third-biggest budget deficit and a slump in consumer spending offset growth in exports.

  • 29/07/2012 | World

    Support for Spain's PM falls sharply after new austerity steps

    Support for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fell sharply in July after his government announced a new round of deep spending cuts and tax hikes to fight the sovereign debt crisis, an opinion poll showed.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    S&P affirms Spain's sovereign rating, keeps negative outlook

    Standard and Poor's Ratings Services affirmed Spain's sovereign rating at BBB+/A-2, citing the country's strong commitments to economic and fiscal adjustments, and said its outlook remained negative.

  • 12/08/2012 | World

    Thousands evacuated in Spain forest fires

    More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Spain's Canary Islands because of forest fires that are difficult to control due to a heatwave and strong winds, authorities said.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    'We better cut spending if we don't want to become Argentina,' Spanish official

    The President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has warned about the “difficult” situation Spain is going through, and said “If we don’t want to become another Argentina, with a ‘corralito’ and inflation rates around 20-40 percent, we must cut the public spending and find the accounts’ balance.”

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    Spain's borrowing costs rise at bill sale

    Spain's borrowing costs rose at an auction of 3.05 billion euros of three- and six-month Treasury bills today. The average yield was 2.434 percent for the three-month bills compared with 2.362 percent in June and 3.691 percent for six-month paper compared with 3.237 percent.

  • 27/07/2012 | World

    Spain discusses state bailout; ECB seen writing off Greek debt

    Spain has at last conceded it may need a state bailout and policymakers are considering writing down Greek debt to their central banks, European officials said, as markets anticipated radical new action to pull the continent out of its debt maelstrom.

  • 21/07/2012 | World

    Spanish protests swell as jobless march on Madrid

    Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards who had travelled hundreds of kilometres (miles) on foot to Madrid joined protests against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government and its handling of an economic crisis in the EU country.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Global shares plunge on Spain bailout speculation

    US stocks fell for a second straight session, as Spain appeared closer to needing a national bailout and poor corporate results weighed on the market. Meanwhile, European stocks also sank.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Spain's Central Bank says economy sank deeper into recession in second quarter

    Spain's economy sank deeper into recession in the second quarter, its central bank said as investors spooked by an undeclared funding crisis in its regions pushed the country ever closer to a full bailout.

  • 19/07/2012 | World

    Spain's Repsol sells non-strategic assets in Chile

    Spanish oil firm Repsol said today it sold non-strategic assets in Chile to a group of Chilean investors for 540 million dollars.

  • 19/07/2012 | World

    Mass anti-austerity protests on Spanish streets

    Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards marched against the centre-right government's latest austerity measures, following more than a week of demonstrations across the country.

  • 21/07/2012 | World

    Spain's WWF dumps King as patron over African hunting trip

    The Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) voted to remove King Juan Carlos as the organisation's honorary patron on Saturday after he went on an elephant-hunting safari in Botswana.

  • 11/07/2012 | World

    Spain's Rajoy announces new austerity plan amid European pressure

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced a swathe of new taxes and spending cuts designed to slash 65 billion euros from the budget deficit by 2014 as recession-plagued Spain struggles to meet tough targets agreed with Europe.

  • 13/07/2012 | World

    Spanish workers block roads, rail in cuts protest

    Spanish workers blocked streets and railways in Madrid in protests against new austerity measures they said hurt ordinary people more than the bankers and politicians they blame for the economic crisis.

  • 17/07/2012 | World

    Spain debt costs fall, key bond test awaits

    Spain's borrowing costs fell, at the first sale of debt since the government announced a new austerity package, but not enough to suggest markets believe the country's finances are on a sustainable path with banking problems yet to be resolved.

  • 26/06/2012 | World

    Spain considers tax hikes to curb deficit, please EU

    Spain is considering raising consumer, energy and property taxes, the government said, as it struggles to reduce a public deficit that may have already exceeded one of its budgeted ceilings for the full year.

  • 04/07/2012 | World

    Spanish court opens Bankia fraud case

    A Spanish court opened a fraud case against former executives of lender Bankia on Wednesday amid mounting public anger against the state-rescued bank.

  • 09/07/2012 | World

    EU gives Spain more time on deficit, sets bank aid

    Euro zone ministers agreed to grant Spain an extra year until 2014 to reach its deficit reduction targets in exchange for further budget savings and set the parameters of an aid package for Madrid's ailing banks.

  • 21/06/2012 | World

    Spain to seek bank aid as borrowing costs soar

    Spain's medium-term borrowing costs spiralled to a euro-era record on Thursday and independent auditors said Spanish banks may need up to 62 billion euros in extra capital, to be filled mostly by a euro zone bailout.

  • 25/06/2012 | World

    Spain asks for euro zone aid to recapitalise banks

    Spain formally requested euro zone rescue loans to recapitalise its debt-laden banks today as the euro and shares fell on investor scepticism about this week's EU summit.

  • 26/06/2012 | World

    Merkel buries euro bonds as summit tension rises

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to bury once and for all the idea of common euro zone bonds, saying Europe would not share total debt liability "as long as I live", as the bloc's big four finance ministers met to narrow differences on how to solve a worsening debt crisis.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Fitch cuts Repsol rating to 'BBB-'

    Fitch Ratings has downgraded Repsol S.A's long-term issuer default rating (IDR) to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' and removed it from Rating Watch Negative (RWN).

  • 10/06/2012 | World

    Eurozone agrees to lend Spain up to 100 bln euros

    Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Saturday to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros (80.7 billion pounds) to shore up its teetering banks and Madrid said it would specify precisely how much it needs once independent audits report in just over a week.

  • 14/06/2012 | World

    IMF says has no assistance plan for Spain

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not possess a bailout plan for Spain, IMF’s spokesman  Gerry Rice told reporters today.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Fitch cuts Spain rating by three notches to 'BBB'

    Fitch Ratings cut its rating on Spain's government debt by three notches to 'BBB' today and signaled it could lower it further by putting the country on negative outlook.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Merkel says EU ready to act as Spain downgraded

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was ready to act to ensure stability in the euro zone as Spain's credit rating was cut by three notches amid expectations it may soon seek EU help for banks beset by bad debts.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Spain poised to request EU bank aid

    Spain is expected to ask the euro zone for help with recapitalising its stricken banks at the weekend, EU and German sources said, becoming the fourth country to seek assistance since Europe's debt crisis began.

  • 05/06/2012 | World

    Spain says markets are shut to it as G7 confers

    Spain's Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro sent out the dramatic distress signal in a radio interview about the impact of his country's banking crisis on government borrowing, saying that at current rates, financial markets were effectively shut to Spain.

  • 05/06/2012 | World

    Japan Finance Minister: G7 to work together on Spain, Greece

    The Group of Seven finance chiefs agreed in a teleconference call to work together to deal with the problems hitting Spain and Greece, Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi said today.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    IMF to put Spanish bailout bill at 40-80 billion euros

    An IMF report on Spanish banks to be released on Monday would estimate the cost of refinancing them at between $40-80 billion euros, according to a Spanish newspaper.

  • 02/06/2012 | World

    Spain wants euro zone fiscal authority

    Spain proposed the set up a new fiscal authority in the euro zone which would control and harmonize national budgets and manage the European debts.

  • 03/06/2012 | World

    Spain calls for new euro fiscal authority

    Spain, the latest combat zone in Europe's long-running debt wars, urged the euro zone to set up a new fiscal authority to manage the bloc's finances and send a clear signal to markets that the single currency project is irreversible.

  • 04/06/2012 | World

    G7 to hold emergency eurozone talks, Spain top concern

    Finance chiefs of the Group of Seven leading industrialized powers will hold emergency talks on the euro zone debt crisis tomorrow in a sign of heightened global alarm about strains in the 17-nation European currency area.

  • 28/05/2012 | World

    Fire kills 19, mostly children, in upscale Qatar mall

    At least 19 foreign nationals, including 13 children, were killed in a fire that ripped through an upscale shopping mall in Qatar, the country's interior ministry said.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    UK, Spain 'join forces' to defend their companies in Latin America

    Spain and the UK will join forces against attacks on their companies in Latin America, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García -Margallo said, following the seizure of YPF.

  • 31/05/2012 | World

    Fitch downgrades eight Spanish regions, pushes for more austerity

    Fitch Ratings downgraded eight regions of Spain warning that a failure from the government to adopt new measures would result in further ratings cuts.

