Neanderthal 'cave art' brings them closer to us

2014-09-02 08:52

Markings dating back 40 000 years suggest Neanderthals were considerably more sophisticated than previously thought, researchers say.

Parents of boy with brain tumour appear in court

2014-09-01 13:51

The parents of a British boy taken out of hospital in Britain without medical consent have appeared before a Spanish judge on an extradition hearing.

Spain police arrest 5 for drug smuggling at resort

2014-08-30 07:32

Spanish police say they have seized 2.8 tonnes of hashish after a passerby spotted suspected traffickers onloading bundles on a beach near the glitzy resort of Marbella.

Migrants try again to enter Spain's Melilla

2014-08-14 19:21

Hundreds of African migrants have tried to leap a triple-layer border fence around Spain's north African territory of Melilla but only one person made it through, the Spanish government says.

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

2014-08-13 21:25

Spain and Italy are struggling to cope with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2 300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours.

Spain picks up almost 700 migrants in 2 days

2014-08-12 18:45

Spanish emergency services have picked up 470 immigrants travelling in dozens of rafts across the Strait of Gibraltar and 227 from the same stretch of water the day before.

Spanish priest with Ebola dies in hospital

2014-08-12 11:02

The first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed over 1 000 people in West Africa, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, has died in hospital, a spokesperson from Madrid health authorities say.

Spanish Ebola patient evacuated for treatment

2014-08-07 13:43

An elderly Spanish missionary who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia has landed in Madrid, the first patient in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe.

Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya

2014-07-31 12:05

Spain's foreign ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital.

Bankia reports profits surge

2014-07-28 15:00

Spain's last big nationalised bank, Bankia, says its first-half net profit rose by almost half as its losses from bad loans dropped.

Co-author of How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona gored in Spain

2014-07-10 09:04

An American author has been gored twice in his right thigh, with authorities saying his injuries are serious but not life-threatening.

Disaster at Barcelona airport just avoided

2014-07-07 20:26

A passenger jet taxied across a runway where another was about to land, forcing the arriving plane to abort its landing and climb sharply.

Europe may start growing GM crops drastically

2014-07-07 11:43

While the US and other countries have embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. But new EU rules could now lead to the widespread cultivation of GM foods.

Neanderthal poo shows cavemen ate their veggies

2014-06-26 08:27

The oldest known Neanderthal poo, uncovered in Spain, shows that cavemen ate not only meat but vegetables too, according to a new study.

Spain judge wraps up royal corruption probe

2014-06-23 18:15

A Spanish judge says he will wrap up a corruption probe into King Felipe VI's sister Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin, opening up the prospect of a historic criminal trial.

Pig truck crash in Spain kills 2 cyclists

2014-06-22 14:45

Officials say that two cyclists have been killed and one has been slightly injured when a truck carrying pigs overturned onto them in the north of Spain.

'Game of Thrones' seen in Neanderthal history

2014-06-20 14:24

The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said on Thursday.

Juan Carlos quits throne

2014-06-18 20:59

King Juan Carlos has formally abdicated ending his 39-year reign, in a Madrid bedecked with flags and flowers.

Honda celebrates 100 MotoGP wins

2014-06-18 09:10

Honda is celebrating 100 MotoGP victories after MotoGP rider Marc Marquez battled hard for the win against team mate Dani Pedrosa at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona.

1 000 migrants repulsed at Spanish border

2014-06-14 22:54

Officials say around 1 000 migrants have attempted to storm Spain's three-tier barbed-wire border fence separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

Spain lawmakers to approve king abdication

2014-06-11 09:13

Spanish lawmakers are set to approve the abdication of King Juan Carlos, amid protests calling for a republic, paving the way for his son Felipe to assume the monarchy.

Thousands join republican march in Spain

2014-06-07 22:30

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madridto demand a referendum to abolish Spain's monarchy, just days after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son.

Man in gorilla suit gets darted

2014-06-06 09:52

A worker at a Zoo in the Canary Islands has learned a powerful lesson, never wear a gorilla suit in a zoo again. And never pretend to act like a gorilla in a zoo.

Spain sets up throne for new king

2014-06-04 09:54

Spain has set its new king-in-waiting Felipe on the path to the throne after his father’s surprise abdication, despite noisy street protests calling for a republic.

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicating - PM

2014-06-02 12:35

Spanish King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favour of his son Prince Felipe, the nation has announced, ending a 39-year reign that ushered in democracy but was was later battered by royal scandals.


