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Nadal Says He’s Ready for China Open

Nadal Says He’s Ready for China Open

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who has been out of action since Wimbledon due to an ailing right wrist, told the media here Saturday that he is "much better" and ready for next week's China Open. continue reading »

Catalonia Calls Independence Referendum in Spain

Catalonia Calls Independence Referendum in Spain

The head of Spain's northeastern autonomous community of Catalonia, Artur Mas, on Saturday signed a decree calling an independence referendum for Nov. 9, although the national government in Madrid vowed to challenge the planned vote before the Constitutional Court. continue reading »

Spain Projects GDP to Grow 2 Percent in 2015

Spain Projects GDP to Grow 2 Percent in 2015

The Spanish government expects a 2 percent rise in gross domestic product for 2015 and an easing of the unemployment rate to 22.9 percent, according to the draft budget approved by the Cabinet on Friday. continue reading »

Real Madrid Extends Raphael Varane’s Contract Till 2020

Real Madrid Extends Raphael Varane’s Contract Till 2020

Real Madrid announced on Thursday the extension of French defender Raphael Varane's contract to June 30, 2020. Varane joined the club at 18 in 2011, and has so far won five titles with the team: Champions League, European Super Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. continue reading »

Bloomberg Honors Barcelona With Innovation Award

Bloomberg Honors Barcelona With Innovation Award

Barcelona has won the grand prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition that honors cities for innovation. continue reading »

Real Madrid Defeats Basel 5-1 in Champions League Match

Real Madrid Defeats Basel 5-1 in Champions League Match

Real Madrid got off to a good start in defending its Champions League title with a 5-1 win here Tuesday over Basel. The visitors fell behind 1-0 in the 14th minute on an own goal and went on to give up three more in the space of seven minutes before clawing one back nearly 40 minutes into the contest before more than 65,000 people at the Blancos' Santiago Bernabeu stadium. continue reading »

Spain Considers Prosecuting Citizens Who Join Jihadist Groups

Spain Considers Prosecuting Citizens Who Join Jihadist Groups

The Spanish government is thinking about amending the criminal code to allow Spaniards who take part in foreign conflicts, especially those in which radical Islamic groups are involved, to be prosecuted on terrorism charges. continue reading »

Gerard Pique Stands By Referendum in Catalonia

Gerard Pique Stands By Referendum in Catalonia

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said Tuesday that he does not understand the criticism he has received in social media for attending a rally in favor of a referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain. continue reading »

Barça Sets Sights on Tighten Grip on First Place

Barça Sets Sights on Tighten Grip on First Place

Barcelona will aim to strengthen its position at the top of La Liga after it hosts Athletic Bilbao this weekend at Camp Nou. Barça comes into Saturday's match having beaten Elche and Villarreal in its first two matches. continue reading »

Spanish Authorities Arrest 9 Brits For Drug Trafficking

Spanish Authorities Arrest 9 Brits For Drug Trafficking

Spanish Civil Guards and agents of Britain's National Crime Agency have broken up a drug trafficking ring and arrested nine Britons on the island of Mallorca, officials said Friday. continue reading »

Barça Sets Sights on Tighten Grip on First Place

Barça Sets Sights on Tighten Grip on First Place

Barcelona will aim to strengthen its position at the top of La Liga after it hosts Athletic Bilbao this weekend at Camp Nou. Barça comes into Saturday's match having beaten Elche and Villarreal in its first two matches. continue reading »

Europe’s Gaia Probe Discovers Its First Supernova

Europe’s Gaia Probe Discovers Its First Supernova

Gaia, the orbital observatory launched last year by the European Space Agency with a mission to map the Milky Way, has discovered its first supernova, the ESA said Friday. continue reading »

Real Madrid Calls on Bale, Modric, Marcelo for Capital Derby

Real Madrid Calls on Bale, Modric, Marcelo for Capital Derby

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Marcelo all returned to Real Madrid on Thursday to prepare for the much-anticipated capital derby against Atletico Madrid. continue reading »

Real Madrid Posts $50 Million in Net Income

Real Madrid Posts $50 Million in Net Income

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said Friday in presenting the club's balance sheet for the 2013-2014 financial year that it earned 38.5 million euros ($50 million) in net income, up 4.4 percent from the previous 12-month period. continue reading »

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

A Spanish priest who pleaded guilty to aiding gang members in El Salvador was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison, but will not have to spend any time behind bars, a Salvadoran judicial spokesperson told Efe. continue reading »