  • 25/05/2012 | World

    Spain's Catalonia seeks government help to pay debt

    Spain's wealthiest autonomous region, Catalonia, needs financing help from the central government because it is running out of options for refinancing debt this year, Catalan President Artur Mas said today.

  • 25/05/2012 | World

    S&P lowers ratings on five Spanish banks

    Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut the ratings on five Spanish banks today but left unchanged its ratings on the country's two biggest banks, Santander and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.

  • 27/05/2012 | World

    Spain may recapitalise Bankia with govt debt, source says

    Spain may recapitalise Bankia with Spanish government bonds in return for shares in the bank which last week asked for rescue funding of 19 billion euros ($24 billion), a government source said on Sunday.

  • 16/05/2012 | World

    Greece euro exit could hit Spain, Italy, Zoellick assures

    A decision by Greece to leave Europe's common currency zone would raise big questions about the impact on Spain, Italy and other euro zone countries with big debt loads that are undergoing structural reforms, the head of the World Bank said.

  • 17/05/2012 | World

    Moody's downgrades four Spanish regions

    Moody's rating agency downgraded today the ratings of the Spanish regions of Catalunya, Murcia, Andalucia and Extremadura. The investor’s service agency informed the downgrading was due to their poor fiscal performance last year and the “low probability that the regional governments will be able to meet the 2012 deficit target set by the central government.”

  • 21/05/2012 | World

    Spain says economy to likely slump in the second quarter

    Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said economic activity would likely slump by another 0.3 percent between April and June, further fuelling doubts about the country's ability to get a grip on in its finances and nurse an ailing banking sector back to health.

  • 09/05/2012 | World

    Spain takes over Bankia to combat crisis

    Spain took over Bankia, the country's fourth biggest lender trying to dispel concerns over the government's ability to clean up the financial sector four years after the banks were hit by a property market crash.

  • 10/05/2012 | World

    Repsol profit rises without YPF, company lawyers study expropriation

    Spain's oil major Repsol said today its lawyers are studying the legality of Argentina's expropriation of 51 percent of YPF from the group as high oil prices boosted quarterly profit growth at Repsol even without its majority stake in YPF.

  • 11/05/2012 | World

    Spain accepts independent banking sector audit

    Spain agreed to commission an independent audit of its financial system today, trying to dispel market concerns that a state-funded bank bailout, set to be approved by the cabinet, could strain public finances to breaking point.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    'Who can now trust a country that takes such decisions?,' Rajoy says over YPF

    Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy considered that the expropriation of YPF oil and gas giant led by the government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and backed by a large majority of the opposition blocs, has to do more with Argentina’s weakness than Spain’s current fragility.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    Repsol warns oil giants to sue if they join YPF, British paper

    Spain-based energy group Repsol has sent letters to oil majors including Exxon, Chevron and ConcoPhillips warning it would sue if they try to invest in YPF or its assets, according to British newspaper The Financial Times.

  • 09/05/2012 | World

    Spain to demand banks recognize more losses

    Spain will demand banks set aside another 45 billion dollars against loans to the ailing building sector, financial sources said, raising the possibility more public cash will be needed to rescue the country's lenders.

  • 27/04/2012 | World

    Spanish economy in 'huge crisis,' says Foreign Minister

    Spain's sickly economy faces a "crisis of huge proportions", Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said today, as unemployment hit its highest level in two decades and Standard and Poor's weighed in with a two-notch downgrade of the government's debt.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Denmark's Noma wins World's Best Restaurant third time

    Danish restaurant Noma was crowned the world's best restaurant for the third year in a row in an annual list, beating out top eateries in Spain, Brazil, Italy, the United States and elsewhere.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    Spain calls LatAm countries to guarantee legal security

    As today the national government put into force the YPF expropriation law, Spain’s Vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that Latin American countries to assure legal security during a meeting of Iberian countries’ ministries.

  • 19/04/2012 | World

    Spain lobbies for US support against YPF expropriation

    Spain will discuss a joint response with the United States to Argentina‘s forced nationalization of the YPF oil company, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said today.

  • 23/04/2012 | World

    YPF: Spain urges Argentina 'to solve this in a friendly way or obey international courts'

    Spain’s Foreign Ministry José Manuel García-Margallo urged Argentina to solve in “friendly manner” the plans to expropriate a controlling 51 percent stake in YPF by seizing most of Repsol's shares, or to obey what the international courts might rule on the matter.

  • 23/04/2012 | World

    EU rejects Spain's request to leave Argentina out of negotiations with Mercosur

    A member of the European Union assured it is not possible to negotiate an agreement between the EU and Mercosur without Argentina, as the Spanish Government planned after the country’s decision to expropriate YPF.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Spain wants EU complaint with WTO on Argentina

    Spain will ask the European Union to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Argentina for seizing control of energy company YPF, which is majority owned by Repsol, a high-ranking government source said today.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Spanish king apologises for Botswana elephant hunt

    Spain's King Juan Carlos I hobbled out of a Madrid hospital and apologised for making an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana - a jaunt that has caused outrage in a country suffering from an economic crisis.

  • 19/04/2012 | World

    France, Spain clear bond auction hurdle

    France and Spain sold all the bonds they wanted at auction today, though for Spain the cost was rising yields, indicating growing concerns the government will not be able to tame its deficit.

  • 17/04/2012 | World

    YPF: Spain expresses 'profound unease,' warns of 'consequences'

    An incensed Spain threatened swift economic retaliation against Argentina on Tuesday after it unveiled plans to seize YPF, the South American nation's biggest oil company which is controlled by Spanish energy group Repsol.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Repsol's Brufau: 'Argentina will have to pay a fair price'

    Repsol group’s chairman Antonio Brufau assured today that the Spain-based energy group “believes in Justice and not in demagogy."

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    YPF stock transactions resume in New York, shares plunge 32.7%

    On Wednesday, shares of Argentina’s biggest energy company Repsol-YPF plunged 32.7 percent in Wall Street after transactions resumed following three days of suspension.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Spain: 'We'll defend the interests of Spanish companies in Argentina'

    The Spanish government warned today that Spain will give "the most suitable answer" to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's announcement on YPF expropiation.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    YPF: Spain says Argentina's decision is 'discriminatory, arbitrary'

    The Spanish government condemned Argentina’s announcement over the expropriation of YPF, calling it a “discriminatory” and “arbitrary” decision, and stated that it will adopt any measures deemed necessary to defend the interests of Repsol and every other Spanish company.

  • 17/04/2012 | World

    'Argentina's decision endangers friendship with Spain,' Spanish Minister

    Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo warned today that “Argentina has just shot itself in the foot” as the expropriation of YPF energy company might lead to “a break-up with both Spain and the international community.”

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    Spanish Industry Minister issues YPF warning

    Amidst the cross-fire between the Argentine government and Repsol-YPF oil giant, Spain’s Industry Minister José Manuel Soria, assured today that “any sign of hostility” against Spanish companies “will be considered as a hostile sign against Spain and its government, and will bring consequences.”

  • 14/04/2012 | World

    YPF: Spanish media assures gov't could boycott Argentine meat, soy imports

    Following a day of meetings and warnings against Argentina, Spanish media today assured that Mariano Rajoy’s government  was analysing commercial retaliation if the Argentine government decides to advance on nationalising petrol giant YPF. According to newspaper El Mundo, the Spanish government will boycott Argentine soy and meat imports.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Support for Spain's PM falls as austerity bites

    Support for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fell sharply in April after his government announced deep spending cuts and health and education reforms to fight the sovereign debt crisis, an opinion poll showed.

  • 30/03/2012 | World

    Spain presses on with austerity package despite protests

    Spain announced deep cuts to its central government budget today as it battles to convince European partners and debt markets it can rein in its budget deficit.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    Iran cuts oil to Spain ahead of nuclear talks

    Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week.

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    Rajoy: 'Spain will not be rescued, the alarm is unjustified'

    Spain's government will pass health and education reforms later this month, in the country's latest measures to cut spending and meet difficult deficit reduction targets, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Warsaw today.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Spain's PM denied symbolic austerity boost in local vote

    Spain's centre-right People's Party won a regional election in Andalucia but did not secure the outright majority it expected, depriving Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of a symbolic boost to help him push through harsh spending cuts.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    Italy’s Monti downplays Spain contagion risk

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti today played down the risk that economic troubles in Spain would spread to the rest of Europe and said he believed the euro zone debt crisis was nearly over.

