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Paraguay’s Independence from Spain was Recognized in 1811

Today in Latin American history, Paraguay’s independence from Spain was recognized in 1811. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted natives to Christianity and enslaved native Indian populations. continue reading »

Spain Became a Democracy After 40 Years of Dictatorship in 1978

Today in Latin American history, Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship in 1978. Following the Spanish constitution's approval in a national referendum, King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution in nearly five decades. continue reading »

Spain Defeats Finland 82-56 at EuroBasket 2013 Game

Spain beat Finland 82-56 at the EuroBasket 2013 championships, keeping its hopes of winning a third consecutive European title alive. continue reading »

Spanish Foreign Aid to Focus on Providing Know-how, Experience Instead of Finances

Spain's secretary of state for International Cooperation and Ibero-America said in San Jose Friday that his country is revising its foreign aid programs to focus more on exchanging knowledge, know-how and experience and not just on providing funds. continue reading »

Spain’s Public Debt Rises to Record High $1.3 Trillion

Spain's public debt at the end of June rose to 942.8 billion euros ($1.3 trillion), equivalent to 92.2 percent of gross domestic product and a new record high, the Bank of Spain said Friday. continue reading »

¡Hola! Magazine Launches TV Network in U.S.

If you love what you read and see in ¡Hola! Magazine then get ready for more. The ¡Hola! brand is partnering with Atrresmedia Television to launch ¡Hola! TV that will be availabie in the U.S. and throughout Latin America as a pay-TV channel. continue reading »

93 Migrants Rescued by Spanish Ship Near Lampedusa Island

The Spanish-flagged merchant ship Bouga rescued Saturday 93 migrants who were in trouble at sea near the southwestern Italian island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, at the petition of the Italian coast guard. continue reading »

Madrid Loses Bid for 2020 Olympics, Tokyo Will Host

Madrid, Spain and Istanbul have lost out on the 2020 Olympics with Tokyo chosen as the host city. In a secret vote earlier this afternoon in Buenos Aires, Argentine the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Tokyo. continue reading »

G-20 Summit Helps Spain, Britain Move Towards Gibraltar Dialogue

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday that his meetings here with British counterpart David Cameron "have laid the foundation for a dialogue" to address recent bilateral frictions over Gibraltar. continue reading »

Spanish PM Boasts of Economic Recovery at G-20 Summit

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he plans to convey a message of confidence in Spain's economy to other leaders attending the G-20 Summit. continue reading »

Good News for Spain: Unemployment Rate Drops to Yr 2000 Levels

The number of registered unemployed people in Spain fell to 4.69 million in August, dropping for the sixth straight month, the Employment and Social Security Ministry said Tuesday. continue reading »

Mariano Rajoy Says Tax Cuts, Economic Growth on the Horizon

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday his government would announce plans to cut taxes within a year and predicted that the Spanish economy was "on the cusp" of growth. continue reading »

Easy Win for Rafa Nadal’s U.S. Open Debut

Spain's Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, made his debut at the 2013 U.S. Open with an easy 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 first-round win over American Ryan Harrison. continue reading »

STUDY: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Ancient Glaciers of Spain

The last glacial maximum was a time when Earth’s far northern and far southern latitudes were largely covered in ice sheets and sea levels were low. Over much of the planet, glaciers were at their greatest extent roughly 20,000 years ago. But according to a study headed by University of Pennsylvania geologist Jane Willenbring, that wasn’t true in at least one part of southern Europe. Due to local effects of temperature and precipitation, the local glacial maximum occurred considerably earlier, around 26,000 years ago. continue reading »

Spain Forecasts Unemployment Will Fall Below 27.1 Percent in 2013

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the 2013 unemployment rate would come in below the 27.1 percent forecast in an economic stability program sent to Brussels in April, while also predicting the country would emerge from recession in the second half of the year. continue reading »

Spanish Tourism Up 3.9 Percent From Last Year

In the first seven months of this year, Spain welcomed 34 million international tourists, 3.9 percent more than during the same period in 2012 and a figure that sets a new record, according to data released here Thursday by the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry. continue reading »

Spain Requests EU to Investigate Concrete Reef Off of Gibraltar

The European Commission said Tuesday that it is acting at Spain's request to investigate the use of concrete blocks to create an artificial reef off Gibraltar, a British crown colony at the tip of the Iberian peninsula. continue reading »

Gibraltar’s Decision to Drop Concrete Blocks in Sea Angers Spanish Fishermen

More than 50 Spanish fishermen protested Sunday against the decision by Gibraltar authorities to drop huge blocks of concrete into the ocean near the enclave, a project that they say harms their work and livelihood. continue reading »

Young Spaniards Forced to Emigrate Due to High Rate of Unemployment

The economic crisis Spain has suffered since 2008 has increased the number of young people emigrating to other countries by 41 percent, due to the lack of work prospects any time soon in a country with a jobless rate among the young of 56.14 percent. continue reading »

Rosalia Mera, Spain’s Richest Woman & Founder of Zara Stores, Dies at 69

Rosalia Mera, co-founder of clothing and retail giant Inditex and Spain's richest woman, died Thursday after suffering a stroke, doctors said. She was continue reading »