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UPDATE: Migrant Boat from Morocco to Spain Sinks, 14 Dead and 4 Missing

UPDATE: Migrant Boat from Morocco to Spain Sinks, 14 Dead and 4 Missing

The flimsy craft that went down in Mediterranean waters en route from Morocco to Spain was carrying 35 migrants, not the 71 mentioned by one of the survivors, the Moroccan Human Rights Association said Thursday. continue reading »

Spain, The Philippines Sign Agreement to Promote Spanish in Filipino Classrooms

Spain, The Philippines Sign Agreement to Promote Spanish in Filipino Classrooms

The governments of Spain and the Philippines signed an accord to foster the reintroduction of Spanish in the Asian nation, officials said here Thursday. Both sides also agreed to continue the initiative to offer Spanish as a second language in Filipino high schools, Spain's foreign ministry said in a statement. continue reading »

Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez Among Those Honored at Spanish Awards Ceremony

Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez Among Those Honored at Spanish Awards Ceremony

Humanity and the humanities won the hearts of guests Friday at the presentation ceremony of the Prince of Asturias Prizes, with U.S. philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum and Spanish soccer players Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez among the prizewinners. continue reading »

Boat Carrying 70 Migrants Capsizes En Route to Spain, 14 Drown

Boat Carrying 70 Migrants Capsizes En Route to Spain, 14 Drown

At least 14 people died when a boat carrying some 70 undocumented migrants capsized in the Mediterranean after setting off from Morocco bound for Spain, authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

Spain’s Iberdrola Plans to Send 23 Percent of Investments to LatAm

Spain’s Iberdrola Plans to Send 23 Percent of Investments to LatAm

More than one-fifth of the 10.5 billion euros ($13.5 billion) that Spanish electric utility Iberdrola plans to invest between 2012 and 2014 will be allocated to Latin America. Of that total, down 37 percent from the 2009-2011 period, 42 percent of the outlays will be made in Britain and 23 percent in Latin America, Iberdrola said in its latest Strategic Plan submitted to the CNMV stock market regulator. continue reading »

Spanish Government Claims New Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

Spanish Government Claims New Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

The Spanish government condemned on Wednesday plans by Israel to build some 1,500 new residences for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Names 7 Saints, Including Spanish Nun

Pope Benedict XVI Names 7 Saints, Including Spanish Nun

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday proclaimed Spain's Mother Maria del Carmen Salles y Barangueras and six other people saints of the Roman Catholic Church in a ceremony witnessed by thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. continue reading »

French Military to Purchase Spanish Refueling Planes

French Military to Purchase Spanish Refueling Planes

France's defense minister announced here Friday that his country will purchase 14 MRTT aerial refueling tanker aircraft from Spain. continue reading »

Entrepreneurs Introduce Moto-Taxis to Madrid

Entrepreneurs Introduce Moto-Taxis to Madrid

Madrid has joined other European and Latin American cities in offering a transport system with motorcycles, conceived as a way of relieving traffic jams. continue reading »

Bolivian President Thanks Queen Sofia For Spanish Aid in Education, Health

Bolivian President Thanks Queen Sofia For Spanish Aid in Education, Health

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday thanked Spain's Queen Sofia for Madrid's help in improving health and education in Bolivia, expressed confidence that this would continue in the future and reconfirmed that he will attend the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, which will be held in mid-November. continue reading »

2012 Ambassadors for “Brand Spain” Include Antonio Banderas, Fernando Alonso

2012 Ambassadors for “Brand Spain” Include Antonio Banderas, Fernando Alonso

The Leading Brands of Spain Forum named as honorary ambassadors for "Brand Spain" actor Antonio Banderas, Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso and the country's High-Speed rail service. continue reading »

Olympic Gymnast Barbara Gonzalez is the New Face of Martini

Olympic Gymnast Barbara Gonzalez is the New Face of Martini

Following in the footsteps of actresses Charlize Theron and Monica Bellucci, the athlete and gymnast Barbara Gonzalez has become the first Spaniard to represent the Martini image worldwide. continue reading »

Homeless Families in Spain Squatting After Eviction

Homeless Families in Spain Squatting After Eviction

Protest groups in Spain have helped families that were kicked out of their homes by banks find shelter in repossessed, empty apartment buildings. Police moved in quickly in most cases, but in Seville about 30 families are going on six months of illegal occupation. continue reading »

Still No News 1 Year After Spanish Aid Workers’ Kidnapping in Kenya

Still No News 1 Year After Spanish Aid Workers’ Kidnapping in Kenya

One year after the kidnapping of Spanish aid workers Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut in Kenya, the Spanish Foreign Minister and Doctors without Borders pursue with extreme caution the procedures to free them from captivity. continue reading »

European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday. The EU has transformed most of Europe "from a continent of wars to a continent of peace," committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in Oslo. continue reading »