  • 29/03/2012 | World

    Spaniards strike against labour reform

    Spanish workers angry at a labour reform the government calls an "unstoppable" necessity staged a general strike, bringing factories and ports to a standstill and igniting flashes of violence on the streets.

  • 20/03/2012 | World

    Spanish minister vows to defend Repsol’s interests in Argentina

    Adding fuel to the quarrel between Argentina and Spain for disagreements over Spanish investors administrated YPF, Spanish Industry minister of José Manuel Soria vowed today to defend his national’s interests.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    Spain committed to deficit targets, says Economy Minister

    Spain is fully committed to meeting its deficit targets and any comparisons to Greece are "total nonsense," Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said today.

  • 24/03/2012 | World

    Italy PM Monti says worried about contagion from Spain

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed concern about Spain's public finances and said it would not take much to reignite the euro zone debt crisis and revive the risk of it spreading to Italy.

  • 07/03/2012 | World

    Argentina regain FIFA's Top 10

    The football national teams of Argentina, Brazil and Netherlands escalated in the FIFA ranking published on Wednesday. It is still headed by Spain, current champion of Europe and the World.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Eurozone okays Greek aid, demands deeper Spanish deficit cut

    Euro zone finance ministers gave their final approval to a second bailout for Greece and turned their fire on Spain, demanding it aim for a tougher deficit target this year in order to get back on target in 2013.

  • 20/03/2012 | World

    Moody's: ‘Spain's fiscal outlook remains challenging’

    Rating agency Moody's said today Spain's fiscal outlook remained challenging despite recently softened deficit targets.

  • 25/02/2012 | World

    Spanish treasure lands after 200 years

    Coins worth nearly half a billion dollars finally arrived in Spain on Saturday after lying in a sunken warship for more than 200 years and following a five-year legal battle between the Spanish government and a salvage company.

  • 29/02/2012 | World

    Thousands of Spanish students protest against cuts

    Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Spanish cities to protest against government spending cuts that have left many classrooms without heating.

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    EU's Barroso says sure Spain will honor commitments

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said today he was confident Spain would fulfill its EU budget discipline commitments despite setting itself a softer 2012 deficit target than originally planned.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Italy, Britain urge more EU focus on growth

    Italy, Britain, the Netherlands and nine other countries called for Europe to shift its focus from tough budget cuts towards measures to create growth as the region looks headed for its second recession in three years.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    UK expresses condolences

    Amidst the mounting tension between Argentina and the UK over the Malvinas Islands sovereignty, David Cameron’s administration expressed its condolences to Argentina over the train accident that killed 50 people and injured over 600. Spain and Mexico also sent similar messages.

  • 25/02/2012 | World

    Spain king's son-in-law in court on fraud charges

    The king of Spain's son-in-law appeared in court on charges of fraud and embezzlement in a case which threatens to tarnish a royal family credited with steering the country from dictatorship to democracy.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may strip France, UK and Austria's Aaa rating

    Rating agency Moody's warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, the United Kingdom and Austria, while it downgraded the ratings of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may downgrade France, Britain

    Rating agency Moody's said today it downgraded six European nations including Italy, Spain and Portugal, citing growing risks from Europe's debt crisis, and warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, Britain and Austria.

  • 19/02/2012 | World

    Hundreds of thousands march in Spain against reforms

    Hundreds of thousands of people protested across Spain Sunday against reforms to the labor market they fear will destroy workers' rights and spending cuts they say are destroying the welfare state.

  • 09/02/2012 | World

    Spain's crusading Judge Garzon disbarred for 11 years

    Spain's Supreme Court disbarred crusading Judge Baltasar Garzon for 11 years for illegally recording defence lawyers' conversations with clients, which may effectively end his career in international human rights trials.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Spain Court throws out bribery case against Garzon

    Spain's Supreme Court threw out a bribery case against crusading human-rights judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday, after he was disbarred last week in a separate case for illegally taping suspects.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Fitch, S&P downgrade Spanish banks

    Fitch ratings agency has downgraded the main financial entities of Spain – Santander, BBVA, Bankia and Caixabank – due to the recent downgrade of the country’s debt. Meanwhile, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) over Spain’s banking sector to group '5' from group '4.'

  • 30/12/2011 | World

    Spain says deficit bigger than expected, unveils tax

    Spain's new government said the public deficit for 2011 would come in at 8% of gross domestic product, well above a target of 6%, and announced income and property tax hikes and a civil servant wage freeze in response.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries

    Rating agency Fitch carried out its threats and downgraded the ratings of five countries in the eurozone including Spain, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia. Ireland ratings where reaffirmed, informed the agency.

  • 06/02/2012 | World

    Moody's considers Spain’s restructuring plan to be ‘positive’

    A move by Spain to restructure its banking sector could help banks regain access to market funding and reestablish investor confidence, Moody's Investors Service said today in its Weekly Credit Outlook.

  • 19/12/2011 | World

    New Spanish leader pledges deep crisis cuts

    Spain's incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took aim at his country's economic woes Monday, promising deep spending cuts at all levels of government while offering tax breaks for companies.

  • 21/12/2011 | World

    Spain's Rajoy sworn in as Prime Minister

    Mariano Rajoy was sworn in as Spain's new prime minister today and was due to name a team which will need to strike a balance between reviving the stagnant economy and cutting the public deficit.

  • 21/12/2011 | World

    Spain's Rajoy names cabinet of insiders

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy named a cabinet of mostly close advisers charged with reviving the sluggish economy while slashing spending to reassure investors the euro zone's No. 4 economy can stay solvent.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Germany pours cold water on EU summit hopes

    Pessimistic comments from EU paymaster Germany and new figures exposing deepening stress among Europe's banks dented financial market hopes of a turning point in the euro zone's debt crisis at a summit this week.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Euro zone fiscal pact fails to restore confidence

    A European summit deal to strengthen budget discipline in the euro zone failed to restore financial market confidence, forcing the European Central Bank to step in again gingerly.

  • 15/12/2011 | World

    S&P downgrades credit of 10 Spaniard banks

    Standard and Poor’s (S&P) rating agency has downgraded the credit rating of ten Spaniard banks, Bankia, CaixaBank, Banco Popular, Banco Sabadell and Bankinter among them.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    Spain new premier refuses to reveal plans

    Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy resisted pressure to disclose his plans for rescuing Spain from economic disaster, keeping anxious Spaniards and impatient investors on edge following his election triumph.

  • 29/11/2011 | World

    Spain's government says Franco's remains should be moved

    Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco's remains should be removed from a controversial monument outside Madrid, a commission named by the outgoing Socialist government recommended.

  • 03/12/2011 | World

    Spain's Rajoy says crisis needs new economic policy

    Incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on all Spaniards to work together to overcome the debt crisis and promised a new economic policy to deal with unemployment that is more than double the European Union average.

  • 19/11/2011 | World

    Spain to decide on Zapatero's successor

    Spaniards are expected to throw out the Socialists they blame for a disastrous economic situation in an election Sunday and to vote in a center-right party likely to dole out more bitter medicine in the form of public spending cuts.

  • 20/11/2011 | World

    Centre-right roars to victory in Spain election

    The opposition People's Party (PP) won a crushing victory in Spain's election on Sunday as voters vented their rage on the ruling Socialists for the worst economic crisis in generations. 

  • 20/11/2011 | World

    Spain's Socialists concede loss in parliamentary election

    Spain's ruling Socialists conceded loss to the center-right People's Party in the parliamentary election, Socialist party spokesman Jose Blanco said on television.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Spain ‘Indignants’: a movement without a leader, formed by leaders

    By Ana Patiño.- Nowadays we can see plenty of massive pacific protests across the world, as the “Indignants” of New York who camped at Zuccotti Park, or the march for “Global Change” held on October 15 known as the 15-O.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Spanish, French borrowing costs climb, contagion builds

    Spain and France struggled with government bond auctions today, throwing into sharp relief the threat of larger euro zone economies succumbing to the debt crisis that began in Greece and is already lapping at Italy's shores.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Greek protests as France, Spain face squeeze

    More than 30,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens in a protest rally that marked the first public test for a new national unity government that must impose painful spending cuts and tax rises if the country is to escape bankruptcy.

