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Spain Dissolves Parliament, Calls for Early Elections

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has dissolved parliament and called for new elections on November 20 — four months earlier than planned. Mr. Zapatero also said Monday he would adopt new measures as needed before November’s general elections to handle the country’s troubled economy. Spain’s more than 20-percent unemployment rate is among the […]

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Last Bullfight Held in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A sold-out crowd in the La Monumental arena in Barcelona cheered on three famous matadors as they drove swords into six bulls, in an emotional farewell to the region’s centuries-old blood sport. Sunday was the final day of fights before bullfighting is banned across the northeastern region of Catalonia. The three matadors each put two […]

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Bullfighting to End in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 4:02 am (UTC-5)
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Spain’s top bullfighters are gathered in Barcelona for a final day of fights before the blood sport is banned across the northeastern region of Catalonia. Three matadors will each put two bulls to death by the sword in the century-old La Monumental arena in Barcelona. The ban takes effect on January 1, but Sunday’s fights […]

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Spanish Teachers Strike to Protest Education Budget Cuts

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of public school teachers in Spain’s central Madrid region went on strike Tuesday to protest education budget and staff cuts, as the country tries to improve its financial situation. The strikes are expected to last at least two days and will affect at least 300 schools. Teachers in other areas around the country are […]

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Basque Leader Receives 10-Year Sentence

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Spanish court has sentenced a Basque separatist leader to 10 years in prison for trying to rebuild the banned political wing of the militant group ETA. The National Court handed down the sentence Friday for Arnaldo Otegi. Otegi had been in prison since 2009 awaiting trial and sentencing for secretly plotting to rebuild Batasuna. […]

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Spain Reopens Rape Case Against Saudi Prince

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Spain has reopened a probe into sexual assault allegations against a Saudi prince who is accused of raping a Spanish woman on a luxury yacht off the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is one of the world’s richest people, is accused of raping a 20-year-old model in August 2008. In her […]

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Spain Honors Japanese Nuclear Responders

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Crews in Japan that worked to bring a damaged nuclear plant under control after a deadly earthquake and tsunami earlier this year have won Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias humanitarian award. The Prince of Asturias Foundation said Wednesday it is honoring the workers who braved dangerous levels of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility, about […]

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Italian, Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Measures

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Workers unions in Spain and Italy organized mass protests Tuesday against tough government measures to overcome their debt crises. In Spain, thousand of anti-government protesters gathered in the capital, Madrid, and other cities, demonstrating against budget cuts and a proposed constitutional reform to cap government spending. Critics say the government plans threaten social programs. Spain’s […]

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Spanish Streets Run Red – With Tomato Juice

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of celebrants pelted each other with about 120 tons of ripe tomatoes Wednesday, in Spain’s huge annual food fight known as the “Tomatina.” Nearly 40,000 people, including tourists from around the world, took part in the battle in Bunol, which left the eastern Spanish town awash in red pulp and tomato juice. […]

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Pope Tells 1.5 Million Pilgrims to Spread Gospel

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict held the final Mass of his four-day visit to Spain Sunday and urged some 1.5 million young Catholics to spread the gospel and avoid trying to find faith on their own. The pontiff encouraged pilgrims from 193 nations, who gathered in Madrid for the World Youth Day, to do so even if they […]

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