Parents of ill UK boy to remain in Spanish custody

2014-09-01 19:05

A Spanish judge has ordered the detention for 72 hours of a British couple who took their critically ill 5-year-old son abroad against doctors' advice.

Boy with brain tumour 'could be in Spain'

2014-08-30 14:05

British police say a British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without doctors' consent could now be in Spain.

Spain clears oil exploration off Canary Islands

2014-08-14 16:00

Spain's governnment has given oil group Repsol the all-clear to explore for oil and gas off the coast of the tourism-dependent Canary Islands.

WHO approves experimental Ebola drugs

2014-08-13 08:50

The World Health Organisation has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1 000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the outbreak.

Ebola outbreak claims first European victim

2014-08-12 16:34

An elderly Spanish priest became the first European to die from a fast-spreading Ebola outbreak, succumbing to the virus in a Madrid hospital days after being evacuated from Liberia.

Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

2014-08-11 12:36

Spain has imported a US-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who has been evacuated from Liberia, after testing positive for the killer virus.

Spain evacuating missionary sick with Ebola

2014-08-06 06:23

Madrid will send an air force plane to Liberia to bring an elderly Spanish missionary infected with Ebola back to Spain for treatment, the defence ministry says.

Dagga clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

2014-07-28 15:12

Welcome to Pachamama, one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.

Spain reports record number of visitors

2014-07-22 12:22

A record 28 million foreign tourists have flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave.

Straggling bull gores Pamplona guide

2014-07-09 20:04

A huge fighting bull gored the American author of a survival guide for Spain's famed Pamplona bull-running festival.

Bull skewers man in Spain's opening Pamplona run

2014-07-07 16:55

Sharp-horned fighting bulls have thundered through the streets of Pamplona, skewering one daredevil in a fast, adrenaline-charged opening run of Spain's San Fermin festival.

88% of ocean's surface has plastic debris: Study

2014-07-02 10:30

As much as 88% of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists say.

Spanish princess charged in corruption case

2014-06-25 10:11

A Spanish court says it has formalised charges against Cristina de Borbon, sister of newly-crowned King Felipe VI, and her husband in a corruption investigation.

Honda celebrates 100 MotoGP wins

2014-06-23 12:12

Honda is celebrating 100 MotoGP victories after MotoGP rider Marc Marquez battled hard for the win.

Spain to cut taxes to boost nascent recovery

2014-06-20 19:12

Spain has announced it would cut income tax and reduce corporate tax to 25% for large companies by 2016, aiming to speed up a nascent economic recovery.

Spain's new King Felipe VI sworn in

2014-06-19 12:19

Spain's new King Felipe VI swore to serve the crisis-stricken nation as he launched his reign, sparking celebrations by flag-waving revellers in the streets.

Spain's king abdicates, people to hail new reign

2014-06-18 17:52

Spain's King Juan Carlos will sign an act of abdication to end his 39-year reign, as Madrid spruces up its streets for the people to hail his 46-year-old son as their new king, Felipe VI.

Ex-Gitmo inmate held for recruiting Isil fighters

2014-06-17 05:59

Spain has arrested eight men suspected of recruiting militants for Islamist Isil forces including a former fighter in Afghanistan once held at Guantanamo Bay.

Spain to sell 49% of airport operator

2014-06-13 17:02

Spain's government has announced it has agreed to sell a 49% stake in the state-owned airport operator.

Basques form 123km-long human chain in protest

2014-06-08 19:02

More than 100 000 Basques has formed a human chain in northern Spain in a protest for greater autonomy.

Spain lifts European shares

2014-06-06 11:30

Spanish blue chips have led European shares towards their eighth straight week of gains, a day after the European Central Bank eased monetary policy.

Mexico ends deal with Spanish oil giant

2014-06-04 20:00

Mexican state oil company Pemex has sold most of its holding in Spanish oil giant Repsol, ending a quarter-century partnership.

Spain sets Felipe on path to throne despite protests

2014-06-03 14:57

Spain has set its future King Felipe VI on the path to the throne, launching an unprecedented handover of the crown in the face of a breakout of anti-royalist protests.

Spain children face worsening poverty amid crisis

2014-06-02 09:20

Even before Spain's economic crisis engulfed her home, Patricia Martin struggled to provide for her three children on her husband's street sweeper salary of around 900 euros a month.

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