  • 20/10/2011 | World

    ETA separatists end armed struggle in Spain

    Spanish Basque armed separatists ETA have called an end to 50 years of armed struggle, the band said in a statement published in Basque language newspaper Gara.

  • 28/10/2011 | World

    Spain unemployment hits 15-year high

    Spain's unemployment hit a 15-year high in the third quarter with little hope new jobs will be created any time soon by a battered economy that remains at the forefront of investor concerns about Europe's debt commitments.

  • 07/11/2011 | World

    Socialist tries to gain points in Spanish election debate

    Spain's Socialist candidate for prime minister, lagging badly in polls, tried to paint his conservative rival as a threat to the welfare state in a televised debate that was not expected to save the Socialists from a Nov. 20 election rout.

  • 08/10/2011 | World

    Rajoy's agenda still a secret after Spain conference

    Spain's opposition leader Mariano Rajoy, likely to win next month's general election, concluded a three-day party conference by calling on Spaniards to help overcome the crisis but stopped short of presenting a concrete agenda

  • 13/10/2011 | World

    S&P downgrades Spain by one notch on weak growth outlook

    Ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the long-term credit rating of Spain by one notch, knocking the euro down by a third of US cent as it followed hard on the heels of a similar downgrade by Fitch last week.

  • 18/10/2011 | World

    Moody's cuts Spain by 2 notches, sees funding risks

    Moody's Investors Service cut Spain's sovereign ratings by two notches, saying high levels of debt in the banking and corporate sectors leave the country vulnerable to funding stress.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Spain's PM dissolves parliament before elections

    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero dissolved parliament, but pledged more measures to tackle Spain's economic crisis before a November election that is expected to hand power to the conservative opposition.

  • 05/10/2011 | World

    Spain enthralled by wedding of 85-year-old duchess

    One of Europe's wealthiest aristocrats, the 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, wedded a civil servant 24 years her junior in a Seville palace today after overcoming opposition from her children and Spain's royal family.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Fitch cuts Italy, Spain ratings, outlook negative

    Fitch cut Italy's sovereign credit rating by one notch and Spain's by two, citing a worsening of the euro zone debt crisis and a risk of fiscal slippage in both countries.

  • 19/08/2011 | World

    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates World Youth Day

    Pope Benedict XVI met with teachers and university professors today at the historic San Lorenzo de Escorial Monastery, on the second day of his visit to Spain and warned against a utilitarian focus in education, which he considered to conduct “science without limits,” and to be “totalitarianism”.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Pope says priests must live saintly lives

    Pope Benedict said today Roman Catholic priests must live saintly lives and men should only enter the priesthood if they were convinced they could live by all the Church's rules, including celibacy.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    Spanish teachers strike over education cuts

    Thousands of teachers, parents and schoolchildren marched through Madrid in protest against spending cuts in education, as Spain fights to avoid being dragged into a euro zone debt crisis.

  • 16/08/2011 | World

    Pope to face protests over Spain trip costs

    While thousands gather in Madrid at a lavish welcome offered to Pope Benedict for a Roman Catholic youth festival this week, protesters are planning to march to complain over its cost at a time of economic hardship.

  • 17/08/2011 | World

    Thousands rally in Spain against cost of Pope visit

    Thousands of protesters marched in Madrid against the cost of the Pope's visit to Spain this week at a time of growing public anxiety and economic hardship in the country.

  • 18/08/2011 | World

    Pope arrives in Spain for visit in the midst of protests

    Pope Benedict XVI arrived today in Spain begging a four-day visit to Madrid to attend World Youth Day, a congregation of more than one million Catholics that the pontiff is expected to use to reaffirm the importance and influence of his church among younger members of society, said the News York times today.

  • 29/07/2011 | World

    Spain’s Zapatero calls November election, four months early

    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced an early general election in November, four months early than scheduled, looking to capitalize on a slight upturn in opinion poll ratings.

  • 29/07/2011 | World

    Moody's threatens Spain rating cut

    Rating agency Moody's put Spain on review for a possible downgrade today, adding to concerns that a Greek rescue package has done little to halt the spread of Europe's debt crisis.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    Italy under fire in widening euro debt crisis

    Financial market pressure on Italy intensified, sucking Europe's second biggest debtor nation deeper into the euro area danger zone and prompting emergency consultations in Rome and among European capitals.

  • 07/07/2011 | World

    Spain festival twins bullfights with food fights

    Spain's world famous annual San Fermín festival may have bullfighting as its centrepiece but the carnival atmosphere also lures unorthodox fans given to food fights, singing and dressing up.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Spain PM calls for rapid solution to Greek problem

    The euro zone must find a rapid solution to the Greek debt problem to slow the spread of falling confidence through the euro zone, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said.

  • 12/07/2011 | World

    Spain's Socialists narrowly survive budget test

    Spain's minority Socialist government survived a preliminary budget vote in parliament, but analysts still expect an early election.

  • 19/06/2011 | World

    Tens of thousands march against Euro Pact in Spain

    Tens of thousands of Spaniards abandoned their customary quiet day with families and friends on to march against the so-called "Euro Pact" and the handling of the economic crisis.

  • 22/06/2011 | World

    Spanish Congress to amend reforms as protests persist

    Spain's parliament will amend the Socialist government's wage reform bill, meant to make the economy more competitive, after voting today to open debate on the reform, as activists protested outside the legislature.

  • 07/07/2011 | World

    Suspect in 1997 Spanish king plot arrested

    British police have arrested a suspected member of the Basque separatist group ETA wanted in connection with a plot to assassinate the King of Spain in 1997, authorities in both countries said today.

  • 30/05/2011 | World

    Spanish 'indignants' spark wave of European protests

    Spaniards protesting over the handling of the country's economic crisis vowed to keep their tents in central city squares this week, as a wave of similar protests spread to other major European cities.

  • 10/06/2011 | World

    Spain arrests Anonymous members over Sony hack

    Spanish police arrested three suspected members of the so-called Anonymous group today on charges of cyber-attacks against targets including Sony Corp's PlayStation Network, governments, businesses and banks.

  • 15/06/2011 | World

    Spain protesters try to block Barcelona parliament

    Protesters tried to block today the entrance to Barcelona’s local government, news agencies reported.Over 400 police were called to Ciutadella park to ensure protesters would not enter the premises.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Spain government rethinks ban as youth protests grow

    Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes.

  • 21/05/2011 | World

    Spaniards stage mass protests into polling day

    Thousands of Spaniards filled city squares and camped out across the country to protest against government austerity before regional elections which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government.

  • 23/05/2011 | World

    Spain: protesters to remain camped in central Madrid

    Spanish protesters stay camped in Madrid ´s Puerta del Sol. The tents and tarps were still in place after the elections, but the crowd was smaller and analysts said the momentum of the movement will be hard to maintain. But demonstrators have vowed to continue to protest this week.

  • 11/05/2011 | World

    Quake rocks southern Spanish city, at least 10 deaths confirmed

    A rare earthquake rocked the small town of Lorca in the southern Spanish region of Murcia causing houses to collapse, damaging historic churches and public buildings and killing at least ten people.

  • 12/05/2011 | World

    Hundreds queue for food after Spanish earthquake

    Hundreds of people queued for food aid in the Spanish town of Lorca and wandered the streets wrapped in blankets after an earthquake killed eight people and injured more than 120. Thousands of residents of the town slept on the street overnight.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Spain bans jobs protests over election weekend

    Spain's electoral oversight body ruled that jobs protests which young people are staging across the country would be illegal over the coming election weekend, but some demonstrators said they would defy the ban.

  • 10/03/2011 | World

    Moody's cuts Spain rating, cites higher bank costs

    Moody's downgraded Spain's sovereign debt rating by one notch and warned of further cuts to come due to fears that bank restructuring will cost more than twice what the government expects.

  • 10/03/2011 | World

    Moody's cuts Spain rating on higher bank costs

    Moody's downgraded Spain's sovereign debt rating by one notch and warned of further cuts to come due to fears that bank restructuring will cost more than twice what the government expects.

