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Spanish Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria Retires after 20 Years at NASA

Spanish astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria has left NASA after 20 years with the U.S. space agency. continue reading »

Celebrating Dali’s Sweet, Enduring Mini Masterpiece:  Chupa Chups

Did you know the famous Spanish lollipop, Chupa Chups, also had a famous logo designer, the surrealist Spanish painter, Salvador Dalí. continue reading »

Spain to Return Antiquities Dating from the Time of the Pharohs, Back to Egypt

The Spanish government will return to Egypt eight items dating back to the time of the pharaohs - the 6th Dynasty, which lasted from 2374 B.C. to 2192 B.C., to be precise - and which had been taken illegally from the Arab country in 1999, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced Sunday. continue reading »

Cash-Strapped Spanish Town Authorizes Marijuana Plantation

Leaders of this northeastern town have given the green light to the establishment of a cannabis plantation to boost municipal revenues and create jobs in the context of Spain's economic crisis. continue reading »

In Spite of Economic Crisis in Spain, Luxury Brands Thriving

Although Spain faces an enormous economic catastrophe with a 24% unemployment rate, local luxury brands continue to prosper. This surprising statistic may be due in part to a rise in tourism within the Mediterranean country. continue reading »

Thousands Fill the Streets of Spain Protesting Labor Reform

Thousands of citizens called upon by the main Spanish unions, CCOO and UGT, on Sunday took to the streets all over the country to protest against the labor reform approved by the government and called by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy "just, good and necessary." continue reading »

Youth Flee Spain’s Economic Crisis for Brighter Future in Chile

With 5.27 million people unemployed and almost half of the young population without jobs, young professionals in Spain are turning to Latin America continue reading »

Spain’s Longest-Serving Inmate Finally Freed

Spain's longest-serving non-terrorist inmate walked out of prison on Wednesday after spending most of the years since 1976 behind bars for a score of bloodless crimes. continue reading »

Spain’s Largest Banks Downgraded by Fitch Ratings

Fitch Ratings, which downgraded Spanish sovereign debt a month ago, said Monday it lowered its credit rating of Spain's four largest lenders. continue reading »

Perfect Genetic Matched Sibling Born to Save Dying Brother in Spain

The birth of Baby Estrella on Saturday in Seville announces the arrival of Antonio and Melania’s first daughter as well as the savior for their son, Antonio, suffering from a severe form of the life threatening illness, continue reading »

Spain’s Largest Banks Downgraded by Fitch Ratings

Fitch Ratings, which downgraded Spanish sovereign debt a month ago, said Monday it lowered its credit rating of Spain's four largest lenders. continue reading »

Handover of Recovered Sunken Treasure to Spain Moves One Step Closer

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued on Friday a mandate obliging a Florida company to hand over to Spain $500 million in gold and silver coins salvaged from the bottom of the Atlantic in May 2007. The Atlanta-based appellate panel sent a notification of the mandate to the district court in Tampa that originally heard the case pitting the Spanish government against Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. continue reading »

AirBnb, the Ebay of Hotels, Comes to Spain

The web based home hotel service better known as AirBnB has expanded their offices to include Barcelona, Spain. Now returning customers of AirBnb, also known as the ‘Ebay of Hotels’, as well as new users can add Spain as one of their possible travel destinations. continue reading »

Escaping Job Crisis, Well-Educated Young Spaniards Moving to Chile

A growing number of young, well-educated Spaniards, dismayed at the long-running unemployment crisis in their homeland, are opting to relocate to Chile in search of better career prospects and greater economic stability. continue reading »

Spanish Trial of Prominent Judge Concerns UN Human Rights Experts

A series of independent United Nations human rights experts voiced concern about the impact of the trial of a prominent Spanish judge on his independence, particularly his efforts to investigate more than 100,000 allegations of enforced disappearances during the country’s civil war and then under the regime of Francisco Franco. continue reading »

Spanish Airline Spanair Files for Bankruptcy, Thousands Stranded

Spanish airline Spanair, which suspended operations last weekend, filed for bankruptcy on Monday amid a debt exceeding 300 million euros ($393 million), judicial sources told Efe. continue reading »

Birth Rates in Spain Continue to Decline

The 230,537 births recorded in Spain in the first half of 2011 represents a decline of 1.1 percent from the same period of the previous year and continues a trend that began in 2009, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Wednesday. continue reading »

Spain’s Prado Museum to Now be Open 7 Days a Week

Spain's Prado Museum marks the start of a new era on Monday, when it will begin opening seven days a week and on Good Friday, allowing visitors to enjoy its world famous collection an additional 53 days a year and making it the European museum with the most operating hours at 3,542 annually. continue reading »

CHECK OUT Madrid’s Transformation of a Highway into an Amazing Park (VIDEO)

Check out how Madrid's city planners transformed a concrete highway into a 3,000 acre green space filled with 33,000 trees, drinking foundation and one of the city's largest bike paths. The project took almost five years to complete but well worth it for green lovers. continue reading »

Spain’s New Gov’t Announces Tough Austerity Measures Amid Higher than Expected Deficit

Spain's new conservative government, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, announced Friday an austerity package that includes spending cuts of 8.9 billion euros continue reading »