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Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey Kills Security Guard

A suicide attack against the United States Embassy in Ankara Friday left two people dead, a security guard and the bomber. The attack took place at a security post at the rear entrance to the mission, which provides access to the consular section. continue reading »

Spanish Popular Party Continues to Deny Malfeasance

Spain's governing Popular Party said Thursday that its financial arrangements are managed "in accord with legality and complying with tax obligations," responding to a press report about an alleged secret ledger. continue reading »

Spanish Navy Compiles Database of 1,500 Shipwrecks

The Spanish navy has documented 1,580 shipwrecks in a database created in 2011 to track all the ships lost at sea based on information in the naval archives, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. continue reading »

British Archaeologist Says Neanderthals Sang Opera

Neanderthals sang opera, British archaeologist Steven Mithen, originator of the theory that music was used as a form of pre-linguistic communication by these pre-historic people, told Efe. continue reading »

Spain Remembers 40th Anniversary of Late Author Miguel Delibes’s Election to RAE

A writer who was skeptical, reticent, disillusioned and, above all, aware of his scant influence within the Royal Spanish Academy, or RAE, the late Miguel Delibes always sought in his novels depicting provincial life to enrich his native tongue. continue reading »

BP to Pay $4.52 Billion Settlement for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

A federal judge on Tuesday accepted the agreement between BP and U.S. authorities under which the company agreed to pay $4.52 billion to settle criminal charges arising from the April 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. continue reading »

Spanish Authorities Discover Argentine’s Body Off of Ibiza

The body of a 27-year-old Argentine man was recovered off the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza after a boater called authorities, the Civil Guard said Sunday. continue reading »

Death Toll of Riots Over Soccer Verdict Rises to 31 in Egypt

At least 31 people have died, most of them gunned down, in clashes between protesters and security forces around the prison in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, medical authorities told Efe on Saturday. continue reading »

Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka Holds On to Australia Open Title

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has successfully defended her Australian Open title, rallying from a set down in Saturday night's final to defeat China's Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. continue reading »

Milos Zeman Wins First Direct Presidential Election in Czech Republic

Milos Zeman, a leftist former prime minister, has won the Czech Republic's first direct presidential election. The 68-year-old Zeman, head of the Czech government from 1998 to 2002, garnered 54 percent of the vote for a comfortable victory over Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, who received 45 percent of the ballots. continue reading »

Fire Kills 10 Construction Workers Battling Freezing Temperatures in Moscow

A fire that broke out in a building under construction Saturday took the lives of 10 workers on Moscow's south side, according to medical services in the Russian capital. continue reading »

20 Citizens, 2 Police Die During Riots Over Court Ruling in Egypt

At least 22 people - 20 civilians and two police - were killed Saturday in clashes in Egypt between police and supporters of a group of defendants who were sentenced to death for their role in soccer riots last year. continue reading »

Spanish Authorities Arrest 4 Suspected Russian Mafia Members

Four suspected Russian mafia members, including reputed boss Andrei Petrov, have been arrested in the northeastern Spanish town of Lloret de Mar, sources involved in the investigation said Friday. continue reading »

Japan Defends Disputed Island, Keeps Taiwanese Boat Away

A fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists heading to a disputed group of East China Sea islands was repelled Thursday by the Japanese coast guard, Japan's Kyodo news agency said. continue reading »

Australia Discovers Shale Formation Containing Over 200 Billion Barrels of Petroleum

A shale formation containing up to 233 billion barrels of petroleum was found in central Australia by Linc Energy, media reports said Thursday. continue reading »

Swiss Museum Looks Into the Importance of Windows in Art

A new exhibition at Switzerland's Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne showcases 150 works of art from the 15th century to the present day, analyzing the use of windows to frame landscapes in paintings, transforming a frame and marking the interior and exterior boundaries, or creating a barrier between reality and dreams. continue reading »

Spain to Investigate Civil War Crimes

A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the Italian military's 1937-1939 aerial bombardments of Barcelona, the first such judicial probe of Spanish Civil War-era crimes. continue reading »

Flights Grounded Due to Heavy Smog in China

The smog blanketing the Chinese capital forced authorities at Beijing's international airport to cancel a score of flights on Wednesday. Flights bound for Russia, Singapore and the United States were among those grounded due to poor visibility, terminal managers said on the airport's Web site. continue reading »

Recent Weather Conditions Affect Airports, Kill 3 in Spain

The wind-, rain- and snowstorm affecting a large part of Spain on the weekend, along with other European countries, has taken the lives of three people and affected rail, air and road traffic. continue reading »

Flood in Jakarta, Indonesia Kills 15

Indonesian autorities raised to 15 Saturday the number of deaths caused this week by flooding across extensive areas of Jakarta, the nation's capital. continue reading »