  • 02/04/2011 | World

    Spanish PM says will not stand in 2012 elections

    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, his popularity hammered by the euro zone's highest jobless rate, said he would not seek a third term in 2012 elections his Socialists are expected to lose.

  • 21/12/2010 | World

    Portugal faces rating cut, Spanish debt costs rise

    Portugal was put on notice that its credit rating could be cut and fellow euro zone debtor Spain had to pay more to issue new debt, suggesting the currency bloc's crisis will rage unabated in 2011.

  • 08/02/2011 | World

    Spain to legalize immigrants with underage children born in the country

    Spain’s government will grant legal status to illegal immigrants who have underage children born in the country, according to a draft of a new bill presented in Madrid.

  • 24/02/2011 | World

    Spain's Zapatero to visit Tunisia interim government

    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will travel to Tunisia on Sunday and meet the interim government, the government said in a statement, the first world leader to do so.

  • 10/12/2010 | World

    Spanish official says Kirchner couple 'regrettable,' questions handling of farming crisis

    Spanish newspaper El País released a new batch of leaked US diplomatic documents, in which high-ranking officials in the Spanish government harshly criticized several Latin American leaders, including the Kirchners.

  • 14/12/2010 | World

    Spain eyes extending air traffic state of emergency

    Spain's government proposed extending a state of emergency to Jan. 15 to ward off the possibility of air traffic controllers paralysing airports with a wildcat strike over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

  • 16/12/2010 | World

    IMF chief: Spain to avoid wider debt woes

    Spain will ward off the worst of a European debt crisis without needing a rescue and there is no threat to the euro currency's existence, the head of the International Monetary Fund said.

  • 07/07/2013 | Latin America

    Austria denies inspecting Morales plane during landing

    Austrian officials did not search the plane which carried Evo Morales in the hunt for US whistleblower Edward Snowden, the President of the European country has stated in an attempt to ease the diplmoatic crisis causd by the incident.

  • 08/07/2013 | Latin America

    Bolivia demands answers from Europe in plane spat over Snowden

    Bolivia demanded France, Portugal, Spain and Italy reveal who told them that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was aboard President Evo Morales' flight from Moscow last week.

  • 28/10/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela calls back ambassador to Spain over Rajoy comment

    Venezuela has announced it is calling back its ambassador to Spain for consultations in protest over Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's call to free a Venezuelan opposition activist jailed for leading protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

  • 16/10/2012 | Latin America

    France snatch last-gasp equaliser to hold Spain

    France substitute Olivier Giroud headed past a diving Iker Casillas with almost the last touch of the game to snatch a 1-1 draw against world champions Spain in their World Cup Group I qualifier.

  • 04/07/2013 | Latin America

    CFK expresses solidarity with Morales and calls on Europe to 'apologise'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was among several South American leaders who spoke out at an emergency Unasur meeting, convened after Evo Morales was stopped from landing in several European nations. Cristina called on the responsible nations to apologise, and spoke out in defence of the Bolivian leader.

  • 06/07/2013 | Latin America

    Bolivia to summon Spanish ambassador over plane spat

    Bolivia is expected to call Spanish ambassador to the Andean country requiring a report over the diplomatic spat that ended with President Evo Morales stranded in Vienna when EU countries deny air permits on suspicions US Edward Snowden was on board.

  • 01/05/2012 | Latin America

    Morales announces expropriation of REE shares in Bolivia

    Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the expropriation of the Red Eléctrica Española (REE) shares at an power transmission company in Bolivia and ordered the Army to take over the firm's headquarters.

  • 02/05/2012 | Latin America

    US, EU 'concerned' over Morales' expropriation

    Evo Morales Government’s decision to nationalize the main power transport company that was in hands of Red Eléctrica Española (REE) generated claims from Spain, but United States and the European Union showed their “concern.”

  • 03/05/2012 | Latin America

    IMF assures there is no nationalization 'trend' in the region

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) affirmed that it does not see a trend in South America toward state nationalization of private companies despite moves made by Bolivia and Argentina in recent weeks, a spokesman said today.

  • 02/02/2011 | Latin America

    Cuba to free four more political prisoners

    Cuba will soon free four more political prisoners and send them to Spain as it continues to clear jailed opponents from its prisons, the Roman Catholic Church said.

  • 31/05/2011 | Latin America

    Spain orders trial for priest killings in El Salvador

    Spain's High Court ordered 20 soldiers from El Salvador to be put on trial for the killing of five Spanish and one Salvadoran Jesuit priests during the Central American country's bloody 12-year civil war in 1989.

  • 27/04/2012 | Latin America

    Spain urges CFK to return to ‘the path of international legality’

    Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo urged today President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to go back to “the path of international legality.” The official also said Spain sees no viable deal between the Euroean Union and the Mercosur until Argentina complies with the international investment rules.

  • 13/09/2014 | Sports

    Simeone's Atlético win Madrid derby

    Real Madrid's early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atlético Madrid. Tiago and Arda Turan scored for the "Colchonero", while Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Madrid.

  • 27/09/2014 | Sports

    Messi hits 400 goals

  • 31/08/2014 | Sports

    World Cup: Argentina loses 90-85 to Croatia

    The national basketball team lost 90-85 to Croatia, in its second match after yesterday’s perfect start against Puerto Rico, when coach Julio Lamas' team won 98-78.

  • 10/09/2014 | Sports

    France upset hosts Spain in FIBA World Cup

    FIBA World Cup hosts Spain saw their hopes of taking the title on home soil evaporate as they went down to France, who prevailed 65-52 in a quarter-final game the Spaniards will want to quickly forget as they endured a horror show in Madrid.

  • 11/09/2014 | Sports

    US ease past Lithuania into World Cup final

    The US has breezed into the basketball World Cup final after a commanding performance by the holders who beat Lithuania 96-68 in a one-sided contest.

  • 31/07/2014 | Sports

    'Manu' misses World Cup as Spurs deny permission

    Argentina’s national team will be playing Spain’s World Cup without "Manu" Ginóbili as San Antonio Spurs denied permission to the Argentine guard based on a clause that restricts participation in tournaments in case of a "reasonable medical concern."

  • 25/08/2014 | Sports

    Argentina suffer further defeat in World Cup warm-up

    The Argentina national basketball team signed off pre-World Cup preparations with another reverse, this time against Spain, who defeated a depleted side 86-53 in their last friendly..

  • 30/08/2014 | Sports

    Argentina defeats Puerto Rico in FIBA World Cup debut

    Argentina national basketball team beat Puerto Rico 98-75 in its World Cup campaign in Seville, Spain. The match for Group B started at 12.30pm (Argentine time) at the Sevilla Arena.

  • 13/05/2014 | Sports

    Spain name uncapped Carvajal, Iturraspe in World Cup list

    Coach Vicente del Bosque opted for plenty of youth in his 30-man list which will be whittled down to 23 players who will be bidding in Brazil to retain the trophy they lifted four years ago in South Africa.

  • 17/06/2014 | Sports

    Spanish prosecutor asks judge to drop Messi tax fraud charges

    Spain's public prosecutor has asked a judge to dismiss charges against Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion, arguing his father was responsible for his finances and not the Barcelona forward.

  • 12/04/2014 | Sports

    Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

    Barcelona's nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a shock 1-0 La Liga defeat at Granada that left their bid for a fifth title in six years in serious jeopardy.

  • 26/04/2014 | Sports

    Ronaldo strikes twice as Real close on Atletico

    Real Madrid's rampant Cristiano Ronaldo scored at the start of each half to set up a 4-0 victory over lowly Osasuna and put the pressure back on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

  • 11/05/2014 | Sports

    Hamilton wins in Spain to take F1 overall lead

    Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes to chalk up his fourth victory in a row and wrest the Formula One championship lead from 'gutted' German team mate Nico Rosberg.

  • 05/03/2014 | Sports

    Brazil set standard with Neymar hat-trick as France, Germany win

    Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup finals tested out their squads in friendlies.

  • 09/03/2014 | Sports

    Real Madrid punish Barcelona stumble to pull three points clear

    Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona's shock reverse at lowly Real Valladolid with a 3-0 win at home to 10-man Levante that put them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

  • 02/04/2014 | Sports

    Real overwhelm Dortmund as Ronaldo equals scoring record

    Real Madrid planted one foot firmly in the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund as Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for most goals in the tournament in one season.

