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Spain Cashing in on Disfigured Jesus Fresco Now Known as “Beast Jesus”

The much criticized amateur artist Cecilia Gimenez of Borja, Spain is laughing all the day to the bank these days. continue reading »

Exports of Spanish Wine Rise 7.74 Percent

Wine exports from northern Spain's Rioja region rose 7.74 percent in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period in 2012, totaling 47.7 million liters (12.6 million gallons), Rioja's DOCa wine quality regulation agency said. continue reading »

Authorities Bust Spanish Immigrant Smuggling Ring Working in Europe, U.S.

Spanish and French police have arrested 75 people - 51 in Spain and 24 in France - for smuggling Chinese into various European countries and the United States through a people-trafficking ring that charged the immigrants between 40,000 and 50,000 euros (between $55,000 and $65,000). continue reading »

Spain Looks to Include Andalusia Region in Gibraltar Talks

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said here Friday that he is in favor of a four-part dialogue - Spain, Britain, Gibraltar and Spain's Andalusia region - to overcome current tensions surrounding the Rock. continue reading »

Spanish Investigation Shows Train Never Contacted Headquarters Before Crash

The train that derailed on July 24 near the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela experienced no problems prior to the accident and "there is no record of any communication" between the railway operator and the driver, the head of state-owned railway company Renfe, Julio Gomez-Pomar, told Parliament on Thursday. continue reading »

Spanish Environmentalist Who Reported on Illegal Logging is Slain in Brazil

A Spanish biologist and environmental activist was murdered in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said Wednesday. Gonzalo Alonso Hernandez, who lived in Rio de Janeiro state, may have been killed because he reported poaching and illegal logging. continue reading »

Spaniard Daniel Galvan’s Moroccan Pardon Revoked, Arrested in Spain

A Spaniard convicted in Morocco of sexually molesting children is in custody in Spain after the Moroccan king revoked the pardon he had granted only last week, sources in the Spanish Interior Ministry told Efe Monday. continue reading »

Spain’s Beaches are a Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

Almost half of the 3,500 or so beaches along the Spanish coast form part of the Natura 2000 network, the main conservation, management and sustainable development instrument for biodiversity in the European Union. continue reading »

Spain Mulls Measures Amid Flare-up of Tensions with Gibraltar

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government is considering adopting different measures in response to recent complaints and actions by Gibraltar, which sent the European Commission a report about border checks that have caused motorists lengthy delays. continue reading »

Spain’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Tick Downward

The number of officially registered job seekers in Spain fell in July by 64,866 people to a total of 4,698,814, the Employment and Social Security Ministry said Friday. continue reading »

Rajoy Says He Will Not Resign Or Call For Early Elections

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers Thursday he would not resign or hold early elections despite calls from the opposition for him to step down amid the allegations of corruption leveled against his party. continue reading »

Moroccan King Releases 48 Imprisoned Spaniards At Request of King Juan Carlos

King Mohammed VI on Tuesday ordered the release of 48 Spanish citizens imprisoned in Morocco in response to the request that Spain's King Juan Carlos made of him during the latter's recent visit to Rabat, the palace said. continue reading »

Spanish Train Driver Was on Phone Just Before Deadly Crash

The driver facing charges for last week's deadly train crash in northwestern Spain was on the telephone to railway management shortly before the accident, a court said Tuesday, citing data from the train's black boxes. continue reading »

Fire on Mallorca Has Destroyed 4500 Acres of World Heritage Site

The fire that has been burning since last Friday near the town of Andratx on the Spanish island of Mallorca - in the Balearic Islands - has destroyed 1,800 hectares (4,500 acres) and forced the evacuation of some 800 local residents. continue reading »

JUST IN:  Houston Woman Injured in Spain Train Wreck Dies

According to the family and KHOU, Myrta Fariza of Houston has died from injuries sustained during the Spanish train wreck in Santiago de Compostela. continue reading »

Panama Looks to Entice Experts, Middle Managers in Spain

Panama needs experts in different sectors and middle managers and so it has changed its immigration policy to facilitate the entry of Spanish citizens, the Central American nation's foreign minister said here on Thursday. continue reading »

Spanish Beer Chugging Champ Dies After Competition

A Spanish man who had just won a beer chugging contest is dead after reportedly downing many liters of the alcoholic beverage. Authorities say Joaquin Alcaraz Gracia, 45, won a beer drinking contest on Wednesday at an annual drinking festival continue reading »

Spanish Philologist Francisco Rico Wins Mexico’s Alfonso Reyes Prize

Spanish philologist Francisco Rico has been awarded the 2013 Alfonso Reyes Prize, which is given to outstanding humanities scholars, the Colegio de Mexico said Sunday. continue reading »

Kidnapped Spanish Aid Workers Released in Somalia

Two Spanish citizens kidnapped in October 2011 while working with Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) at a Somali refugee camp in Kenya have been released, sources familiar with the situation told Efe Thursday. continue reading »

Michelin Starred Restaurant to Close in Spain

Can Fabes, one of the best restaurants in Spain and the world, survived the death of founder Santi Santamaria but could not weather the economic crisis and will close its doors on Aug. 31, the late chef's daughter, Regina Santamaria, told Efe. continue reading »