  • 01/02/2014 | Sports

    Ex Spain coach Aragones dies, aged 75

    Former coach Luis Aragones, the man who ended Spain's 44-year wait for a major international trophy by winning Euro 2008 and sparking a golden era for the team, has died at the age of 75.

  • 15/02/2014 | Sports

    Messi tops Di Stefano as Barca, Atleti go clear

    Lionel Messi overhauled Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano's La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid each won to pull three points clear of Real at the top.

  • 02/03/2014 | Sports

    Ronaldo rescues a point for Real in Madrid derby

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to rescue a point for Real Madrid in a 2-2 draw away to city rivals Atletico in a typically fiery La Liga derby.

  • 16/01/2014 | Sports

    Messi strikes twice, Neymar injured in Barca cup win

    Quicksilver Lionel Messi hit a double as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 and qualified 6-0 on aggregate for the King's Cup quarter-finals but they lost Neymar to injury midway through the first half.

  • 24/01/2014 | Sports

    Barca reveal Neymar deal cost almost $118 million

    The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona 86.2 million euros ($117.97 million), including payments to the forward and his family, the club said after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement.

  • 14/09/2013 | Sports

    Spain doubles victory secures Davis Cup World Group berth

    Spain secured their place in the Davis Cup's elite World Group when Rafa Nadal teamed up with Marc Lopez to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denis Molchanov of Ukraine 6-2 6-7 6-3 6-4 in their playoff.

  • 26/10/2013 | Sports

    Neymar, Sánchez give Barca derby win, Martino's first Clásico

    The Liga arch-rivals clashed giving Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s his first derby win at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. In the 2-1 victory for Barcelona, first to score was Brazilian Neymar followed by Chile’s Alexis Sánchez. A goal by Real Madrid’s Jesé closed the gap.

  • 14/12/2013 | Sports

    Neymar brace as Barca sink Villarreal

    Free-scoring Neymar hit a double as Barcelona beat Villarreal 2-1 to move three points clear at the top of La Liga while 10-man Real Madrid lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna after Sergio Ramos was sent off.

  • 11/07/2013 | Sports

    Spain gripped by sporting 'crisis' as budget cuts bite

    Think Spanish sport and images that spring to mind include the nation's all-conquering soccer team, Rafa Nadal hoisting aloft the French Open trophy or Fernando Alonso burning up a Formula One track in his Ferrari.

  • 23/07/2013 | Sports

    'Messi influenced my Barcelona appointment,' says Martino

    Gerardo Martino believes a recommendation from fellow Argentine Lionel Messi was behind his surprise appointment as Barcelona coach.

  • 02/08/2013 | Sports

    Mónaco makes it to the final in Kitzbuehel

    Argentine second seed Juan Mónaco today beat Spain's Albert Montanes by 7-6(2) 7-5 8 in the semifinals of the Kitzbuehel Austrian tournament, and will face also Spanish Marcel Granollers in the last round.

  • 26/03/2013 | Sports

    Spain back on track as big guns hit the target

    Europe's top teams took important steps towards next year's World Cup finals in Brazil with qualifying victories, notably world champions Spain who scored a hugely significant 1-0 win over France in Paris.

  • 12/06/2013 | Sports

    Messi 'surprised' by accusations of tax fraud

    The Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi has declared on his Facebook page that he is "surprised" by accusations of tax avoidance.

  • 27/06/2013 | Sports

    Spain beat Italy on penalties to reach final

    Spain reached the Confederations Cup final with a 7-6 penalty shootout win over Italy following a goalless semi-final today in which both teams were affected by the sapping heat and humidity.

  • 30/01/2013 | Sports

    Real, Barça all square after Cup semi first leg

    Cesc Fabregas struck what may prove a priceless away goal as holders Barcelona drew 1-1 at depleted arch rivals Real Madrid in an entertaining and closely-fought King's Cup semi-final first leg today.

  • 02/02/2013 | Sports

    Spain stunned, Djokovic shines in Davis Cup

    Top seeds Spain moved to the brink of a shock Davis Cup exit when their weakened team slumped to a 2-0 deficit at the hands of Canada in a world group, first round tie played on lightning quick Vancouver hard courts.

  • 04/02/2013 | Sports

    Spain crash out, Czechs through in Davis Cup

    Top seeds Spain crashed out of the first round of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2006 when Milos Raonic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to give Canada an unassailable 3-1 lead in their world group tie.

  • 18/11/2012 | Sports

    Czechs lift Davis Cup with victory over Spain

    The Czech Republic beat holders Spain 3-2 to win the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation when Radek Stepanek overcame Nicolas Almagro in four tough sets before a raucous home crowd.

  • 03/12/2012 | Sports

    Nadal eyes clay season for return to top form

    Rafa Nadal is aiming to be back to his best after injury in time for the claycourt season and the run-up to Roland Garros, the Spaniard said today.

  • 12/12/2012 | Sports

    Messi keeps on scoring as Barça win at Cordoba in Cup

    Lionel Messi scored two goals to extend his record tally for 2012 to 88 and earn holders Barcelona a 2-0 win at second-division Cordoba in their King's Cup last-16 first leg today.

  • 08/11/2012 | Sports

    Del Potro beats Tipsarevic, renews chances at London Masters

    Argentina's top-seeded tennis player, Juan Martín Del Potro, defeated Serb Janko Tipsarevic by 6-0 and 6-4, and will now face Swiss Roger Federer to define who will play in the London Masters' semis.

  • 15/11/2012 | Sports

    Seville derby tougher than a 'Clásico' says Alves

    The Real Madrid-Barcelona "clásico" is televised around the world and often decides the La Liga title, but a Seville derby is a tougher proposition, Barca defender and former Sevilla favourite Dani Alves has said.

  • 16/11/2012 | Sports

    Berdych puts Czechs level with Spain in final

    The Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych brought the hosts level at 1-1 with holders Spain in the Davis Cup final with a battling five-set victory over Nicolás Almagro.

  • 02/10/2012 | Sports

    Spain pledges to block Gibraltar's UEFA membership

    Spain will "exhaust all legal means" to prevent the tiny British territory of Gibraltar gaining full membership of UEFA, Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said.

  • 08/10/2012 | Sports

    Spanish sports federations facing 34% subsidy cuts

    State funding for Spain's sports federations will be slashed by more than a third next year to 31 million euros ($40.20 million), secretary of state for sport Miguel Cardenal told parliament.

  • 06/11/2012 | Sports

    Ferrer beats Del Potro in London Masters debut

    Juan Martín Del Potro, Argentina's top-seeded player, lost to Spain's David Ferrer (4) by 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4, in his debut at London Masters' Group B.

  • 12/08/2012 | Sports

    Durant leads USA to victory over Spain

    The United States were pushed to the limit in the game that mattered most and rose to the challenge to beat an inspired Spain 107-100 and win the Olympic gold medal in men's basketball.

  • 17/08/2012 | Sports

    TV broadcasters agree three-year deal for La Liga rights

    The dispute between broadcasters which had threatened to delay the start of Spain's La Liga season was resolved when Canal+ and Mediapro agreed a three-year deal to share the television rights.

  • 04/09/2012 | Sports

    Spain look to Ferrer to lead Davis Cup team against US

    With Rafa Nadal still out recovering from a knee complaint, David Ferrer will lead holders Spain in their Davis Cup semi-final at home to the United States, captain Alex Corretja said.

  • 01/08/2012 | Sports

    Argentina suffer second defeat in men's hockey

    Pakistan, who has won the gold medal in three opportunities, defeated Argentina's national men's hockey team 2-0 in the match for the London 2012 Olympic Games' Group A.

  • 07/08/2012 | Sports

    La Liga clubs threaten to delay season over TV dispute

    Thirteen La Liga clubs have threatened to postpone the start of the season on the weekend of Aug. 18-19 over a television rights dispute involving broadcasters Canal+ and Mediapro.

  • 08/08/2012 | Sports

    Basketball: Spain beat France in bad-tempered clash

    Spain broke open a fierce defensive battle in the final minute to beat France 66-59 and reach the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament in a bad-tempered contest that threatened to turn into a brawl.

  • 28/07/2012 | Sports

    La Liga start not in danger from TV dispute, LFP says

    Spain's professional soccer league (LFP) is adamant the 2012-13 La Liga season will begin as planned on the weekend of Aug. 18-19 despite a dispute over television rights between broadcasters Canal+ and Mediapro.

  • 29/07/2012 | Sports

    Spain treble bid ends after Honduras defeat

    Spain's bid to add the Olympic title to their World and European crowns ended in acrimony after a shock 1-0 defeat by Honduras left them unable to reach the knockout stage.

  • 31/07/2012 | Sports

    Beach Volley: Spain beat Argentina

  • 20/07/2012 | Sports

    Spain's Mullera dropped over doping suspicion

    Steeplechaser Angel Mullera has been dropped from the Spanish Olympic team while an investigation into a possible doping offence takes place, the country's athletics federation (RFEA) said.

  • 21/07/2012 | Sports

    Injured test driver De Villota returns to Spain

    Spanish test driver Maria De Villota, seriously injured in a crash at at the start of July, has made "significant progress" in her recovery and returned to Spain, the Marussia Formula One team Saturday.

  • 27/06/2012 | Sports

    Spain beat Portugal on penalties to reach final

    Cesc Fabregas struck the winning spot kick as holders Spain beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties after their Euro 2012 semi-final ended goalless after extra time on Wednesday.

  • 01/07/2012 | Sports

    Superb Spain rout Italy to retain title in style

    Spain cemented their status as football's global superpower in vintage style by thrashing an overwhelmed Italy 4-0 to retain their European championship title.

  • 11/07/2012 | Sports

    Prigioni with one foot on the Big Apple

    According to New York media, the Knickerbockers are trying to sign 35-year-old point guard Pablo Prigioni out of the Spanish League. The Argentine is expected to take the offer and come to the Big Apple for his shot in the NBA.

  • 14/06/2012 | Sports

    Torres strikes twice to eliminate Irish

    Spain spoiled the Irish party in Gdansk when a rejuvenated Fernando Torres netted twice in a crushing 4-0 Group C victory that eliminated Giovanni Trapattoni's side from Euro 2012.

  • 21/06/2012 | Sports

    Frustrated France defuse tension before Spain game

    Tensions may have risen in the France dressing room after they lost their final Euro 2012 group game but they are ready to start from scratch against Spain in Saturday's quarter-final.

  • 23/06/2012 | Sports

    Spain ease into semis without breaking sweat

    Xabi Alonso marked his 100th Spain appearance by scoring both goals as the holders eased to a comfortable 2-0 win over a feeble France and into a Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal back in Donetsk on Wednesday.

  • 05/06/2012 | Sports

    Fabregas back in training for Spain

    Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to be able to rejoin his Spanish team mates in training, the world and European champions said.

  • 10/06/2012 | Sports

    Spain held to 1-1 draw by Italy

    Spain's gamble of starting without a recognised striker almost backfired when the holders needed a Cesc Fabregas equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Italy in their Euro 2012 Group C opener.

  • 11/06/2012 | Sports

    Polish FA hits back at Spain pitch complaints

    Polish FA chief Grzegorz Lato has played down Spain's complaints about the pitch after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Italy at Euro 2012, denying the grass was too long and saying the Italians refused to let it be watered.

  • 30/04/2012 | Sports

    Olympics: Argentina's basket team rivals defined

    Argentina's national basketball team will face the US in the groups' round at the London 2012 Olympics, while Spain will play against Brazil, according to the draw held in Río de Janeiro.

  • 08/05/2012 | Sports

    Spain's Puyol almost certain to miss Euro 2012

    Spain defender Carles Puyol will almost certainly miss Euro 2012 after he sustained an injury to his right knee that his club Barcelona said requires arthroscopic surgery and will sideline him for around six weeks.

  • 09/05/2012 | Sports

    Argentina move to 9th place at FIFA ranking

    Argentina’s national football team advanced from the tenth to the ninth place at the FIFA World ranking, headed by World Cup holder Spain, the organization reported.

  • 08/04/2012 | Sports

    Spain, US to meet in Davis Cup semi-finals

    Holders Spain clinched a Davis Cup semi-final berth at home to the United States when David Ferrer cruised to a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory over Austria's Juergen Melzer to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead.

  • 10/04/2012 | Sports

    Messi, Ronaldo change national teams

    A curious campaign of a mobile phones company in India showed Lionel Messi wearing Brazil’s national football team shirt number 10, while Cristiano Ronaldo wears Argentina’s 7.

  • 05/03/2012 | Sports

    Barcelona to appeal Piqué red card

    Barcelona will appeal against the red card shown to Gerard Piqué in Saturday's La Liga match against Sporting Gijon, a club spokesman said.

  • 21/03/2012 | Sports

    Figo owes Spain 2.4 million euros in unpaid taxes

    Former World Player of Year Luis Figo has been ordered to pay around 2.4 million euros in income tax to the Spanish government from his time as a Barcelona player, the country's supreme court ruled on Wednesday.

  • 27/03/2012 | Sports

    Ferrer back in Spain team for Austria clash

    Top-ranked Spain have world number five David Ferrer back in the side for their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final at home to Austria next month, captain Alex Corretja announced.

  • 23/01/2012 | Sports

    Spain federation takes no action on alleged Pepe stamp

    The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) will take no action against Real Madrid defender Pepe for his alleged stamp on Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's hand in Wednesday's King's Cup quarter-final first leg.

  • 09/02/2012 | Sports

    Spanish league halts talks with players' union

    The Spanish football league (LFP) has broken off talks with the players' union (AFE) on a wide-ranging agreement covering wages and working conditions, the LFP said, raising the prospect of another strike disrupting the La Liga calendar.

  • 14/02/2012 | Sports

    Spain has a problem with doping says minister

    Spain has a problem with doping in sport and the government will move quickly to bring its laws into line with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines to combat it, the country's new sports minister said.

     

  • 29/11/2011 | Sports

    'The team will be defined on Friday'

    Argentina’s tennis captain Modesto “Tito” Vázquez affirmed that he still has doubts about how the team will be formed for the final of the Davis Cup against Spain that will begin on Friday at Sevilla.

  • 12/11/2011 | Sports

    Lampard heads England to victory over Spain

    England claimed a memorable and unlikely 1-0 win over world champions Spain thanks to a headed goal from Frank Lampard and some resolute defending during the closing stages of a hugely entertaining friendly at Wembley Stadium.

  • 18/11/2011 | Sports

    ‘Tito’ Vázquez confirms team for Davis final

    Argentina will travel to Spain to play the final of the Davis Cup with five players: Juan Martín del Potro, David Nalbandian, Juan Chela, Juan Mónaco and Eduardo Schwank, team’s captain Modesto “Tito” Vázquez announced.

  • 23/11/2011 | Sports

    Argentina remains tenth in FIFA's Top 10

    Argentina’s national football team remains in the tenth place in FIFA’s world ranking, which is now headed by Spain, followed by Netherlands, world champion and runner-up.

  • 30/09/2011 | Sports

    Del Potro focused in Davis Cup final

    Juan Martín Del Potro announced he will not play at the Tokyo and Shanghai tournaments in order to reach to the final of the Davis Cup against Spain in the first weekend of December in good shape.

  • 01/10/2011 | Sports

    Argentina beat by Spain in Roller Hockey finals

    The Argentine roller hockey team lost 5-4 to Spain in the finals of the 14th Roller Hockey World Championship, which was taking place in the San Juan province.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    Bilbao beat Osasuna to ease pressure on Bielsa

    Athletic Bilbao continued their fledgling revival after a poor start to the campaign when Iker Muniain, Igor Gabilondo and Javi Martinez struck in a 3-1 La Liga win at home to 10-man Osasuna.

  • 16/09/2011 | Sports

    Nadal trounces Gasquet in Davis Cup semi opener

    Spanish world number two Rafa Nadal showed little sign of post-US Open fatigue when he thrashed France's Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-0 6-1 in the opening singles rubber of their Davis Cup semi-final.

  • 21/09/2011 | Sports

    Argentina in the edge of FIFA's Top 10

    Argentina’s national football team dropped from the ninth to the tenth place in FIFA’s world ranking, which is now headed by Spain, who removed Netherlands from the top.

  • 22/09/2011 | Sports

    Spain puts squeeze on cash-strapped clubs

    Financially-troubled Spanish clubs will no longer be able to escape relegation by going into administration after the government agreed a change in the law.

  • 28/08/2011 | Sports

    Ronaldo grabs hat-trick in rout of Zaragoza

    Cristiano Ronaldo picked up where he left off last season with a superb hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza in their opening La Liga match.

  • 29/08/2011 | Sports

    Uruguay's Forlán to leave Atlético for Inter

    Diego Forlán is to leave La Liga club Atlético Madrid after four seasons and will join Serie A side Inter Milan, the Uruguay striker announced.

  • 08/09/2011 | Sports

    Nadal and Murray race through to US Open quarters

    Spain's Rafa Nadal and Briton Andy Murray made up for lost time by demolishing their fourth round opponents in straight sets at the US Open today to remain on course for a blockbuster semi-final showdown.

  • 30/07/2011 | Sports

    Cycling Classics king Gilbert wins in Spain

    Belgian Philippe Gilbert won the San Sebastian Classic with a devastating late lone attack that underlined the Belgian's status as this year's King of the one-day Classics.

  • 30/07/2011 | Sports

    World champions Spain face France in World Cup

    World champions Spain will face former world champions France in their campaign to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 following the gala preliminary round draw.

  • 10/08/2011 | Sports

    Torres and Piqué suffer injuries in Spain friendly

    Fernando Torres and Gerard Piqué had to be substituted with injuries in the first half of Spain's friendly against Italy.

  • 30/04/2011 | Sports

    Del Potro achieves Estoril final

    Argentine tennis player Juan Martín Del Potro -- the 2009 U.S Open champion -- reached the final of the Estoril Open by overcoming Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-2 7-6 and will now face Fernando Verdasco.

  • 10/05/2011 | Sports

    Ronaldo scores another hat-trick as Real romp past Getafe

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 home win over Getafe, denying leaders Barcelona the chance to win the La Liga title without kicking a ball.

  • 11/06/2011 | Sports

    Contador confirms he will ride Tour de France

    Three-times Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has confirmed he will ride in next month's showpiece race, ending speculation the Spaniard might skip the event.

  • 16/04/2011 | Sports

    Spain's Nadal and Ferrer reach Monte Carlo final

    Spaniards Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer will lock horns again in the Monte Carlo Masters final after the claycourt conquistadors sealed contrasting victories in their semi-finals.

  • 22/04/2011 | Sports

    Copa del Rey tournament attracts record audience

    More tan 14 million Spanish football fans watched Real Madrid’s glory over Barcelona with their 1-0 victory, in the final match of the Copa del Rey tournament last Wednesday, making the match’s transmission the most-viewed between both teams in history.

  • 24/04/2011 | Sports

    Sevilla, Atlético boost Europe bids with wins

    Sevilla and Atlético Madrid improved their chances of playing in next season's Europa League when they beat Villarreal and Levante respectively in La Liga to open a four-point gap from eighth-placed Espanyol.

  • 08/02/2011 | Sports

    Guardiola to extend Barça contract to June 2012

    Barcelona have secured the services of Pep Guardiola for one more season after their spectacularly successful coach agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga champions to the end of June 2012.

  • 15/02/2011 | Sports

    Contador free to race again after ban lifted

    Alberto Contador is free to compete again after Spain's cycling federation (RFEC) lifted his one-year doping ban but the Tour de France champion still faces the threat of possible appeals by two global bodies.

  • 13/04/2011 | Sports

    Spain turn down Copa America invite due to tight calendar

    World and European champions Spain have turned down an invitation to play in this year's Copa America due to their busy timetable, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said.

  • 27/08/2014 | Arts and Media

    Book allows blind people to admire Picasso paintings

    A book that reproduces Picasso’s painting with a special fabric that releases different aromas when touched seeks to make the Spanish painter’s work available to the visually impared.

  • 23/07/2013 | Arts and Media

    Actress Penelope Cruz gives birth to baby girl

    Oscar-winning Spanish actress Penelope Cruz gave birth to her second child with husband Javier Bardem, a girl, in a Madrid hospital, a source familiar with the situation said.

  • 10/05/2014 | Arts and Media

    Spanish tax inspectors discover lost Van Gogh painting in bank safe

    Spanish tax inspectors checking the contents of a safety deposit box discovered a painting believed to be by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh that went missing almost 40 years ago, a tax office source said on Saturday.


  • 25/06/2014 | Arts and Media

    Cervantes winner Ana María Matute dies

    Prize-winning novelist Ana María Matute, who spent a literary lifetime exploring the crushed innocence of her childhood during the Spanish Civil War, died on Wednesday of a heart attack, her son told confirmed.

  • 12/12/2011 | Arts and Media

    Argentine actor Alberto de Mendoza dies at 88

    Argentine actor Alberto de Mendoza died at the age of 88 after being hospitalized various days at the Clínica de la Luz in Madrid, Spain due to a severe respiratory condition.

  • 29/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Spain's Prado Museum gets biggest art donation in decades

    Spain's Prado museum received its biggest private donation in decades today with the gift of 12 medieval and Renaissance works by Spanish artists.

  • 09/07/2013 | Arts and Media

    Opera tenor Placido Domingo hospitalized

    Spanish opera tenor Placido Domingo has been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in his lung, his U.S. publicist said today.

  • 31/07/2011 | Arts and Media

    Chef Ferran Adria reconstructs Spain's El Bulli

    Ground-breaking chef Ferran Adria held El Bulli's last supper this weekend, closing the doors of his three Michelin-starred Spanish restaurant for another reinvention, that of El Bulli itself.

  • 12/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Glenn Close to get lifetime award at Spanish festival

    Actress Glenn Close will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain next month for a career that has shocked, delighted and moved audiences for more than 30 years, organizers said.

  • 18/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Sunsplash reggae festival opens, Marley family performs

    Europe's largest reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash opens its gates today in the Spanish resort of Benicassim, where over 200,000 fans are expected over 10 days of Jamaican-inspired music headlined by leading members of the Bob Marley dynasty.

  • 18/06/2014 | Multimedia

    Rajoy, abdicating King Juan Carlos 'joke' about 'fixed' WC match

    Spain’s 5-1 stunning defeat in its World Cup opener against the Netherlands last week that could mean the exit of the defending champions from the international tournament if it does not make it against Chile today, seems to be worrying Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and abdicating King Juan Carlos.

  • 19/06/2014 | Multimedia

    Felipe VI becomes Spain's King

    Felipe became king after his father, Juan Carlos, abdicated earlier this month following a series of scandals that led many Spaniards to question the role of the monarchy itself.

  • 25/07/2013 | Multimedia

    Spanish train crash: The moment of impact

  • 28/05/2014 | Multimedia

    Hundreds of migrants make it across Spain's Melilla fences

    More than 1,000 would-be immigrants tried to force their way over razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, with about half succeeding. It is the largest number in almost a decade.

  • 05/06/2014 | Multimedia

    VIDEO: 'Pope' annoyed by World Cup defeat

    As an avid football fan and member of San Lorenzo, Pope Francis is certain to be keeping a close eye on proceedings at the 2014 World Cup. But for one Spanish cellphone company, the head of the Roman Catholic church may not be able to keep his cool.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Spain's team plane hit by lightning in return to home

    Spain's soccer team, returning home after a wretched World Cup in Brazil where the holders were eliminated in the first round, had another shock today when their aircraft was struck by lightning as it came in to land in Madrid.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Del Bosque: There will be consequences for Spain after exit

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup today, but that he needed time to reflect.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil bid for top spot against Cameroon, Spain bow out

    Hosts Brazil will look to secure top spot in World Cup Group A and banish doubts about their title credentials when they take on eliminated Cameroon today, while deposed champions Spain bow out against Australia.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Spain end with victory after relinquishing title

    Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres scored to help give deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win after a miserable World Cup when they beat Australia 3-0.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Netherlands trash defending champion Spain 5-1

    Two goals each by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben helped the Netherlands destroy world and European champions Spain 5-1 in a sensational WC Group B opener - a repeat of the 2010 final.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Spain media mourns national team after WC 'cataclysm'

    Spain mourned the national soccer team's stunning loss to Netherlands in their World Cup opener with words such as "humiliation" and "nightmare" splashed across the front pages of newspapers.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    World champions Spain out after Chile defeat

    Hard-working Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to secure their - and the Netherlands' - place in the World Cup second round and eliminate the holders on a memorable night at the Maracana.


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